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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2007

Boys and Girls Club deadline looms

The Soldotna Boys and Girls Club is taking registration for the 2007-08 school year. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Packets are available from 2 to 6 p.m. through Friday at Redoubt Elementary School. For more information, call Kim Lee at 398-9669.

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.

Nikiski to celebrate summer

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will host its annual summer festival Friday and Saturday. The center is seeking vendors for its flea and bazaar markets, and food vendors and musicians to play Saturday.

Donations for the garage sale are being accepted. For more information, call 776-7654.

Horse show, class slated

The Kenai Invitational and 4-H Horse Show will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Ninilchik fairgrounds.

It will be a combined an open class and 4-H horse show with classes for youth and adults. The cost will be $5 per class for preregistration by Aug. 8 or $7 the day of the show (from 8-8:30 a.m.).

4-H showmanship, halter, bareback, English and western equitation, English and western pleasure, trail, hunter over fences, judges command and games are some the planned events.

Forms are available at Echo Lake Feed, the 4-H office and by calling Katy Bethune at 776-7638 or Shirley Schollenberg 567-3467.

Tribal community gathering set

The Nakenu Family Center is planning a tribal community family gathering through a grant from Cherish the Children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at Spirit Lake. The event is to promote family fun activities, share the purpose of the Cherish Planning Project, highlight the Cherish evaluation data findings on issues that place children and families at risk, present information on strengthening families and opening discussions about the highest risk factors to healthy families, and identify ideas about how to build resiliency in children and their families.

The Kenaitze cultural heritage program in conjunction with others will run programs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Lydia Hays and Vickie Oana will be in charge from noon to 4 p.m. They will discuss strengthening families from 1 to 3:30 p.m., then reconvene at 3:30 to review and give out door prizes for those present. Closing will be held at 4 p.m.

Preregistration is required to plan for food. For more information or to register, call Jennifer Showalter Yeoman at 283-6693 ext. 246. It is open to the public.

Community directory available

The LeeShore Center's community directory of central Kenai Peninsula resources is available for $25 with a three-ring binder or $15 for refill pages only.

The directory lists more than 80 pages of information on emergency services, family support agencies, health facilities, senior citizens services and veteran's organizations. For more information, call 283-9479.

USDA food program offered

The LeeShore Center announce its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For income eligibility requirements, call Jennette at 283-4707.

Women's run seeks volunteers

The LeeShore Center is seeking volunteers to help with its 20th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women slated for Aug. 11. Flaggers need to be willing to take a short safety course at the Kenai Police Department a few days prior to the run. For more information, call 283-9479.

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