Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2007

Cowboy up

The Soldotna Equestrian Association’s first event in its Cowboy Round-up Family Series continues at 1 p.m. today at the Soldotna Arena and Rodeo Grounds on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna.

Bull riding, barrel racing, calf riding, team penning and roping are some of the planned events. Admission prices are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and military with an ID.

Memorial Day services set

American Legion Post No. 20 in conjunction with AmVets and the Veterans of Foreign War will host the following Memorial Day events.

· Kenai City Cemetery — Avenue of Flags at 10 a.m. The color guard will be made up American Legion Post No. 20, AmVets Post No. 4, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046 and Young Marines. The service will include a rifle salute, prayer, the poem “Flanders Field” and taps. It is to honor the veterans in their final resting place.

· Leif Hanson Memorial Park — Laying of wreaths at 1 p.m. A rifle salute and taps will be part of the service.

The featured speaker will be Sgt. 1st class Will Schwenke with the National Guard. Schwenke served in the Persian Gulf and Iraq.

· Open house events will be held following the service at AmVets No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center, VFW No. 10046 in Soldotna and the American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai. They are open to the public.

Construction academy nails down date

There will be a three-week summer construction academy for high school students in grades 10 through 12 Wednesday through June 19 at the Workforce Development Center in Kenai. The event is sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. For more information or to register, call Walt at 262-7075.

Peaceful people to gather

People for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Baha’i Center on Knight Drive in Soldotna. A potluck will preceded the meeting at 6 p.m,

Anthony Lopez, a juvenile justice officer for the state of Alaska, will speak about restorative justice, which views crime as harm done to the community. Restorative Justice gives the victim, the offender and the community the opportunity to be involved in how the harm is to be repaired. For more information, call 262-5447.

Canning classes offered

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will hold a free canning class and free canning demonstration Wednesday and May 31. For more information and location of classes, call 262-5824.

· A beginners class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday for people who want to learn how to use a pressure canner and practice safe canning methods. Participants also will learn how to care for their catch, proper use of canning equipment, storage of home canned food and uses for canned salmon. Class is limited to eight.n A demonstration to update canner’s skills will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. May 31. Participants will observe safe canning methods and learn about care of the catch, proper use of canning equipment, storage of home-canned food and uses of canned salmon. Class size is limited to 20.

Used book sale scheduled

The Soldotna Public Library will hold a used book sale from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The library is accepting donations of books and puzzles in good condition.

SoHi schedules swim lesson registration

The Soldotna High School pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to take registration for its summer swim lessons. Sessions will be 10 days of lessons, for 40 minutes. Lessons are open for children ages 3 and older. Preregistration is recommended. Lessons will be held: June 4-15; June 18-29; (pool closed July 2-6); July 9-20; and July 23-Aug. 3. Lessons are offered six times a day. For more information, call 262-7419. The cost is $40 per swim lessons set. Private and semi-private lessons available.

Relay For Life planned

Community members are invited to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money for the American Cancer Society at the Skyview High School Track. Participants may stroll, walk, jog or run in the all-night relay event, beginning 6 p.m. Friday and ending at 2 p.m, Saturday.

A lighting of the luminarias will begin at 11 p.m. Friday. For more information, call Penny at 262-8030 or e-mail her at

Historical society to meet

The Soldotna Historical Society will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the main museum building on Centennial Park Road. It is open to the public.

Brain awareness walk, barbecue set

The Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group will host its 11th annual Brain Awareness Walk at 11 a.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The walk route will begin at Kenai Central High School, through downtown Kenai to the Green Strip Park on Main Street Loop. A barbecue will be held following the walk. Participants will receive a certificate of appreciation. For more information or to register, call 283-5711 or 262-633.

Dog jog set to go

Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic will host its fourth annual Dog Jog at 2 p.m. June 3 at the clinic. Funds will benefit the clinic’s Angel Fund to help it provided care for sick and injured pets.

Participants can either run or walk. The cost is $20 and included a bandana for your pet and picnic lunch. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers for the three-mile run.

Vendors, runners sought

The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications for vendors and runners for the Kenai River Festival held June 9 and 10 at Soldotna Creek Park (behind Don Jose’s Restaurant on the Sterling Highway.) Vendor space is limited. Deadline to sign-up is June 4. For more information, call Josselyn O’Connor at 260-5449.

Registration for the Run for the River run to be held in conjunction with the river festival. The start, finish for the 5-kilometer run walk and the 10 mile run will be at the festival grounds at Soldotna Creek Park.

Registration will be held at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Preregistration fees will be $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 17 and children under six admission is free. Day of race fees are $25 for adults, $20 for children ages 7 to 17 and children under six admission is free. Registration fees includes a T-shirt and two-week membership to the Peninsula Athletic Club.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

For more information, call Jennifer McCard at 260-5449. Registration forms are available online at

Cheer camp available

North Peninsula Recreation Service Area will hold a cheer camp from 1 to 3:30 p.m. June 20 through June 22 at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Youth in grades second through sixth are eligible to attend.

Registration forms are available at center or at the Nikiski Pool. For more information, call 776-8800.

Annual quilt show a piece of work

Quilting on the Kenai’s 13th annual Quilt Extravaganza Viewer’s Choice Quilt Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21 and 22 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23 at 46719 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna.

Classes, vendors, demonstrations, and more than 100 quilts are some of the planned events and displays.

An Art to Wear fashion show will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai.

The grand door prize will be a Pfaff 2029 sewing machine.

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