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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011

Keep the kids busy with art for spring break

"Miss Dee Dee's Class:" Art for Kids activities for elementary school youth are scheduled for spring break. Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, will feature paper mache classes (cost $40), Thursday, March 17 will feature a clay class and Friday, March 18 will be cartoon fun (cost $20 each). All classes are from noon to 2 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Minimum five kids, maximum 10. To enroll, contact Dee Dee at missdeedeesplace@gmail.com, or call 394-3603. Discount if you register before March 9.

Weeklong aviation camp in March

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is hosting a spring-break aviation camp, Challengers ACE Academy, for students in grades 8-11. The camp will have an orientation flight for all attendees, and include hands-on experience with Medallion flight simulator, wing design, forces of flight, weather and other aviation topics. CLCA is an approved vendor for Connections and IDEA. This camp will also satisfy many of the requirements for aviation related badges for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. ACE runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and costs $275. Participants should bring their own lunch each day. The Challenger center is located at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Additional off-site field trips will be announced. For more information or registration, contact Spring E. Larrow at spring.larrow@akchallenger.org. For questions about the program, contact Kathy East at kathy.east@akchallenger.

KCHS grads from 1970 to 1979 gather

The Kenai Central High School 1970-79 combined class reunion is on for Saturday, July 23, 6 to11:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and payment is due May 15. For more information or to make reservations, contact Sherrie Dahlen at (907) 283-4485 or sad@alaska.net, or go to any of these websites: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639743689, or search for Sherrie Stiers-Dahlen on Facebook; www.classmates.com/reunions/Combined-19701979-reunion/285295. You can view announcement and RSVP on Classmates.com at www.alumniclass.com/kenaicentral/class-reunions?search=1&mode=reunions&class=1975.

Scouts hold annual food drive

The Tustumena District of the Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America is conducting its yearly Scouting for Food drive Feb. 16 through March 5. Area units will be collecting food by going door to door and by setting up booths at local grocery stores. All food and money will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. On March 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., scouts will be in front of Soldotna Safeway to collect items. Items may also be dropped off at the Scout Service Center at 805 Frontage Road, Suite 109, in Kenai or at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. If donating directly to KPFB, please notify them that it is for Scouting for Food. For more information call Jodi Stuart at 283-1699.

School district plans budget meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is holding a public budget meeting on March 1 at 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High School library. Everyone interested is encouraged to attend. For more information call Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.

Garden club loves compost

The Central Peninsula Garden Club meeting March 1, at 7 p.m., features "Men Who Compost ... (and the worms who love them)!" A panel of experienced gardeners and composter guys will share their methods of successful composting. The meeting is at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road, between KSRM and the Bridge Access Road intersection. Refreshments will be served and there might be door prizes. The meeting is open to the public. Membership costs $20 for a single and $30 for a couple or family. For more information call Marion Nelson at 283-4632.

Idita-Swim competition coming up

The Nikiski Pool will be offering its 3rd annual Idita-Swim Competition starting March 1. Every 50-yard lap swum or walked counts as one mile toward your trip to Nome. Prizes will be awarded along the way. Registration of $20 includes an Idita-Swim T-shirt. The competition runs March 1 through April 29. For more information please contact Nigel at 776-8800.

Kenai Middle assistant principal interviews set

Interviews for the new assistant principal at Kenai Middle School will be held on March 2 at 4:30 p.m. They will be held in the KMS Library. The public is invited to attend and participate.

Calling all Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers

The General Meeting of the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m., at The Albatross, on K-Beach Road. The Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m., at the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch. For more information call 283-4299.

Soldotna Historical Board meets

The Soldotna Historical Society Board of Directors hold their monthly meeting March 5, at 9 a.m. at the Fine Thyme Cafe in River City Books, Soldotna. The public is invited to attend. For information call Barbara Jewell, 262-4157.

Local woodturners lathe away

The Kenai Peninsula Woodturners Chapter will hold its March meeting at 1 p.m. on March 5 at the Workforce Development Center at Kenai Central High School. Following the business meeting, will be a live demonstration at the lathe showing how to turn a natural edge cottonwood bowl. Members and anyone interested are invited to attend the free demonstration and learn more about the new woodturning group. For information contact Al Janonis at 776-8887.

Send cheerleaders to Hawaii

The River City Wild Junior Competitive Cheerleaders will hold a taco dinner and auction fundraiser March 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Kenai Middle School to raise money to travel to a national competition in Honolulu this spring. Tickets are $10 per person. Children under five eat free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at River City Cheer in the Save U More building on K-Beach road or at the door. For tickets or more information call River City Cheer at 260-9990.

Moving day for Kenai library

The Kenai Community Library will be closed to transition to its new space from March 7 to March 27. Watch the Library's webpage, www.kenailibrary.org/, and Facebook for any possible changes. No checked-out items are due while the library is closed.

Job training academy coming

The Peninsula Job Center hosts a One-Stop Training Academy on March 9 and 10, at the Challenger Learning Center. The focus of the Academy is to educate social service organizations, schools and government, and private businesses about the services and programs available in the Kenai Peninsula area. Key speakers will include: Alaska Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner, Tom Nelson; Alaska Department of Labor Wage and Hour Investigator, Joe Dunham; Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor, Dave Carey; and Central Peninsula Hospital Marketing Manager, Bonnie Nichols. Deadline for registration is Feb. 28. For more information call the Job Center at 283-2995.



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