Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2006

Berry growers set to sprout

Alaska Berry Growers will meet to discuss growing and harvesting wild Alaska berries at 1 p.m. today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. It is open to the public. For more information, call Jack Brown at 283-3700.

Relay for Life meeting set

A Relay for Life team captain meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today in the Iliamna Room at Central Peninsula General Hospital. Captains can pick up their registration packets for the June 2 and 3 Relay for Life at Skyview High School. Packets also are available from Penny at Stewart Title in Soldotna and by calling 260-8031 or 283-9650.

Youth court called to order

The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court will hold free classes for middle and high school students interested in becoming student attorneys in the Youth Court program. Classes for the Central Peninsula will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays beginning today through May 15 at the Old Kenai Courthouse at 145 Main Street Loop next to the Kenai Public Library. Registration will take place at the first class. For more information, call Ginny Espenshade at 398-4027 or e-mail

Alliance to meet

The Kenai Alliance will meet at noon Tuesday at Paradiso’s Restaurant in Kenai. The topic will be Project Grad, an outreach program that provides professional development clinics, scholarships and other incentives for young Alaskans to pursue college and technical training. The cost is $12 at the door.

Genealogy meeting planned

The Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Genealogy Room of the Kenai Community Library. Virginia Walters will explain the AIS microfiche, a genealogical resource housed in the library, and Loretta Mattson will present the ins and outs of a genealogy Web site. It is open to the public.

Chicken dinner fundraiser slated

The Kenai Church of God will host an all-you-can-eat southern fried chicken dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling Senior Center. A dessert auction will follow. The cost of admission is $7.50 per person. The proceeds will benefit the church building fund. For more information, call 262-3888.

Swim lessons available

The Nikiski swimming pool will offer beginning and intermediate swim lessons April 4 through 20. Registration will be at 1 p.m. March 27 at the pool. Classes will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Nigel at 776-880.

Autism to be discussed

The Alaska Autism Resource Center, Special Education Service Agency will sponsor a free presentation by nationally known autism consultant Julie Donnelly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 in the meeting room at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. For more information, call Alaska Autism Resource Center at (907) 334-1300.

Fair fundraiser slated

The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will host a celebrity waiter fundraiser event and live auction April 1. The theme is “Jammin’ with the Salmon.” The emcee is J.R. from WHQ Radio and celebrity waiters include Mike Sweeney of Sweeney Clothing Store, Joe Gallager from HEA, Ninilchik Wolverine’s coach Dan Leman, Doug Blossom of Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund, Mike Chihuly, Ninilchik Fire chief, and Jeff Berger from Deep Creek Custom Packing. Tickets are $30 each or $50 a couple and are available at Sweeney’s Clothing Store, Kristie Leaf State Farm in Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula State Fair office.

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