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Posted: Friday, April 01, 2011

Gathering set for retiring Postmaster

A celebration for retiring Kenai Postmaster Laurel Pickering will be held April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 902 Cook Ave., in Kenai. The public is invited. For more information call Sue Leritz at 283-4774 or 252-4181.

Black bear baiting permits available

Permits for black bear baiting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be available beginning April 18. Permits are free and can be obtained at the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All black bear hunters hunting over bait on the Refuge must obtain a permit. The Refuge's baiting season runs May 1 to June 30. Archers wishing to take a black bear over bait on the Refuge must have completed a State of Alaska approved bow hunter education course. For more information, contact the Refuge Headquarters at 907-262-7021.

Youth art show accepting submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the Peeps Art and Photo Exhibit. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the Kenai Birding Festival May 19 to 22. Youth that are 18 years old and younger may submit their bird-focusd artwork and photography. Entry forms are available at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna and online at and Entries should be ready to display and are due May 14. They can be taken to the refuge headquarters of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai.

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.

Craft fair coming in Nikiski

North Peninsula Recreation hosts a Craft Fair Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Admission is free. For more information contact Tammy or Jackie 776-8800.

Kenai Historical Society meets

The Kenai Historical Society will meet Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m., at the Kenai Methodist Church. The general meeting is open to the public. Guest speaker will be Clark Fair. Note that May 7 will be the Peninsula-wide semi-annual meeting in Hope. Contact your local Historical Society for more information.

Cook Inlet Regional Planning Team talks salmon

The Cook Inlet Regional Planning Team will meet Thursday, April 14, 9:30 a.m., at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. The selection of pink and sockeye salmon brood stock for Lower Cook Inlet salmon enhancement projects and Hatchery Annual Management Plans will be reviewed. The meeting is open to public. Information about location is available by calling 907-283-5761 and the agenda is posted on-line at under "CIAA News."

League of Women Voters meet

The Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters will meet April 8 at noon at Christ Lutheran Church, on the Spur Highway in Soldotna. Guest speaker will be Phil St. John of the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology. Mr. St. John will speak on Net Zero Energy. The public is invited. Coffee will be available. Please call 260-3111 for further information.

Kenai Saturday Market needs vendors

Kenai Saturday Market is now accepting applications for the summer 2011 season, May 21 through Sept. 10. Alaska grown fruits and vegetables and Alaskan made crafts are welcome. The market is held in front of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau, 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Low rates start at just $20 per Saturday. Call Harold at 283-1991.

Cribbage tournament now on

The 17th annual Kenai Peninsula cribbage tournament runs on Saturdays at 3 p.m. until April 30 at the American Legion in Kenai, which is at 902 Cook Street. Members of the public are welcome to participate.

For more information call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

Singles meet up

A peninsula singles activity group is forming. The group will enjoy food, coffee and other adventures. Call Bobbie at 740-0832 or 260-5353 for the meeting location and more information.

Donate that gently worn dress

Soldotna Student Council is collecting gently used dresses, shoes and accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2011. This is a program for local high school girls to receive a free prom dress. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main office of Soldotna High School.

Celebrate nano science at Challenger

Challenger Learning Center hosts the "Biggest Event for the Smallest Science," a program about nano science, April 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be free hot dogs. For more information contact Kathy East at 283-2000 or

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