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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2009

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E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

The Community page is a way to highlight activities and events that happen with a photo. If your group or organization has a photo of an event to share, submit the photo and the following information for print: Who took the photo, who's in it, when and where it was taken, a brief description of what's happening, and a name and phone number in case we have questions.

Deadline for information is 5 p.m. Mondays. Submissions are printed in the order they are received and as space is available. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241.

AWG athletes sought

Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska is looking for athletes interested in being part of the team to the 2010 games slated for March 6 through 13 in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Athletes who are interested in participating in basketball, ice hockey, indoor soccer, volleyball, Inuit games and Dene games should visit, for further information.

Teams in all these sports will be selected through an application process. Interested athletes must complete a packet that includes an application, as well as other materials which are specified in the selection criteria. The application packet must be sent to the sport coordinator for that sport.

Selection criteria and procedures for each sport are available at Athletes, coaches and parents need to read these criteria and procedures so that they can meet application requirements and deadlines. These documents include the names of, and contact information for sport coordinators. Age classes and other eligibility requirements are also specified.

Coaches who are interested in coaching should contact the sport coordinators immediately. Coaching positions are available in boys ice hockey (three positions), indoor soccer (four positions) and volleyball (boys coach).

Application deadlines are: basketball, boys ice hockey, volleyball and Inuit games- Oct. 1 and indoor soccer-Oct. 15.

The Arctic Winter Games are a biennial sport and cultural festival promoting fair play, healthy competition, and social interchange among youth throughout the circumpolar north. Participating delegations are Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Northern Alberta, Nunavik (Northern) Quebec, Greenland, Yamal (Russia), and Samiland (northern Scandinavia). There is competition in 20 sports, as well as cultural performances by representatives from each delegation.

The Alaska Team consists of approximately 300 athletes and 60 coaches and staff. Each member of the team pays a registration fee which has yet to be determined. Each member of the team will be outfitted with team clothing, will be transported from Alaska to Grande Praire and back via chartered air carrier, and will have food, housing and local transportation provided at the Games without additional cost. Members of Team Alaska from outside the highway system will have transportation provided to get to the charter aircraft departure points.

For more information, contact John Estle, Chef de Mission of Team Alaska, at PO Box 83325, Fairbanks, 99708, e-mail or call 907-474-4278.


School celebrates 50 years

The Tustumena School will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a community picnic and program looking back over the last 50 years.

The picnic begins at 5 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by a program in the gym presented by Tustumena students and the Kasilof Historical Society.

For more information, or to help provide a dessert, call the school at 260-1345.

Cobbs welcome a son

Denali and Conrad Cobb announce the birth of their son, CarsonCarter Cobb, at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches.

His grandparents are Ted and Debbie Pearson of Kasilof and Gary and Tammy Cobb of Sterling. His great-grandparents are Ed and Nikki Pearson, of Kasilof, Carol and Gordon Barner, of Riggins, Idaho, and Margaret Elvidge, of Orange County, Calif.


Playles have a son

Samantha and Thomas Playle of Kenai announce the brith of their son, Noah Todd, at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 19.25 inches.

He joins sibling, Ashlyn Renee, 2. His grandparents are Todd and Dina Pizzuto, of Nikiski, and Jesse and Bonnie Playle, of Funny River. His great-grandparents are Richard and Sammie Strawn of Nevada, and Red and Linda Whitlock, of Louisiana. His great-great-grandparents are Lester and Jane Guidry, of Louisiana and Colleen Jorgensen, of Nikiski.

Baldridges welcome new addition

Tina and Jeremy Baldridge of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Kelly Nicole, at 5:40 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 5.9 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Her grandparents are Ed and Becky Foster and John and Sheilah Baldridge, all of Fairbanks. Her great-grandparents are Sherman and Norma Foster, of Compton, Ill., Helen and Bob Martin, of Rockford, Ill., and Pauline Sliman, of Soldotna.

Douthits have a son

Sarah and Alex Douthit of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Jackson Keele, at 4:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds and measured 20.25 inches.

He joins sibling, Dain, 2. His grandparents are Elizabeth DeSmidt and Don Douthit, both of Sterling and Sherrie and Dan Dahlen, of Kenai. His great-grandparents are Lucille DeSmidt, of San Leandro, Calif., Harvey and Nita Douthit, of Soldotna, and Jan Stiers.

