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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kasilof Historical Society presents 'Fannie Quigley'

History Professor Jane Haigh will present "Fannie Quigley of Kantishna, Pioneer Woman Extraordinaire," at the Kasilof Historical Museum on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. This free public program is sponsored by the Kasilof Regional Historical Association.

Group wants input on ski area project

Dave Scanlan and Mountain Rider's Alliance will be presenting the Manitoba Mountain Ski Area Restoration Project at the Kenai River Center on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Please join us for a fun evening of collaboration. Following the presentation, a question and answer session encouraging community feedback will take place. All feedback will be used to help us with the final sculpting of the conceptualized project into something that will improve our communities and enhance your outdoor recreation experience. For more information call 907-360-7366.

Get ready for summer solstice

The 10th annual Summer Solstice Music Festival will be held on Tuesday, June 21, at The Diamond M ranch. Musicians and vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call JoAnne Martin at 282-9330 for an application. This year there will be no admission charge and no fee for vendors. The event takes place 4 p.m. -- midnight, or later, if musicians want to play and people want to continue dancing till the sun comes up! Food, arts and crafts, activities and political booths are needed to make this event a success. Donations to Matti's Farm are encouraged.

Become "Etched in Stone" with Challenger

The Challenger Center of Alaska in Kenai has launched a new tile drive and invites donors to show support for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Alaska. These new tiles will be predominantly displayed in the Earth Lobby, on the Space Shuttle Wall. Challenger strives to inspire kids in science, technology, engineering and math by engaging students in hand-on, relevant programs. The simulated space mission is one of the most popular, as well as the rocketry and robotic workshops. Challenger even has team building and communication workshops for corporate groups. For more information, contact Spring Larrow at the CLCA by email at spring.larrow@akchallenger, or by phone, 283-2000.

Soldotna Toastmasters meet

Soldotna Toastmasters meet Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m., at Kenai Peninsula College, Room #130. Interested community members are welcome, either to participate or just watch the action. Refreshments will be served. The group meets regularly on Mondays, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Soldotna City Council Chambers. For more information call Rosie Reeder, 262-7993.

Leeshore center holds domestic violence workshop

The LeeShore Center holds its bi-annual Community Awareness Workshop on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault April 18 -- 22, from 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. at The LeeShore Center. Topics include domestic violence, sexual assault, the effects of domestic violence on children, the agency's Batterer's Intervention Program, and volunteering with shelter clients. The public is invited and may attend a portion or the entire workshop. Continuing education credit may be attained after completion of the workshop and 30 hours of volunteer work with The LeeShore Center. Call 283-9479 for further information.

School district fed programs committee meets

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Federal Programs Advisory Committee will meet from 9 a.m. -- noon Tuesday, April 12, at Land's End Resort, in Homer. The meeting is open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, contact Mary Blossom at 714-8892.

KPC Council meets

The Kenai Peninsula College Council meets at 6 p.m., Thursday, 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

Events for Autism Awareness Month

National speaker Lauren Kerstien will do two free workshops on April 13. The morning workshop is open to anyone interested, at Soldotna High School Auditorium from 9 a.m. to noon. The afternoon workshop is free and open only to parents and requires registration at the It is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the portable across from the borough building. The 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Walk takes place April 16 at Skyview High School from noon to 2 p.m. Register online at This event is a fundraiser and an awareness event. For more information contact Tonja Updike, or 398-4214.

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.

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.

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

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