Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010

Library fundraiser slated

The Friends of Kenai Community Library will sponsor a fundraiser for the library addition at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available at the library and cost $30.

A silent and outcry auction will be held. Proceeds will go toward a matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. Items, gift certificates, etc are needed for the auctions.

Call Kathy Heus at 283-7930 or Donna Peterson at 398-4335 for pick up of items, tickets or more information.

Girl Scout cookie sales begin

Girl Scout Cookie booth sales will be held at M&M Market in Nikiski on Saturday and March 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be booth sales at Fred Meyer and Safeway, Friday through March 28.

For more information, call Sarah Holliday at 776-8920.

B&B association to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will meet March 20 at 11 a.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Topics will include a report from the Summer Solstice Festival (named "Matti's Farm Fest") committee.

Mathias "Matti" Martin was an active, enthusiastic 9-year-old who was killed in an accident last summer. Games Matti enjoyed will be a big part of the festival along with food and music. Also on the agenda is a report of the 800 number and phone use, the Web site upgrade and plans for the state Bed and Breakfast Association Convention to be held in Kenai in September.

For more information, call John Steckel at 283-0836.

Awareness walk slated

The LeeShore Center will hold a "Alaskans Choose Respect" awareness event in support of Governor Parnell's "Alaskans Choose Respect" initiative and statewide efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault from 2 to 4 p.m. March 31.

Attendees will meet at the Kenai Gazebo at 2 p.m. and walk to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 283-9479.

Black bear baiting clinics set

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold three black bear baiting clinics on the Kenai Peninsula. You may not register a bait station in units 6d, 7, 14a, 14b, 15, 16a or 20b unless you have successfully completed an ADF&G approved bear baiting clinic. If you have already attended a clinic and been certified, you are not required to recertify. These sessions are walk-in, are approximately three hours long and provided free of charge to the public. Clinics will be held: Seward - March 25 at 6 p.m. at the AVTEC Building, 1912 Leirer Road (brown building across the highway from safeway); Kenai - March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road (near Bridge Access Road); and Soldotna - April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center.

New this year will be an online bear bait clinic course is available for anyone over 16-years-old wishing to become certified to register a bait station. Visit www.Wildlife.Alaska.Gov for more information or call 262-9368 in Soldotna or 235-8191 in Homer.

Parenting group forms

A parent discussion group, known as Community Caf, a format where parents come together to tackle the challenges of parenting, will meet April 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kenai River Center. Call Michele Jaeger or Julia Jackson for more information.

RSVP as lunch will be provided. Call 1-800-278-3723 if child care is needed.

St. Baldrick's event upcoming

The fourth annual St. Baldrick's event to raise money for childhood cancer research is March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. We are putting on a fun and inspirational evening to support and honor those touched by childhood cancer and to raise much-needed funds for better treatments and cures. Volunteers are needed to be Heroes for kids and have their heads shaved in exchange for donations.

Raffle items are needed as well.

Call Dan Nelson at 252-0369 or Marcia Jacobs at 394-4030 for more information, and visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/soldotna.

Seattle getaway fundraiser begins

The Rotary Club - Kenai River Soldotna is offering a chance to win a Seattle getaway that includes two round-trip airline tickets from Anchorage to Seattle - winner can choose the dates between May and September. Getaway includes two tickets to a Mariners baseball game - reserved seats, two rounds of golf at the Tacoma Country Club, three nights lodging in the home of a Rotarian and more.

Tickets are $25 per chance and can be purchased from any Kenai River Rotarian. Proceeds will be split between Rotary International's goal to eradicate Polio worldwide and other Kenai River projects.

For more information, call Bonnie Nichols at 262-9630.



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