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Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010

Donations sought

Shauna Thornton's house caught fire in Kenai on June 7. An account has been set up at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union for those wishing to donate funds to help her and her family.

The account number is #1528382. For more information, contact or 598-1171.

Father's Day brunch offered

The nikiski senior center will host a Father's Day brunch June 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Featuring roasted prime rib 10-12 oz., Twice baked potatoes, sauteed fresh vegetables, raspberry smoked salmon bisque, salad bar, fresh fruit, assorted pies and cakes, drinks are included. The cost is adults $15, Children ages 3-10 are $5.

Volunteers needed

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library are seeking volunteers for their annual book sale. Workers are being sought to accept donations of books and media, hand out shopping bags, assist buyers, staff the payment table and explain the opportunities to buy tiles in the new expanded library. The Book Sale will be held at the former Allen & Petersen location on the Kenai Spur Highway on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 19 from 1o a.m. to 2 p.m. The pre-sale for members of the Friends is Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those who wish to volunteer during the sale may call the chairs Kari Mohn at 283-4258 or MJ Loveland at 283-9237.

Books for troops needed

Soldotna Rotary Club is looking for donations of new and used paperback books to send to our Overseas Troops. Drop off sites for donated books are: HiSpeed Gear & KDLL in Kenai, Blazy Construction & Sweeney's Clothing in Soldotna.

Troop Care Packages are sent to any American Service Member serving overseas.

To make a cash donation towards offsetting postage expenses, contact the Troop Support Coordinator with the Rotary Club of Soldotna, Allen Auxier, at (907)283-8433.

Solstice events planned

Cowchip Triathlon/Matti Martin Farm Fest

June 19 at the Martin s Diamond M Ranch in Kenai, 12 hours of music, fun, games, food, and activities. Highlighting the activities is the Cowchip Triathlon. Open to all ages in 3 categories. The swimming event will be held on an above ground pool (40 x 80), seated on inner tubes on a circular course. The biking and running legs will be around the pasture on the farm (off-road bikes). The triathlon is dedicated to Matti Martin, last year s winner who was killed in an animal accident in September. Families and team entries are encouraged, distances depending on age. Triathlon entry fee is $20, Music Festival entry $5. Contact John Steckel at 283-0836, or 398-4398, or Start time is 1pm for 10 and under, older ages to follow. Please bring your own inner tube.

God & Country rally set

There will be the 19th God & Country Rally on June 27 at Kenai Central High School at 6 p.m.The special speaker will be coming from Washington State and his name is Gary Thornton. Gary 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. The rally is supporting the Red, White and Blue campaign by attendees bringing a gift of canned fish or candy for troops serving overseas.

Any questions please contact JD Duncan at or call him at the Peninsula Christian Center at 262-7416.

Quilt festival upcoming

The 16th Annual Quilting on the Kenai Quilt Show with a classes, a fashion show, vendors, demos and a quilt walk will be held June 24 to 26 at Cook Inlet Academy. For more information go to

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.

Please call June Harris 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 Homer

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.

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