Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gathering set for retiring Postmaster

A celebration for retiring Kenai Postmaster Laurel Pickering will be held April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 902 Cook Ave., in Kenai. The public is invited. For more information call Sue Leritz at 283-4774 or 252-4181.

Black bear baiting permits available

Permits for black bear baiting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be available beginning April 18. Permits are free and can be obtained at the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All black bear hunters hunting over bait on the Refuge must obtain a permit. The Refuge's baiting season runs May 1 to June 30. Archers wishing to take a black bear over bait on the Refuge must have completed a State of Alaska approved bow hunter education course. For more information, contact the Refuge Headquarters at 907-262-7021.

Youth art show accepting submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the Peeps Art and Photo Exhibit. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the Kenai Birding Festival May 19 to 22. Youth that are 18 years old and younger may submit their bird-focusd artwork and photography. Entry forms are available at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna and online at and Entries should be ready to display and are due May 14. They can be taken to the refuge headquarters of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai.

Raise money by playing hoops

Peninsula HoopFest 2011 takes place April 9, 10 a.m., at Soldotna Middle School. This is a 3-on-3 double elimination tournament to raise funds for the Soldotna Stars HS baseball team. There are three divisions: adult, $75 a team; high school, $60 a team; and middle school, $45 a team. Co-ed teams welcome. Registration is due April 7 at 5 p.m. Register online at For more information call Roger Phillips, Head coach, 953-4663.

Craft fair coming in Nikiski

North Peninsula Recreation hosts a Craft Fair Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Admission is free. Booth spaces for vendors are $10. Register at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center by March 25. For more information contact Tammy or Jackie 776-8800.

Bazaar, bake sale, 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.

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

Free safety training for commercial fishermen

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) offers a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Seward at Alaska vocational Technical Center on April 12. This course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Coast Guard. For more information, visit, or call the AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287.

Celebrate nano science at Challenger

Challenger Learning Center hosts the "Biggest Event for the Smallest Science," an program about nano science, April 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be free hot dogs. For more information contact Kathy East at 283-2000 or

Marine safety instructor training set for Seward

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association offers Marine Safety Instructor Training at Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, April 5 to 11. This is an intensive program designed to train individuals to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, marine safety equipment and onboard safety drills. Cost is $495 for AMSEA members, $550.00 for nonmembers. Pre-registration required. A limited number of course participant stipends for travel costs are available for individuals in a position to provide safety training to commercial fishermen. For more information go to or call Mary or Rick at 907-747-3287.

Ladies night out set for April

Take-a-Break is hosting a Ladies Night Out for teens to 90- year-olds on April 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Solid Rock Conference Center. Dessert will be served for $7. Janice Chumley, of the Cooperative Extension Service, will give a talk "How does your Garden Grow." Guest speaker will be Jan Mathers, Stonecroft Ministries trainer/speaker from Bend, Ore. She will talk about how to "Become an Invincible Woman!" For more information and reservations, call Susan at 335-6789. Reservations and cancellations must be made by April 4. All reservations must be honored. No nursery is provided for this event.

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.

Senior center marks 30th anniversary

Ninilchik Senior Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary on March 24. We are turning it into a birthday party, and we would like to invite all to share the fun with us. We are hoping for a full house, and for this occasion, we request that you make your reservations early, so that we know how much food to prepare and how to arrange the seating. 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; there will be lots of fun and prizes. The party starts with lunch served at 12 noon sharp. For more information call 567-3988.

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

Help food bank raise money

The food bank will get money from the Feinstein challenge based on how much is donated by the community from March 1 to April 30.

Donations can include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1 per item or pound) or pledges. Feinstein's million dollars will be divided proportionately among all agencies that meet a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 in donations. The Peninsula has received more than $1,000 a year from this fund since 2006. A full report of the results of this 2011 Challenge will be posted on website in July.

Learn to swim in Nikiski

The third set of swim lessons at Nikiski Pool starts March 22 and runs through April 7. Sign-ups start March 14, 4 p.m. at the Nikiski Pool. Lessons will be held at 1, 3 and 4 p.m. for beginners, 2 p.m. for Tiny Tots and 4 p.m. for advanced beginners. There is space available in the Competitive Swim Class starting March 22 and the American Red Cross Lifeguard Class starting Feb. 22.

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