Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011

Spaghetti feed to benefit breast cancer patient

The Kenai Lions Club will host a spaghetti feed fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Elks Lodge to benefit Angie Ring Norvelle, a single mother of two and longtime Kenai resident who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The event will include raffles and a silent auction. Any donation will be accepted.

Names of military personnel sought

Local veterans' organizations are collecting the neames and addresses of military personnel who might like to receive a miniature, folded American flag as "little piece of home." If you have a friend or loved one who is deployed, contact Herb Stettler at 262-1237 or 394-1367.

More time to join B&G soccer

The Boys & Girls Club 6th-12th grade Outdoor Soccer program deadline has been extended. The season runs from June 6 -- July 23. Cost is $70 and the registration deadline is Friday, April 22, 4 p.m. All participants must be 2011 members. Membership is $75. Scholarships are available. Registrations are taken at the Kenai Recreation Center, or fax to 283-4675. For more information call 283-3318.

Benefits and services symposium coming up

The Kenai Peninsula Aging and Disability Resource Center and National Family Caregiver Program host the Spring Benefits and Services Symposium for elders, persons with disabilities and caregivers, May 10, 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m., at Kenai Peninsula College. Guest speakers are from the State of Alaska, including Aging and Disability Resource Center, Medicare, Medicaid, Adult Protective Services, Older Alaskans, PCA, Nursing Home Transitions, 211, and much more. This will be a round table discussion with time for questions from the audience. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. For an agenda for the day, please call Lori at 262-6333 or Dani at 262-1280. There is no charge and everyone is invited, including local provider agencies as well as the public.

Gov's disabilities council invites comment

Do you or someone you know live with a disability? If so, the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education invites you to meet with council members and others in your community to discuss disability issues in your area including housing, employment, education, transportation, support and inclusion. Monday, April 18, 6 -- 8 p.m., at the Aspen Hotel, 326 Binkley Cir., Soldotna. Tell us your thoughts about what is working well, what is not working well, and solutions or ideas you have to improve any and all aspects of the lives of persons with disabilities. For more information call 1 (888) 269-8990. To participate from around the state by phone, call 1-800-315-6338 and enter code #8462.

Tri The Kenai Triathlon registration open

Registration is under way for the 2011 Tri The Kenai Triathlon, scheduled for June 12. The event takes place at Skyview High School and includes a 500-yard pool swim, a 10-mile road bike and a 5-kilometer trail run. Registration is $85 for adults, $175 for teams and $15 for the youth event (ages 5 to 14). Registration closes June 1; competitors wishing to be considered for seeding must be registered by May 15. This year's event will include a charity focus on women's cancer awareness. Featured racers will include Jenn Sommermann, who is competing in triathlons in 50 states to raise awareness, and DeeDee Jonrowe, a cancer survivor. Volunteers also are needed for the event. For more information or to register, visit www.trithekenai.com.

Registration open for Run for the River

Registration is open for the Kenai Watershed Forum's Run for the River 5K and 10 Mile run/walk. Held in conjunction with the 2011 Kenai River Festival, this event supports watershed education on the Kenai Peninsula. Early registration is $20 and is open through June 8. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Contact Rhonda Orth at 260-5449 for a registration form or download at www.kenaiwatershed.org or register online at active.com.

Kenai Birding Festival coming

The Kenai Birding Festival will be May 19 -- 22. This four day event includes field trips, children's programs, van tours, birding float trip, children's art and photo exhibit, speakers, demonstrations, and lots of birding information for the beginner and advanced birder. Visit www.kenaibirdfest.com for a complete schedule and event details.

Booth space available for river festival

The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications from local artists, food vendors and information/educational groups to reserve booth space at the Kenai River Festival. June 10 -- 12, at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna. Space is limited this year. Interested participants are encourage to contact us early. Please visit www.kenaiwatershed.org for more information and application details.

Rugby group invites new players

The Kenai River Wolfpack Rugby Club is recruiting new members for the upcoming season. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. We practice touch rugby on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School. The only required gear is a pair of non-marking athletic shoes. See our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenai-River-Wolfpack-Rugby/100000297897135, or contact Chuck Bartlett, 398-6504, or email cbartlett@cispri.org for more information.

Youth art show accepting submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the Peeps Art and Photo Exhibit. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the Kenai Birding Festival May 19 to 22. Youth that are 18 years old and younger may submit their bird-focusd artwork and photography. Entry forms are available at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna and online at www.kenaiwatershed.org and www.kenaibirdfest.org. Entries should be ready to display and are due May 14. They can be taken to the refuge headquarters of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai.

College scholarship available

The women of Chapter M, PEO, (Philanthropic Educational Opportunities) are offering a $1,500 scholarship for the school year 2011-12. Any woman who has completed at least one semester of college and is planning to enroll or has enrolled at Kenai Peninsula College, Soldotna Campus, is eligible to apply. Applications can be obtained at the KPC Student Finance Office and are due May 10. Selection will be made by June 1 and all applicants will be notified of the results. For more information call Pat Robinson, 252-5244; Kelli Stroh, 283-9261; or Eileen Bryson, 283-4428.

Oilers offer grads scholarships

The Peninsula Oilers are giving away four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, one each to the four major area high schools (Soldotna, Skyview, Kenai and Nikiski). The application deadline is April 22. For more information, contact your counselor or visit the Oilers website at www.oilersbaseball.com.

Hospital service area board meets

The regular meeting of the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board of Directors will be held April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Redoubt/Spurr conference room at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Black bear baiting permits available

Permits for black bear baiting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be available beginning April 18. Permits are free and can be obtained at the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All black bear hunters hunting over bait on the Refuge must obtain a permit. The Refuge's baiting season runs May 1 to June 30. Archers wishing to take a black bear over bait on the Refuge must have completed a State of Alaska approved bow hunter education course. For more information, contact the Refuge Headquarters at 907-262-7021.

Community discussion on bears scheduled

Join federal and state resource management agencies in a public forum to share and discuss your experiences, thoughts and ideas on how to reduce conflicts between humans and bears in the Russian and Kenai River area. A meeting in Cooper Landing is scheduled for April 18, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Cooper Landing Community Center. A second meeting is scheduled for April 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gilman River Center in Soldotna. For more information, visit https://projects.ecr.gov/kenai-russianriver/, or contact Jan Caulfield at (907) 523-4610 or janc@gci.net.

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.

Kids' activities sought

The Clarion is seeking information for its annual Just Kidding section with listings of summer events for youth. Organizations, businesses, individuals or churches planning summer events open to area youth May through August may submit activities.

Information needed: Name or group or organization; age of youth who may attend; time of activity; date of activity and deadline for registration; place activity will be held including address; cost of activity and/or fees; contact name and phone number for people to call; e-mail address (optional); Web address (optional); and a brief description of the activity. The deadline to submit information is April 30.

E-mailed submissions are required. E-mail Just Kidding information to news@peninsulaclarion.com. In the subject line write Just Kidding. For more information, call Will Morrow at 335-1251 or e-mail will.morrow@peninsulaclarion.com.

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 hands-on, relevant programs. For more information, contact Spring Larrow at the CLCA by email at spring.larrow@akchallenger, or by phone, 283-2000.



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