Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008

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

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.

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.

Funny River golf tourney slated

The Funny River Quilters fifth annual benefit golf tournament will be held Sunday at the Bird Homestead Golf Course. The tournament is limited to 72 players. The registration fee is $55 and includes a barbecue after the tournament. To register call 260-4653. For more information, call Fay Bloch at 262-3558 or Bunny Sutherlin at 262-3891.

The proceeds will be used to purchase fabric, thread, needles, batting and other sewing supplies to enable the club to make and donate approximately 150 quilts per year to those in need on the Kenai Peninsula.

Unity run slated

The Soldotna, Kenai and Kenai River rotary clubs will sponsor the annual Unity Run at 9 a.m. July 12 at Soldotna High School. The run has utilized the Unity Trail annually the last five years for the 10-mile run or 5-kilometer race.

Proceeds fund community and international projects. Runners may register at the event, or in advance by visiting

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

Library hosts boat raffle

Friends of the Soldotna Joyce Carver Library are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a fully equipped drift boat and trailer, plus other equipment and cash.

Tickets are $100. One thousand tickets are available and may be purchased at River and Sea Marine and Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing in Soldotna.

The drawing will be held at the community picnic during Soldotna Progress Days celebration slated for July 26 and 27. The proceeds will go toward the library expansion project.

For more information, call Ed at 262-7913.

Refuge activities set

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center activities for June are:

* Wildlife movies shown daily: at noon "Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First" (10 minutes) -- The topic is the refuge's wildlife story and its recreational opportunities. Also shown at 2 and 4 p.m.; at 1 p.m., "Alone in the Wilderness" (55 minutes) -- The topic is the life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin solo and lived a wilderness lifestyle for more than 20 years; and at 3 p.m., "Denali: The Living Eden" (55 minutes) -- The topic is the cycle of the seasons in the lives of moose, caribou, brown bears and wolves in the national park.

For more information, call 262-7021.

Class of '98 to gather

The Nikiski High Class of 1998 will hold its 10 year reunion Aug. 1 through 3. The reunion also is open to alumni from the classes of 1997 and 1999. Weekend events include dinner, a family picnic and a day trip to Homer.

For more information, visit or call Moira Ireland (Malone) at 398-3895.

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.

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.

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