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Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011

Ash Wednesday Service

The community is invited to a joint Ash Wednesday Service at the Kenai United Methodist Church on March 9, at 7 p.m. United Methodist pastors Marti Slater of Kenai, Richard Whetsell of Soldotna and Laura Skiba of Nikiski will be leading the service. Each will bring messages during worship. Holy Communion will be offered and those who wish can receive the marking of ashes. The United Methodist Church is located on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai across from Wells Fargo Bank.

KPC Council meeting scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula College Council will meet at 6 p.m., March 10 at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. For further information or a copy of the agenda, contact Sue Evanson at 262-0318 or email

Free books for youngsters

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has come to the Kenai/Soldotna area. The Imagination Library is a reading program that provides one book a month to children under the age of 5. The Imagination Library is supported by grants and the local community. Registration for this program is available online. Visit to sign up. The Imagination Library is always looking for volunteers to help this program grow. Visit for more details.

Sterling seniors eat exotic

The Sterling Senior Center is having its first ever Chinese Dinner Night on March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner will consist of sweet and sour spare ribs, fried rice, egg rolls, Mongolian beef, steamed rice and egg drop soup. Cost is $12.50 for adults and $7 for children. For reservations call the center at 262-6808, or sign up at the front desk.

Legislative information office closed

The Kenai Legislative Information Office will be closed on Friday, March 4. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, March 7. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Juneau LIO at 1-800-478-4648.

Wildlife Refuge features films

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge screens movies each Saturday on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. The movie this weekend is "Dogs that Changed the World" -- Stories about how dogs and humans have bonded over thousands of years as cooperative partners in mutual survival.

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.

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.

Time to be Irish in Soldotna

Soldotna Senior Center is holding its Endowment Trust Fund St. Patrick's Day community celebration dinner on Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the trimmings will be served, along with entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and children 10 years and younger. Tickets can be purchased at Soldotna Senior Center, Sweeney's Clothing and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. For more information or reservations call 262-2322.

Take a course on living with the cold

University of Alaska Fairbanks Energy Specialist Rich Seifert offers two courses on efficiency and cold weather construction at Kenai Peninsula College. On March 10, from 5 to 9 p.m., he will discuss ways to optimize solar design and good efficiency in both retrofit and new construction. Text for the course is the fourth edition "A Solar Design Manual for Alaska" ($15). Preregister by March 8 by calling the Kenai Peninsula District UAF Cooperative Extension Service at 262-5824.

On March 12, Seifert will conduct an all-day course: The Cold Climate Homebuilding Techniques Workshop, designed for anyone interested in constructing, purchasing or renovating an Alaskan home. Cost is free and includes a manual with CD. Preregister by March 10 by calling 262-5824.

Silent auction benefit coming

Credit Union 1 is hosting a silent auction in conjunction with its Membership Appreciation Night on March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the branch, 44758 Sterling Highway, Soldotna. All proceeds will be matched by CU1. There will be door prizes and items donated by local businesses. The Soldotna branch set a goal of $5,000 to send 10 children to a camp designed for children to begin coping with loss in a positive, healthy manner. The silent auction will benefit Hospice of the Central Peninsula's Camp Mend-A-Heart.

Kenai Community Library closure

The Kenai Community Library will be closed Monday, March 7, through Sunday, March 27, so staff can move books and furniture from the existing library into the library addition. Items currently checked out will not be due during the closure period. Items may be returned into the book drop during the closure. When the library re-opens March 28, the public will use the new entrance located off Main Street Loop. Visit the Library website or check the Library Facebook page for any possible changes.

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