Community Events

Posted: Monday, May 09, 2005

Foster family picnic slated

The Office of Children's Services will hold a picnic to honor foster families from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna Creek Park behind Don Jose's. May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month.

The picnic is for foster families and anyone wanting to honor their work. There will be food, games for kids and door prizes. For more information, call Allison at 283-0318.

Military support group forming

Military families, friends and community members interested in forming a support group to help send care packages, letters of support and give encouragement to each other are encouraged to call Gina at 260-2619.

Host families needed

Peninsula Oilers Baseball is seeking host families. Host families will need to provide a room and bedding from June 1 to the beginning of August, meals as needed and a warm and welcoming environment.

For more information, call Charlene Smith at 262-7974 or e-mail

Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers 13th annual food drive will be held Saturday. Residents can give canned or dry food to their mail carrier or leave it at their cluster box to have it collected and donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The food will help replenish the food bank's stores after winter.

For more information, call 262-3111.

Gardening classes continue

Janice Chumley of the Cooperative Extension Service will hold the last two sessions in a series of gardening classes at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna. A class on "easy herbs and edible flowers" will be held Wednesday and "pests — weeds and bugs" will be held May 18. Classes are held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Chumley will lecture and provide recipes and practical Alaska advice. Registration is not required. For more information, call 262-3111.

Nursing home to celebrate residents, staff

Heritage Place in Soldotna will host events in honor of National Nursing Home Week from Sunday through Saturday. On Monday, Heritage Place will begin the first of five days of honoring facility residents and staff.

On Tuesday there will be a lunch for area mayors and Heritage Place board and resident council members. There will be a proclamation ceremony following lunch in Town Square at the facility. At 6:30 p.m., Dave Burnett, Randy Ernst and Sean O'Reilly will share their music talents and residents will have an opportunity to sing karaoke, as well.

On Wednesday, a massage therapist from Central Peninsula General Hospital will work on staff members. At 7 p.m. the Christ Lutheran Bell Choir will perform in Town Square.

On Thursday, the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ will put on a spring carnival will the help of the Redoubt Elementary Student Council from 2 to 4 p.m. in the dining room. At 7 p.m. there will be a dinner for Heritage Place nurses in the dining room.

On Friday the activities department will hold a spa day for residents including facials, aromatherapy, pedicures, manicures and paraffin was treatments. An open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. for the public, especially anyone interested in volunteering.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, "Lucky Kirk" will perform country music in Town Square.

Peninsula fair booked

Kenai Peninsula State Fair officials will hold a "Gettin' Jiggy for the Halibut" event featuring Golden Wheel amusement rides, games and vendors. The fair will be at the Kenai Peninsula state fairgrounds in Ninilchik from Thursday to Sunday.

Pop Warner meeting planned

The Kenai Peninsula Football and Cheer Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna Middle School. The topic will be the upcoming football and cheerleading season. All members are encouraged to attend.

Birds of a feather to gather

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host a Kenai Shorebird Celebration and workshop Friday and Saturday.

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.

This program has limited space. For more information and a brochure on this program, call Josselyn at -260-5449.

Dinner, auction benefit slated

A benefit for Soldotna resident Russell McLaren will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. 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.

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