Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

KPC author gives reading

Kenai Peninsula College staff member and adjunct instructor Dave Atcheson will give a reading and slideshow April 21 at 6 :30 p.m. Atcheson wrote "Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond," which was recently published by National Geographic Books. The slide show will feature photos from the book, taken by National Geographic photographer Michael Melford, interspersed with both recent and historical photos of those interviewed for the project. The event is in the KPC commons.

Masons bestow honor student awards

The 44th Annual Kenai Masonic Honor Student Awards will be presented April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Kenai Central High School, in the Large Theater. The public is invited as the Masons honor 24 students from the Kenai Peninsula. The Masons will also be presenting three $1,000 scholarships, two to local students and one to a student from the Nome area. Refreshments will be provided by the Ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star, "Star of the North Chapter # 17" also located in Soldotna.

MOMS meet coming up

The MOMS Club, an international non-profit support organization for at-home mothers, is having its next meeting April 18 at 9:30 a.m., in Soldotna. For meeting location or other information about the MOMS Club, contact Connie at 262-6712 or Michelle at 394-7527. The MOMS Club website is

Nikiski Senior Center lunch menu set

Tuesday: Oven baked chicken, curried rice, vegetable.

Wednesday: Stuffed pork tenderloin, potatoes with green beans, rolls.

Thursday: Meat loaf, mac 'n' cheese w/ham, corn.

Friday: Rick's Choice.

All meals served with soup, salad, beverage and dessert. Lunch is served at noon sharp.

The center's "Build-a-Bonnet" Tea is Thursday at 1 p.m. The base of your hat must be your colander (spaghetti strainer). Bring fun things to attach to your hat (and something to attach it with), and maybe a few things to share. We have some silk flowers and lace to share. After making our bonnets, we will model them for each other and enjoy tea and desserts. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. Please call the center at 567-3988 by Tuesday afternoon to make your reservations.

School district discusses federal programs

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Federal Programs Advisory Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday 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.

Autism Awareness Month events on tap

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.

Soldotna Safety Day approaching

Soldotna Safety Day is May 21. Poster contest entries must be hand delivered or post marked by April 15. Participants packets are still available at Soldotna State Farm office. For more information call Nancy or Shanna at 262-4440. Safe Kids Coalition will be at Soldotna Safety Day offering car seat checks. All children that use a car seat must be present.

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 at 7 p.m.

Soldotna Toastmasters meet

Soldotna Toastmasters meet Thursday at 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.

Seniors host 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.

Soldotna Library has amnesty for fines

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

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.

Contra dance scheduled this weekend

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.

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