Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Canner gauge testing offered

The Cooperative Extension Service offers free testing of pressure canner dial gauges from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at its office, next to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Interested community members may bring their canner lid with the gauge attached or just the gauge. Weighted gauges do not need to be checked. For more information, call 262-5824.

T-200 meeting slated

The Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Riverside House in Soldotna. Nominations for officers, three board members and a musher representative are on the agenda. For more information, call 283-8426.

PenDOG plans Canine Good Citizen test

The Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will hold a Canine Good Citizen test at 7 p.m. Thursday at its facility on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The test follows a six-week course, however, the course is not required to take the test.

The purpose of the CGC test is to ensure that a dog can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs. The program is open to all dogs. The test is not a competition and does not require you and your dog perform with precision.

The program is offered through the American Kennel Club. The test costs $10. For more information, call 262-6846 and leave a message.

Red Cross offers disaster training

The American Red Cross will hold free disaster training at the Soldotna Sports Center at the following dates and times: from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, "Fulfilling Our Mission"; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, "Client Casework"; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, "Shelter Operations Simulation." To register call 907-646-5401 or e-mail

Seniors host breakfast

The Sterling Senior Center will host a breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the center. For more information, call 262-6808.

LeeShore plans fundraiser

The LeeShore Center board of directors will host its annual spring gala dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Merit Inn. Dinner will be catered by Charlotte's. Wine will be served with dinner. Live music will be by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets. The cost of admission is $49 per person. For more information, call 283-9479.

Garden club set to bloom

Central Peninsula Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road near the Bridge Access Road intersection.

Delphinium expert David Goodgame of Anchorage will be the featured speaker. The topics will be a slide show about English delphiniums, differences between Pacific giant delphiniums and English delphiniums and how to grow delphiniums from seed, plus fertilizing, thinning, staking and taking cuttings. For more information, call 283-4632.

Dinner, auction fundraiser planned

A spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings and auction fundraiser to benefit Marcus Yamada will be held 6 p.m. April 5 at the Kenai Armory. Yamada is in the Seattle Children's Hospital undergoing treatment for promyeloytic leukemia.

A tax deductible account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank through Bridges Community Resource Network, Inc.

Donations are being accepted for auction items, by calling Jenny McGrady at 394-3452, Kenny Yamada at 335-4180 or Bill Neiderhauser at 283-3495.

Community members wanting to send a message to Yamada, sign a guest book or get updates on his condition may visit, using marcusyamada for the site name.

Sexual assault awareness workshop available

The LeeShore Center will hold a domestic violence and sexual assault community awareness workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 through 11. The topics will be domestic violence, sexual assault, effects of domestic violence on children, the center's batterer's intervention program and volunteering with shelter clients.

It is open to the public. Participants may attend all or a portion of the workshop. Continuing education credits may be earned after completion of the workshop and 30 hours of volunteer work with the center.

For more information, call 283-9479.

Bear baiting clinics set

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold two black bear baiting clinics on the Kenai Peninsula.

Hunters may not register a bait station in Units 6D, 7, 14A, 14B, 15, 16A or 20B unless they have successfully completed an Fish and Game approved bear baiting clinic.

Hunters who already have attended a clinic and been certified are not required to recertify. Sessions are walk-in and are approximately three hours long and provided free of charge to the public.

* Seward - April 8 at 6 p.m. in the AVTEC Building, 1912 Leirer Road, across the highway from Safeway.

* Soldotna April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show in the Soldotna Sports Center.

For more information, call Fish and Game at 262-9368.

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