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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Central Peninsula gardeners get ready for growing season

The Central Peninsula Garden Club hosts a program April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road. Guest speaker Tim Meyers from Bethel, will talk about how he has developed his fresh produce business. For more information contact Marion Nelson, 283-4632, or

The Peninsula Ag Forum will be April 2 at the Ninilchik fairgrounds, sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula R.C. & D. Tickets are available at the local Soil & Water office in the Trading Bay office complex. Call 283-8732.

Alan Bradshaw, from the North American Rock Garden Society, will talk about plants that grow in colder climes on April 3. His talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and is open to the public. Refreshements will be served. For more information, call 283-4632, 398-8669 or visit

The Garden Club also is taking orders now for their annual SeaAg fertilizer fundraiser. SeaAg is made from Alaska fish bones, ground into fish bone-meal. For more information, contact Don St. John at 398-4474, or Delivery will be the first part of May at the Snug Harbor Seafood Plant parking lot.

The club's regular monthly meeting is April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Buildingd. Speakers will be Dea Calvin and Kathy Feathergill-Calvin, owners of Forget Me Not Nursery in Indian. The meeting is open to the public and there will be refreshments and door prizes. For more information call 283-4632, 398-8669 or visit

Tomato class offerred tonight

A free class about growing tomatoes is Thursday night at Kenai Peninsula College. Janice Chumley teaches the class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is requested, call the Cooperative Extension Service office at 262-5824.

Community dialogue on the hospital

The Friday Community Dialogue topic for April 1 at the Kenai Senior Center is: "The Future of Central Peninsula Hospital: What is best for our community?" Optional potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., with a dialogue from 7 to 9 p.m. Call Krista Timlin at 262-0337 for more information.

Test your endurance at fundraiser

The SoHi Baseball Team hosts a Survivor Style No Doze lock-in fundraiser on April 1, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., at Soldotna High School for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. This will be 12 hours of fun physical and mental team challenges to include: team games, swimming, brain teasers, snacks, drinks and breakfast. Register online at under fundraisers or at Soldotna High School before the event. Cost is $40. For more information call Judy Rohl at 953-9586.

Craft fair in Nikiski

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center holds a Craft Fair on April 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Booths are available. For more information call 776-8800.

Missionary educator speaks

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church hosts Jerene Mortenson, mother of author Greg Mortenson ("Thre Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools") as she talks about contributing to efforts to help educate children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jerene Mortenson holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from University of Minnesota, and has taught in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Tanzania with her family as missionaries for 13 years. The event is April 1 in O'Neill hall, beginning with a soup supper at 5:45 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. Donations for the Central Asia Institute are appreciated. For more information call Marlys Verba at 262-5542.

Soldotna Historical Society board meets

The Soldotna Historical Society board of directors meets April 2, 9 a.m., at Fine Thyme Cafe in River City Books. The public is welcome. For additional information call 262-4157.

Learn about macrobiotics

Warren Kramer, a macrobiotics specialist, is visiting Ionia this week. Kramer will give a public talk about the relationship between food and mental/emotional health on April 4 at Christ Lutheran Church from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be free childcare. Kramer is also available for individual health consultations from March 30 - April 3 for $250. Email for an appointment or more information.

Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers meet

Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers holds its general meeting at the Albatross on K-Beach Road, April 7, at 7 p.m. Members will elect officers for the board.

Boy Scouts Tustumena District meets

The Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America Tustumena District holds its monthly Round Table and District Committee meetings on April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. Special guest will be Assistant Scout Executive John Lubbers, available to answer questions regarding camp, Council events and topics of interest. District Committee begins at 6 p.m. and will cover activity planning for the remainder of the school year. Round Table begins at 7 p.m. and will cover camp, popcorn and spring recruitment and Webelos crossover. Any interested person may attend.

Sterling seniors hold garage sale

Time to clean out the garage and storage areas. Sign up for space at the spring garage sale to be held April 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. Charge for a table or space is $25 for both days. Anyone wishing to donate items for the Senior Table can bring them in after April 5. A bake sale will also be held. For more information or to reserve a table call the senior center at 262-6808.

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.

Fairbanks brings the Bard to Soldotna

The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre presents "Twelfth Night," a comedy of mismatched love and mistaken identity, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Soldotna High School. The performance will be free, with donations accepted at the door.

Learn to swim in Nikiski

Nikiski Pool swim lessons Set 4 starts April 12 and runs through April 28. Sign-ups start April 4, 4 p.m. at the Nikiski Pool and include beginners at 1, 3 and 4 p.m., Tiny Tots at 2 p.m., and intermediates at 4 p.m. Call Nigel at 776-8800 for more information.

Win free golf

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center hosts a "Closest to the Pin" golf competition on their Full Swing Golf Simulator for the month of April. Winner will recieve a gift certificate for golfing. For more information call 776-8800.

Peninsula Realtors hold raffle fundraiser

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors holds its annual Hospice and Habitat for Humanity Raffle fundraiser. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Grand prize is a 2011 Outlander 400 4 Wheeler ATV, first prize is a Tikka 300 Winchester magnum rifle, second prize is a framed print of "The Waterfall," by Ed Tussey, and third prize is a basket from Homer Bear Creek Winery. Get your tickets by contacting a Realtor or Kari Butler at the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors at 262-1851 or buy them online at

Cabin tour guides needed

The Kenai Historical Society needs volunteers to train as cabin tour hosts at the Kenai Homesteader Cabin Park for several hours each week this summer. Opening is set for May 31, with orientation for new volunteers the week before. For more information call June Harris at 283-1946; Sharon Fisher at 776-8254 or 394-4559; or Carol Anderson at 252-4943.

Oilers offer grads scholarships

The Peninsula Oilers are giving away four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, one each to the four major area high schools (Soldotna, Skyview, Kenai and Nikiski). Deadline to apply is Friday, April 22. For more information, contact your counselor or visit the Oilers website at

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