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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2005

Nursing home to celebrate residents, staff

Heritage Place in Soldotna continues to host events in honor of National Nursing Home Week. Today the activities department will hold a spa day for residents, including facials, aromatherapy, pedicures, manicures and paraffin was treatments. An open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. for the public, especially anyone interested in volunteering.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Lucky Kirk will perform country music.

Veterans appreciation dinner today

The Skyview High School U.S. history students, the city of Soldotna and Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 will host the sixth annual veterans appreciation dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Soldotna Sports Center.

Entertainment begins at 5 p.m., a flag presentation by the Young Marines will be at 6 p.m., and the Skyview Swing Choir will sing the national anthem. A short presentation will follow. A spaghetti dinner with dessert will be served. There is no cost.

This event is for veterans and their families. For more information, call 262-9107.

Open-pit mining presentation scheduled

The Cook Inlet Alliance and the Bristol Bay Alliance will sponsor an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Amped Cafe, 111 W. Pioneer Ave. A PowerPoint presentation will be made titled "A current, Factual Look at the Open Pit Mining Industry." The featured speaker will be Scott Brennan, director of Alaskans for Responsible Mining. For more information, call (907) 276-7604.

SCS dance fund-raiser set

An adult fortnightly will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. today at Soldotna Middle School.

A fortnightly is an SMS tradition that includes a dance, games and snack bar. A DJ will play music from the 1960s, '70s and '80s, and the gym will be open for basketball and volleyball. There also will be door prizes.

The cost is $3 per person, and proceeds will go to support the Soldotna Community Schools program.

Community cleanup continues

Community cleanup week finishes up Saturday. Litter bags are available at the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce and the Nikiski Post Office. Filled bags should be deposited by the side of the road for pick up by Peninsula Sanitation.

A free barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Green Strip in Kenai and for Nikiski residents at the hockey rink by the Nikiski pool. Certificates for bicycles, one boys and one girls, will be drawn for children ages 10 and under who participate.

For more information, call Bob Frates at 283-3692.

Dinner, auction benefit slated

A benefit for Soldotna resident Russell McLaren will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Food, entertainment, a raffle and auction are some of the planned activities. Proceeds will help defray the cost of his cancer treatments.

A raffle for a nonguided caribou hunt is in progress and will be drawn at the dinner. The cost for the benefit is $15 per person at the door. For more information, call 262-1468.

An account also has been set up at the Wells Fargo bank under the name Russell A. McLaren benefit.

Community patrol to resume

The Soldotna Community Patrol will resume for the summer. Community members interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend a training and orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Soldotna Police Department at 44510 Sterling Highway. Volunteers are required to commit to four or more hours a week.

The Soldotna Community Patrol is proactive in residential and business districts with crime prevention. Volunteers work closely with the police department, as well as assist visitors to the city with a wide variety of requests. For more information, call Sgt. Robb Quelland at 262-4455.

Class of '95 reunion slated

Skyview High School class of 1995 will host its 10-year reunion June 24, 25 and 26. The registration deadline is Wednesday. For more information, call Brandy Nelson (Jackson) at 260-3117.

Dunn to retire

A retirement party will be held in honor of Kenai Central High School Principal Dennis Dun from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 20 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. It is open to the public.

Rowing classes set

The Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association will hold learn-to-row classes May 27 through 29 and June 10 through 12 on the water at Mackey Lake in Soldotna, weather permitting. The classes are about eight hours long and for community members ages 14 and older.

The class will cover the basics of sweep rowing, dry-land training, terminology, boat-handling skills, safety information, techniques and rowing fundamentals. The cost is $95. For more information, time or to register, leave a message for Judy at 260-4928 or visit www.alaskamidnightsunrowing.com.

Cleanup, green up day announced

Kenai National Wildlife manager Robin West announced the refuge will conduct a spring cleaning May 20. All permanent and summer seasonal employees will work with local volunteers to spruce up the refuge in preparation for summer.

Refuge staff will meet at the Ski Hill Road Visitor Center at 8 a.m. The cleaning groups will gather at Upper Skilak Campground at 4 p.m. for a picnic provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Employees Association, the Alaska Natural History Association and Unocal. For more information, call 262-7021.



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