Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011

April is Autism Awareness Month

The third annual autism awareness walk will be held at Skyview High School April 16, from noon to 2 p.m. Register online at The organizers are looking for monetary and item donations and volunteers. National speaker Lauren Kerstein will be in Soldotna on April 13. She will be do a presentation and hold a parent discussion group. Watch the Autsim Society of Alaska website for updates. For more information contact Tonja Updike, 260-6933 or

Kenai Saturday Market looking for vendors

Kenai's Saturday Market is now accepting applications for the 2011, 17-week season running May 21 through Sept. 10. Rates are as low as $20 per Saturday and the market is held each Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in front of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau. All Alaska grown vegetables, fruits and Alaskan-made crafts are welcome. Call Harold at 283-1991 for information.

Spring break hours at Nikiski pool

Nikiski Pool spring break hours from March 15 -- 20 are open swim and lap swim from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with waterslide starting at 1 p.m. Friday's hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. for open swim, lap swim and waterslide. Saturday and Sunday hours are open swim, lap swim and water slide from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. For more information call 776-8800.

KPC council seeks new members

Kenai Peninsula College is seeking interested community members to serve on its College Council. The borough-wide council serves as an advisory board to the college director and advocates for the interests of the college to the community and legislature. Members serve 3-year terms. People interested should submit a letter of interest and resume by March 25 to: College Director, Kenai Peninsula College, 156 College Road, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669. Those selected for the positions will be seated at the 6 p.m., June 9 council meeting at the Kenai River Campus. For more information call 262-0318.

Kids' activities sought

The Clarion is seeking information for its annual Just Kidding section with listings of summer events for youth. Organizations, businesses, individuals or churches planning summer events open to area youth May through August may submit activities.

Information needed: Name or group or organization; age of youth who may attend; time of activity; date of activity and deadline for registration; place activity will be held including address; cost of activity and/or fees; contact name and phone number for people to call; e-mail address (optional); Web address (optional); and a brief description of the activity. The deadline to submit information is April 30.

E-mailed submissions are required. E-mail Just Kidding information to In the subject line write Just Kidding. For more information, call Will Morrow at 335-1251 or e-mail

Spring break movies at KVCC

Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center hosts movie afternoons on March 16, 17 and 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday's theme is kid's movies, Thursday's is Alaska, and Friday is short films. All afternoon films are appropirate for any age. At 7 p.m. on Friday night, the center will have "The Best of BOBS Shorts," which are suggested for a mature audience. For more information call 283-1991 or visit

'Waiting for Superman' showing

A free showing of "Waiting for Superman" will be held March 18 and 19, 6 to 8 p.m., in Fred Sturman's gray building across from Bailey's on Kenai Spur Highway. Seating is limited, so call 252-0100 for reservations.

Shelter offers free vaccinations

Kenai Animal Shelter is conducting its annual Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on March 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dogs and cats welcome. Dogs must be on a leash; cats are preferred in a carrier. Kenai residents must obtain a license for dogs at time of clinic. Altered pets: $10.60, Unaltered pets: $31.80. Cash or Check only. The shelter is as 510 N. Willow St. Bringing four pets or more? Call to pre-register 283-7353.

Ninilchik Senior Center happenings

Monday, March 14: Lunch --Chile verde, black beans and rice, chips and salsa. Quilters meet from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15: Lunch -- Spaghetti and meat sauce, peas, garlic toast. Scrapbooking from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16: Lunch -- Almond chicken stir fry, veggies with rice, ggg rolls.

Thursday, March 17: Lunch -- Sloppy Margy's (identical to Sloppy Joes), oven fries, cole slaw. Wear something green and get a free ticket for a prize drawing. Pinochle 12:30 to 4 p.m.; Youth Charity Sewing, 4 to 6 p.m. by appointment; Square dance and round dance lessons, 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, March 18: Lunch -- Roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and rolls. Knitting and Crochet, 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Learn about the Railbelt hydro project

The Alaska Energy Authority hosts a Railbelt Region Large Hydroelectric Project open house March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a presentation at 6 p.m., at the Challenger Learning Center, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai. For more information, go to, or contact May Clark at 907-771-3074, email

Neighbor to Neighbor seed class scheduled

A free class about starting flowers and vegetables from seed will be held March 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Kenai Peninsula College. Kathy Wartinbee will be speaking.

Pre-register for the workshop by calling the Cooperative Extension Service office at 262-5824 by March 15.

Bed and breakfast group meets

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association meets at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, March 19 at 11 a.m. Monte Davis of the Alaska Travel Industry Association will speak on the history of the association, the vision and how KPBBA is benefitting from affiliation. Members are asked to bring snacks and prospective members and others are welcome.

Kenai Resilience meets

"Climate Change Past and Present: What's the science tell us?" is the topic at the Kenai Resilience event on March 17 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Potluck at 6 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m. John Landua is the guest speaker. For more information contact Kate Veh at 260-4669 or

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 Week 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.

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