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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011

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.

Saturday's workshops are as follows.

1p.m. -- Composting Process and More. Presenter: Curly Gere. Curly does it all with a greenhouse, well-planned garden, and his own composting process. His prize chipper is one of the keys to how he processes his various compost ingredients. This is another way gardeners figure out how to get quality nutrients into their soil. Group size limit: 12 people. Location: Off the Spur Highway.

1-3 p.m. -- Growing Peonies for Profit. Workshop & Field Visit. Presenters: Sue Kent-Clay Sullivan, of Midnight Sun Peonies, commercial peony farm. This workshop is designed specifically for people who are considering commercial peony growing. We will discuss potential startup costs and other considerations to take into account before you invest. We will spend a lot of time discussing field preparation, including soil testing, layout, drainage, fertilization, and making beds as well as how to plant and care for your peonies. Group size limit: 20 people. Location: Sue & Clay's peony farm in Sterling area.

1-3 p.m. -- Recycled Glass Garden Totems. Presenters: Margaret Simon and Marion Nelson. Bring 12-20 recycled glass or pottery pieces to use, share or trade. One tube of sealant provided to each participant (should be enough). Bring items such as plates/platters for the base, interesting glass or pottery pieces, bottles, glass ware, cups, tea pots, topper pieces, flat back marbles, and your imagination. FYI - the finished piece may develop condensation in parts and cut glass pieces don't show it as much as plain; Colored glass is sometimes just "painted" on the inside that may peel with condensation; These creations will not winter over in the garden, so consider storage space. Depending on how tall or fragile your creation is, you'll need to put it together in sections with final assembly at home. We'll all work around a big tarp or two. Please wear safety glasses. You may want to wear snug fitting garden gloves. Group size limit:15 people; Location: Marion's paved driveway, off the Spur Highway.


1 p.m. -- Backyard Pharmacy. Presenter: Linda Albers, RN Naturopath.You will explore a yard and adjacent natural areas to discuss the uses of weeds and plants. Group size limit: 15 people. Location: off the Spur Highway.

Nikiski family fun event booth space available

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area is accepting applications from local food vendors, school organizations, athletic organizations, local artists, churches and information/educational groups to reserve booth space at the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Event, June 18, at the NPRSA facilities in Nikiski. Applications are available online at or can be picked up at Nikiski Pool or Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For more information or application details please contact Rachel at 776-8800.

State seeks frog hunters

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Partnership for Citizen Science want your help surveying for wood frogs now through June. For more information or to get involved, visit the website at or contact Marian Snively at 267-2893.

Boys and Girls Clubs offer free meals

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Meals will be made available free to all children 18 years of age and under regardless of income. Acceptance and participating requirements for the Program are the same regardless of race, sex, color, age, disability or national origin. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

Kenai Unit, 705 Frontage Rd. Suite B, Kenai

Breakfast: 8:30 -- 9:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:45 a.m. -- 1:15 p.m.

Monday - Friday, May 31 -- Aug. 12

Soldotna Unit, 486 W. Redoubt Ave. Soldotna

Breakfast: 8:30 -- 9:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:45 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

Monday - Friday, May 31 -- July 29

Nikiski Unit, Mile 1 Holt Lamplight, Nikiski

Breakfast: 8 -- 9 a.m.

Lunch: noon -- 1 p.m.

Monday - Friday, May 31 -- Aug. 5

Camp hosts needed on the Kenai Peninsula

Alaska State Parks seeks Alaskans to host at a few select campgrounds and recreation areas this summer. Set up your motor home or RV all summer and commute to your favorite fishing hole. Hosts work 30- to 40-hours per week, and greet visitors, help them enjoy the recreation area and campground and do minor maintenance chores. Hosts are needed at Johnson Lake, Clam Gulch and the Ninilchik River Recreation areas as well as one more host at Deep Creek. For moreinformation call Jacqui Erion at 567-3367 or Roger MacCampbell at 235-7024.

Cabin tour guides needed

The Kenai Historical Society needs volunteers to train as cabin tour hosts at the Kenai Homesteader Cabin Park for several hours each week this summer. Opening is set for May 31, with orientation for new volunteers the week before. For more information call June Harris at 283-1946; Sharon Fisher at 776-8254 or 394-4559; or Carol Anderson at 252-4943.

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