Community Events

Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2009

Exchange students sought

AFS is seeking local high school students interested in traveling to other countries, as well as Kenai, Soldotna and Nikiski families interested in hosting foreign students for the 2009-10 school year.

There are summer, semester and year long programs in dozens of countries. Scholarships are available. For more information, call Eileen Bryson at 283-4428 or Nancy Cranston at 283-9265.

Reunions slated

The following reunions are planned:

* KCHS, 1979 -- 30th reunion will be held June 19 through 21. Classmates addresses and contact information is sought. For more information, e-mail Sandra at

* Skyview, 1999 -- 10th reunion will be held July 17 through 19. Classmates may e-mail planners their physical address and phone number at, and or e-mail

* SoHi, 1989 -- 20th reunion will be held July 24, 25 and 26. Classmates are invited to share ideas and gather former student's phone numbers and addresses. Updates are being posted on Facebook. Search for Sohi class of 89. Contact Stacey Herr at 260-3747, Barbara Shipps at 283-4030, Brooke Straume at 394-2938 or Kelly Griebel at 398-7293 or for more information.

* KCHS, Nikiski 1989 -- A joint 20th reunion will be held Aug. 8. For more information or if you know of lost classmates, contact Sheila (Pollard) Best at 260-6999, Stacie Krause at 252-3086, Penny Power at, Rodney Peterkin at, Sheila Best at, e-mail or visit

* USS Maddox Destroyer Assoc. (DD-168, DD-622 and DD731)-- Sept. 9-13 in Phoenix. For more information, contact Cliff Gillespie, 2118 Hines Road, Jennings, La., 70546, call 337-616-8450 or e-mail


Senior events planned

The Kenai Senior Center located at 361 Senior Court will host the following events: Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- Dementia training and Strong Women at 9 a.m., TOPS at 9:45 a.m., bingo at 12:30 p.m., bridge at 12:35 p.m. and bowling at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- Dementia training and exercise at 9 a.m., line dancing and Grow Strong at 10 a.m., Wii games at 11 a.m. and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- Strong Women at 9 a.m., line dancing at 10 a.m., bell choir at 11 a.m., tripoly at 12:30 p.m. and blue grass at 6:30 p.m.; and Friday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., Grow Strong at 10 a.m., Wii games at 11 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m. and bowling and green house tour at 1 p.m.

Menus (all meals include, soup, salad bar and choice of beverage: Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- tuna noodle casserole, peas and carrots, fruit cup, muffin and dessert; Wednesday -- baked potatoes bar, broccoli and dessert; Thursday -- chicken Parmesan, noodles, fruit cup, garlic bread and dessert; and Friday -- liver and onions, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and dessert. For more information on center, call 283-4156.

Immunizations available

The Kenai Public Health Center at 630 Barnacle Way, Kenai, provides walk-in immunization services from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Soldotna Cottonwood Clinic For more information call 335-3400.

Immunization requirements have changed and now require all children kindergarten through sixth grade to have two chicken pox vaccinations. Kenai Public Health Center will hold an immunization clinic from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 6. Parents are asked to bring their child's records.

Used books needed

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library are collecting books for its June book sale. Book, video and DVD donations may be brought to the Kenai Community Library during regular business hours. Early donations will allow time for the books to be sorted into fiction, non-fiction, crafts, cookbooks, romance and other genres.

For more information, call Kari Mohn at 283-4258.

Gardeners sought

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help maintain the rock garden display that surrounds its office. Call Tina at 283-7989 for more information.

Library events slated

The Kenai Community Library regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 163 Main Street Loop. For more information, call 283-4378 or visit

World series of baseball slated

The Frontier Community Services will host it's sixth annual World Series Baseball event June 27 at the Kenai Little League fields.

The goal of the event is to give individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball. Sign in begins at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies and the games beginning at noon. An afternoon of baseball, barbecue, food are planned. For more information, call Kathy Kenner at 262-6331 or e-mail Admission is free.

