Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cancer support group meets

There will be a meeting for men affected by prostate cancer at 7 p.m. March 17 in the Redoubt room at Central Peninsula Hospital. Family and friends are welcome. For information call Jim at 260-4904.

Soldotna summer reading program slated

Soldotna Public Library's summer reading programs are "One World, Many Stories," for preschool and K-6th grades; "You are Here!" for the teens; and "Novel Destinations," for adults. Programs start on June 1 and run through July 29. Registration starts on June 1 and closes on July 13. A kick-off event will be held June 3 at 2 p.m. with a presentation from Mad Science ( Soldotna Public Library is at 235 N. Binkley St. For more information call Terri at 262-4227.

Wildlife refuge accepting youth applications

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications for summer Youth Conservation Corps jobs. Youth 15-18 years of age and who live in or have lodging available in the local commuting area are eligible. Applications are available at or may be picked up at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Alaska Employment Service Office in Kenai, or from local high school career counseling offices. Applications are being accepted from March 14 to April 22. Selected applicants will be notified by phone no later than April 29. Youth will work 40 hours each week from June 6 to July 29 and be paid $8.95 per hour. Job duties will include trail maintenance, campground clean-up, litter collection, biological assistance and visitor information services. For more information, call the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge at 262-7021.

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

Hydro meeting tonight

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

Senior center 30 years young

Ninilchik Senior Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary on March 24. A birthday party celebration is scheduled, but reservations are needed. With a pre-paid reservation, your name will be entered into a special prize drawing. Martha and Dennis Ogren will entertain us with her accordion and his guitar; we will have one free Bingo game.. The party starts with lunch served at noon. For more information call 567-3988.

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) volunteer. CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings so that each child finds a safe, permanent home as soon as possible. Training begins April 14 in Kenai. For more information, Contact cym Miller at 283-3633 ext. 290, or visit

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 share pictures members have taken, with hints, techniques and adventures from the amateur bird photographer. For more information call Linda Story at 262-9031.

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 for affiliation. Members are asked to bring snack type food and prospective members or interested others are welcome.

Electric storage technology workshop on tap

A workshop about solar thermal collector systems, electric vehicles and their role in energy efficient buildings and lithium power storage systems for use in a smart electric grid at an energy workshop on March 16. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Complex, 538 Arena Ave. For registration and more information visit

Learn square-round dancing this month

Free square and round dance lessons are March 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center; March 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, Spur Highway, Kenai; and Mondays at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, starting March 28, 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. For more Information call Theresa Lusby at 360-790-1757.

Hospital book fair to help scholarship fund

The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair takes place March 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Denali Room at CPH. All proceeds go to the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund to support local students.

Rugby group invites new players

The Kenai River Wolfpack Rugby Club is recruiting new members for the upcoming season. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. We practice touch rugby on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School. The only required gear is a pair of non-marking athletic shoes. See our Facebook page:, or contact Chuck Bartlett, 398-6504, or email for more information.

Child safety seat checks available

Certified child passenger safety technicians will make sure the child and seat are a good fit for your vehicle and advise you about what to do if it isn't. Checks are March 21, 1 -- 3 p.m. at Kenai Fire Department, 105 South Willow St., Kenai; and March 23, 11 a.m. -- 3 p.m. at Central Emergency Services/Soldotna Fire Station #1. For more information call Jane B. Fellman at 714-4539.

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