Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Nutrition classes available

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank offers free nutrition classes “Your Body Works On What You Eat” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna, Wednesdays through June 20. The classes are taught by Colleen Sonnevil of the Cooperative Extension Service. For more information call 262-3111.

Community ping pong offered

Ping pong tables are available for community use free of charge from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through May at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna. All skill levels welcome.

New tables have arrived and participants are asked to bring a paddle if they have one, otherwise all equipment is provided. For more information, call 262-7899.

CPH celebrates hospital week

Central Peninsula Hospital is celebrating National Hospital Week. The theme is “It’s Care You Count On. People You Trust.”

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.

Kasilof historical to meet

The Kasilof Historical Association will host a showing of Paul Gray’s video on the history of Kasilof at 7 p.m. Thursday at Tustumena Elementary School.

Refuge to spruce up

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host its annual Spring Cleanup/Greenup Day at 8 a.m. Friday. Volunteers are asked to meet at the visitors center at Skill Hill Road. For more information, call 262-7021.

Senior housing 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.

Dinner, auction fundraiser set

College Heights Baptist Church will hold a soup supper and Chinese auction fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church at 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Road. A pie auction also is planned. Proceeds will benefit Jacob Eckerman, 12, who is awaiting a liver transplant.

Donations of Crock Pots of soup, desserts, pies and auction items are needed. Monetary donations may be dropped off at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in his name. Auction items may be dropped off Thursday at the church. For more information, call April at 394-2298 or Joyce at 283-0712.

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

Volunteers sought for cleanup

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

Community cleanup scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula Cleanup event continues through Saturday. Trash bags are available from the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce and the Nikiski Post Office. A free appreciation barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Green Strip Park in Kenai, Farnsworth Park in Soldotna and 3:30 p.m. at the hockey rink in Nikiski. Drawings for prize money will be held for registered youth groups and a boys and girls bicycles will be drawn for children 10 and under.

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. An appreciation barbecue for participants will be held following the cleanup at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. For more information, call Ryan Mills at 283-3333.

CPCS plans events

Central Peninsula Counseling Services will hold the following meetings:

· The board of directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 506 Lake Street Kenai.

· “Suicide Prevention: What to do if Someone is Suicidal,” facilitated by Joe Cannava, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Redoubt Room at Central Peninsula Hospital. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 260-3691.

Nursing homes celebration events set

Heritage Place will hold an open house to celebrate National Nursing Home Week “Treasure Our Elders” from 1 to 5 p.m. May 16 and May 17. Special events include a Tree of Remembrance Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 16, a Mayor’s Tea at 3 p.m. May 17 and a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 and 19. Proceeds will support the Heritage Place’s Comfort Items fund.

Kenai Shorebird celebration set

Kenai Watershed Forum, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Keen-Eye Bird Club and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host a Kenai Shorebird celebration May 16 and 19 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The celebration and workshops are designed for all levels. Discussions and fieldtrips are planned.

For more details, times and a list of activities visit

Garage sale fundraiser planned

Kenai Elks Lodge will hold a garage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and 19. Donations for the sale are welcome drop off at the lodge any time after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday before May 17. It is open to the public.

Free vision screening offered

Anchorage Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the District 49A Lions Clubs will hold a free low vision screening May 30 by appointment only. Screening will be provided by the center’s certified low vision therapist. It is open to the public. The results of an eye exam that has been conducted within the past year is required.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Marsha Ware at 398-8909. Deadline to schedule is May 23.

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