Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008

UCIDA meeting slated

United Cook Inlet Drift Association will host its 28th annual membership meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at its new location at Kenai Landing. The meeting is for members only, with membership available at the door.

For more information, call Audrey Stevens at 260-9436.

Day camps offered

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai offers day camps for youth ages 7 to 9 years old from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Thursdays through the summer. For more information, call 283-2000 or visit

Swim lessons offered in Soldotna

The Soldotna High School pool offers 10 days of swim lessons, level one lessons are for 25 minutes, level two through five for 40 minutes. Registration has begun for classes. Lesson dates are: Monday through July 11; session four, July 14 through 25; and July 28 through Aug. 8. Lesson are offered at from 10 to 10:40 a.m.; 10:45 to 11:25 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.; 12:15 to 12:55 p.m.; 4 to 4:40 p.m.; and 4:45 to 5:25 p.m.

Private swim lessons times and pool rentals are available. The cost is $50 swim lesson for 10 days; $15 for private lessons; $4 lap swim or open swim; and $35 for a punch card/10 punches on the card.

For more information, call Cindy 262-7419 or e-mail her at

Caregiver meetings planned

The National Family Caregivers Support Program will hold the following meetings:

* July 15 -- A caregiver peer support meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at Sterling Senior Center.

* July 29 -- A caregiver peer support meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

The support program training offers CEUs. Training is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dani or JoAnn at 262-1280 or e-mail at

Homesteader photos sought

The Clarion is seeking photos from families who homesteaded in the Soldotna area. Photos depicting life in the early years will be selected to run in the Clarion's Soldotna Progress Days special section in July.

Photos of businesses, children at play, community gatherings, homes, traveling and any other aspect of homestead life are sought.

Information to include with photos, if at all possible, is the name of the photographer, date, place, names of people in the photo and brief description of activity taking place.

Photos with name, address and telephone number included will be returned to the owner.

The deadline is at 5 p.m. July 11. Photos may be dropped off at the Clarion office at 150 Trading Bay Drive, mailed to Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, or e-mailed to, attention Nan Misner.

For more information, call Nan at 335-1241.

Preschool openings available

The Kenaitze Alaska Native Preschool at 130 North Willow St. in Kenai is accepting applications for the 2008-09 school year. The non-income based program is center and home based services. For more information, call Charmaine Lundy at 283-0707.

Financial workshops planned

Free financial education workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 265 N. Binkley in Soldotna. Topics will be goal setting and planning, budgeting, pay yourself first, credit worthiness, understand compound interest, good debt vs. bad debt, buying a car and home, protect your family and predatory lending. For more information or an appointment call Cathy VanCauwenbergh, financial literacy specialist RurAL CAP.

Kids reading program continues

The Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program continues. Kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Each time a reader returns their initialed calendar (weekly or monthly) to the bookstore, they can pick out another free book and get their calendar punched.

For more information, call 953-7262.

Kenai library seeks help

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library board of directors are taking applications for community members interested in working with the board for the benefit of the community. Application are available at the library. For more information, call Kathy Heus at 283-7930 or Sal Mattero at 283-2869.

Nikiski farmer's market seeks vendors

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will use its parking lot for a Wednesday Farmer's Market. Interested vendors may call, Leigh at 776-7654, Ext 1.

Around the Peninsula prints daily in the Peninsula Clarion. For more information, call 335-1241 or e-mail

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