Immunization clinics available

The Kenai Public Health Center offers walk-in immunization clinics from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the center and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Cottonwood Clinic in Soldotna. For more information, call 335-3400.


Ninilchik medics to make pancakes

The Ninilchik Emergency Services annual pancake breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday -- at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds, Mile 136 of the Sterling Highway.

Prices are $8 for adults; $5 for kids ages 6 to 12; 5 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Ninilchik Emergency Services.


Nikiski senior center announces events, menus

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will host the following events: Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- hand and foot at 12:45 p.m.; Wednesday -- hand and foot at 12:45 p.m. and cribbage at 6 p.m.; Thursday -- garage sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. nothing; and Friday -- Game Night at 6.

Menus (all meals include salad bar, milk, juice, iced tea, water, bread and dessert.) Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- Shrimp scampi, angel hair pasta, broccoli, garlic cheesy bread; Wednesday -- Chicken chow mien, stir fry veggies and dinner rolls; Thursday -- cheeseburgers and fried, tomato and cucumber salad and chocolate cake; and Friday -- Chili, corn bread and tapioca pudding. For more information, call 776-7654.

Seniors plan fundraisers

The Nikiski Senior Center will hold the "Children Of Alaska" queen size quilt raffle fundraiser. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held June 20. Need not be present to win.

For more information, call 776-7654.

Midnight fun event seeks vendors

North Peninsula Recreation is accepting booth applications for the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun event. Nonprofit and for-profit organizations may have booths. Booths can range from food, carnival/game, political and informational to crafts and sales.

Applications are available at Nikiski pool through May 31 or online at The event will be held June 20.

For more information, call Rachel at 776-8800.


Senior activities set

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center located at 197 W. Park Ave., will host the following events this week: Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- cards and board games at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- cards at 10 a.m. and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- art class at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11 a.m., shopping, cards and games at 1 p.m.; and Friday -- music at noon.

Menus (meals include, bread, rolls and beverage: Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- Salisbury steak, baked potatoes, mixed vegetables, Jell-O with whipped cream; Wednesday -- teriyaki chicken, steamed rice, vegetables, fortune cookie; Thursday -- chef's choice; and Friday -- Hot dog, bun, onion rings, corn on the cob and watermelon. For more information, call 262-2322.

Scholarship fund started

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors has set up a scholarship fund in memory of the late Saylor and Cindy Rehm. Funds are designated for their daughter, Dani Rehm, and can be paid through Wells Fargo Account No. 7758546811, or by PayPal through For more information, call 262-1851.

River run on the horizon

The annual Run for the River, family 5K walk/run and 10 miler on a multiple-turn, loop course to benefit the Kenai River and the Kenai River Festival will be held June 13 at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna. Registration and warm-up at 8 a.m. and race start at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 Miler and 9 a.m. for the 5K.

Participants may register at the Kenai Watershed Forum office in the Blazy Mall or online at Registration includes a Run for the River T-shirt. The cost will be adult pre-registration $15, adult day of race is $25, under 18-years-old pre-registration is $10, under 18-years-old day of race is $20 and 6-years-old and under are free.

Prizes will be awarded in several age categories. For more information, call 260-5469 or visit

Solstice vendors sought

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association Solstice Music Festival is accepting applications for vendor booths and musicians to perform. Booths can be food, arts and crafts, or carnival type games. Musicians who specialize in any type of music are also needed.

The event will take place at the Diamond M Ranch Resort on Kalifornsky Beach Road from noon to 8 p.m. June 21. To obtain an application or for more information, call JoAnne at 283-9330

Food classes offered

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will hold six classes on "Decoding Nutrition Labels" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive off Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna. Colleen Sonneville with the Cooperative Extension Service office will be the facilitator.

Also, Janice Chumley will teach "Growing Edible Flowers" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the food bank. For more information, call 262-3111.

