Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2006

Annual pumpkin contest continues

Soldotna Public Library’s annual pumpkin carving or painting contest continues through Saturday. Judging and awards will be given Saturday. Entries should be of a fictional book character. One prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: preschool, elementary, teens and family. One grand prize will be awarded for best in contest.

Painted pumpkins may be dropped off through Saturday and carved pumpkins may be dropped off Tuesday through Saturday. Entries are required to be display ready and include a 3-by-5 index card. On the front of the card should be the name of the character, title and author of the book it is from, and on the back of the card should be the participant’s name, mailing address, phone number and category the pumpkin is entered in. For more information, call 262-4227.

CPCS board to meet

Central Peninsula Counseling Services board of directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 506 Lake St. in Kenai. For more information, call 260-3691.

Harvest festival set for Friday

Grace Lutheran Church and School will host its annual harvest festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. In addition to games and a costume parade, there will be a chili cook-off and a pie baking contest. Each family is asked to donate a bag of candy for prizes.

Craft vendor space available

Skyview High School’s girls basketball team will host an arts and crafts bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the school. Vendors interested in participating may call Carol at 262-7675 or 262-7208.

Pumpkin carving contest scheduled

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host a free community Halloween pumpkin carving contest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. One free pumpkin will be provided per family.

A bake sale, stories and craft activities are some of the planned activities. For more information, call 283-1991 or visit

Free community Halloween party slated

The Kenai Elks Lodge will host its annual free community Spooktacular from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the lodge. A carved pumpkin contest begins at 6:30 p.m. (entries must be brought from home already carved) , and a costume contest begins at 7 p.m.

Food, games, a cake walk, haunted house, candy and prizes are some of the planned events. For more information, call 283-7776.

Kenai ‘trunk or treat’ set

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai club in conjunction with “Sparky,” Peninsula Safe Kids and the Coast Guard, will host a “trunk or treat” event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the club. The event will be held outdoors and participants are reminded to dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Light-up toys will be available for purchase and a concession stand will have hot dogs, cotton candy, nachos and popcorn for sale. For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2683.

Winter gear sought

Peninsula Grace Brethren Church is collecting winter coats and other winter clothing, in new or used condition, for its annual Coats for the Community drive. The collected winter clothing will be given away free of charge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the church at Mile 19.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road across from Craig Taylor Equipment.

Donations are being accepted at the following locations through Nov. 1: Kenai and Soldotna Safeway stores; the church; and Kenai, Soldotna and Skyview high schools. For more information, call Keith Randal at 262-6442 or 252-5249 or e-mail him at

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