Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2007

Pingpong continues

Pingpong is available to play for free from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through mid-December at Redoubt Elementary School on West Redoubt Avenue next to Soldotna Middle School.

Adults and children (at least 6 years old) and of any skill level are welcome.

Tables and equipment are provided by the Boys and Girls Club and the school. Players are asked to bring a paddle if they have one. Supplies may be limited.

For more information, call Ron Levy at 262-7899 or e-mail him at

Toastmasters to meet

The Peninsula Toastmasters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of Cloud and Ribelin Real Estate, Suite 100A, Benco Building, 805 Frontage Street, Kenai. It is open to the public. The Soldotna Toastmasters meets at noon Mondays at the Church of God on the corner of Redoubt Avenue and Binkley Street. For more information, call Rosie at 262-2908.

Community Harvest, Halloween carnivals slated

Below is a list of community Halloween activities:

* Kenai New Life Assembly of God's harvest carnival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 209 Princess St. The carnival is for children ages 3 to 11. Games, a donkey ride, food, candy, prizes and a jumping balloon castle are planned. For more information, call 283-7752.

* Abundant Life Church will host a glow in the dark fall harvest carnival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church at Mile 81.5 of the Sterling Highway. There will be no charge for games, food and candy. For more information, call 262-7266.

* Trunk-or-Treat will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sterling Elementary School.

* Kenai Elks Spooktakular will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Booths will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A costume contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. The lodge is located on Barnacle Way (by post office). This annual youth event is free to the public for indoor "trick or treating" on Halloween. Costume contest by age groups. Hot dogs and macaroni served for the kids. For more information, call April Bower or Mary Jackson at 283-7776 after 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

* The fifth annual Trunk-or-Treat event at the Tustumena Elementary School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

* Strut Your Mutt 2007 Howl'oween Dog Costume Contest will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Dogs must be people and dog friendly and on a leash at all times. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.

* Kenai Boys and Girls Club will hold a Trunk-or-Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. For more information or to donate candy, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

* The Sterling Senior Center will host a free Halloween party from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Games, prizes, juice and cookies are planned. Donations of candy are being sought. For more information, call 262-6808.

Book sale fundraiser planned

The Soldotna Public Library volunteers will hold a used book sale from 1 to 4:30 Wednesday at the library at 235 Binkley St. Costumed patrons may pick out one 50 cent book for free. The library is seeking donations of books and puzzles in good condition.

For more information, call 262-4227.

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 Thursday for both programs.

Developmental screening offered

Frontier Community Services Early Intervention and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will conduct free developmental, vision and hearing screening for children ages newborn to 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Frontier Community Services at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 36. For more information, call Renie at 714-6647.

Holiday bazaars seek crafty people

Vendors are being sought for the following bazaars:

* The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center annual fall bazaar and bake sale will be held Thursday through Saturday. Table rentals are $15 a day or $30 for three days. For more information, call 776-7654.

* The Ninilchik School Band will host a holiday bazaar and rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Call Lisa Nissly at 567-3301 for details on renting tables.

* Soldotna High School's annual arts and craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. For more information, call Anette at 260-7570, Karen at 262-2892 or either of them at 262-8885.

* The Sterling Senior Center will host its Christmas bazaar and bake sale Nov. 9 and 10. They are looking for local crafters to reserve table space for the event. A table space costs $25 for both days. They ask that items be handcrafted. For more information, call the center at 262-6808.

* The Sterling Elementary School PTA will hold its second annual craft fair at the school Dec. 1 and 2. The cost for a space is $50 for two days. Space is limited and there are only 15 spaces remaining. Deadline for reserving a space is Nov. 20 or until spaces are reserved. For more information, call Krissy Mahan at the school at 262-4944. After 5 p.m. call Judy Miller at 262-8545.

Passport fair set

The Kenai Post office will hold a passport fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Passports cost $97 for adults and $82 for children ages 16 and younger. Passport photos cost $15 extra. Expedited service cost will be an additional $92.50.

Proof of citizenship and identity are required.

For more information visit or call 283-7771.

Driver safety program offered

American Association of Retired Persons will hold a drivers safety program Nov. 10 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

For more information and time, call Dennis Gease at 252-9291.

Library seeks volunteers

The Soldotna Public Library is seeking volunteers for its night watch program held from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Library skills are not necessary.

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