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Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Annual soup supper Saturday

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's 14th Annual Soup Supper and Auction will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 5:30 PM at Kenai Central High School. The event, an Empty Bowl event, provides hand crafted pottery bowls to attendees and features soups created by local restaurants. Desserts featured include Coldstone Creamery products and a chocolate fountain. The fundraiser includes live and silent auction items plus soup can raffles and a raffle to win a half of Alaska Grown All Natural Choice Angus Beef. Auction items include a trip for two to the proposed Pebble Mine, a Seward package including Alaska Railroad round trip tickets for two from Anchorage to Seward, photography sessions, quilts, Dinner for 50, artwork, and many other items. The Kenai Potter's Guild and other local potters create the bowls. Tickets are available by calling 262-3111 or purchase tickets at the Food Bank on the corner of Community College Drive and Kalifonsky Beach Road.

All proceeds help feed hungry Kenai Peninsula residents from Homer to Moose Pass. The need for services increases each year here on the Peninsula especially with households needing just an extra boost in their food budget. Staff and volunteers process over a million pounds of food products each year at the warehouse facility, over half coming from local grocers, distributors and wholesalers.

Hospice events announced

* Hospice of the Central Peninsula is hosting a nine-week, free of charge, bereavement support group-for those with any kind of loss. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 15. Call 262-0453 for more information.

* Hospice of the Central Peninsula Volunteer training will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on Oct. 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. except Saturday will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, call 262-0453.

Lifeguard class offered

Nikiski Pool is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Class from Sept. 27 through Oct. 1, and Oct. 4 and 5 from 5 to 10 p.m.

The cost is $135 or sign up for the T.A.P. program and the fee can be waived.

For more information on T.A.P. or to sign up, call Nigel at 776-8800. Pre-registration is required.

Rec center schedule announced

The Kenai Recreation Center is starting up its Home-school Gym time and Toddler Time programs. The programs will start Sept. 14.

Toddler time will be held Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This program is for ages up to 5-years-old. The cost is $1 per child if over the age of 12 months.

Homeschool Gym time will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $1 per child.

If you do not want your children playing in their socks then remember to bring clean indoor gym shoes . If you have any other questions, call 283-3855.

All Veterans' picnic slated

A free picnic to honor all who have served in the military will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Kenai Park Strip on Main Street in Kenai. Activities planned are blood pressure checks, live music, VA reps on site to answer questions, door prizes, VAVs representatives, games for children.

High school basketball begins

The Boys & Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula is taking registrations for high school basketball. The season runs from Sept. 13 to Nov. 5.

Games begin the week of Sept. 27. The cost is $70, and the participant must be a 2010 member. The membership fee is $20. The registration deadline is Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. To register, visit the Kenai Rec Center or contact the Athletics Department at 283-3318.

Immunizations available

Kenai Public Health Center is taking appointments for immunizations. In Kenai, appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments are available at the Cottonwood Health Center in Soldotna on Thursdays. To schedule an appointment at either location or for more information, call 335-3400.

Volunteers sought

The Boys and Girls Clubs in Kenai and Soldotna are looking for community members interested in sharing a craft or hobby with club members. Call 283-2682 or 398-9669.

Arts and craft donations are also needed.

Boy Scouts plan fjords cruise fundraiser

The Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America is having its annual trip through the Kenai Fjords National Park with Major Marine Tours for Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. All proceeds benefit the programs offered to the youth participating in local Boy Scout units. All tickets can be purchased from Jodi Stuart at 283-1699 or at 805 Frontage Rd., Suite 109 Kenai now and until August 20. Check in is between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The boat departs the harbor at 6. Dinner is included in the cost.

Cyclists sought

On Sept. 11 and 12 the Bike MS 2010 "From Hope to a Cure Ride", a fundraiser that supports multiple sclerosis research as well as services and programs for local people living with the disease, will be held.

The ride will follow a 150-mile, out-and-back course between Hope and Seward along the Seward Highway. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, hosts the event. To register or get more information, visit or call 1-800-344-4867.

After-school party clubs slated

After-school party clubs will be held in area elementary schools for one hour, once a month. Games, stories, songs, snacks and prizes are planned.

For more information, call CEF of Alaska at 262-9605.

Recipes wanted

The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its Wednesday Food section. Send recipes to, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her at

Recipes will be printed in the order received and as space is available.

Send us your photos!

Pet photos can be color or black and white and should be no smaller than 3-by-5 inches. They may include people. Limit one photo per household. They can be dropped off at the Kenai office, mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611, or e-mailed to A brief explanation of the photo, the pet's and owner's names, owner's address and phone number must be included.

Only photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 335-1251.

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