Soldotna Community News

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2007

Neighbors, are you looking for some fun things to do this fall? You may want to check out the Soldotna Community Schools Program. If you didn't receive a booklet with all of the classes listed, you can look it up on the city of Soldotna's Web site at and click on community school for a registration form and a list of classes.

It's not too late to sign up for classes if you missed the deadline. It's important to call and register, because if not enough interest is expressed a class may be canceled. To register call Carmen Triana at 262-3151, ext. 24 or go to the Soldotna Sports Center's office to register and/or pay for classes.

The program is always looking for locals to share their talents. Teachers may volunteer or get paid. You don't have to be an expert to teach a class. It's a way to share your passion with others. If you think you'd like to teach in the upcoming winter session call Carmen and she'll help set it up.

Birthday wishes for Hannah Pothast, 10, on Oct. 21. Hannah is in her fourth year of playing violin and has now graduated to a full size violin. She loves to play soccer, write and draw. This summer she enjoyed canoeing with her family. Her proud mom said, "She's just a great kid all around!"

On a school note there's no school Friday or Oct. 25 and 26. Friday is an in-service day for teachers. On Oct. 25 and 26 parent-teacher conferences will be held at the public schools. Call schools for times.

A family Halloween reading night will be held at Redoubt Elementary School on Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The school also will have a book fair Oct. 25 and 26. Books will be for sale during the day in the library.

The Peninsula Take-A-Break group will have a "Guest Night Out" dessert. You're welcome to bring a friend or two. They'll have a featured speaker, Steve Scott, who will share about mushrooms and Tyler Schlung, who will sing. There also will be an inspirational speaker, Kevin Johnson, who will share why his life is "no longer out-of-control." The meeting will be held at Solid Rock Bible Conference Center on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7. For more information or to make a reservation, call Cindy at 260-6262 or Susan at 355-6789.

The annual community Halloween carnival hosted by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church will be held on Oct. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 222 W. Redoubt. It also will host an Octoberfest bingo for quilts from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. Barbecue pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, pies, desserts and more will be served. For more information, call 262- 7801.

Other Soldotna News

Coreson joins Navy

Soldotna resident Navy Seaman recruit Jonathan J. Coreson completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Coreson completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety.

He is the son of Kimberly J. and Robert A. Coreson of Soldotna and is a 2007 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Polands have a boy

Molly Blakeley Poland and Aaron Poland of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Luke Raycer, at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches.

He joins sisters, Emerald and Anni Rae. His grandparents are Norm and Barb Blakeley of Sterling, Saly Hoskins of Soldotna and Pat and Marge Poland of Eagle River.

Cameras, photo printers sought

The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney's Clothing or Joe Kashi's law office. For more information, call 398-0480.

Kids reading program continues

The Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program continues. Kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Each time a reader returns their initialed calendar (weekly or monthly) to the bookstore, they can pick out another free book and get their calendar punched. For more information, call 953-7262.

Donations sought for military personnel

The Peninsula Yellow Ribbon club is in the process of making thank-you gift baskets for returning soldiers and Marines. Community members interested in donating a gift, a gift card or making a thank-you card for the baskets may call Bill and Carol Keller at 262-0492 or 394-1072.

Arrangements may be made to pick up donations.

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