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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sterling seniors host fundraising dinner

The Sterling Senior Center will present a Cornish game hen dinner cooked by Larry Slichter, Rita Helleck and their volunteer helpers on May 18. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., at a cost of $10 per person. The menu will include tossed salad, baked fowl, dressing with giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, baked potato, steamed carrots and a choice of bread pudding or tropical fruit cup for dessert. Only 100 dinners will be served, so make your reservations by calling 262-6808 or sign up at the front desk at the Sterling Senior Center. All proceeds will benefit the Sterling Senior Center General Operations fund.

Nikiski Bingo called off

Bingo scheduled at the Nikiski Senior Center on Saturday, May 14, has been cancelled.

Cook Inlet advisory group meets

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's will hold its PROPS meeting on May 19, at the conference room at Cook Inlet Aquaculture on K-Beach Road, at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. For more information or an agenda please call 1-800-652-7222 or 907-283-7222.

Bull-riding clinic on tap

Colten Jensen will conduct a junior bull riding clinic during the Monday night buckout on May 23, at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. The cost is a regular SEA membership and cattle fees. For more information call 406-451-4254.

Soldotna Safety Day coming

Soldotna Safety Day is May 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Soldotna High School parking lot.There will be live music and demonstrations, as well as free hot dogs and Coca-Cola. Awards will be presented from the Soldotna Safety Day Poster Contest. For more information call Nancy or Shanna 907-262-4440.

USPS food drive coming soon

The National Association of Letter Carriers' food drive is May 14. Put non-perishable donations in a bag by your mailbox, and letter carriers will collect and deliver it to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Donations can also be taken to post offices or the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

High school rodeo fundraiser scheduled

The Kenai Elks Lodge hosts a fundraiser May 14, at 6 p.m., to help the kids raise funds who are going to rodeo nationals. There will be a spaghetti feed with garlic bread and salad and silent auction. The group is looking for donations of silent auction items. For more information contact Kathleen Kitson at 907-262-3759 or 907-398-3758.

Woodturners club meets

The Kenai Peninsula Woodturners Chapter will hold its May meeting May 14 at 1 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center/Kenai Central High School on Lawton Street, in Kenai. For information call Al Janonis 776-8887.

Kenai Saturday Market looking for vendors

Kenai's Saturday Market is now accepting applications for the 2011, 17-week season running May 21 through Sept. 10. Rates are as low as $20 per Saturday and the market is held each Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in front of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau. All Alaska grown vegetables, fruits and Alaskan-made crafts are welcome. Call Harold at 283-1991 for information.

Kenai seniors hold garage sale

Kenai Senior Center Spring Garage Sale is May 11 -- 13. Contact Velda Geller at 283-4329 or the Kenai Senior Center at 283-4156 for more information.

Hospice of Homer plans golf fundraiser

The Holes "Fore" Hospice second annual golf tournament to benefit Hospice of Homer is planned for May 14 at Fireweed Meadows Golf Course in Anchor Point. A clostest to the pin competition will be held at 10 a.m. with the 18-hole scramble tournament to start at 11 a.m. Entry fee of $50 includes 18 holes, lunch and range balls. For mre information call 907-299-0737.

United Way Kenai Fjords tour coming

The 2011 United Way Kenai Fjords Fox Island sight seeing dinner cruise and auction is May 21. The boat leaves dock at 3 p.m. and returns at 9:45 p.m. The trip includes a sight seeing tour and cruise to Fox Island for dinner and auction Tickets are $50 per person. A corporate-sponsored table for eight is $500. All proceeds benefit Kenai Peninsula United Way. For more information call Tina Marie at 283-9500 or 907-690-4810.

Triviapalooza 2011 on tap tomorrow

Join the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and Triumvirate Theatre for our the annual trivia competition, Triviapalooza! The competition is May 13, 7 p.m., at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Tickets are $15 a person. To register a team, sign up or for more information, call 283-1991 or email Kassik's beer and pizza will be available at the event, and the first prize is $250. Teams should be 6-8 people and organization or business teams are welcome.

Garden club hosts Saturday workshops

To register for Central Peninsula Garden Club workshops, email Marion Nelson at More information may be found online at, or call 283-4632 or 398-8669. There is a $5 per person for most workshops; a few have a supply fee. The money goes to cover the month's overall expenses.

Workshops for May 14 are as follows.

11 a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m. -- Photographing Flowers & Plants. Presenter Bill Heath will give an introduction to concepts useful in flower/plant photography including lighting, camera settings and techniques to make images stand out compared to the typical snapshot. Participants will need a camera with adjustable settings, a fresh battery and lots of memory card space. All levels welcome. Each workshop is limited to six participants. The location is Trinity Greenhouse in the Perennial House.

10 a.m. -- Create a Hanging Flower Basket. Connie Royal will be the presenter. Baskets and potting soil provided. Plants are not provided but available for purchase at Connie's. The cost is $15 for one "regular" basket or $20 for one lobelia basket. Limited to 10 participants. The location is Connie's Flowers Greenhouse on Strawberry Road.

1 p.m. -- Raised Beds and Raising Backyard Chickens plus Custom Designed "Chicken Tractor." Presenters are Chris and Britt Cook, and Tori Yancey of Sterling Meadows Hatchery with several of her prize winning bird varieties. This is a multi-feature workshop with raised beds that serve as mini hoop houses and chickens that scratch and peck around in the beds etc. The workshop is limited to 20 people.

3 p.m. -- Home Peony Growing. Presenters are peony growers Rich and Irene Repper. Learn root evaluation, dividing, fertilization, and common diseases issues and what to do about them. One root provided to all workshop participants courtesy of the Reppers. The workshop, held at Echo Lake Farm Peonies, is limited to 15 people.

Garden Club hosts Friday speakers

May 13, 7 p.m. -- "Irises, You may not know about for Southcentral Alaska." Debbie Hinchey will give a talk titled "Irises, You may not know about for Southcentral Alaska" at 7 p.m. Friday night. Debbie's excellent presentation shows many beautiful irises, historical information, what it takes to help them thrive, how and when to divide them, and identification of problems or pests. Debbie will have some unusual iris seeds to share from the Species Iris Society of North America. The free ttalk is at Christ Lutheran Church, near the Y in Soldotna, on the Kenai Spur Highway. Free and open to the public.

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