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Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Choir concert today

The Kenai Central High School will hold a spring concert at 7 p.m. today in the school's auditorium. Classical pieces by the choir include: "Let Their Celestial Concerts Unite" from Handel's Oratorio "Sampson", "Afternoon on a Hill" by Minnesotan Eric Barnum, and "Russian Picnic" and others. A solo from the opera "Gianni Schicchi". Solos from the musicals: "Oklahoma", "My Fair Lady", "Kiss Me Kate", "Show Boat" and "Les Miserables"

There is no admission charge.

National Library Week at the Soldotna Public Library coming soon

The Soldotna Public Library is celebrating National Library Week April 11 to 17 by offering patrons amnesty (no fines charged) on any overdue items returned that week, hosting a prize drawing, a story time, a program by Alaska's Writer Laureate, Nancy Lord, and promoting membership in the Friends of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library. All events are free! For more information, visit the library at 235 N. Binkley Street, or call 262-4227.

Tax day tea party slated

The Kenai Peninsula Tea Party Patriots will be gathering at the "Y" in Soldotna on tax day, April 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to share views and express distaste for the goings on in Washington D.C.

For more information, contact Bill at 394-1072.

Historical speech to be held at KPC

KPC Showcase Series presents a talk by Dr. Jane Haigh, who recently joined the faculty at KPC as Assistant Professor of History, on Political Power, Patronage and Protection Rackets and Con men and Political Corruption in Denver: 1889-1894 on April 15 at 7 p.m. in the KPC Commons. Haigh is the author of a number of books of popular Alaska history, including Gold Rush Women, and Gold Rush Dogs. She was honored in 2007 as the Alaska Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society for her most recent books, Searching for Fannie Quigley: A Wilderness Life in the Shadow of Mt. McKinley (Ohio University Press, 2007) and King Con: the Story of Soapy Smith (2006). Call Dave at 262-0346 for more information.

Support group for at-home moms forms

The MOMS Club, an international non-profit organization specifically for stay-at-home mothers, is starting a chapter on the Kenai Peninsula. Most activities are scheduled for the daytime hours and children are always welcome and encouraged. An informational open house will be held on April 19. If you're a stay-at-home mom, and you live anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula, you are invited to come check us out.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, please contact Connie Downs at 262-6712.

Sterling Head Start now enrolling for fall

Sterling Head Start is a free child development program that serves young children, three to five and their families. Sterling Head Start offers a.m. or p.m. classroom options, consisting of four, 3 1/2 hour classroom days (Monday - Thursday). Head Start has bus service that includes pick up in Soldotna and also serves the children breakfast, lunch, and snack. Sterling Head Start is located on the Sterling Highway at Mile 81.5 next to Cook's Tesoro.

Call 260-7446 for more information.

Soccer tryouts open

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is currently taking registrations for the 2010 Outdoor Soccer season. Youth ages 4 - 18 are welcome to participate. All registrations can be done at the Kenai Rec Center.

Deadline for youth 6th Grade through 12th Grade is April 16th at 4 p.m. Practices start the week of June 7.

Deadline for youth 4 years to 5th Grade is April 23rd at 4 p.m. Practices start the week of June 14.

For more information, call 283-3318 or e-mail us at

Soap box derby is coming

The 2010 Kenai Rotary Soap Box derby speeds its way to Kenai on May 22! Local youth will compete in downhill, gravity-powered racers that they build themselves with an adult for a chance to win great prizes! Join the Kenai Rotary Club on Spruce Street in Kenai May 22 starting at noon for this year's race. The Kenai Rotary Club is looking for sponsors to help us with this exciting event.

If you or your business would like to sponsor this year's race contact Jeff at 283-5116 or Tim at 394-1630.

Keen Eye Birders meeting slated

The next Keen Eye Birders meeting will be held at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building April 17 at 2 p.m. Sean and Sadie Ulman will be presenting, "The Importance of Chickaloon Flats to migrating and staging Shorebirds." The club will also be discussing upcoming birding festivals in Homer, May 6-8, and the Kenai Birding Celebration, May 20-23.

For more information, contact Linda Story at 262-9031.

Emergency training scheduled

A free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning April 12. The class will end on May 8 with a disaster exercise. The class provides information about disaster hazards on the Kenai Peninsula, teaches practical size-up and safety skills such as how to work in teams to shut off utilities, put out small fires, perform light search and rescue and provide emergency first aid. The class is safety and ability oriented and teens and older may attend. Teens younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited.

For more information, a manual and class location, call Glenda at 262-2098 or e-mail

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