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Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Run for the River registration open

Registration is open for the Kenai Watershed Forum's Run for the River, five-kilometer and 10-mile run/walk. Held in conjunction with the 2011 Kenai River Festival, this event supports watershed education on the Kenai Peninsula. Early registration is $20. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Runners gift is included with registration fee. Contact Rhonda Orth at 260-5449 for a registration form or download at or register online at

River festival looking for artists, food vendors

The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications from local artists and food vendors to reserve booth space at the Kenai River Festival on June 10 to 12 at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna. Space is limited. Please visit for more information and application details.

Hospital service area board meets

The regular meeting of the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board of Directors will be held April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Redoubt/Spurr conference room at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Free safety training for commercial fishers

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Homer at the Best Western Bidarka Inn on April 30, starting at 8 a.m. This course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen. All other boaters are welcome at a cost of $175. For more information, contact AMSEA in Sitka at 888-508-3287. or register online at

Contra dance scheduled

Kenai River Folk Dancers hosts a contra dance on April 16, from 7 to 10 p.m., at K-Beach Elementary School. Beginners are welcome. All dances are taught and called. Bring clean, dry, non-marking shoes. Cost is $5 for adults and no charge for children under age 16 when accompanied by an adult. Potluck snacks are optional. For more information call Raymond at 283-5403.

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.

Central Peninsula Garden Club meets today

The regular monthly meeting of the Central Peninsula Garden Club is April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road. 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

Come out for wrestling camp

The Western State -- Alaska Wrestling Camp will be June 24 and 25 at Nikiski High School. Camp is open to grades 3-12. Clinicians include Miles Van Hee, Donovan McMahill and Charlie Pipher, national finalist and three-time all-American at Western State College of Colorado. Campers who register by April 29 will receive a free camp T-shirt. Go to to download a camp application. Cost is $85.00 per camper.

Win free golf at Nikiski Rec Center

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.

Hershey Track and Field Meet scheduled

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area is now registering boys and girls 9-14 years old for the annual Hershey Track and Field Meet to be held May 13, at the Nikiski High School Track. Entry forms are available at the Nikiski Pool or the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Deadline for entry is April 18. For more information, or to volunteer at the meet call Tammy at 776-8800.

Learn to swim in Nikiski

Nikiski Pool swim lessons Set 4 starts April 12 and runs through April 28. Sign-ups start April 4 at the pool and lessons 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.

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

Court volunteers wanted

Wanted: Volunteers for court observer program. There are two weeks of training in April in Kenai. Must be able to sit for at least two hours, take notes and fill out evaluation form. Please call Alaska Judicial Observers at 907-646-9880.

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