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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010

Pools post summer hours

* Kenai Central High School (beginning June 1)

Monday through Friday: lap swim, 6:30 to 8 a.m.

Monday through Friday: Piranha swim team, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Monday through Friday: open swim, 1 to 2:45 p.m.

For more information, call 283-7476.

* Nikiski Pool (beginning June 1)

Tuesday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., open swim begins at noon

Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., open swim begins at 1 p.m.

Closed Mondays

For more information, call 776-8800.

* Skyview High School (beginning June 1)

Monday through Friday: lap swim and water aerobics, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: open swim/lap swim, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: water aerobics/independent physical therapy, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: organized lap swim workout, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 262-3905.

* Soldotna High School (beginning June 7)

Monday through Friday: lap swim, 6 to 8 a.m.

Monday through Friday: open swim, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: lap swim, 6 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: water aerobics, 6 to 7 p.m.

Kenai historical society seeking items

Kenai Historical Society is completing a restoration project on five historic homestead cabins located in Old Town Kenai. These cabins will be opened for tours this summer, and the committee is seeking donations of the following items for use in the cabins (items to become property of this project): Wood-fired cook stove, barrel stove with flat top, Trapping and homestead tools, pre-1950s commercial fishing tools, an Alaskan tuxedo, Territorial school blond teacher/student desks, army blanket, small dining table and two chairs. Call June at 283-1946 for more information.

Luau set

Soldotna Senior Center's Hawaiian Luau Fund raiser will be on June 19 at 5:30 p.m. A Hawaiian cuisine dinner, live entertainment, door prizes, silent auction and outcry auctions are planned.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 years old and younger. For tickets or information call 262-2322.

Spit run set

Registration is under way for the annual Homer News Spit Run scheduled for June 26.

Early registration for the 10K race is free. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Homer News Web site at There will be a $5 fee for those registering after 5 p.m. June 23. Spit Run T-shirts also are being sold at the Homer News. Cost is $20 for short-sleeved shirts and $25 for long-sleeved shirts. Shirts also will be sold before the race and at the finish line, but quantities are limited.

On the day of the race, check-in is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Home High School, with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The race finishes at the end of the Homer Spit, by Land's End Resort.

Official timing ends at noon. A free shuttle will be offered until noon for runners to return to Homer High to pick up cars.

The race is for all abilities and ages, and runners also are invited to participate in costumes.

There will be a post-race party on the deck of Land's End, which will include a no-host barbecue. Music will be by Johnny B.

Prizes for the fastest man and woman will be given. Every racer will receive a water bottle, courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital.

Race participants are invited to watch the start of the annual Homer Yacht Club Land's End Regatta at the completion of the Spit Run.

For more information, call the Homer News at 235-7767.

God, country rally slated

The God and Country Rally will be held June 27 at Kenai Central High School, at 6 p.m.

The special speaker will be Gary Thornton. Thornton is a Vietnam Vet who was a POW for 6 years and 12 days. His 4-18 was bombed and his pilot that day was killed intheir planeand his name is Major Russell C. Goodman who's daughter is Sue Stein of Soldotna and husband George. Major Goodman's remains were found and identified in November 2009 and brought back home in January 2010.

Special music will be provided by Cissy Padgett, a renown recording artist, and local talent.

We are supporting the Red, White and Blue campaign by attendees bringing a gift of canned fish or candy for our troops serving overseas.

For more information, call JD Duncan at or call him at 262-7416, at Peninsula Christian Center.

Public health makes changes

Kenai Public Health Center is changing its way to provide more efficient service for you. Immunization visits will be by appointment to reduce waiting time. Appointments times are in Kenai on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m.

In Soldotna, at the Cottonwood Health Center on Thursdays. Public Health will offer immunization by appointment from 1:30-4:45 p.m. To schedule an appointment or get more information, call 335-3400.

Kenai Public Health Center's family planning services appointment times will be extended Wednesdays from 8 to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment or get more information, call 335-3400.

Garage sale fundraiser slated

Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425 will hold a garage sale on June 11 and 12.

Proceeds go towards the wounded veterans fund.

The Lodge will host a group of wounded veterans in August taking them halibut fishing, clamming and silver salmon fishing.

Drop off donations after 4 p.m. at the Lodge at 205 Barnacle Way (across from the post office.)

For more information, call 283-7776.

Plant sale Saturday

Central Peninsula Garden Club will host a plant sale June 12 from 11 a.m. until the plants are sold out at 312 Tyee St., off E. Marydale in Soldotna, the Kent and Sullivan office parking lot. Look for the signs and yellow flagging ribbon.

Club members have been growing a wide variety of plants for the sale, including annuals, perennials, hanging baskets of plants, tomato plants, rhubarb, some house plants, a novelty plant table and more.

Volunteers are needed to help with shopping or carry out. There is plenty of parking on Tyee or in the adjacent parking lot that will be identified with signs and flagging ribbon. Attendees are asked to not park in the Cottonwood Health Center entrance area parking lot across the street.

Monthly program meetings are not held in July and August. Tours to view area gardens and garden features take place during those months and are open to paid members.

The Sterling 4-H Garden Club volunteers will have refreshment tables to sell coffee and cookies for their club activities.

For more information, call Marion Nelson, 283 4632 or e-mail her at .

Golf tourney to tee off

The 7th annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Funny River Quilters will be held June 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bird Homestead Golf Course. Registration begins at noon.

The cost is $55 and includes the barbecue following the tournament. This is an 18 hole, blind draw scramble, best-ball tournament.

Teams to be made up of four players. Teams are welcome, but will not be eligible for prizes if the team does not consist of 1 A, B, C, and D player. Mulligans are $5 each, limit 2 and will be available along with other chances for prizes on specific holes. The number of carts is limited, so reserve one early by calling 260-4653 (only 2 carts per team). Tournament is limited to 72 players.

This is the only fundraing event the quilters have for buying thread, batting and some materials for making quilts for those in need here on the peninsula. All of the quilts are donated, with over a hundred being given to Central Peninsula Hospital for the oncology department and the new babies, Heritage House, Lee Shore center, the ABC birthing center, and familes whose homes have burned, just to name a few. Right now we are making quilts to donate to the VFW to distribute to returning veterans.

Call Phyllis 260-9707 or Marilyn 260-5874 for more information.

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