Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2007

Give mom the day off

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will hold a Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at the center on Island Lake Road. The cost is $7.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 and under.

Homemade pies will be available for purchase.

Community ping-pong offered

Ping-pong tables are available for community use free of charge from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through May at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna. All skill levels are welcome.

New tables have arrived and participants are asked to bring a paddle if they have one, otherwise all equipment is provided. For more information, call 262-7899.

Campground hosts sought

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a volunteer host couple for Hidden Lake Campground, near Soldotna, from Tuesday through Aug. 3. Hosts need their own trailer and will maintain a 43-site campground, five days a week with Tuesdays and Wednesdays off.

For stipend and other reimbursement information, visit http://kenai.fws.gov/workwithus/cghosts.htm,. Contact Jetta Minerva by Monday at 262-7021 or by e-mailing her at jetta_minerva@fws.gov.

Reading program registration begins

The Kenai Community Library will hold a summer reading program called “Get a Clue at Your Library.” Readers will find clues, solve mysteries and puzzles, and participate in other activities during the program. Registration begins Monday. School-aged readers will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the library beginning June 7. All activities are free and open to the public.

Suicide to be discussed

Central Peninsula Counseling Services will hold a presentation titled “Suicide Prevention: What to do if Someone is Suicidal,” facilitated by Joe Cannava, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Redoubt Room at Central Peninsula Hospital. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 260-3691.

Basketball tourney registration looms

The Police Athletic League will host a boys three on three basketball tournament May 20 at the Kenai Recreation Center. This event is open to boys in grades six through eight. Preregistration is required. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the center or by visiting www.positiveplaceforkids.com and clicking on the PAL link. Deadline to register is Tuesday. For more information, call James Clark at 398-0432.

Nursing homes celebration events set

Heritage Place will hold an open house to celebrate National Nursing Home Week “Treasure Our Elders” from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Special events include a Tree of Remembrance ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Mayor’s Tea at 3 p.m. Thursday and a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Proceeds will support Heritage Place’s comfort items fund.

Gardeners branching out

Central Peninsula Master Gardeners will host a tree workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Stephen Nichols with the Alaska Urban and Community Forestry will be the featured speaker. Nichols is an arborist and will discuss pruning, planting and varieties of trees, and will answer tree-care questions. For more information, call 262-5824.

Elementary school says good-bye

Sears Elementary School is inviting the community to its closing ceremonies Friday. A hot dog roast will be held at 5 p.m. on the playground with a presentation of memories, student performances and guest speakers beginning at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Little League opening ceremonies set

Soldotna Little League will hold its opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Friday at its fields. Board members and coaches will scrimmage area firefighters and police officers.

The Peninsula Oilers mascot Scoop also will be there. For more information, call Alison Feucht at 260-3529.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser to take flight

EAA Chapter No. 975 will hold its annual pancake breakfast and aviation swap meet Saturday at Soldotna Airport. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. and the swap meet begins at 10 a.m. There also will be aircraft displays.

The event is in conjunction with the Kenai and Soldotna Airports Aviation Day. Breakfast starts the poker run event. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund.

Montessori plans book fair, open house

Kenai Montessori will host a Scholastic Book Fair and open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 220 Main St. Loop across from the Kenai Fire Station. It is open to the public. For more information, visit www.KenaiMontessori.com.

One man’s trash ...

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will hold a trash, treasure and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center. Vendor tables are available for $10 a table.

For more information, call 262-2322.

Breastfeeding class offered

A free breastfeeding class will held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Special Delivery Maternity on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Tamara Miller, international board-certified lactation consultant, will instruct.

For more information or to register, call 398-6667.



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