Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2007

Don't look now, but August is almost upon us. Seems like summer just got here, and now it's almost dark at midnight and the fireweed is starting to bloom. We had better kick it up a notch if we're going to get those fish caught and still have that garage sale we vowed we'd have this summer.

Harold Piland, coordinator of the Kenai Saturday Market, says there is a booth set aside for area youth. Young entrepreneurs may call him at 283-1991.

Elsie Seaman reported that TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter AK 189, which meets at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, is bragging about its successful effort during June. They lost a total of 21 pounds. Anyone interested in learning about a balanced diet for weight loss is invited to attend meetings Tuesday mornings at 10:30 in the green room. For more information, call 283-5690 or 283-9541.

Mim and Don McKay are the proud grandparents of two new baby girls: Maya Lauren McKee, born June 18, 2007, to Karmy and John McKee of San Jose, Calif., and Kylee Rain McKay, born July 12, 2007, daughter of Levi McKay and Kym Oldring of Soldotna.

The peninsula is loaded with talented and accomplished musicians and artists, and summer is an excellent time to appreciate them.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra organization is beginning its summer music festival beginning today through Aug. 12. On Tuesday everyone is invited to a free brown bag lunchtime concert presented by the Central Peninsula Youth/Community Orchestra at the Kenai Community Library. Passing Brass will be at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Aug. 3. There will be more events next week, culminating with the gala concert at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium on Aug. 10. For more information, visit

Children who have cancer have a special challenge. Cancer Survivors on Mount Aspiring is raising funds to send young people dealing with cancer to camp. They are sponsoring a disc golf tournament at the Kenai Eagles Disc Golf Course on Aug. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Teams of four are encouraged to raise a minimum of $500 and individuals a minimum of $150 in donations. All money will go toward tuition to camps throughout the United States. Hole sponsors are also needed.

Besides fun on the course, the tournament offers food, music and prizes. Call Doug Baxter at 398-1780 or Bob Summer at 262-6631 to register a team or sponsor a hole. The Kenai disc golf course is at the end of Tinker Lane in Kenai behind the Oilers baseball field.

Birthday wishes to Louise Rhodes, Mary Quesnel, and Richard Hallmark today, July 30; Marsha Moulton, Clarice Kipp on July 31; Tory Hansen, Lorraine Ashcraft on Aug. 1; Linda Giles and Linda Sessions on Aug. 2; and Tish Schwemley on Aug. 4.

Happy third anniversary to Joe and Ruby Cobos on Aug. 3.

Meanwhile, I heard that there have been some rollicking good times had at recent class reunions. Call me with all the fun details.

Other Kenai news

Wohlers welcome new baby

Megan and Jonathan Wohlers of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Caleb Joseph, at 6:02 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 18 inches.

He joins brother, Jacob, 2. His grandparents are Ray and Cyndy Schoendaller of Anchorage and Jim and Anne Wohlers of Kenai.

Kenai students graduate

· Kenai resident Roxanna Wilcox graduated June 9, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., with a bachelor of arts degrees in sociology and anthropology.

She is the daughter of Curt Wilcox and Laura Wilcox of Kenai.

· Kenai resident Janna Krein graduated July 18, from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

She is the daughter of James and Donna Krein of Kenai.

Scholarships available

Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 5 will provide a $500 nonrenewable scholarship for a disabled American veteran, or a spouse or child of a disabled American veteran.

To qualify applicants home must live in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, be enrolled or accepted in a trade school or an institution of higher learning at the time of application, turn in a completed application with supporting documentation by Tuesday and have a grade point average of at least 2.5.

Documentation needed includes proof of relationship to disable veteran, current transcript or letter of acceptance to above outlined schools, and proof of a VA-rated disability for the applicant or applicant's spouse or parent.

Send applications to Disabled American Veteran, Kenai Chapter No. 5, P.O. Box 1879, Kenai, AK 99611.

For more information, call Yvonne Wellnitz at 283-4359.

Chicken dinner fundraiser set

Kenai Eagles Aerie Ladies Auxiliary will hold a home-style chicken dinner fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under.

For more information and location, call 283-4938 at 2 p.m.

School starts soon

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's public school's first day of classes will be Aug. 22. Parents with students in private schools should call their school for start dates.

Below is a list of dates and times for Kenai school's registrations times submitted to the Clarion.

Connections Homeschool: Enrollment is ongoing. For more information, call 714-8911 or visit

IDEA Homeschool: Enrollment is ongoing. For more information, call 260-7551 or visit

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science: Open house and barbecue Aug. 21 — open house begins at 4:30 p.m. and the barbecue begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 283-0804 or visit

Kenai Middle: Registration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 10; Sixth grade welcome 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 17; and seventh and eighth grade student welcome from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 17. For more information, call 283-4896 or visit

Soup supper fundraiser planned

Tickets for The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's annual Soup Supper and auction to be held Aug. 25 at Kenai Central High School are available at the food bank or by calling 262-3111 to charge tickets to your credit card or from a board member.

Tickets are $40 and raffle tickets for a chance to win $2,000 are $20. Each ticket holder receives a handcrafted pottery bowl and choices of soups made by area restaurants and staff.

Donations of goods and services also are requested for the live and silent auction.

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