Soldotna Community News

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2007

The volunteer program at the Central Peninsula Hospital is under the wing of the Central Peninsula General Hospital Auxiliary Inc. Adults and teens can participate. Since January there have been 22 student and teen volunteers who have clocked an impressive 1,350 hours of service! What great youth we have in our community!

Emily Gomulak, 14, decided to try something new this summer. She volunteered at the hospital. She worked more than 80 hours helping at the information desk guiding patients around the building, filing, helping in the cafeteria and at Heritage Place.

"It was pretty fun" she said. "It was hard to get up, but it was worth it! It was really fun in the cafeteria the ladies cranked up the oldies on the radio and sang while we worked. At the Heritage Center I did nails, talked to people, played checkers, dominoes and bowling (with the residents)."

When asked what she learned she said, "I think I'm more patient."

Would she do it again? The answer was a definite yes!

Her mother said, "I think it was great. She was very dedicated, and so were the other volunteers. They were really supportive of each other. Kids should be proactive. They need to 'put their shoulder to the wheel' and participate. It prepares them for the rest of their life. I was impressed."

Elizabeth Wilson, the volunteer coordinator, said, "I think it (volunteering) helps their self esteem. They learn job etiquette, the importance of being on time, and conducting themselves appropriately in a job situation. You're giving back, it's a wonderful program, giving to a good cause." Young men and women need to between 14 and 18 years old, maintain a B average and make a commitment for six months to participate. If you'd like to know more contact Wilson at 714-4543.

Girls ages 6-18 and adults interested in becoming Girl Scouts and leaders are invited to come to the Girl Scout Roundup on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Mall. This is your opportunity to become your personal best and prepare for the future. Come explore the world of opportunities. If you are unable to attend, but would like to learn more about Girl Scouting, call Joyce at 262-7616.

The VFW Post No 10046 is hosting a community open house today at their building at 134 N. Birch, at 2 p.m. They will have a barbecue, light music, raffle tickets, drawings and split the pot. Come and support our veterans!

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center's next big fundraiser is its Fall Roundup that will be held Saturday at 5:30 p.m. You may want to get your tickets right away so you can be sure to get a prime rib dinner, live entertainment, door prizes and much more. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. If you have more questions, call at 262-2322.

Other Soldotna news

Bee keepers all abuzz

BKEEP, a Bee Keeper Association, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Soldotna Middle School. For more information, call Steve Albers at 260-6121 or Rosy Thompson at 262-6084.

Special Olympics sets events

Special Olympics will hold the following fundraisers to benefit local athletes: A bake sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Safeway; and a potluck from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road in Soldotna.

For more information, call Amber Glenzel at 252-7625.

Recovery rendezvous ready to go

Central Peninsula Hospital will hold a recovery rendezvous from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. at the Soldotna Sports Center in honor of National Recovery Month. For more information or to arrange for a booth, call Christy Walker at 714-4521.

College council meeting scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula College Council will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in Room 121 of the Mining and Petroleum Training Services Building at KPC's Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information or a copy of the agenda, call Sue Evanson at 262-0318.

Garden club to meet

The Central Peninsula Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road near the Bridge Access Road intersection.

The topic will be "How Best to Clean Up Your Gardens and Greenhouses for Winter." The meeting is open to the public. For more information about the meeting or club memberships, contact Marion Nelson 398-8669.

Lifeguard training available

Soldotna High School swimming pool staff will hold a lifeguard training class Sept. 29 at the pool. Participants must be at least 15 years old. Preregistration is recommended. For more information, times and cost of class, call 262-7419.

Refuge photographic journey offered

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges will hold a photo journey of refuges from Maine to Midway Atoll at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge at 2139 Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

Free pizza will be served. For more information, call Sharon Baur at (907) 226-2135.

Cameras, photo printers sought

The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney's Clothing or Joe Kashi law office. For more information, call 398-0480.

Kids reading program continues

Kids are invited to join the Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program. Upon signing up, kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Each time a reader returns their initialed calendar (weekly or monthly) to the bookstore, they can pick out another free book and get their calendar punched. Get up to four extra punches each month for special activities like reading to a younger sibling, attending a storytelling session, reading to a nonparent adult or filling out a "kid's pick" sheet on your favorite book. For more information, call 953-7262.

Donations sought for military personnel

The Peninsula Yellow Ribbon club is in the process of making thank you gift baskets for returning soldiers and Marines. Community members interested in donating a gift, a gift card or making a thank you card for the baskets may call Bill and Carol Keller at 262-0492 or 394-1072. Arrangements can be made to pick up donations.

Soccer coaches sought

Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club is seeking coaches for the 2007-08 season.

Coaches must have a E license with a D license preferred. Tuition cost for certification will be reimbursed by the club. Interested community members are asked to send a letter of intent to coach and include a summary of coaching and working with youth experience to or mail to KPSC, Board of Directors, P.O., Box 393, Kenai, AK 99611.

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