Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ninilchik Senior Center events set for next week

Monday, March 21: Lunch -- Beef burritos, refried beans, mexi-rice; Quilters from 12:30 -- 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22: Lunch -- Sweet and sour meatballs, Oriental veggies, noodles, rolls; Scrapbooking from 12:30 -- 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23: Lunch -- Yummy fish dish.

Thursday, March 24: Lunch -- BBQ chicken, baked chicken, baked beans, pasta salad; Pinochle from 12:30 -- 4 p.m.; Youth charity sewing, 4 -- 6 p.m. by appointment; Square dance and round dance lessons, 7 -- 9 p.m. (And don't forget the 30th anniversary celebration, kicking off at noon!)

Friday, March 25: Lunch -- Cook's Choice; Knitting and crochet, 12:30 -- 4 p.m.

Get ready for Soldotna Safety Day

Information and participants packages are ready for Soldotna Safety Day, scheduled for May 21. Poster contest information is also available. For more information call Nancy Mitchell, 262-4440.

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

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.

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.

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.

Little League clinic schedule changes

Clinics for Kenai Little League are cancelled for spring break, but will resume March 21, and 23, with the following schedule change: Every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 4 to 6; and every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. for ages 7 to 18. The schedule will remain through April. For more information call Gary Oliver at 283-7487, or Oliver Amend at 283-0895.

Bazaar, bake sale and plane tickets on tap

The Nikiski Senior Center's Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held on April 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. each day. Table rentals are $15/day or $20 for both days, per table. Call 776-7654 to sign up. The center is also selling raffle tickets for two Alaska Airline tickets, up to 40,000 air miles per ticket. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. One winner will be drawn on July 1. For more information call 776-7654 or drop by the Nikiski Senior Center at 50810 Island Lake Road (one mile off Kenai Spur Highway). The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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.

Free community meeting space available

Heritage place at Central Peninsula Hospital has space available for community groups to hold meetings at no cost. For more information contact Gwen Johnson at 714-5037.

Spring break movies at KVCC

Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center hosts movie afternoons on March 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. 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.

Kenai Resilience meets tonight

"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

Cribbage tournament now on

The 17th annual Kenai Peninsula cribbage tournament runs on Saturdays at 3 p.m. until April 30 at the American Legion in Kenai, which is at 902 Cook Street. Members of the public are welcome to participate. For more information call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

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