Community events

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2005

Essay deadline looming

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna is sponsoring the national Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriots Pen essay competition. Students in grades seven and eight are eligible to enter.

Participants are to write a 300 to 400 word essay on the theme Who Are Today's Patriots? The deadline for entry is Tuesday.

Home school students are encouraged to participate. For complete information and entry forms, interested students may contact their school or call 283-0655.

Star-gazing class begins

An astronomy class taught by Kenai Peninsula College astronomy professor Andy Veh will begin at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at KPC. If the weather is clear, participants will be outside observing, using KPC's gravel pit across from the parking lot as a viewing area. The class continues Nov. 16 and 30. Anyone interested can contact Veh at

Celebration aims to lighten up trails

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host a kickoff celebration for the Tsalteshi Trails new light system Friday. Orienteering challenges, and a ski or foot race, depending on trail conditions, are geared to familiarizing community members with the trail system. The long course begins at 4:30 p.m., short course at 5 p.m. and registration for both begins at 4 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the movie Tangerine Dream, a skiing and snowboarding movie produced by Teton Gravity Research, will be shown in the Skyview High School commons.

Door prize drawings, a chili potluck with corn bread and cookies also are planned. This is a free community event. For more information, call Patti at 262-5618, Laura at 262-7740 or Josselyn at 260-5449.

Ducks Unlimited banquet planned

The annual Kenai River Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Elks Lodge. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Fred Hammon at the Soldotna "Y" Chevron.

Door prizes included a grand prize of $1,000 in travel money, plus a week's stay at five-star resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For more information, call 262-9074.

Holiday workshop set to decorate

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will host Cathleen Rolph for a coping with the holidays art workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, O'Neil Hall in Soldotna.

The workshop will follow negative thoughts, painful, fear-based emotions, stress, immune system disfunction, time, illness or disease.

The workshop is designed to help participants release the negative thoughts and fears that can blocks their body's ability to heal emotionally and spiritually. For more information, call 262-0453.

Rec center celebrates 25 years

The Kenai Recreation Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary Nov. 9 at the center. It is open to the public. For more information, call 283-3855.

Kayak classes to set paddle

The Soldotna High School pool will hold kayaking classes Nov. 12. Introductory classes are from 9 a.m. to noon; intermediate skills from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and sea kayak safety and rescue skills from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the pool at 262-7419 or visit

NRA banquet, auction planned

The Friends of the NRA will hold its annual banquet and auction at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Soldotna Elks Lodge. Dinner will be catered. Tickets are available at Gator Guns and The Impact Area. Proceeds will be granted to groups to teach firearm safety and use on the peninsula. For more information, call at 776-7676 or 283-4481.

Dog club offers practice run-throughs

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will host practice run-throughs for rally, obedience and conformation at its facility on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

Obedience and rally include all levels, and conformation is open to a mix of breeds.

The cost is $5 for the first run-through and $3 for each additional one. Run-throughs are open to everyone.

For more information, contact Melanie at

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards. The contest was developed as a way to encourage high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism.

Students in grades nine through 12, including home school students, are eligible to participate.

Artwork, including digital art entries, must be submitted on paper or canvas. Discs or CDs will not be accepted. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used. Artwork must be matted but not framed and not smaller than 8- by 10-inches or larger than 18- by 24-inches, not including the mat.

Monetary awards will be given at the school level, with the overall winner from the Kenai Peninsula to receive an additional award. The first-place winner will have his or her entry sent to the state judging level.

The first-place state winner then will move on to the national level, where the first-place prize is $10,000, a jacket, plaque and airfare and two nights lodging to attend the 2006 Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in Reno, Nev.

The entry deadline is Dec. 2. For more information, call Billie at 283-9443 or visit

Team will work for uniforms

The Skyview High School boys soccer team is seeking work opportunities to earn money for new uniforms. The team is willing to shovel driveways, roofs, wash cars, move items and other odd jobs. For more information, call Tyler Thornton at 262-4491.

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