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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Toys for Tots drive under way

The 2010 holiday Toys for Tots campaign on the Kenai Peninsula began on Oct. 11.

This United States Marine Corps-endorsed program served more than 450 families across the Kenai Peninsula in 2009, and is currently in need of volunteers, cash contributions and toys for this year's holiday drive. To include your business as a sponsor drop location, or to make a donation, contact the Kenai Peninsula USMC coordinator: Sergeant Boyd Jorgensen by calling 907-252-6285 or emailing

Contra Dance time

Kenai River Folk Dancers hosts a community-wide contra dance, Saturday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. at K-Beach Elementary School. The band ContraBanD will perform. Beginners are welcome. All dances are taught and called. Bring clean, dry, non-marking shoes to dance in. The cost is $5 for adults and no charge for children under age 16 when accompanied by an adult. Potluck snacks are optional. For more information call Raymond at 283-5403.

Tree biology, planting and pruning classes in Homer and Kenai

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Community Forestry Program, announces two classes that will focus on pruning and planting trees, to be held in Homer and in Kenai. Monday, Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Homer High School; and Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road, in Kenai.These classes will cover how trees function as complex systems and how to use this information when selecting, siting, planting, pruning and maintaining landscape trees. This workshop includes a classroom presentation and a demonstration in the field on pruning trees. The classes are intended for nursery growers, landscape designers, arborists, contractors, garden retailers, public and private land managers and government agencies.

The classes are free, but please register in advance by calling or sending an e-mail with your name, organization and contact information to For more information go to, or call 269-8466.

Chugach Citizen's Advisory Board has vacancies

The Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board announces upcoming vacancies and solicits applications for two board positions. The purposes of the Advisory Board are to promote conservation and protect Chugach State Park, as well as facilitate communication between the public and Park managers.

Board members are expected to actively serve on two committees in addition to attending monthly board meetings. Members should anticipate a commitment of eight hours a month. Board meetings are held the second Monday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chairs. Current committees include: Access, Budget, Trails, Planning, Seward Highway Design Nominations and Wildlife.

Board members serve for three years. Applications will be considered for the term beginning in January 2011. If you are not selected, your application will be kept on file for one calendar year in case a vacancy occurs. The application form is available on line at:

For more information, call the Chugach State Park Office at 345-5014.

Wallyball tournament on tap

A co-ed scramble wallyball tournament is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Kenai Recreation Center. Teams will be drawn from a hat. Registration is $10 per person. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Dan Conetta at 283-5199 or Ramon Carreon at 252-9276.

Trunks needed for Trunk or Treat

The Boys & Girls Club in Kenai is seeking assistance from the community with its annual Trunk or Treat event, slated for 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Trunks, boats, airplanes, candy, volunteers, cakes and ideas are all needed for the event. For more information, contact Kim Dent at 283-2682 or e-mail, or download an application 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.

Dog costume contest on deck

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area's fourth annual Strut Your Mutt Howl'oween Dog Costume Contest is scheduled for Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Dogs must be people and dog friendly and on a leash at all times. Multiple prize categories, door prizes and refreshments provided.

For more information contact Tammy at 776-8800.

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