Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009

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.

Library plans pioneer night

The Soldotna Friends of the Library will host a Pioneer Night at 7 today in the Soldotna Public Library. Guest speakers Dolly Farnsworth, Marge Mullen and Peggy Arness will share stories about their combined 200 years of experience building their homes and businesses in Alaska.

For more information, call Terri Burdick at 262-4227 or Dick Hahn at 262-8575.

Immunization fundraiser ends Tuesday

In conjunction with his race to Nome in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt, and his wife, Evy, are collecting pledges to benefit the Soldotna Rotary Club's "Rotary To Rural" program.

The campaign supports immunization programs in rural Alaska. Pledges matching the 1,000 miles that Paul will race in the Iditarod are being accepted through Tuesday.

For more information, visit and view the "Rotary to Rural" tab, or call Evy at 398-1481.

Bear baiting clinics set

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

You may not register a bait station in Units 6D, 7, 14A, 14B, 15, 16A or 20B unless you have successfully completed a Fish and Game-approved bear baiting clinic. If you have already attended a clinic and been certified, you are not required to recertify. These sessions are walk-in, are approximately three hours long and provided free of charge to the public.

Clinics will be held at:

* Seward -- Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the AVTEC Building at 1912 Leirer Road (brown building across the highway from Safeway).

* Soldotna -- April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show at Peninsula Sport Center.

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

Seniors bazaar set

The Nikiski Senior Citizens will have a spring bazaar and bake sale Thursday and Friday at the center. Tables are available to rent. The cost is $15 per table per day or $20 per table for both days. For more information, call 776-7654.

Court plans open house Friday

The public is invited to an open house of the Kenai Courthouse new addition from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at 125 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai.

Gardeners dig in

On April 7 the Central Peninsula Garden Club's monthly program meeting will be "Peony Growing in Alaska." Presenters are Sue Kent and Clay Sullivan, owners of Midnight Sun Peonies. They will update attendees on the commercial cut-flower peony industry that is developing in Alaska. Their topic will be about their experience planting more than 7,000 peonies on their farm in Sterling, as well as their recent visit to established peony farms in New Zealand and Tasmania.

Club programs are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road, near the Bridge Access Road intersection. Meetings are open to the public. Refreshments are served and sometimes door prizes are awarded.

The club is selling 50 pound bags of ground codfish meal fertilizer as a fundraiser. Register and pre-pay at the next program. Price break for large orders. For more information, e-mail Marion at or call 283-4632.

Kids talent show deadline looms

Showing Off the Kids, the annual lip-sync and choreography contest sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools, has been rescheduled for April 25, with a mandatory rehearsal April 24. Applications, accompanied by a two-minute taped music selection, must be turned in at Dairy Queen by April 9.

For more information, call Carmen at 262-3151, ext. 24.

Youth Easter party set

The Kenai Eagles Aerie No. 3525 will have a Easter Egg Hunt for children under the age of 8 years old from noon to 2 p.m. April 11. Refreshments also are planned.

For more information, e-mail Barb Nelson at

Beekeepers all a buzz

The Peninsula Beekeep group will meet at 6 p.m. April 14 at the Soldotna Middle school.

The topic will be "Sustainable Beekeeping and Integrated Pest management" presented by Steve and Linda Albers. It is open to the public. For more information, call Brian at 252-8511 or Rosy at 398-7604.

Mother, daughter event set

Peninsula Take-a-Break will host a girls' night out from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 21 at Solid Rock Bible Camp at Mile 90.5 of the Sterling Highway.

This will be a night for mothers and daughters. A light dinner and dessert will be served. The event will feature Courtney Beddow, her daughter, Kiana B

eddow, and esthetician Bridget Williams from Alaska Center of Natural Medicine.

The topic will be advice on skin care and makeup. Guest speaker is Pauletta Staley will explain "How We All Are Women of Influence." Music will be provided buy Robin Alleman. Cost is $10 with a free nursery provided.

Deadline for reservations for the event and nursery is April 19. Call Cindy at 260-6262 or Susan at 335-6789 for more information.

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