Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008

Racing Lions to gather

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall. The topic will be donations of exterior paint to beautify its track bleachers and buildings and organizing a work party Saturday to get the track ready for its 2008 season. For more information, call Maggi at 283-7499.

Letter carriers hold food drive

On Saturday area postal letter carriers will participate in the 16th annual National Association of Letter Carriers food drive to benefit local food bank.

Citizens may participate by placing a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail Saturday. The carrier will pick up that will be delivered to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. For more information, call Susan Smalley at 262-3111.

Historical Society to meet

The Soldotna Historical Society board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in the main museum building on Centennial Park Road. It is open to the public.

The meeting will be followed by the annual museum spring cleanup at 11 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes and other clean up tools. The historical society will serve lunch to cleanup volunteers. For more information, call 262-4157.

Baseball skills competition Saturday

North Peninsula Recreation is offering a free Pitch Hit and Run Baseball skills competition at 10 a.m. Saturday at Nikiski North Star Elementary School. Youth ages 7 to 14 are eligible to attend.

For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.

Home-school open house set

St. Michael's Academy Inc., an independent Catholic home-school cooperative, will hold an end of the year picnic and open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Seating is limited attendees are asked to bring a blanket to sit on. Games for children also are planned. To get to the event, turn east on Ciechanski Road, toward the river, from Kalifornsky Beach Road, turn left at the four way stop, then turn right on Virginia Drive. Follow Virginia Drive around a 90-degree left turn and look for the St. Michael's van on the right.

The cooperative is in its fifth year. For more information, call Travis or Crystal Penrod 283-4626.

Mother's Day brunch planned

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will hold a Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday the center is located one mile off the Kenai Spur Highway on Island Lake Road. Homemade pies also will be available for purchase. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 and under. Drinks are included.

Driver safety program slated

AARP will hold a driver safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information and location, call 252-9291.

Predator control to be discussed

A predator control informational meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Soldotna Aspen Inn. It is open to the public.

Ted Spraker from the Alaska Board of Game will give a presentation on predator management programs in Alaska. Gov. Sarah Palin, in an attempt to make Fish and Game research results available to the public, made funds available to print material and reimburse travel costs to BOG members to present the information.

This is not an endeavor to campaign for or against the initiative to ban taking of wolves in the predator management areas. The information is provided in a 45 minute power point presentation illustrating the legal requirements placed on the BOG, economic and cultural importance of wild game resources and the results of the five predator management areas. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Larry L. Lewis at 262-9368.

Donations needed

Hope Community Resources is seeking donations of new or slightly used items for its garage sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 and 17 at the Community and Recreation Center on Princeton Street behind Ellis Automotive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Proceeds will benefit the group's Community and Recreation Center and the Key Campaign of Alaska. For more information, call 260-9469.

Garage sale donations wanted

The Kenai Performers will hold a garage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 through 18 at the Old Town Playhouse. Donations may be dropped off from 5 to 8 p.m. through Friday. For more information, call 252-7929 or 776-8254.

Chicken dinner set to dish

The Sterling Senior Center will serve a southern fried chicken dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 16 at the center. Proceeds will benefit the center's general operations fund. The cost is $10.50 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. Potato salad, baked beans, dessert and beverages also will be served. Reservation are suggested. For more information, call 262-6808.

Kenai market slated

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is gearing up for its annual Saturday Market. Vendors interested in selling Alaska crafts and Alaska grown fruits or vegetables may call Harold Piland at 283-1991.

The market will run May 24 through Sept. 13.

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