Community News

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2004

Interfaith shelter meeting slated

Kenai Interfaith Shelter Services will meet at 6 p.m. today at Bridges in Soldotna. The group is in the process of developing a homeless shelter program. Interested community members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 260-3800.

Police memorial service set

Soldotna Police Chief John Lucking Jr. invites area community members to attend the Police Officers Memorial Service at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Soldotna Police Department.

Community cleanup slated

The Kenai Peninsula Lions Clubs and ConocoPhillips will sponsor a cleanup day from from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the green strip park in Kenai and at the Soldotna Creek Park.

Cash prizes will be available for the most litter bags collected in each community. A boys and girls bicycle certificate also will be drawn for children under 10 who collect and turn in bags to receive a ticket.

A barbecue and refreshments will be at the green strip on Main Street Loop in Kenai following trash collection.

Indoor garage sale fund-raiser slated

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School's Reflections and artist-in-residence programs, as well as school newspaper, The Caribou Gazette, will hold an indoor garage sale fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium. Donations are being accepted and tables are available to rent for $10. Vendors are welcome. For more information or to rent a space or table, call Nan Misner at 262-6813 after 6 p.m. or Mim UpDike at 262-8801.

Community awareness workshop planned

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center will hold a community awareness workshop on domestic violence and sexual assault from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 to 28 at the WRCC administration office.

The workshop will cover the dynamics and escalation nature of domestic violence, the effects of domestic violence on children, how a community's response to domestic violence or sexual assault impacts victims and community resources available to victims. Successful completion of the course may allow volunteers to work with clients. College credit may be given after completion of training and 30 hours of volunteer work with WRCC. For more information, call 283-9479.

Volunteers needed to plant flowers, gardens

The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to help plant the Kenai flower beds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29. Check-in is at the Kenai Fire Department. An appreciation barbecue will follow at 2 p.m. and is provided by the Kenai Firefighters Association. The registration deadline is Saturday.

Also, the community garden will be managed by the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department. The deadline to reserve a plot is Saturday. For more information on either event, call 283-3692.

Kenai pool sets summer hours

The Kenai High School swimming pool's summer hours will begin June 1. Lap swim will be from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. A swim workout will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Swimming lessons will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. Open swim is from 1 to 2:45 p.m. daily. And private swimming lessons or pool rentals will be available from 3 to 4 p.m.

The cost for lap or open swim time is $3, or $25 for a punch card good for 10 sessions.

Group swimming lesson sessions will be offered June 1 to 11, June 13 to 25, June 28 to July 9 (but not July 4), July 12 to 23 and July 26 to Aug. 6. Daily lessons are 40 minutes. The cost is $40 per session. Private lessons are $10 per hour.

For more information or to register for swimming lessons, call 283-7476.

'Plant a Row for the Hungry' campaign begins

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is seeking interested community gardeners to help in the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign. Area gardeners are asked to plant an extra row in their gardens or window boxes this season. Then, at harvest time, donate surplus produce or flowers to the food bank.

Plant a Row for the Hungry is a nationwide program that got its roots in Alaska. Thousands of gardeners participated last year bringing in much-needed fresh produce to their area food banks. Gardeners living in the Homer or Anchor Point area can contribute to the Homer Food Pantry. For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Host families needed

Cultural Homestay International is seeking families to host foreign exchange students for the 2004-05 school year. Students will arrive in August and come with their own expenses, spending money and medical insurance.

The program provides a 10-month homestay experience to international teenage students and their hosting families. The students will attend area schools and live as a member of the host family. Students will become fluent in English and learn in-depth about North America, their host community and the school. For more information, call Bonnie Richard at 260-8020 or Maria Bayne at (800) 210-6080.

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