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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006

Women’s group to meet

Peninsula Take a Break will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Solid Rock Conference Center at Mile 90.5 of the Sterling Highway. Child care is available by reservation only. The featured speakers will be Paul Gray of “Exploring Alaska” and Bob Ramey of Kansas City, Mo. Music will be provided by Jack Will and Sue Biggs. Desserts and door prizes are planned. The cost is $7 per person.

For more information or to make a reservation (reservations must be honored), call Carolyn at 262-4214 or Susan 335-6789. The deadline to make reservations is Friday.

Election issues to be discussed

The League of Women Voters will host a forum on the issues and the election at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna. It is open to the public.

Fairbanks orchestra to perform

The Performing Arts Society presents a family-oriented concert by the Fairbanks Arctic Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra will perform “Peter and the Wolf” and Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony on Friday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Kenai River marathon slated

Organizers for the first Kenai River Marathon are seeking volunteers to help run the race, staff water tables and many other jobs. Runners also are needed.

The race will cover a 26.2 mile course beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center parking lot. The course closes at 4 p.m. Individuals or teams of three may enter. An after-race party is planned.

For more information on race, call Bob Frates at 283-3692; Dr. Hansen to volunteer at 283-4611; or Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau for registration or sponsorship information at 283-1991. Registration is available online at

Horse council meeting nigh

The Peninsula Horse Council will host a Horse Education Day from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. The council is seeking interested horse groups willing to set up a table to help educate area youth about horses. There is no cost for tables. For more information and location of the event, call Katy at 776-7638 or Hara at 776-3415.

Dog jog fundraiser unleashed

The Susan Butcher Memorial 5-kilometer dog jog will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School in Soldotna. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. The cost is $5. Other donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit children diagnosed with cancer to attend camp through the Cancer Survivors on Mount Aspiring Charity. For more information on the race, call Patti Berkhahn at 262-5618 or Jane Handy at 262-8408. For more information on the charity, visit

Hospice training scheduled

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will hold training classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 19, 23 and 24 and from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. It is open to the public. For more information, call 262-0453.

After-school programs offered

Child Evangelism Fellowship will sponsor Good News Clubs. The clubs are one hour long and teach moral values and character qualities, through Bible lessons, songs and games. Clubs will be held at the following locations: Redoubt Elementary, Soldotna Elementary, Cook Inlet Academy and Aurora Borealis Charter School on the second Tuesday of each month; Sears, Mountain View and Kalifornsky Beach elementary schools will be held on the second Thursday of each month. Volunteer leaders are screened for child protection. Parents are responsible for transportation following the meetings. Permission slips are available at those schools. For more information, call Phyllis Yankey at 262-9605.

Emergency supplies sought

The Kenai Peninsula Citizen Corps program is assembling basic emergency kits to give to organizations that serve the elderly, low income and special needs clients.

Needed items include: 5-gallon bucket with a secure lid; small writing tablet and pen; flashlight with extra batteries; emergency blanket (compact type); portable battery operated radio; small first aid kit; extra batteries; whistle; a good quality non-electric can opener; two N-95 particle masks; two rolls of toilet paper; roll of duct tape; and travel size shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Collection sites are as follows: Nikiski Fire Stations No. 1 and No. 2, Kenai and Soldotna Salvation Army Thrift Shops, city of Soldotna, the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s office, finance and planning departments and Central Emergency Services Station No. 1 in Soldotna. For more information, call Glenda Landua at 262-2098 or e-mail her at

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