Community Events

Posted: Monday, May 02, 2005

Community race set to go

The Soldotna Rotary will host its annual Rotary unity point-to-point run July 9. The 10-mile race begins at 9 a.m. and the 5-kilometer race begins at 9:30 a.m.

Bus transportation will be provided to starting lines. Participants are to meet at Soldotna High School one hour before start times. Both races will finish at SoHi.

The cost is $10 for children ages 12 and under, $20 for adults or $50 per family. Day of race registration fees are $15 for children 12 and under and $25 for adults.

The race fee includes a shirt, finisher medals, awards for the top three men and women finishers in each category, door prizes and a post-race barbecue. For more information,call Steve Stenga at 262- 1770.

Dinner, auction benefit slated

A benefit for Soldotna resident Russell McLaren will be held at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Food, entertainment, a raffle and auction are some of the planned activities. Proceeds will help defray the cost of his cancer treatments.

A raffle for a nonguided caribou hunt is in progress and will be drawn at the dinner.

The cost for the benefit is $15 per person at the door. For more information, call 262-1468.

An account also has been set up at the Wells Fargo bank under the name Russell A. McLaren benefit.

Gardening classes continue

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will host a series of gardening classes from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 and 18 in the soup kitchen at the food bank at 3395 Community College Road in Soldotna.

Janice Chumley of the Cooperative Extension Service will instruct. For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Community wildfire planning meetings set

Planning meetings for nine community groupings on the Kenai Peninsula will begin today. Ecology and Environment Inc., on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, will host its second round of community meetings to continue developing individual community wildfire protection plans.

The meetings provide an opportunity for community-based forest planning and prioritization under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. These plans may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness and structure protection. All meetings are open to the public.

Meetings will held at the following locations and times: for the Nikiski and Salamatof area at 7 p.m. today at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center; for the Kasilof, Cohoe, Kenai and Kalifornsky Beach areas at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, 1049 Poppy Lane, Soldotna; for the Ninilchik,Clam Gulch and Ninilchik Forties area at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ninilchik Senior Center; for the Anchor Point, Happy Valley and Nikolaevsk area at 7 p.m.Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn; for the Moose Pass, Crown Point and Primrose areas at 7 p.m. Thursday at Moose Pass Elementary; for the Fritz Creek, Fox River and East End Road areas at 2 p.m. Friday at the Kachemak Emergency Services Building; and for the Homer, Diamond Ridge and Kachemak areas at 7 p.m. Friday at the city of Homer council chambers.

The Web site for the project is at and includes an online survey and comment form that individuals can fill out. Forms can be downloaded, filled out and mailed or faxed back.

For more information, call (866 ) 577-7496 and enter 1127 at the prompt.

School carnival fund-raiser set

Sears Elementary School will host a school carnival fund-raiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school on Forest Drive in Kenai. Prizes, games and food are some of the planned activities. Proceeds will help pay for end-of-the-year field trips.

Krispie Cremes sold for kicks

The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club Riverhawks team will sell Krispie Creme doughnuts at 7 a.m. Saturday at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna. There will be a limited supply. The cost is $10 a dozen.

The proceeds will help fund a trip to Denver in June to compete in a regional soccer competition.

Lace up for WalkAmerica

The March of Dimes WalkAmerica will host its annual walk at 10 a.m. Saturday at Home Depot parking lot. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Community members interested in participating can register at or pick up a form at Tesoro Alaska or call (800) 478-5245.

Peace, justice group forming

Community members interested in peace and justice are invited to an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. May 10 at River City Books. Participants are encouraged to bring their concerns and ideas for discussion.

For more information, call Mary Jo at 262-5447.

Birds of a feather watch together

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host a Kenai Shorebird Celebration and workshop May 13 and 14. Participants will explore birding on the peninsula. This two-day celebration and workshop is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced birder.

The event will include a series of classroom discussions as well as in-the-field birding expeditions. Most of the time will be spent in the field with experts to introduce participants to the birds of Kenai while enhancing birding skills.

John Wenger from the Anchorage area and Todd Eskelin from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will lead the workshops. Limited space is available.

For more information and a brochure, call Josselyn at 907-260-5449.

Overboard for rafting

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host a seven hour raft trip with area geologist Dick Reger on June 4. This is a full day exploration of the upper Kenai River from Cooper Landing through the Kenai River Canyon and ends at Skilak Lake.

The trip will feature a discussion on the history of the upper Kenai River valley during the past 25,000 years, including the cutting of the Kenai River Canyon through bedrock and the cause of episodic outburst floods and the resulting effects on the river.

Reger has a doctorate in geology and has been researching the area for over 43 years.

For information, reservations and cost, call 260-5449. Space is limited. Proceeds benefit the Kenai Watershed Forum.

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