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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Still time to get involved with solstice fest

There are a few slots open for musicians at this year's Solstice Music Festival to be held on June 21, from 4 midnight, at the Diamond M Ranch. Vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call JoAnne Martin at 283-9330 for an application. This year's event is sponsored by Matti's Farm and the Peninsula Youth Foundation. There will be no admission charge and no fee for vendors, but donations to Matti's Farm are encouraged.

Safety day almost here

Soldotna Safety Day is May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Soldotna High School parking lot. Central Emergency Services will have a burning rooms demonstration, a 4-H tree sale is scheduled, car seat checks will be available and the Walk MS will offer live entertainment. Special guests include Good Neigh-Bear, Smokey Bear, McGruff and Cubby Bear. Hot dogs and Coca-Cola will be provided.

Sign up for World Cup soccer

The Boys and Girls Club is accepting registrations for World Cup Soccer Camp for ages 6 to 12. Camp will run May 31 to June 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kenai Middle School soccer fields. The cost is $100. Participants must be 2011 members. Registrations are taken at the Kenai Recreation Center, or fax to 283-4675. For more information call 283-3318.

Still time to sign up for soccer

The Boys and Girls Club is accepting late registrations for outdoor soccer for ages 4 years through 12th grade. For grades 6 -- 12, the season runs from June 6 -- July 23, cost is $70. For ages 4 years to 5th grade, the season runs from June 13 -- July 30, cost is $60. There is a $10 late fee for all age groups. All participants must be 2011 members. Membership cost is $10 for kindergarten and under, $75 for 1st -- 12th graders. Scholarships are available. Registrations are taken at the Kenai Recreation Center, or fax to 283-4675. For more information call 283-3318.

Vessel safety checks available

The Kenai Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting a free Vessel Safety Check Station on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kenai Walmart store. For more information visit their website: or call 907-776-8457.

Run for the River registration open

Registration is open for the Kenai Watershed Forum's Run for the River, five-kilometer and 10-mile run/walk. Held in conjunction with the 2011 Kenai River Festival, this event supports watershed education on the Kenai Peninsula. Early registration is $20. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Runners gift is included with registration fee. Contact Rhonda Orth at 260-5449 for a registration form or download at or register online at

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.

Donations needed for Kenai library

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library are collecting books for its June book sale. Book, video, DVD and puzzle donations should be brought to the Kenai Fire Department next door to the library. Early donations are preferred so they can be sorted by genre. For more information call Kari Mohn at 283-4258.

Time entries for Kenai Peninsula Fair parade

The Kenai Peninsula Fair parade is taking reservations for participants. Eligible participants include companies, organizations, school or families. If you build it, we'll let you show it off. This years parade will be held Aug. 20, 10 a.m., in Ninilchik. The fair this year runs Aug. 19 to 21. For more information contact Becky at 907-240-7925, (907) 567-7397 or email:

Soldotna summer reading program slated

Soldotna Public Library's summer reading programs are "One World, Many Stories," for preschool and K-6th grades; "You are Here!" for the teens; and "Novel Destinations," for adults. Programs start on June 1 and run through July 29. Registration starts on June 1 and closes on July 13. A kick-off event will be held June 3 at 2 p.m. with a presentation from Mad Science ( Soldotna Public Library is at 235 N. Binkley St. For more information call Terri at 262-4227.

Summer day camp registration open

Registration is open for the Kenai Watershed Forum's new summer day camp. There will be nine sessions throughout the summer. For more information, visit:

Central Peninsula Garden Club hosts speaker

Fran Durner will discuss the role of color and how the eye works in the garden as well as hardscape, sculpture and some of the best tall plants, vines, trees and shrubs at 7 p.m. on Friday. Her talk is at Soldotna Methodist Church on Binkley Street in Soldotna. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Purple Heart members hold annual supper

Military order of the Purple Heart will have the annual supper for members at 5 p.m. tonight at Frosos. All members are invited. For more information call Art Peters at 567-1085.

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