Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Garden club gathers

The Central Peninsula Garden Club will host Tom Zimmer and Susan Willsrud, directors of Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, in Ester.

At 7 p.m. today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building, 40610 K-Beach Road - near Bridge Access Road. The topic will be the programs, practices and history of Calypso Farm and Ecology Center.

The group will also meet Oct. 5 to discuss potatoes with Bill Campbell. Call for time and more information on any event, at 283-4632.

HEA meetings set

Homer Electric Association is hosting a series of meetings. The events will feature a family style barbecue dinner followed by a short presentation on HEA issues.

The meeting will be held in Nikiski today at 5:30 p.m. at the Nikiski Community and Recreation Center.

HEA members are encouraged to attend the area meetings and learn about the projects the electric cooperative is undertaking.

Topics will include updates on the progress of Independent Light which is HEA's plan to build power generation plants on the Kenai Peninsula, a rate restructuring proposal being considered by the Board of Directors, renewable energy, and current electric rates.

Popcorn offered

Kenai Cub Scout Pack 611 will sell popcorn at Country Foods IGA on Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The money raised from popcorn sales goes towards its awards, uniforms, events and camp experiences.

For more information, call Jodi Stuart at 283-1699.

Charity sale Saturday

A garage sale fundrasier for the Kenai Boys and Girls Club will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Fellowship at Mile 8.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway, near Mountain View Elementary. To make a donation or for more information, call 398-9263.

Classes for early education professionals planned

Thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource and Referral Network, will be offering three trainings on Oct. 2. Topics will include Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Supportive Environments for Individuals with Autism, and an open forum on Common Childhood Mental Health Disorders. These trainings are being held at The Kenai River Center located at 514 Funny River Road, Soldotna from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Training is $10 each or $30 for all three classes. All community members interested in attending are welcome. Must register prior to training.

For more information on these classes or to register, please call thread at 1-800-278-3723 or register on line at

Pamper Me Pink mammography party set

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Central Peninsula Hospital will host it's second annual "Pamper Me Pink" event Oct. 15 at the Women's Imaging Center from 5 to 8 p.m. No appointments are necessary, however, a physician's order and standard fees apply. The evening will include mammograms, massage, manicures, munchies, mocktails, music, moral support and more.

The event is sponsored by Central Peninsula Hospital and the Pink Ribbon Rally.

For more information, call 714-4580.

Hospice training slated

Hospice of the Central Peninsula Volunteer training will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on Oct. 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. except Saturday will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, call 262-0453.

CPR classes available

CPR Safety Services in conjunction with The Salvation Army of Kenai will host a health fair Nov. 27 offering CPR and first aid certification. Classes offered will be as follows: CPR certification for $40; CPR/AED certification for $45; CPR/AED and first aid certification for $55; eight-hour CPR/FirstAid U.S. Coast Guard approved for $75; American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers for $60; and American Heart Association Blood Borne Pathogens for $20.

Class sizes are limited. To register for classes, visit . A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Christmas effort for The Kenai Salvation Army. Advance registration is required by Nov. 20 for most classes. The U.S. Coast Guard approved course requires 21 days advance registration.

KPC Financial Aid Night slated

Kenai Peninsula College's financial aid office and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District counselors will co-host the fourth annual Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The event is geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their parents, however all high school students and parents may attend. Topics covered will include overview of federal and state financial aid programs, local scholarship offerings, student timelines and funding post-secondary education. For more information, call 262-0331.

Christmas bazaar set

Christmas decorations and gift items are being collected for a second time around Christmas bazaar to be held Dec. 8 through 10.

Community members may drop off new or gently used items at the Kenai Senior Center. Call Velda Geller at 283-4329 for more information.

Volunteers sought

The Boys and Girls Clubs in Kenai and Soldotna are looking for community members interested in sharing a craft or hobby with club members. Call 283-2682 or 398-9669.

Arts and craft donations are also needed.

After-school party clubs slated

After-school party clubs will be held in area elementary schools for one hour, once a month. Games, stories, songs, snacks and prizes are planned.

For more information, call CEF of Alaska at 262-9605.

Nikiski pool hours announced

The Nikiski pools winter hours will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to 8 p,m,; Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. with the waterslide all day Fridays,

Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. with the waterslide open both days. For more information, call 776-8800.

Immunizations available

The Kenai Public Health Center has appointments available for immunizations in Kenai and on Thursday's in Soldotna. To schedule an appointment or for questions, call 335-3400.

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