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Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cabin tour guides needed

The Kenai Historical Society needs volunteers to train as cabin tour hosts at the Kenai Homesteader Cabin Park for several hours each week this summer. Opening is set for May 31, with orientation for new volunteers the week before. For more information call June Harris at 283-1946; Sharon Fisher at 776-8254 or 394-4559; or Carol Anderson at 252-4943.

Help the food bank raise funds

The food bank will get money from the Feinstein challenge based on how much is donated by the community from March 1 to April 30.

For the 14th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will distribute $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide to help organizations raise funds this March and April. Donations can include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1 per item or pound) or pledges. Mr. Feinstein's million dollars will be divided proportionately among all agencies that meet a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 in donations. The Peninsula has received more than $1,000 a year from this fund since 2006. A full report of the results of this 2011 Challenge will be posted on website in July.

Win free golf

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center hosts a "Closest to the Pin" golf competition on their Full Swing Golf Simulator for the month of April. Winner will receive a gift certificate for golfing. For more information call 776-8800.

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 In the subject line write Just Kidding. For more information, call Will Morrow at 335-1251 or e-mail

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:, or contact Chuck Bartlett, 398-6504, or email for more information.

Panther Football Spring Clean Up

The Skyview Football Team would like to sweep your parking lot. We are fundraising for the 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.

Host a foreign exchange student

The Kenai Peninsula College is recruiting people to host college-age foreign exchange students for the 2011-12 school year. Hosting can be for the academic year, a semester, as a short term back-up or a day host. A small stipend to defray expenses is included. If interested in more information, please contact Mark Larson at 283-9293 or or Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or

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 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 spring.larrow@akchallenger, or by phone, 283-2000.

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.

Summer soccer registration open

The Boys and Girls Club is accepting registrations for outdoor soccer for ages 4 years through 12th grade. For grades 6 -- 12, the season runs from June 6 -- July 23, the cost is $70 and the registration deadline is Friday, April 15, at 4 p.m. For ages 4 years to 5th grade, the season runs from June 13 -- July 30. Cost is $60 and the registration deadline is Friday, April 22, at 4 p.m. The child must be 4 by April 22. All participants must be 2011 members. Membership cost is $10 for kindergarten and under, $75 for 1st -- 12th graders. Scholarships are available. Registrations are taken at the Kenai Recreation Center, or fax to 283-4675. For more information call 283-3318.

Learn about invasive plants

The Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area holds its 2011 Annual Weed Workshop on April 27, noon -- 5:30 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road, in Soldotna. For more information contact Janice Chumley, UAF-CES, 262-5824 ext. 303; or Tara Schmidt, Homer Soil and Water, 235-8177 ext. 106.

Blood wanted

Blood Bank of Alaska is headed to Kenai and Soldotna from April 25 to 28. Call 907-222-5630 for an appointment .

Free safety training for commercial fishermen

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Homer at the Best Western Bidarka Inn on April 30, starting at 8 a.m. This course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen. All other boaters are welcome at a cost of $175. For more information, contact AMSEA in Sitka at 888-508-3287. or register online at

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 and 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.

Dispose of old drugs

The Drug Enforcement Agency and Alaska State Troopers will hold a national drug collection day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 at Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, 299 North Binkley.

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