Community News

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kenai

Caden MCKinley

Disc golf tourney fundraiser set

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is planning to create a free children's bereavement camp, Camp Mend-A-Heart in August 2009, to help address grief issues for children on the central peninsula. The goal of the camp is to give area children, ages 6 to 12 years old, an enjoyable, accepting and supportive environment in which they may express their feelings about the loss of a loved one. The camp will be made possible by contributions from the community and fundraising efforts.

A disc golf tournament will be held Sept. 6 to raise funds for the camp. Call 262-0453 for tourney times.

Hospice is seeking community members to sponsor or co-sponsor a hole for the tournament, sponsor a team, be a team member or make a donation to Hospice. For more information, call 262-0453 or e-mail hospice@acsalaska.net. Mail donations to P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Seniors plan events

The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events: Monday -- exercise at 9 a.m., line dancing at 10 a.m. and pinochle at 12:45 p.m.; Tuesday -- Grow Strong at 9 a.m., TOP at 9:45 a.m., bridge at 12:35 p.m. and bowling at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- exercise at 9 a.m., line dancing and Grow Strong at 10 a.m. and shopping and ceramics at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- Grow Strong at 9 a.m., line dancing at 10 a.m., pet parade at 10:30 a.m., bell choir at 11 a.m., tripoly at 12:30 p.m., quilting at 2 p.m.; and Friday -- exercise at 9 a.m., Grow Strong at 10 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m., bowling at 1 p.m. and Bible class at 3:30 p.m.

Kenai library plans closure

The Kenai Community Library will be closed Saturday through Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Its regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is located at 163 Main Street Loop. For more information, call 283-4378 or visit www.kenailibrary.org.

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library board of directors are taking applications for community members interested in working with the board for the benefit of the community. Application are available at the library. For more information, call Kathy at 283-7930 or Sal at 283-2869.

Habitat seeks volunteers

Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help with construction of its 15th home on the Kenai Peninsula. Work is held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at a half mile from the Kenai Spur Highway on Wildwood Drive in Kenai.

For more information, call Sharon at 283-7797 or visit www.hfhcentralpeninsula.org.

Small groups and businesses may call to set up other work times.

Rooper makes dean's list

Nikiski resident Laura Rooper was named to the dean's list at Whitworth University and will become a member of the university's Laureate Society.

She is the daughter of Malcolm and Donna Rooper of Nikiski and a Nikiski High School graduate.

Nikiski pool plans closures

The Nikiski pool facility will be closed for annual maintenance and cleaning Sept. 1-15.

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will remain open during this time.

The pools winter hours will be Sept. 15-June 1) will be as follows: Mondays -- closed; Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m. open and lap swim; Friday -- 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. open and lap swim and waterslide; and Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. open and lap swim and waterslide. For more information, call 776-8800.

Sterling

Seniors plan events

The Sterling Senior Center will hold the following events: today -- Jubilee Baptist Church at 2 and 6 p.m.; Monday -- exercise at 10 a.m.; Tuesday -- quilters at 10 a.m. and bingo at 7 p.m.; Wednesday -- board of directors work session at 10 a.m. and exercise at 10 a.m.; Thursday -- quilters a 10 a.m. and cards players at 6 p.m.; and Friday -- exercise at 10 a.m. and choir at 1 p.m.

Soldotna

Seniors plan events

The Soldotna Senior Center will hold the following events: Monday -- Art class at 10 a.m., dancing at 10:30 a.m. and ladies fashion of the past dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Louie's in Kenai; Tuesday -- cards, board games at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- cards at 10 a.m., music at 12:15 p.m. and crafts at 1 p.m. and hula practice at 6 p.m.; Thursday -- art class at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11 a.m. and shopping, cards and games at 1 p.m.; and Friday -- center closed for annual trip to the Palmer fair.

Mckinleys have a son

Caitlin and Mark McKinley of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Caden Josiah, at 6:51 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 11 pounds and 8 ounces.

He joins, brother, Brenden.

His grandparents are Bev and Steve McKinley and Ron and Elisabeth Mears.

Trooper thanked for help

Thank you Trooper Cook,

I just wanted to send out a quick thank you to Trooper Cook who helped me locate my daughter who went AWOL on Monday.

I was in a panic since she always talks to me each morning and when I didn't hear from her, nor had anyone else, I decided to call the troopers for help.

He had her located within about 2 1/2 hours so that I could sleep that night.

She was safe and sound, thank goodness, just didn't think to call home when her cell phone died.

A big thank you again, Trooper Cook, we definitely appreciate all you and the rest of the Alaska State Troopers do for this community.

We wouldn't be safe with out you.

Jerilee Johnson

Soldotna

Food bank receives grant

The Feinstein Foundation announced monetary and nonmonetary donations, to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank during the months of March and April allowed the food bank to receive an additional grant of $1,024. The food bank has participated in the Feinstein Challenge since 2000. For more information, call 262-3111.

USDA food program offered

Kate's Play and Learning World 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 Kate at 260-3863.

Equestrian awards announced

The following is the results from Playdays and Gymkhanas, put on by The Soldotna Equestrian Association:

* May 17: 0-6 age group -- Tori Kitson, high point companion and Brock Sarks, reserve high point champion; 7-11 age group -- Dalton McWorter, high point companion and Teresa Bitterich, reserve high point champion; 12-17 age group -- Shelby Rogde, high point companion and Sara Williams, reserve high point champion; 18 and older age group -- Chelsey Hackett, high point companion and Mellissa Fowler, reserve high point champion; and 45 and over age group -- JoAnn McWorter, high point companion and Garnet Sarks, reserve high point champion

* Aug. 2: 0-6 age group -- Brock Sarks, high point companion; 7-11 age group -- Teresa Bitterich, high point companion and Luke Sarks, reserve high point champion; 12-17 age group -- Bill Ashwell, high point companion and Shelby Rogde, reserve high point champion; 18 and older age group -- Mellissa Fowler, high point companion and Jake Fowler, reserve high point champion; and 45 and older age group -- JoAnn McWorter, high point companion and Garnet Sarks, reserve high point champion.

The final Playday and Gymkhana for 2008 will be held at 10 a.m. for the 0-6 and 7-11 age groups and at 1 p.m. for all the other age groups Saturday at the SEA Arena (Rodeo Grounds) on Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-7517.

Fred Meyer awards grants

The Fred Meyer Fund has awarded the following nonprofit organizations grants: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, $10,000 for the Power Hour Homework Program at Soldotna Club; Cook Inlet Soccer Club, $5,000 for player scholarships; After The Bell (Soldotna), $3,194 for High Reach Curriculum; and Friends of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library (Soldotna), $2,000 for Summer Reading Program.

The Fred Meyer Fund focuses on organizations that work toward youth development or hunger reduction where Fred Meyer does business. The fund is supported by donations from Fred Meyer associates, donations from the company and donations from customers through the change boxes at the cash registers.

Caregiver meeting planned

The National Family Caregivers Support Program will hold a caregiver peer support meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The support program training offers CEUs. Training is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dani or JoAnn at 262-1280.



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