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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2007

Public health plans 1-day closure

Kenai Public Health Center will be closed today. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday. For more information, call 335-3400.

Rec center adds new activities

The Kenai Recreation Center will hold Tot Time from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays beginning this week; home-school gym time will be held from 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays beginning this week. There is a fee of $1 per child; and men's city league registration begins Oct. 1. For more information, call Alice Lee at 398-2999.

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.

Dodgeball tourney slated

The Kenai Peninsula Police Athletic League will hold a dodgeball and ping pong tournament for youth ages 10 to 18. Event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Recreation Center. Dodgeball will run from 1 to 2 p.m. and the ping pong tournament will follow.

For more information, visit and click on the "PAL" link.

Cheer camp slated

North Peninsula Recreation and Nikiski High School cheerleaders will hold a cheerleading camp for youth in grades two through six. The camp will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 through 14 at Nikiski North Star Elementary School. Coach Tesa Sturman and the NHS cheerleaders will prepare participants for a performance during halftime of Nikiski's home game on the Sept. 15. Registration forms are available at NCRC or the Nikiski pool.

For more information, call 776-8800.

Social Security reps to visit peninsula

The Social Security Administration makes monthly visits to the peninsula at the following times: first Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenai City Hall; third Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer Senior Citizens Center; and the third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seward City Hall.

For more information, call (907) 271-4829.

Girls Scout roundup planned

A Girl Scout roundup will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

The organization is seeking girls and adult leaders to join. For more information, call Joyce at 262-7616.

Boys Scouts take to the sky

The Alaska Airmen's Association will host an aviation merit badge program from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Civil Air Patrol hangar at Kenai Municipal Airport for registered area Boy Scouts.

The aviation merit badge program is designed to complete and sign off the aviation merit badge requirements in a one-day program. Part one on pages four and five must be completed prior to Sept. 15 to receive a merit badge.

The registration deadline is Friday. Registration is required to guarantee space in the program. There is no fee for the program.

For more information, call the Alaska Airmen's Association at 245-1251, e-mail them at or call Camille Vega, district executive with the Boy Scouts of America at 283-1699.

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.

Kennel club gears up for fall classes

The Kenai Kennel Club is planning its fall classes at its facility in the C Plaza in Kenai. Classes include agility, puppy kindergarten and obedience. Sign-ups also are being taken for conformation and Canine Good Citizen classes.

For more information or to sign up for a class, call the club at 335-2552 and leave a message.

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 at 262-0453.

New high school opens

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is opening a new high school called Peninsula Optional High School. This is a standards-based, self-paced, student-driven school for the student seeking a different approach to high school. Peninsula Optional is in the former Connections Home School portables near Soldotna Elementary.

For more information, call the school at 714-8945 or visit

Food coalition offers mini-grant opportunities

The Alaska Food Coalition is accepting applications for its 2008 minigrant program. These grants are intended to help food and nutrition programs build on their ability to distribute food by funding equipment purchases or staff training. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 30. For more information, call Kerri Burrows at (907) 222-3103 or visit to download an application form.

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.

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