Community News

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2004

'Plant a row for the hungry' campaign begins

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is seeking interested community gardeners to help in the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign. Area gardeners are asked to plant an extra row in their gardens or window boxes this season. Then, at harvest time, they are asked to donate surplus produce or flowers to the food bank.

The Plant a Row for the Hungry is a nationwide program that got its roots in Alaska. Thousands of gardeners participated last year bringing in much-needed fresh produce to their area food banks. Gardeners living in the Homer or Anchor Point area can contribute to the Homer Food Pantry. For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Relay for Life captains meeting today

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula will begin at 6 p.m. June 4 at the Skyview High School track. The all-night event will include live music and a walking relay to support the society's Reach to Recovery, Look Better-Feel Better, Wig Loan Closet and support group programs. Team packets are available for pickup at Wells Fargo Bank.

There will be a team captain and informational meeting for team captains at 6 p.m. today in the main conference room at Central Peninsula General Hospital. Those who can't attend should call Corbi Aaronson at 262-7711 for more information.

Skyview to hold talent show

Skyview High School will hold its annual school talent show at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the commons. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Bill Holt at 262-7675.

Area scouts to gather

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from all over the peninsula will gather for the annual Scout-O-Rama and pinewood derby championships from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

Troops and packs will host hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. In addition, the pinewood derby championships will be held. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call George Schaaf at 283-1699.

Community clean-up slated

The Kenai Peninsula Lions Clubs and ConocoPhillips will sponsor a clean-up day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 in Nikiski at the hockey rink and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at the green strip park in Kenai and at the Soldotna Creek Park.

Cash prizes will be available for the most litter bags collected in each community. A boys and girls bicycle certificate also will be drawn for children under 10 who collect and turn in bags to receive a ticket.

A barbecue and refreshments will be at the green strip on Main Street Loop following trash collection.

Army Field Band to perform

The United States Army Field Band will hold a free concert at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Free tickets can be obtained at KCHS.

Oilers seeking jobs, hosts for players

The Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League is seeking host families and prospective employers for the players who will arrive June 4.

Host families will need to provide a room and bedding for seven weeks beginning in June and continuing through the first part of August; meals as needed (players will be away for 21 games); and a safe and welcoming environment for the player. The player is responsible for providing his own transportation; using his own telephone calling cards; and being considerate and mindful of the host family's household. For more information, call Charlene Smith at 262-7974 or email

Part time jobs also are need for many of the players. They will be available approximately 20 hours per week. For more information, call Ron Lucia at 283-7133 or e-mail

Kenai Performers to hold theater camp

The Kenai Performers are taking registration for a summer theater camp. Session one, for children in grades one through six, will run June 28 through July 16. Session two, for children in grades six through 12, will run from July 19 to Aug. 13.

Up to four classes a day are available to campers, with a minimum of two classes required for participation in the musical. Auditions for the musical will be held in the first week of camp. Camp instructors will be area actors and three college theater graduates. The musical will be directed by Carol Ford. For more information or to register, call Carol Ford at 776-8308.

School memorabilia sought

The committee planning the closing of Nikiski Elementary School is seeking memorabilia for its closing ceremonies, which are scheduled for May 15. Items can be dropped off at the school's office or at the Nikiski Post Office with Audrey. For more information, call Audrey at 776-5258.

Host families needed

Cultural Homestay International is seeking families to host foreign exchange students for the 2004-05 school year. Students will arrive in August and come with their own spending money and medical insurance.

The program provides a 10-month homestay experience to international teenage students and their hosting families. The students will attend area schools and live as a member of the host family. Students will become fluent in English and learn in-depth about North America, their host community and the school. For more information, call Bonnie Richard at 260-8020 or Maria Bayne at (800) 210-6080.

Community page submissions may be faxed to 283-3299; e-mailed to, sent to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or delivered to 150 Trading Bay Road.

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