Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, April 06, 2009

LeeShore classes canceled

The LeeShore Center has canceled its group support classes through Friday.

For more information, call 283-9479.

Kids dog agility class planned

The Kenai Kennel Club will hold a four-week agility class for kids ages 10 and older at 6 p.m. today. This is a fun class for kids and their dogs to try their paws in dog agility. The class is open to all dogs (not just purebreds) and their kids.

Dogs must be at least 1 year old, be on a leash and have proof of shot records. The cost is $20. The kennel club facility is at Mile 14.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road, the former Robinson's Mini Mall.

For more information, call 335-2552 or e-mail

Nonprofits to gather

Executive directors of nonprofit organizations are invited to a no-host breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday 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

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. For more information, call 262-3111.

Gardeners dig in

On Tuesday 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.

La Leche group to meet

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Frontier Community Services Playroom in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The league is a breastfeeding resource group that offers free monthly meetings, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, telephone assistance and a lending library. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Babies are welcome.

For more information, call 260-6141 or visit

Garage sale vendors sought

The Sterling Senior Center has tables available for its garage sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at its center. The cost is $25. For more information, call Glenda at 262-2943 or the center at 262-6808.

The Elderberry Cafe will be open at the center both days.

Youth bereavement camp offered

Applications are available for Hospice of the Central Peninsula's Camp Mend-A-Heart, a free bereavement camp for children ages 6 through 12 years old. The camp will be held Aug. 17, 18 and 19 at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

Limited space is available. Deadline for applications is April 13.

For more information or an application, call Hospice at 262-0453.

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 252-8511 or 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 Beddow, 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 260-6262 or 335-6789 for more information.

Water safety class rescheduled

The Soldotna High School pool has reschedule its water safety class to Saturday and April 19 and 25 if needed. The cost is $175 and due at time of registration.

For more information, call 262-7419.

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