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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Help the food bank raise funds

The food bank will get money from the Feinstein challenge based on how much is donated by the community from March 1 to April 30.

For the 14th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will distribute $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide to help organizations raise funds this March and April.

Donations can include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1 per item or pound) or pledges. Mr. Feinstein's million dollars will be divided proportionately among all agencies that meet a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 in donations. The Peninsula has received more than $1,000 a year from this fund since 2006. A full report of the results of this 2011 Challenge will be posted on website in July.

Wildlife Refuge features films

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge screens movies each Saturday on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. March movies are as follows.

March 5: "Dogs that Changed the World" -- Stories about how dogs and humans have bonded over thousands of years as cooperative partners in mutual survival.

March 12: "Echo: Elephant to Remember" -- Cynthia Moss shares the story of Echo, an elephant she has studied.

March 19: "Parrots: Look Who's Talking" -- A look at these birds in the wild and in domestic settings with humans.

March 26: "Dragon Chronicles" -- Tales of the planet's largest and most unusual lizards, including monitors and Komodos.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Ski Hill Road, Soldotna. For more information call 260-2839.

Free health screenings available

Do you have lung problems related to smoking? Do you experience shortness of breath? Central Peninsula Hospital is celebrating Pulmonary Rehabilitation Weel with free screening tests, blood pressure checks and oxygen level tests on March 14 and March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 714-4437 for information.

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 our business meeting, a live demonstration will follow 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 Kenai Peninsula's woodturning group. For information contact Al Janonis at 776-8887.

Donate that gently worn prom dress

Soldotna Student Council is collecting gently used dresses, shoes and accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2011. This is a program for local high school girls to receive a free prom dress. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main office of Soldotna High School.

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 Saturday, 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.

Nikiski Senior Center plans bingo, brunch

Bingo will be held March 5 at the Nikiski Senior Center on Island Lake Rd. Doors open at 4 p.m., play starts at 5 p.m. You must be 19 to play. There will be a limited snack bar. All cash prizes plus a door prize of 25,000 Alaska Air miles. Bingo packets ($20 ) may be pre-purchased (Monday-Friday, 9-4) if unable to attend. This will guarantee your name in the door prize drawing. Call 776-7654 for more information.

Sunday brunch will be served on March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both a breakfast menu and lunch menu will beoffered and includes drinks. Adults are $15, children 4-10 are $8, kids under 3 eat free.

Little League clinics on now

Kenai Little League baseball clinics have started for interested players. Clinic will be held every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. for players ages 4 to 10. Older players, ages 11 to 18, will have gym time on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Clinics and gym times run through spring break. Call Gary Oliver at 283-7487 or Oliver Amend at 283-0895 for more information.

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