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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011

City of Kenai wants your ideas

The City of Kenai is holding a community strategic planning session April 23 at the Kenai Senior Center. The session is designed to gather residents' ideas and values for their community's future on three topics -- Quality of Life, Land Use and Public Improvements. Public input will be used in the update to the City's Comprehensive Plan. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., and the meeting runs from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is encouraged to participate. To RSVP call Marilyn at 283 8235 or Nancy at 283-8237 so there will be enough chairs and donuts.

Nikiski Senior Center plans bingo, bazaar

Bingo will be held at the Nikiski Senior Center (one mile off Kenai Spur Highway on Island Lake Road) on April 9. Doors open at 4 p.m., play begins at 5 p.m. Limited snack bar will be available or bring your own. For more information call 776-7654.

The senior center will also be holding its Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on April 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are still available for vendors. Call 776-7654 for more information.

Extension service teaches container gardening

The Cooperative Extension Service is offering a class about growing flowers and vegetables in containers. On April 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the KPC Steffy Building, Will and Monte Hightower will share how they successfully garden in containers. The class is free. Pre-registration by April 11 is requested. Space is limited to 40 people. Call the Extension Office at 262-5824 for more information and to pre-register.

Panther Football Spring Clean Up

The Skyview Football Team would like to sweep your parking lot. We are fundraising for an exciting upcoming season. We are planning to go to The All Alaska Football Camp this summer and have big plans during the season, so we want to get started early. Please contact Eric Pomerleau at 260-2315 to set up sweeping projects.

Thanksgiving in April dinner

The Sterling Senior Center is having a Thanksgiving in April dinner, April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Turkey and glazed ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and bread pudding for dessert. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Call the Sterling Senior Center at 262-6808 for reservations or signup at the front desk.

Overdue amnesty during library week

The Soldotna Public Library celebrates National Library Week, April 10-16, by granting amnesty on overdue fines on all late items returned to the library this week, hosting a Lunch Break Local Author signing and reception on Wednesday, noon-2 p.m., and a special Multicultural Family Story time presented by the ESL students from Kenai Peninsula College on Saturday, 2-3 p.m. For more information, visit the Soldotna Public Library at 235 N. Binkley St., call 262-4227 or see the library's Web site at

Pre-school fair in Sterling

Attend a kindergarten and pre-school fair at Sterling Elementary School Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to noon. Youngsters 2-6 years old and their families are invited. Parents can registger children for Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten. Bring the child's shot records and birth certificate. For more information contact Tyna Ledda, AmeriCorps VISTA Member, 262-4944 or email

College hosts estate planning seminar

Kenai Peninsula College has partnered with the University of Alaska Foundation to bring an estate planning seminar to the Kenai River campus. The event will be held April 27, 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., in the Steffy Building. The informational session will offer general information aimed at providing attendees with tools to help answer questions like how and why Alaskans should create an effective estate plan, whether a will is necessary, what effects the new 2010 tax law changes might have on estate planning and explore the ins and outs of charitable giving options. Space is limited, RSVP at 1-888-907-4823 or e-mail by April 15.

Kenai River Campus hosts oratory competition

The Alaska Native Oratory Society, a series of speaking events that provide opportunities for Alaska Native, Native American and non-Native high school and university students to develop their oratory skills, holds a regional competition at Kenai River Campus April 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Riverview commons. Prizes will be awarded and the winner will advance to the state competition. The public is invited. For more information call 262-0328 or email Diane Taylor at

KPC Council meets

The Kenai Peninsula College Council meets at 6 p.m. April 14, in the Seward High School Library in Seward. For more information or a copy of the agenda, contact Sue Evanson at 262-0318 or email

Yoga for breast cancer survivors

Restorative Yoga Class for Breast Cancer Survivors will be held April 8, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Central Peninsula Hospital in the Spur Room. This class is offered free of charge. Contact Margie for more information at 262-9709.

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.

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