Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2010

Book donations sought

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 and 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 283-8433

Pools post summer hours

* Kenai Central High School

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

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

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

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.


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.


Public Health schedules immunization clinics

Immunization visits Kenai Public Health Center are available by appointment to reduce waiting time. Appointment times in Kenai are on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m.

Appointment times in Soldotna, at the Cottonwood Health Center, are from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 335-3400.

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.


Day camp offered

North Peninsula Recreation is offering their Summer Day Camp through Aug. 5, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. First- through sixth-graders may attend. Pre-Registration not required.

Swimming, Cooking, Pottery, Crafts, Field Trips, Special Guests, Gym Activities are some of the planned activities For more information, Tammy at 776-8800.

Nikiski Teen Center events announced

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center's Teen Center summer hours are Monday-Friday 3 to 8 p.m.; and teen barbecue and skatepark competition is July 16, 5 to 8 p.m. For more information on the Teen Center please call 776-8800.


Radio operators "Ham" it up

"Radio Hams" from the Kenai/Soldotna area and members of the Moosehorn Amateur Radio Club will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators in the USA and Canada who will be showing off their emergency capabilities the weekend of June 26 and 27. The public will have a chance to meet and talk with local ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.

This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, local ham operators will set up an emergency station in the parking lot of Skyview High School in Soldotna. Set up will begin around 10:00 AM on Saturday the 26th, and the event concludes about the same time on Sunday, June 27th. The public is invited to stop by and visit the event and see what amateur radio is all about. For more information, call Bill Nelson at 283-5194 or Ed Back at 262-9674, or visit

Baseball event slated

Frontier Community Services will hold its 7th annual World Series baseball event July 10 at the Soldotna Little League fields.

World Series Event Goals are to foster the idea of team work, fair play and healthy fun.; All the players leave with the feeling of personal accomplishment; and to promote community awareness of FCS' services and programs.

Anyone with a developmental disability is welcome to come play.

Player sign in begins at 11 a.m. games begin at noon. Admission is free. Join us for the great American pastime, barbecue, face painting and more! For more information, call Kathy Kenner at 262-6331 or

Teens for hire

The Soldotna High School Football players are trying to raise money for camp by doing odd jobs. If you need one football player, or several, call. 907-420-3929.

Donations sought

Pink Ribbon Rally Breast Cancer Fundraiser looking for donations. The 2010 Pink Ribbon Rally Golf Event (formerly Rally for the Cure) is gearing up for it's 5th year of raising funds to help fight breast cancer. All net proceeds this year will go to the Central Peninsula Health Foundation to be used for local breast cancer patients. We are looking for donations for raffles, live & silent auction items, hole sponsors, and prizes. Event is scheduled for June 27. For more information call Judy Keck-Walsh at 262-1560.


The Sterling Center will host the folowing events:

Salmon classic kick off -- The Sterling Center will have its annual salmon count. This is similar to the Nenana Ice Classic. The Salmon Classic Kick Off Event will be June 26 at 5 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 per person and may be purchased in advance at the center's front desk and at the Pull Tab store. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, due to limited seating. The event will include: A wine and cheese tasting hour, dinner, dessert buffet, door prizes, and a no host bar. Entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by

Ray Schoessler at the piano, and Kevin Barret's "Forget-me-knot" band.

In addition, you will be able to purchase your Salmon Classic Tickets, bid on silent auction items, participate in "mini raffles", and purchase raffle tickets for a hand made quilt.

For more information, call the center at 262-6808.

SASCI annual barbecue -- July 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner will include Pulled Pork, Beef or Country Pork Ribs, Briscit, Potato salad, Baked beans, potato rolls, cupcakes, and beverage of iced tea, coffee, or lemonade. Reservations are recommended, and may be made at the front desk, or by calling the center at 262-6808. Price for the dinner will be

$12.50 for adults, and $7.00 for children under 10. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sterling Senior Center general fund.

Christmas in July -- This event will have many local handmade crafts so you can do some early Christmas shopping.

The event will be July 9 and 10 at the center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The "Elderberry" Cafe will be open both days for lunch and/or snacks and there will be

a bake sale featuring cakes, cookies, candies, pies, and many other goodies.

If you have handmade craft items you would like to sell, you may rent a table for

$25.00 for both days of the event. Call Glenda Graham at 262-2943 to reserve a table. For more information, call 262-6808.

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