Marathon seeks volunteers

Kenai River Marathon Committee is looking for volunteers to help with setting up water stations, tracking runners, trail preparation and safety.

The races will include a marathon, half-marathon, relay marathon and walkers half-marathon and is slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27. For more information, call Dr. Pete Hansen or Kris Harris at 283-4611 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Resume workshop slated

A free resume workshop Wednesday will be held from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Kenai Community Library. Registration is necessary at the library, by phone at 382-4378 or by e-mail at

Immunizations available

The Kenai Public Health Center at 630 Barnacle Way, Kenai, provides walk-in immunization services from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Soldotna Cottonwood Clinic. For more information call 335-3400.

School programs begin

Tot Time and Homeschool programs begin at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Tot Time will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 for youth ages 1 to 5 years old.

Homeschool will be held from 12:30 from 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 per child.

Lifeguard class offered

The Kenai Central High School pool will offer a Red Cross lifeguard class from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18, 24 and 25. Class may also be extended to Oct. 31.

The cost is $150. Class prerequisites include being at least 15 years old, (16 to be hired by school district), be able to continuously swim 500 yards, perform 100 yards each -- crawl stroke, breast stroke and side stroke, submerge to minimum depth of seven feet, retrieve a 10-pound block, and return to surface and tread water for two minutes. For more information, call Will at 283-7476.

Dinner, raffle fundraiser slated

Friends of the Kenai Community Library will hold a dinner and raffle Oct. 23 and 24 at the Eagles Aerie on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Proceeds will benefit the library. The tickets cost $100 each and 300 will be sold. The ticket entitles the purchasers to dinner for two and a chance at one of 16 cash prizes of at least $100. The grand prize will be $5,000. For more information, call 283-4378.


Pool to close temporarily

The Nikiski pool is temporarily closed for annual maintenance and will reopen Tuesday. When it reopens its hours will be: open and lap swim from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; open and lap swim and waterslide from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, call 776-8800.

NPRC events set

North Peninsula Recreation Center will host the following events:

* Teen Center is open from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The cost is $1 per participant or yearly memberships available.

* Full Swing Golf is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. The cost is $20 per hour Mondays through Thursdays and $24 per hour Fridays.

* Youth Basketball for third and fourth and fifth and sixth grade boys and girls, both co-ed and inter-league teams are available. Interleague registration deadline is Sept. 11 and co-ed registration deadline is Oct. 1.

For more information, call 776-8800.


Skyview celebrates 20 years

Skyview High School will celebrate its 20th year anniversary Sept. 26 by honoring former teachers, students and families at the homecoming game at 2 p.m. The is free to all community members who were the school's colors of purple, black and white.

A pregame barbecue will be held for all alumni.

Also free admission is being offered for the varsity volleyball game at 4 p.m. the same day for all community members who wear the school's colors of purple, black and white.

Hill, Mizera have a son

Susan Hills and Joe Mizera of Soldotna announce the brith of their son, Jace Maverick Mizera, at 8:33 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 15.7 ounces and measured 21 inches.

He joins brother, Kadin Joseph Hills. His grandparents are Robert Hills, and John and Twila Cox, all of Soldotna and Dave and Kathie Mizera of Spearfish, S.D. His great-grandparents are Tilly Martel, of McLaughlin, S.D., and Jean Mizera, of Macintosh, S.D.

Dogs lovers gather

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its facility on Kalifornsky Beach Road across from Save-U-More. Activities will include demonstrations of agility, rally, obedience and clicker training. Refreshments and door prizes are planned.

Dog related businesses and organizations also will be present to let community members know some of the activities and resources that are available. For more information, call Traci Knutson at 262-4081 or e-mail

Hospice training offered

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer hospice volunteer training from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 22, 26,27, 29 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

For more information, call Marquitta M. Andrus at 262-045.

Charity ball slated

Black Tie "CHAIRity" Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 10 at the Hutchings Showroom at 44055 Sterling Highway in Soldotna. The event will benefit the Kenai Watershed Forum's building campaign and education programs. The event will feature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, live music and dancing and door prizes packages valued at $1,000 each.

The cost is $250 per person. Tickets sales are limited to 200. For more information, call Josselyn O'Connor at 260-5449 or e-mail

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