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Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Celebrate nano science at Challenger

Challenger Learning Center hosts the "Biggest Event for the Smallest Science," a program about nano science, April 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be free hot dogs. For more information contact Kathy East at 283-2000 or

Marine safety instructor training in Seward

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association offers Marine Safety Instructor Training at Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, April 5 to 11. This is an intensive program designed to train individuals to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, marine safety equipment and onboard safety drills. Cost is $495 for AMSEA members, $550.00 for nonmembers. Pre-registration required. A limited number of course participant stipends for travel costs are available for individuals in a position to provide safety training to commercial fishermen. For more information go to or call Mary or Rick at 907-747-3287.

League of Women Voters hears about health care

The Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters will meet March 11 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at noon. The monthly speaker will be Gary Knopp, chair of the Health Care Task Force and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member. Mr. Knopp will discuss the task force's progress. The public is invited.

Genealogical group meets

Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society meets March 9, at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Kenai United Methodist Church. Billie Shackleton will talk about her parents' experiences in the Philippine internment camp during World War II.

Become a child advocate

The Kenai Peninsula/Kenaitze Indian Tribe CASA Program offers free training for adults interested in becoming a court appointed special advocate (CASA). Volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings so that each child finds a safe, permanent home. Training begins April 14 in Kenai. For more information, contact Cym Miller at 283-3633 ext. 290, or visit

Week long 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 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 satisfy many of the requirements for aviation related badges for Boy and Girl Scouts. ACE runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and costs $275. Participants should bring their own lunch. 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 For questions about the program, contact Kathy East at kathy.east@akchallenger.

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, or call 394-3603. There is a discount if you register before March 9.

Keen Eye birders meet

The Keen Eye Peninsula birder group meets March 20, at Marlow's On The Kenai. Hosts are Ken and Judy Marlow. There will be a short business meeting, then a discussion of hints, techniques and adventures from the amateur bird photographers. For more information call Linda Story at 262-9031.

Soccer tryouts this month

Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club hold tryouts March 25 and 26 at Kenai Central High School. Visit for times.

Ash Wednesday Service

There will be a joint Ash Wednesday service at 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. Holy Communion will be offered and those who wish can receive the marking of ashes. The United Methodist Church is on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai across from Wells Fargo Bank.

Vendors wanted for Soldotna Market

The Wednesday Soldotna Creek Market is back! The market will run for 11 consecutive Wednesdays, June 1 through Aug. 10. Vendor spaces will cost from $15-$30 per Wednesday. Vendor spaces must be reserved in advance. Call Rae at 262-2729 for more information and to reserve a space.

MOMS club meets

The local chapter of the MOMS Club, an international non-profit support organization for at-home mothers, hosts an open house March 21 at 10 a.m. in Soldotna. Join them for a craft with the kids and learn more about the MOMS Club. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Connie at 262-6712 or Michelle at 394-7527 for location. Their website is

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