Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2007

CPH celebrates hospital week

Central Peninsula Hospital celebrates National Hospital Week today through Saturday.

A special Dine and Discuss, featuring Dr. Stephen Levy, addressing “Dying in America, The Illusion of Control” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Denali Conference Center downstairs in the hospital’s Mountain Tower. Dr. Levy is the course director of medical ethics and public health at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 714-4600.

Relay for Life planning meeting set

The Relay for Life planning committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Denali Room at Central Peninsula Hospital. For more information, call 262-2654.

Garden club to meet

Central Peninsula Garden Club will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on Kalifornsky Beach Road near the Bridge Access Road junction.

Horticulturist and plant photographer Julie Riley of the Anchorage Cooperative Extension Office will present a program about container planting featuring flowers, herbs and vegetable plants. It is open to the public. Door prizes will be drawn and refreshments served.

Membership dues are $20 a year. For more information and meeting time, call Marion Nelson at 283-4632.

KPC plans one-day closure

Kenai Peninsula College will be closed Friday for a faculty and staff academic meeting.

Senior house ground-breaking set

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will hold a ground breaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday for its independent senior housing project. For more information, call 262-2322.

Reality check for teens planned

Engage Youth Movement will host a free “Reality Night 2007” for youth in grades six through 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Kenai Middle School. Activities will include inflatable boxing, a bungee run, sumo suits and free food. Door prizes will be drawn.

A Battle of the Bands competition also will be held and is open to youth bands. For more information or to enter a band, call Ryan at 283-7752 or visit

Cemetery cleanup slated

The Kenai Lions will host a cleanup of the Kenai City Cemetery from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. It is open to the public. A barbecue will be held following the cleanup at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. For more information, call Ryan Mills at 283-3333.

Volunteers sought for cleanup

The Soldotna Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help with cleanup its museum on Centennial Park Road. Participants are asked to bring rakes and other tools. The society will provided lunch for volunteers.

Gardeners branching out

Central Peninsula Master Gardeners will host a tree workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. May 17 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Stephen Nichols with the Alaska Urban and Community Forestry will be the featured speaker. Nichols is an arborist and will discuss \pruning and planting, varieties of trees and will answer tree care questions. For more information, call 262-5824.

Book Fair and Montessori Open House

Kenai Montessori will host a Scholastic Book Fair and open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at 220 Main Street Loop across from the Kenai Fire Station. It is open to the public. For more information visit

Motorcycle fundraiser goes full throttle

Throttle Thunder Relay, a fundraising event open to all types of makes of motorcycles, will be held May 19 and 20. The relay route begins in Fairbanks and ends at the Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson. Relay stops will be made at McKinley Harley-Davidson at Denali National Park, Denali Harley-Davidson in Wasilla and the overnight in Anchorage before closing ceremony at Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson. Participants may ride any portion of the route. Deadline to register is May 19.

Proceeds will benefit MADD, Alaska law enforcement agencies for patrol car equipment and victims of drunk driving crashes. For more information or to register, call Royal or Nancy Bidwell at (907) 978-7809 or e-mail

Basketball tourney slated

The Police Athletic League will host a boys three on three basketball tournament May 20 at the Kenai Recreation Center. This event is open to boys in grades six through eight. Preregistration is required. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the center or by visiting and clicking on the PAL link. Deadline to register is May 15. For more information, call James Clark at 398-0432.

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