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Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011

Air fair and poker run coming

The Kenai Peninsula Air Fair and Poker Run will be June 4. The event kicks off in the MARC Hangar at the Soldotna Airport with breakfast and Poker Run registration from 8 -- 11 a.m. The activities move to the Kenai Municipal Airport from 1 -- 3 p.m. with a barbecue, poker prize presentation, and static displays of military, commercial and general aviation aircraft. Live music will be provided by the USAF Band of the Pacific with a special Military Appreciation Ceremony at 2 p.m. The public is invited to all activities. For information call 283-7951 or 262-4672.

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.

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.

Red Cross lifeguard class available

Nikiski Pool is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Class from May 31 through June 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration fee is $135, or sign up for the T.A.P. program and the fee can be waived. Pre-registration is required. For more information call Nigel at 776-8800.

Public meetings to discuss Stormy Lake pike

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will host four public meetings this month to discuss northern pike illegally introduced to Stormy Lake near Nikiski. Information gathered from these meetings will help guide the department's response to the Stormy Lake invasive northern pike issue. Meetings will be May 25, noon -- 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 -- 8 p.m., at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway. For more information, contact Robert Begich at 262-9368.

Sterling seniors host fundraising dinner

The Sterling Senior Center will present a Cornish game hen dinner on May 28. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., for $10 per person with 100 dinners available. Make your reservations at 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.

Tri The Kenai Triathlon registration open

Registration is under way for the 2011 Tri The Kenai Triathlon, scheduled for June 12. The event takes place at Skyview High School and includes a 500-yard pool swim, a 10-mile road bike and a 5-kilometer trail run. Registration is $85 for adults, $175 for teams and $15 for the youth event (ages 5 to 14). Registration closes June 1. Volunteers also are needed. For more information or to register, visit

American Legion Auxiliary Alaska Girls State

The Alaska Girls State is a week long leadership/government session for female high school juniors to learn about city and state government and citizenship. The annual event is June 12 through 18 at the Meier Lake Conference Center in Wasilla. For more information contact Debra Henderson at 252-3544 or go to

May meeting scheduled for kids' book group

The Soldotna Public Library Kids' Book Group will finish "Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat," (Young Reader's Edition), by Michael Pollan for the May meeting. Books can be picked up at the Soldotna Public Library. The group will read from Chapter 12 to the end of the book for the next meeting, which is May 26, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the hospital. The group is open to kids in 4th to 8th grade. For more information call Rosie Reeder, 262-7993.

Ninilchik Emergency Services plans annual pancake breakfast

The Ninilchik Volunteer Emergency Services will host their annual Memorial Day weekend Pancake breakfast. The pancake breakfast will be May 28, 29, 30, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 7 a.m. to noon on Monday. The cost is $10 for adults, or a three day pass for $25. Children 5-12 are $5 or $12 for a three day pass, and children under 5 are free. For more information or to volunteer call Madeline Thompson at 907-953-0000.

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