Nikiski Community News

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2007

Now that school has started, please be aware of children near bus stops and crossings.

Starting this week, many Nikiski Community Recreation Center programs will resume with the starting of school. The following programs will be held at the NCRC: Adult open gym will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. cost is $1; toddler time will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. cost is $1 per child; Home-school gym time will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. cost is $1 per child; teen center will be held Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 8 p.m. cost is $1 or yearly memberships available; and youth fitness will be held for boys and girls in first through sixth-grade Wednesdays at the Nikiski North Star Elementary gym. The cost is $3 per child per class. For more information on any of the programs, call Tammy at 776-8800.

Wednesday will be the last farmer's market held at the Nikiski Senior Center for the year. For more information, call 776-7654.

The Nikiski pool will switch to winter hours starting Sept. 1. For hours of operation and time of different pool activities, visit

The pool will be closed for annual cleaning from Sept. 10 to Oct. 2. For more information, call 776-8800.

The Nikiski Senior Service Area board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Nikiski Senior Center. The meeting is open to the public.

The Nikiski Senior Citizens, Inc., board meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the senior center. Public comment is held from 12:45 to 1 p.m.

I featured Janet Varvais in my column last year and was pleased when she called me to let me know that she recently won ribbons for her five paintings she entered at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. She won two first place ribbons, one second-place ribbon and two third-place ribbons. She produced the paintings all in the past year and said she has been entering her paintings in the fair since 1995.

"I have won ribbons every year," she said.

Congratulations Janet!

Happy birthday wishes go to J. W. Johns, Megan Morse, James Carew, Mary Ann Roza on Aug. 28; Morris Quale on Aug. 30; Scott Griffith on Aug. 31; Angeles Poage on Sept. 1; and Don Roderick and Stacey Rawls on Sept. 2.

Other Nikiski news

Scouting information night set

The Boys Scouts of America will hold Cub Scout information nights at 7 p.m. at Nikiski North Star Elementary. For more information, call Camille Sun Vega at 283-1699.

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.

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