4-H youth shine

On May 17 and 18 youth involved in 4-H Equine projects from around the state gathered on the Kenai Peninsula to participate in a Horse Bowl. There were three parts to the competition: One is horse judging in which the members judge a group of horses and state their reasons for their placing; public presentation portion; and then teams answer questions presented. Responses are evaluated and points given for correct answers. Months of study by 4-H members went into this contest. Participants from Tanana, Kodiak, Southeast (Juneau), MatSu and Kenai were present.

Horse Bowl results

Horse Judging

Teams: first place, Trail Blazers No. 2 (Kenai) - Taylor Jule, Hannah Kelson, Rebecka Ruzicka and Timaney Anderson; second place, Trail Blazers No. 4 (Kenai) - Sarah Cobb, Mattie Cobb and Heather Schade; third place, Salmon Ropers (Kenai) - Mariesha Derkevorki, Kade Foust and Anna Marie Motis; fourth place, Emerald Isle Equestrians (Kodiak) - Stephanie McEntee, Kendra Howell, Amanda Blott and Etta Nelson; and fifth place, Good Question (Mat-Su) - Jacob Kern, Briar Thurmond, Alex Wandell and Meredith Mapes.

Juniors Individuals: first place, Anna Marie Motis (Kenai), second place, Jenna Hansen (Kenai); third place, Allison Wandell (Mat-Su); and fourth place, Hannah Kelson (Kenai)

Intermediates Individuals: first place, Briar Thurmond (Mat-Su); second place, Cathy Mattson (South East); third place, Paige Martin (Mat-Su); fourth place, Kendra Howell (Kodiak); and fifth place, Mattie Cobb (Kenai)

Seniors Individuals: first place, Timany Anderson (Kenai); second place, Heather Schade ( Kenai); third place, Taylor Jule (Kenai); fourth place, Rebekka Ruzicka (Kenai); and fifth place, Meredith Mapes (Mat-Su).

Horse Judging Quality Champion - Timany Anderson (Kenai)

Horse Judging Performance Champion - Rebekka Ruzicka (Kenai)

Horse Judging Oral Reason Champion - Anna Marie Motis (Kenai)

Horse Judging Overall Champion - Timany Anderson (Kenai)

Junior team demonstrations: first place, Jenna Hansen and Chena Litzen (Kenai) These Hooves Are Made For Walking; first place, Anna Marie Motis (Kenai) I've Got a Gut Feeling; second place, Katelyn Baertsch (South East) The Golden Rules of Trail Riding; third place, Amanda Blott (Kodiak) Eye Spy

Senior team demonstrations: first place, Kendra Howell (Kodiak) Blue Genes; second place, Margaret Ross (South East) Self Mutilation; third place, Cathy Mattson (South East) Six Common Leg and Foot Problems

Horse Bowl team demonstrations, teams: first place, TWS #1 (Tanana) Molly Callahan, Hannah Sfraga, Elly Blake and Kira Freeman; second place, Thunder Mountain Riders (South East) Kristin Kibby, Cathy Mattson, Margaret Ross, Katelynn Baerisch and Natalia Spengler; thrid place, Emerald Isle Equestrians (Kodiak) Kendra Howell, Stephanie McEntee, Amanda Blott, Etta Nelson and Annie Nelson.

High Points: first place, Molly Callahan (Tanana), second place, Hanna Sfraga (Tanana), third place, Stephanie McEnttee (Kodiak), fourth place, Margaret Ross (South East); fifth place, Elly Blake (Tanana)


Senior events slated

The Sterling Senior Center will host the following events: Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- quilting at 10 a.m., caregivers support group at 1 p.m. and bingo at 7 p.m.; Wednesday -- exercise at 10 a.m.; Thursday -- quilting at 10 a.m. and cards at 6 p.m.; and Friday -- exercise at 10 a.m. and choir at 1 p.m.

Menus (meals include, soup, bread, rolls, salad and dessert): Monday -- Closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday -- ham and beans and corn bread; Wednesday -- spaghetti, meat sauce, peas and garlic bread Thursday -- apple mustard pork chops, roasted potatoes, spinach ; and Friday -- chef's choice.

For more information on center events and menus, call 262-6808.

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive.

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