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Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Food classes offered

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will hold six classes on "How to Make the Most of Your Food Dollars" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through April 21 at the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive off Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna. Colleen Sonneville with the Cooperative Extension Service will be the facilitator. For more information, call 262-3111.

Soldotna TOPS meetings available

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) AK No. 218 meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m. For more information, call 252-5570.

After-grad planning continues

Soldotna High School parents of seniors will hold an after-graduation party planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the teachers lounge at SoHi. For more information, call 398-0817.

Autism events slated

Beginning Thursday events are planned to help bring awareness to people suffering from or affected by Autism.

* Thursday at River City Books in Soldotna community members may donate their book bucks to help fund autism activities in the community such as Family Fun Swim Night for autistics and their families.

* On April 16 -- Dr. Cowan from Seattle Children's Hospital will give a free presentation on Autism to the public at 5:30 p.m. in the Denali Room at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Dinner is available to purchase for $10 if requested.

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC).

* An Autism Awareness Walk will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 26 in the commons at Skyview High School. Children with Autism and other special needs are welcome to attend with their families. The cost is $5 for individuals and $10 for families.

The fees will go toward the cost of community activities for autistics and their families, as well as professional and family Autism trainings.

Informational booths also will be set up in the commons representing local services and support available to families and individuals with Autism. Goodie bags are offered for those who preregister for the event.

Donations outside the entry fee will be accepted.

For more information, call Tonja Updike at 260-6933 or e-mail her

Water safety classes begin

The Soldotna High School pool will hold a water safety instructors class beginning Saturday.

Participants must be at least 16 years old. Because the class size is limited, preregistration is recommended. For more information, call 262-7419.

Soldotna Historical Society to meet

The board of directors of the Soldotna Historical Society will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Fine Thyme Cafe in River City Books in Soldotna. The topic will be business items. It is open to the public. For more information, call 262-4157.

Bowling fundraiser set to strike

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host its sixth annual Up Your Alley Bowling Tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alaskalanes in Kenai. Tournament play begins at 7 p.m. The theme will be "Flash Back to the '50s."

Team sponsorships begin at $250 and include: two games for three to six players, team/lane banner, team photo, food, music and prizes. In addition to the first-, second and third-place bowling teams, the chamber will award the best dressed '50s team. For more information, call 283-7989 or visit

Library fundraiser planned

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library will host an Afternoon High Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Merit Inn. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available as advance sales only at the Kenai Community Library or from library board members.

Kenai Historical Society to meet

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1:15 p.m. Sunday downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant. The featured speaker will be Betty Idleman, a member of the Totem Tracers Genealogical Society. Her topic will be projects of the genealogical group and Resource Saturdays. It is open to the public. For more information, call 283-8762.

Nonprofits to gather

Executive directors of nonprofit organizations are invited to a no-host breakfast at 7 a.m. April 7 at Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai. The purpose is to discuss mutual administrative interests such as event dates, media freebies and upcoming seminars.

For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111 or e-mail at

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