Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, March 03, 2008

Beepkeepers to meet

The Peninsula Beekeepers (BKEEP) will meet at 6 p.m. today in the library at Soldotna Middle School. A video on "Top Bar Hives" and a presentation on making honey sticks will be discussed. For more information, call Steve Albers at 260-6121 or Rosy Thompson at 398-7604.

Ping pong continues

Ping pong is available at 6 p.m. Mondays at Redoubt Elementary School. All ages are welcome. Participants are asked to bring a paddle.

For more information, call Ron Levy at 262-7899.

Community talent show planned

Auditions for a community talent show will be held from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Green Room at Kenai Central High School.

The show is open to all ages. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. For more information, call Travis Wingster at 252-1495 or e-mail

Tuneful singers sought

The Sweet Adelines singers meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the music room at Skyview High School in Soldotna.

For more information, call Susan 335-6789.

After-prom, after-grad meetings slated

The Soldotna High School after-prom and after-graduation committees will meet in the teachers lounge.

Parents of juniors will plan activities for the after the prom party at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Parents of seniors will meet to plan activities for the after graduation party at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call Carmen at 262-2791.

Potatoes to be discussed

The Central Peninsula Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road near the Bridge Access intersection.

The program will be "Potatoes and More Potatoes" presented by Dr. Jeff Smeenk, University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension specialist in commercial horticulture. He is based out of Palmer. He will include information from his research and survey work on potatoes, soil quality enhancement and nonherbicide methods of week control in potato growing. There will be 15 varieties of potatoes for taste testing and general evaluation. For more information, call 398-8669.

Excellent teachers sought

The BP Teachers of Excellence Program deadline for nominations is Friday. The program recognizes exceptional teachers throughout Alaska. Anyone may submit a nomination for the outstanding educators in their school by filling out a form at The outstanding teachers are eligible for a $500 gift card for classroom resources and each area's local Teacher of the Year receives a $1,500 scholarship for continuing education.

For more information, call Dawn Patience (907) 564-5143 or e-mail

Counseling association to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Counseling Association will meet from noon to 1 p.m. March 10 at the Kenai Peninsula Counselor's co-op office at 35126 K-B Dr. No. 3. It is open to the public.

For more information or directions, e-mail Beth at

Autism to be discussed

Doctor Susan Hepburn will give a free presentation on autism from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. It is open to the public. For more information, call The Alaska Autism Resource Center at 866-301-7372.

Cancer fundraiser a cut abve

Volunteers for the cancer fundraiser St. Baldricks will have their haircut at 6 p.m. March 15 at the Soldotna Sports Center. To register log on to For more information, call Ben Simonds at 262-4792.

St. Baldrick's is a volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family.

Caregiver meetings offered

The National Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following meetings:

* Kenai From 1 to 3 p.m. March 17 a presentation on "Dementia: Communicating and Relating" will be held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Julie Beatty of Alzheimer's Resource Agency of Alaska will be the featured speaker.

* Soldotna From to 1 to 3 p.m. March 25 a caregiver support meeting will be held at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

For more information, call 262-1280 or e-mail

T-200 meeting set

The Tustumena Sled Dog Race Association will meet at 7 p.m. March 27 at The Riverside House in Soldotna. Nominations for officers, three board members and a musher representative are on the agenda.

For more information, call 283-8426.

Cameras, photo printers sought

The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney's Clothing or Joe Kashi's law office.

For more information, call 398-0480.

Kids reading program continues

The Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program continues. Kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Each time a reader returns their initialed calendar (weekly or monthly) to the bookstore, they can pick out another free book and get their calendar punched.

For more information, call 953-7262.

Donations sought for military personnel

The Peninsula Yellow Ribbon club is in the process of making thank-you gift baskets for returning soldiers and Marines. Community members interested in donating a gift, a gift card or making a thank-you card for the baskets may call Bill and Carol Keller at 262-0492 or 394-1072.

Arrangements may be made to pick up donations.

Community resource directory available

The LeeShore Center's community directory of central Kenai Peninsula resources is available for $25 with a three-ring binder or $15 for refill pages only. The directory lists more than 80 pages of information on emergency services, family support agencies, health facilities, senior citizens services and veteran's organizations.

For more information, call 283-9479.

Social Security reps to visit peninsula

The Social Security Administration makes monthly visits to the peninsula at the following times: first Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenai City Hall; third Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer Senior Citizens Center; and the third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seward City Hall.

For more information, call (907) 271-4829.

SoHi Class of '88 seeks information

Reunion organizers for the Soldotna High School Class of 1988 are seeking information of classmates.

For more information or to check in call, Shelly Endsley at 262-5361 or visit

Around the Peninsula prints daily in the Peninsula Clarion. For more information, call Nan at 335-1241.

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