Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2007

Teen writers sought

The Clarion is seeking students in grades nine through 12 from central peninsula high schools interested in writing for its Verbatim column. The column is designed to let teens voice their opinions on topics that affect their daily life home, family, school, peers, social pressures, ect.

The column length is 300 words minimum and 500 words maximum.

Deadline to submit a sample column for consideration is Sept. 14. Submissions must include first and last name, school, grade, mailing address and contact phone number. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Entries must be e-mailed to

For more information, call 335-1241.

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 north west corner of the plant.

For more information, call Rick at 776-3162.

Pregnancy class offered

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

Basketball registration ongoing

Registration for the Boys and Girls Club first and second grade co-ed basketball league is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline to register is Friday.

Practice begins the week of Sept. 10. Games begin Sept. 24 and continue through Oct. 27. For more information, call 283-2682.

Refuge plans August activities

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center will host the following events:

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.

For more information, call 262-7021

Family fun run set to take off

Peninsula Grace Brethren Church will host a Care2Run 5-kilometer Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church at Mile 19.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The cost to enter is $15 for individuals and $25 for families.

The proceeds will benefit their Neighbor 2 Neighbor fund, which serves the community's homeless teens and at-risk youth.

For more information and directions, call 262-6442 or visit

Scouting information nights set

The Boys Scouts of America will hold cub scout information nights at 7 p.m. at the following schools: Tuesday at Soldotna Elementary; Wednesday at Mountain View Elementary; Sept. 11 at Nikiski North Star Elementary and Tustumena Elementary; Sept. 12 at Redoubt Elementary; and Sept. 13 at Sterling Elementary.

For more information, call Camille Sun Vega at 283-1699.

Book sale a real page turner

Volunteers at the Soldotna Public Library will hold a used book sale from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library at 235 Binkley Street. For more information, call 262-4227.

LeeShore board meeting slated

The LeeShore Center will hold a board meeting at 4;30 p.m. Wednesday in its conference room at 325 S. Spruce Street in Kenai. It open to the public.

For more information, call 283-9479.

Nikiski pool plans closure

The Nikiski pool will be closed Sept. 10 through 30 for annual maintenance. The pool will reopen Oct. 2.

Pool hours Sept. 1 through 9 will be: open and lap swim Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m.

The water slide will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, call 776-8800.

Hospice seeks volunteers

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is seeking volunteers who can commit two to three hours a week for two months at a time and attend a 20-hour training session.

Fall training will start the third Monday of October.

For more information, call Hospice of the Central Peninsula at 262-0453.

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