Community News

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2004

Boys and Girls Club accepting applications

The Soldotna Boys and Girls Club is taking applications for its Summer Clubhouse for children ages 6 (who have completed first grade) through 13. Session dates are June 7 to 30 and July 1 to 30. Registration will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today and Tuesday at Redoubt Elementary School. Registration also will be taken on the first day of the session, but space is limited.

The cost is $125 per session per child. Scholarships are available.

Educational and recreational mini courses will include papier mache monster making, cave art creations, Georgia O'Keeffe paintings, dancing to the oldies and book publishing. For more information, call Karen at 394-6983 or 260-4333.

Disabilities forum set

Hope Community Resources Inc., an Alaska nonprofit agency supporting individuals and families who experience disabilities, will hold a forum for families from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai River Center.

An opportunity will be available for families to meet one-on-one with Hope representatives earlier in the day.

The mission of Hope is "to provided services and supports, requested and designed by individuals and families who experience disabilities, resulting in choice, control, family preservation and community inclusion." For more information or to schedule a meeting, call (800) 478-0078, ext. 354, or (907) 564-6854.

Area pools plan summer events

The Kenai and Soldotna high school pools will offer swimming lessons this summer.

In Soldotna, lessons will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Swim lessons are 10, 40-minute lessons for levels two through five and 10, 30-minute lessons for level one. The cost is $40 for group lessons or $10 per hour for private lessons.

Session one begins June 1 (nine lessons); session two begins June 14; session three begins June 28; session four begins July 12; and session five begins July 26.

For more information, call Cindy Aldridge at 262-7419.

In Kenai, group lesson sessions start June 1, June 13, June 28, July 12 and July 26. Daily lessons are 40 minutes, and the cost is $40 per session. Private lessons are $10 per hour.

The Kenai pool also will start its summer hours June 1.

Lap swim will be from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. A swim workout will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Swimming lessons will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. Open swim is from 1 to 2:45 p.m. daily. Private swimming lessons or pool rentals will be available from 3 to 4 p.m.

The cost for lap or open swim time is $3, or $25 for a punch card good for 10 sessions.

Hunger awareness day planned

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will receive support from area restaurants June 3, when participating businesses donate a percentage of their proceeds as part of Hunger Awareness Day. Community members can help by eating at a participating restaurant. For more information or ideas to help end hunger, call 262-3111 or visit

Brain awareness walk, barbecue scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group will hold its eighth annual Brain Awareness Walk at 11 a.m. June 5 at the Kenai Central High School. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The walk is part of the National Brain Awareness Week. The walk route will begin at KCHS and continue though downtown Kenai to the Green Strip Park on Main Street Loop, where a barbecue lunch will be served. Participants will receive a certificate of appreciation. The cost is $10 or a filled sponsor sheet. For more information or to register, call 283-5711 or 262-6333.

Summer food program offered

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from June 7 through Aug. 23 at the clubhouse. The club will be closed July 5. Breakfast will be served between 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m. Meals are provided free of charge. Participants need not be a member.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

Watershed June activities set

The Kenai Watershed Forum summer informational talks, hikes and programs are free to the public. Preregistration is required. For more information about any of the following programs, call Josselyn at 260-5449 or e-mail

Kenai River Festival June 12 and 13: Fish model painting, hands-on science booth, fishing clinics, casting practice, artisan booths, live music, Run for the River 5K race and salmon dinners are some of the planned activities. This event is designed to teach community members about the river and its inhabitants through educational activities.

Backyard Birding June 17: Ken Marlow will lead this program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Marlow's on the Kenai. If time permits, he also will give a tour of the riverbank and side hill at either Bing's Landing or Morgan's Landing.

Tree Coring June 24: Mike Gracz will lead this program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The meeting place will be announced at a later date. Participants will use an increment corer a device used to core into a tree and extract a small soda straw diameter, boring across the rings of a tree to look at the tree's age and past events.

Silver Salmon Creek Restoration Project June 26: Robert Ruffner will lead this program from 10 a.m. to noon at the culvert crossing on Oil Well Road, approximately 5 miles from the Sterling Highway. During the spring and summer, KWF will restore a major section of the Silver Salmon Creek near Ninilchik, due to the damage caused by the 2002 fall flood to the area where Oil Well Road crosses the Silver Salmon Creek. Ruffner will discuss the events that led to the culvert failure, the reconstruction and restoration of the stream bed. Participants are asked to bring rubber or hip boots and a bag lunch.

Kenai Performers to hold theater camp

The Kenai Performers are taking registration for a summer theater camp. Session one, for children in grades one through six, will run June 28 through July 16. Session two, for children in grades six through 12, will run from July 19 to Aug. 13.

Up to four classes a day are available to campers, with a minimum of two classes required for participation in the musical. Auditions for the musical will be held in the first week of camp. Camp instructors will be area actors and three college theater graduates. The musical will be directed by Carol Ford. For more information on cost and times or to register, call Carol Ford at 776-8308.

SoHi class reunion set

The Soldotna High School class of 1994 will hold its 10-year reunion July 16 to 18. For more information or to give information on missing classmates, call Brian Hawkins at 260-7616.

Peninsula students seek places to stay

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's CASTLE Home Program is looking for Ninilchik or Kasilof families in the Ninilchik school area to provide homes for 11th-grade students from Port Graham for the 2004-05 school year. The district reimburses host families through stipends provided by the state of Alaska. For more information, call KPBSD's CASTLE Home Program at 262-9805, ext. 249, or e-mail

Host families needed for international youth

Cultural Homestay International is seeking families to host foreign exchange students for the 2004-05 school year. Students will arrive in August and come with their own spending money and medical insurance.

The program provides a 10-month homestay experience to international teenage students and their hosting families. The students will attend area schools and live as a member of the host family. Students will become fluent in English and learn in-depth about North America, their host community and the school. For more information, call Bonnie Richard at 260-8020 or Maria Bayne at (800) 210-6080.

USS Sperry to hold reunion

The USS Sperry (AS-12) will hold a Navy reunion Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Days Hotel Timonium in Baltimore. Planners are seeking shipmates who served from 1942 to 1982. For more information, contact Arnold Ross by phone at (218) 534-2459; by mail at 2916 Colonial Drive, Dickinson, Texas 77539; or by e-mail at

The Community page appears each Monday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be faxed to 283-3299; e-mailed to, sent to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or delivered to 150 Trading Bay Road.

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