Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Agrium live fire training continues

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations will conduct live fire training for its employees and the Nikiski Fire Department at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and additional sessions at 7:45 a.m. Thursdays through September at the plant at Mile 21 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

Propane, gasoline and diesel will be used in the training. Occasionally there will be smoke and open flames visible from the highway near the northwest corner of the plant.

For more information, call Rick at 776-3162.

PFLAG to meet

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet at 6 p.m. today. For more information and meeting location, call 283-4678.

Caregiver support meetings slated

The National Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following meetings. For more information, call 262-1280.

Kenai Caregiver training from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Matt Wiggins, RN, will be the featured speaker. His topics will be body mechanics, skin integrity, Alzheimer's care and COPD.

Soldotna Peer support meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

Kids reading program offered

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.

Community resource 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.

Refuge plans August activities

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center will host the following events. For more information, call 262-7021:

· Wildlife films Shown daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

At noon, 2 and 4 p.m. "Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First" (10 min.) The refuge's wildlife story. Learn about its recreational opportunities.

At 1 p.m. "Showdown at Grizzly River" (55 min.) Journey to McNeil River to enjoy the spectacle of grizzlies competing with each other for salmon resources.

At 3 p.m. "Sled Dogs" (55 min.) Follow the adventures of Alaska sled dogs as they race the 1,100 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

· The Environmental Education Center is open from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free Wild Berry Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Wild berry treats, activities and berry identification walks are some of the planned activities. Also a free drawing will be held for wild berry books and products.

Berry identification walks for families with young children are held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Walks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. are for ages 10 and older.

For more information or to preregister for walks, call 262-7021.

Boys and Girls Club plans closure

The Kenai Boys and Girls Clubhouse will be closed from Aug. 20 to Aug. 24. School year clubhouse starts Aug. 27. Registration is ongoing for youth from the first grade to age 12. The Teen Center will remain open.

For more information, call the center at 283-3855 or Kimberli Dent at 398-2370.

Pregnancy class offered

A free healthy pregnancy class and introduction in the Bradley Method of husband-coached child birth will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. For directions and reservations, call Olga Krejci at 260-2665.

Golf tournament in full swing

Te 10th Annual Ninilchik Native Descendants' Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 25 and 26 at the Birch Ridge Golf Course. Funds from the tournament will be used to raise scholarship money for Ninilchik graduates.

For more information, call Dan Leman at 567-3361.

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