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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009

Rummage, bake sale fundraiser slated

The Soldotna Community Playground committee will hold a rummage and bake sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna High School. Personal rummage tables are available for $40. Donations will be accepted today from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Rinna at 262-2528 or Dana at 262-2339.

Drivers safety class scheduled

AARP will hold a drivers safety class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Central Peninsula Hospital in the Denali Room. The class is open to the public. For more information or to register, call Jim at 260-4904.

Legislative town hall meeting on tap

Kenai Peninsula residents will have an opportunity to speak in an open forum town hall meeting with legislators at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers on Binkley St. in Soldotna.

Sen. Tom Wagoner and Reps. Mike Chenault and Kurt Olson are scheduled to take part.

Toddler Fair planned

Sterling Elementary School and Sterling Head Start are hosting a Toddler Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Sterling Elementary School gym. The fair is designed for children ages 2 to 6 and their parents.

Pre-school round-up for Head Start and kindergarten round-up for the elementary school will take place during the fair, so parents should come prepared to register their children for school if they wish.

Registration for the 2009-10 school year will be Saturday through Wednesday. Parents or guardians need to bring their child's shot record and birth certificate to register. Kindergarten visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday and is open to all children who are considering starting kindergarten at Sterling Elementary School in the fall.

For more information parents are encouraged to attend the toddler fair or call the office at 262-4944 to schedule an appointment with the principal, Christine Ermold.

Bears to feed people

Fans are invited to the Kenai River Brown Bears Second Annual Awards spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The event will feature prizes, photos and player autographs as well as a jersey auction of green "away" jerseys. The event is for the entire family. For more information, call Gwen Johnson at 283-2799.

Reunion planning continues

The Soldotna High School Class of 1989 reunion planning committee will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The reunion will be held July 24, 25 and 26. Classmates are invited to share ideas and gather former student's phone numbers and addresses. Updates are being posted on Facebook. Search for Sohi class of 89.

Contact Stacey Herr at 260-3747, Barbara Shipps at 283-4030, Brooke Straume at 394-2938 or Kelly Griebel at 398-7293 or for more information.

Post office sets new hours

The Soldotna U.S. Post Office new windows hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Hector Rivera at 262-4760.

Wildfire season approaches

Wildfire season begins Wednesday, and burning permits are required in most areas for open burning of brush, grass, slash, and yard debris. Although many areas still have snow cover, it's important to understand that nearly all early-season wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula burn around patches of snow, catching people off guard, according to the Division of Forestry. Cured, dry grass becomes ignitable within a day of being exposed to sun and wind. As the snow begins to melt, fire awareness should rise.

Ongoing slash burning must be permitted if piles are still burning after Wednesday.

Information about burning permits is available on Forestry's Web site,

Permits for small pile burning are available online. Large burns require an inspection prior to permitting; to schedule an appointment, call 260-4260 or 907-235-7734.

Around the Peninsula prints daily in the Peninsula Clarion. For more information, call Nancianna Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail

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