Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010

La Leche League meets

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai meets the third Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Woman's Way Midwifery, 154 West Marydale Ave.; and again the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mindful Therapies Yoga (by Curves at the Soldotna "Y"). The league is a breastfeeding resource group that offers free monthly meetings, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, telephone assistance and a lending library. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Babies are welcome.

For more information, call Amorette Payment at 260-6141 or visit

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.

Library hosts pumpkin contest

Friends of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library in Soldotna are sponsoring the library's Annual Pumpkin Carving/Painting Contest, open to elementary aged children, teens and families. Entries must represent a fictional book character. One prize will be awarded in each category, plus one grand prize awarded for "Best in Contest." The library will accept painted pumpkins through Oct. 27, and carved pumpkins Oct. 18-27. Awards will be presented Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. Contact Terri Burdick at 262-4227.

Youth invited to learn to hunt

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) and 4-H Shooting Sports Program in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program, is once again inviting youngsters 16 years of age and younger (minimum age of 10) to participate in an organized small game hunting experience. Each weekend from Nov. 1 through the end of December, pairs of adult Hunter Education and 4-H certified mentors will escort pairs of youths for one day of supervised small game hunting.

Parents and guardians are welcome to participate. SCI will supply the firearms and instruction, ammunition, transportation and lunch. Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program will supply orange vests, hearing and eye protection. If not already certified, participating youth will be encouraged to sign up for an upcoming Hunter Education certification class and the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. For more information or to sign up call the UAF Cooperative Extension Office at 262-5824 or Fish and Game at 262-9368.

Fish and Game advisory committees to meet

The Central Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ninilchik School in order to finalize proposals for the Board of Game Southcentral region deadline, and prepare comments for the Lower Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries proposals. For more information, contact David Martin at 252-2752.

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna to complete proposals for the Board of Game for its Oct. 29 deadline, if necessary, and begin preparing comments for the Board of Fisheries Lower Cook Inlet proposals.

For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

School district advisory committee to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Federal Programs Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Kenai Convention & Visitors Center. The meeting is open to the public.

RSVP, or for more information contact Mary Blossom at 714-8892.

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.

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