Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2004

Last day for basketball sign-ups

The Boys and Girls Club will accept registration for its fifth- and sixth-grade basketball league through today. The season runs Oct. 18 to Dec. 11. The fee is $50, and participants must be club members. Scholarships are available.

The club also is starting a new session of Start Smart, a program for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents. Parents will help their children learn a variety of basic skills, including throwing, catching, kicking and batting in a noncompetitive environment. The six-week program meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays starting this week and continuing through Oct. 23. The cost is $35, and participants must be club members.

Registration forms for both programs are available online at For more information, call 283-2682.

Food drive planned today

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will sponsor the United Way Day of Caring Food Drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Community members may bring canned food and other nonperishable items to the Lynden vans at Fred Meyer in Soldotna or the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

The food bank board of directors will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna.

On Sept. 28, the food bank will begin an eight-week series of nutritional classes, offered each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Colleen Deal of the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program will instruct. There is no fee, and participants may attend one or more of the classes. The first class will be "How to Create Nutritious Meals, Healthy School Lunches and Snacks on a Low Budget."

Also Sept. 28, the "Cans Film Festival" will be at the Kambe 3 Theatres in Kenai. Residents may donate three cans of food and receive a free movie ticket and junior popcorn. Movie tickets are good for all shows except "no pass" attractions.

For more information on food bank events, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Hope comes to central peninsula

Hope Community Resources will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today in celebration of its new office on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The nonprofit organization provides residential and vocational services to more than 700 individuals who experience developmental or other disabilities. For more information, call 260-9469.

Play auditions today, Saturday

Auditions for the Kenai Performers' production of "The Uninvited," a drama of ghosts and secrets by Tim Kelly, will be held at 7 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Playhouse at the end of the Malston's building in Old Town Kenai. Kim Lee will direct the play, which calls for four men and six women. Show dates are Oct. 29, 30 and 31 and Nov. 5, 6 and 7.

TOPS fall rally scheduled

The Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Fall Rally will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Nikiski Chapter No. 188 and Kenai Chapter No. 189 will host. The theme is "Hand and Hand, Together We Can." Entertainment will be provided by Carol Ford and Ralph Carpenter. State king and queen, Don and Peggy Edwards, are the scheduled motivational speakers.

Door prizes, awards, a silent auction and a full lunch are some of the planned activities. For more information, call Elsie Seaman at 283-8476.

Kennel club open house planned Saturday

The Kenai Kennel Club will hold an open house Saturday in its new facility in the C Plaza on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. The event coincides with the second annual American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day, which is Friday.

The open house will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and include general information with literature from AKC, obedience and agility demonstrations and information on upcoming classes offered by the club, including a Canine Good Citizen class, which is open to purebred and mixed-breed dogs.

Representatives of several different canine breeds will be present at the open house. To find out more or to sign up for classes, call the club at 335-2552.

Community dance planned

There will be an alcohol-free community dance from 8 to midnight Saturday at the Merit Inn in Kenai. A disc jockey will play a variety of music. Admission is by donation and by wearing a fun hat. For more information, call Tootie at 283-5747.

Watershed Forum to hold appreciation party

The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold a volunteer and member appreciation party from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai River Center. Robert Ruffner will present the results from the summer activities and share upcoming projects. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Josselyn at 260-5449 or e-mail

Genealogical society to meet

The Totem Tracers Genealogical Society and the Soldotna Family History Center will present an open forum class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Community Library. For more information, call 283-4481.

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