Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007

Swim lessons make a splash

Swim lessons are offered at the following pools:

· Soldotna High School — Swim sessions will be 10 days of lessons, for 40 minutes. Lessons are open for children ages 3 and older. Preregistration is recommended,

Lessons will be held: June 4-15; June 18 -29; (pool closed July 2-6); July 9-20; and July 23-Aug. 3. Lessons are offered six different times a day. For more information, call 262-7419. The cost is $40 for swim lessons set. Private and semi-private lessons available. Call for cost.

The pools summer hours are lap swim from 6 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday; and open swim from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

· Kenai Central High School — Summer swim schedule begins June 4. Swim lessons: Eight days of swim lessons for 40 minutes Tuesdays through Fridays (call for times). Preregistration required. Lessons will be held: June 5-15; June 19-29; July 3-13 (closed July 4); and July 17- 27.

Pool hours will be lap swim from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; and swim workout 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The cost is $32 per swim lesson session; $3 for lap swim or open swim; or $25 for a punch card/ 10 punches on the card.

Pool rentals also are available. For more information, call 283-7476.

Refuge to spruce up

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host its annual Spring Cleanup/Greenup Day at 8 a.m. today. Volunteers are asked to meet at the visitors center at Skill Hill Road.

For more information, call 262-7021.

Housing ground breaking set

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will hold a ground-breaking ceremony at 1 p.m. today for its independent senior housing project.

For more information, call 262-2322.

Mackey to help with fundraiser

A benefit spaghetti dinner and auction will be held at 6 p.m. today at the J Bar B at Mile 101.5 of the Sterling Highway. Proceeds will benefit the Leite family, whose house was destroyed by fire.

Iditarod and Yukon Quest champion Lance Mackey will be available to sign T-shirts from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Caron at 260-3315 or Lisa at 953-4323.

Dinner, auction fundraiser set

College Heights Baptist Church will hold a soup supper and Chinese auction fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. today 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.

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. today 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

Borough to collect ice jam debris

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will provide Dumpsters for debris from the Kenai River ice jam today and Saturday at Moose Range Meadows public boat launch on Key Stone Drive, Morgan’s Landing off Scout Lake Loop and at the intersection of Scout Lake Loop and Huske Drive. No household or hazardous waste will be collected.

Material from the Funny River side will be collected May 18 and 19. For more information, call Jan Yaeger at 260-4882.

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.

Communities cleaning up

The Kenai Peninsula Cleanup event will be held 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 bicycles for a boy and girl will be drawn for children 10 and under.

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