Community News

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004

Library plans October events

Friends of the Library is offering raffle tickets for the chance to win a grand prize of $7,500 or 15 other cash prizes. The tickets include a prime rib dinner for two. Only 300 tickets are available. The dinner and drawing will be Oct. 29, followed by a dinner and dance Oct. 30. Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Community Library. For tickets, contact the Friends of the Library.

The library will be closed Oct. 18 in observance of Alaska Day.

The library also will host a number of club meetings and events open to the public throughout the month of October.

A beginning Internet class will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today in the library conference room. The class will cover basic Internet skills and searching techniques.

The Totem Tracers Genealogy Society members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Family History Center in Soldotna.

The Writers' Group will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in the library conference room. Anyone who enjoys writing for profit or pleasure is invited to attend.

The Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the conference room.

A Internet Health Resource class will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the library conference room. The class will introduce participants to several health Web sites and databases. It also will cover Web evaluation skills. For more information, call 283-4378.

A "monster factory" story time will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 for children 3 and up. It will feature scary stories, monster crafts and treats. Children are encouraged to wear a costume.

For more information on library events and activities, call 283-4378 or visit

KHLT to host dinner, auction fund-raiser

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's annual auction and dinner fund-raising event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homestead Restaurant. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner of prime rib, Alaska scallops, select Homestead Restaurant wines and desserts. Planned activities include a short live and silent auctions. Auction items include bear viewing trips, Kenai Fjords tours, rafting on the Kenai River, halibut fishing charters, art by area residents and memorabilia for the late Clarence "Poopdeck" Platt.

Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, call (907) 235-5263.

Wallyball, basketball teams forming

The Kenai Recreation Center is forming both a wallyball and a men's basketball league teams.

A general meeting to discuss an adult co-ed wallyball league will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the center. For more information, call 283-3855.

Rosters and fees for this seasons Men's City League are due Oct. 22. There is a limit of 14 teams. Games will begin Nov. 8. For more information, call 283-3855.

Hospice training set

Hospice of the Central Peninsula and 1st Choice Home Health Care will offer hospice volunteer training at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on Oct. 18, 19, 21, 25 and 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call Hospice of the Central Peninsula at 262-0453.

Islands and Ocean center changes hours

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center's new hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

National Wildlife Refuge Day at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Scheduled activities include a wildlife sideshow by Anne Morkhill, wildlife films, face painting, crafts and games. There is no fee.

Conservation in Action A presentation set to music celebrating a new century of conservation on National Wildlife Refuges in America by wildlife photographer Karen Hollingsworth will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Her photo exhibit, "Reflections of Nature," will continue to be displayed through Oct. 21. For more information, call Megan Murphy at (907) 226-4629.

Soroptimist to sell discount cards

Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities is selling discount cards to benefit its scholarship funds and other charitable activities.

The cards contain discounts for many area businesses and are valid until Aug. 31. The cost is $10. For more information or to purchase a card, call Lyn Hodel at 262-9253.

Mentor program seeks volunteers

The Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Student Aspirations Mentor Program will hold an informational meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library. It is seeking community members interested in becoming mentors. A mentor is a community volunteer who takes time to listen to and try to understand what a student has to say.

For more information or to volunteer, call Julie Williams at 398-1040.

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