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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2007

Public comment sought on park

There will be a public meeting to review park design alternatives for the Soldotna Creek Park expansion project at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna City Hall, council chambers. The project encompasses the grassy area known as DOT Park and its connections to surrounding areas.

Participants will have opportunities to review the drawings, ask questions and provide comments and input on the alternatives. A final conceptual plan will be presented to Soldotna City Council on Nov. 14. For more information, call Nancy Casey at 260-8418 or e-mail her at

Book sale fundraiser slated

The Triumvirate Theatre Bookstore will hold a "name your price" book sale fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at its store at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The sale will benefit Landon Rogers, 4, a Kenai boy with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma,

Customers may purchase any book for any price. For more information, call 953-7262.

Sports gear swap scheduled

The Kenai Central High School ski team booster club will host an all-type sports gear swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria. Gear may be dropped off from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday or from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Krispy Kreme doughnuts also will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Larry or Susan Semmens at 262-9022.

Reading council seeks members

The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council is seeking community members interested in promoting literacy in the community through a variety of activities.

The group is in the process of planned a reading carnival. For information, e-mail Monica Heath at or call 283-5015.

VFW holds scholarship contest

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor the following scholarship opportunities:

* Voice of Democracy Students in grades nine through 12, including home-schooled students, have an opportunity to compete in the nationwide annual audio essay competition, win monetary awards at the local, state and national levels, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. Students compete by writing and then recording a three-to-five minute audio essay on a standard cassette tape or CD expressing their views the theme "My Role in Honoring America's Veterans." State winners receive at least $1,000 national scholarship in addition to the other awards given at the preliminary levels of competition.

* Patriot's Pen Essay Competition Students in sixth- through eight-grade including home-schooled students have the opportunity to earn monetary awards, U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference in Washington, D.C., in March. Students should write and submitting an original 300 to 400 word essay on the theme "Why I Am An American Patriot."

Interested students and teachers should contact the school counselors, call the Voice of Democracy Chairman Dave Carey, at 262-9107, 260-6413 or visit the VFW Web site at for entry forms and more information.

Entries must be submitted directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Post No. 10046, 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, no later than Nov. 1 for both programs.

Domestic violence workshop planned

The LeeShore Center will hold a community awareness workshop on domestic violence and sexual assault from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Oct. 26 at the center. Topics will include domestic violence, sexual assault, effects of domestic violence on children, the center's batterers' intervention program and volunteering with shelter clients.

It is open to the public. Attendees may participate in a portion or the entire workshop. Continuing education credit may be attained after completion of the workshop and 30 hours of volunteer work with the center.

For more information, call 283-9479.

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