Every summer our family looks forward to Progress Days in Soldotna. The kids love the parade (all the candy thrown), seeing the floats and enjoying the day together. Progress Days started out as a celebration in 1961 to commemorate the peninsula's first natural gas line. Since then it's become an annual event recognizing the growth and progress of Soldotna each year. It's a weekend full of food and fun. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Soldotna senior center will hold its summer bazaar. It features arts and crafts, a bake sale, and a quilt show. On Saturday at noon the center will hold an endowment barbecue with entertainment.
Baby Addison Maria Hansen was born May 17, 2007, at 5:17 p.m. in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 3.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. The proud parents are Becky and Miles Hansen. Big sister Taegan, 5, and brother Brayden, 3, love her a lot. Her maternal grandparents, Marlyn and Ray Anderson, came from Sandy, Utah, in June to see her. Her paternal grandparents are Jan and Patsy Hansen of Sterling. Her aunts, Tessa, Lisa and Sadie, and uncles, Todd and Nels, think she's the cutest little kid ever.
"She's a very happy baby and smiles a lot," said Becky.
It's time again for the used book sale at the Soldotna library from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. It's a great place to find a treasure. After the parade the library will be open for the sale. Other events at the library are Storytime for preschoolers Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.; the summer reading program is having its last "Brown Bag Mystery Storytime" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday for school-age kids; and Friday at 2 p.m. is the end-of-summer reading program party. It's for those enrolled and there will be prizes and fun.
If you love gardening or want to learn more about it, the Central Peninsula Garden Club is accepting members. There is a $20 membership fee. For the duration of the summer paid members will be notified of upcoming garden tours. In the fall they'll have monthly meetings. For a membership form, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marion Nelson at 283-4632.
Well, that's all for now, send me your news and have a great week.
Other Soldotna news
Nutrition class serves up information
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank offers free nutrition classes Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna. Colleen Sonnevil of the Cooperative Extension will teach the classes. For more information, call 262-3111.
Garage sale fundraiser planned
The Kenai River Rotary Club of Soldotna will hold its annual garage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Dr. Jerry Hu's parking lot at 125 N. Binkley St. Donations will be used to fund the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, an international student exchange program.
Kids reading program continues
Kids are invited to join the Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program. Upon signing up, 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. Get up to four extra punches each month for special activities like reading to a younger sibling, attending a storytelling session, reading to a nonparent adult or filling out a "kid's pick" sheet on your favorite book. For more information, call 953-7262.
Classes set to reunite
· Skyview High School class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion Friday through Sunday. Events scheduled are: happy hour at Hooligans on July 27 at 7 p.m.; dinner at Paradisos on July 28 at 6 p.m.; and a family picnic at Soldotna Creek Park on July 29 at noon. Everyone is invited to the picnic who attended Skyview, even if they did not graduate with the class. R.S.V.P. is required for the dinner and picnic. For more information, e-mail Kanani at email@example.com.
· Soldotna High School class of 1997 is planning a class reunion for Friday through Sunday at Kenai Landing. Anyone who attended SoHi with the class is invited to the reunion, whether they graduated with the class or not. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Soldotna High School class of 1987 reunion will be held at Kenai Landing from Friday through Sunday. For more information or R.S.V.P. forms, visit www.soldotnahighschool.com.
Krispy Kreme fundraiser slated
Climbing for Kids will sell Krispy Kreme donuts from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna. The cost is $12 per dozen. Donuts may be preordered by calling Amy at 398-7453.
Proceeds will be used to help children with cancer attend camp.
KPC council seeks members
Kenai Peninsula College is seeking interested community members to serve on its college council. The 15-member council serves as an advisory board to the college director and advocates for the interests of the college to the community and Legislature. Members serve three-year terms.
Available seats this coming academic year include two from the central peninsula and one from the southern peninsula. Those applying for the positions will be asked to attend the 6 p.m. Sept. 13 council meeting at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna to discuss their qualifications with the council. Applicants may submit a letter of interest and resume by Aug. 17 to: College Director, Kenai Peninsula College, 34820 College Drive, Soldotna AK 99669.
For more information, call 262-0318.
Cameras, photo printers sought
The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney's Clothing or Joe Kashi law office. For more information, call 398-0480.
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