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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2009

Flu consent form deadline looms

The Kenai Peninsula School District has sent consent forms to parents for students to receive the Novel H1N1 influenza vaccine. Even if your child will not be receiving the immunization, the form needs to be returned to the school as soon as possible.

The Central Peninsula H1N1 Task Force is planning mass dispensing clinics at central peninsula district schools, and the number of clinics will be determined by the amount of consent forms turned in. School-age child are in the priority group of those most susceptible to getting the H1N1, or swine, flu.

If you have concerns or questions about the vaccine, contact your school nurse, primary health-care provider or the Kenai Public Health Center. Vaccine information statements are available on the school district's Web site at

If you believe your child needs to receive a vaccine earlier, talk to your primary health-care provider to check on the availability of the vaccine. If your child's health status changes after returning the consent form, contact your school nurse.

La Leche group to meet

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Frontier Community Services Playroom in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. 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

Bingo offered

The Sterling Senior Center has bingo at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Elaine at 262-6808.

Gardeners to gather

Central Peninsula Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road, near the Bridge Access Road intersection.

The topic will be "Apple Growing in Alaska" and will be presented by Dwight Bradley of Bradley Orchards in Chugiak. Bradley has been growing fruit in Chugiak for about 20 years. He is a former president and newsletter editor of the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association and came to Alaska from northern New England. The program includes the history of the apple, recommended varieties, rootstocks, grafting, orchard layout, pest and disease controls, pruning, taste-testing results, and lessons learned the hard way.

The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments are served and sometimes door prizes offered. For more information, call Marion Nelson at 283-4632 or 398-8669 or e-mail .

Dems to meet

Democrats from House District 33-34 will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Alaska Reel Cafe at the corner of Funny River Road and the Sterling Highway. Patti Higgins, Alaska State Democratic Party chair, and Deborah Williams, executive director, Alaska Democratic Party, will attend to give an update on what the party is doing and to take questions. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Sharon Waisanen at 262-6298 or Blake Johnson at 776-5212.

Community ping pong continues

Public ping pong is held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Redoubt Elementary School. For more information, call Ron at 262-7899.

Boy Scout leaders to meet

The Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America Tustumena District will hold its monthly Round Table meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road, near the Bridge Access Road intersection. Information regarding re-registration will be handed out. Also, training and scouting program ideas will be available. Den leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and parents of Scouts are welcome. For more information, call Jodi Stuart at 283-1699 or e-mail at .

SEA to meet

The Soldotna Equestrian Association will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road in Soldotna. Everyone is invited to attend current member or not.

Voting for five open board seats (must be current 2009 SEA member to vote.) is planned. Nominations are due by Nov. 1 and those submitting names are required to have nominees permission prior to nomination submission.

E-mail Rhonda at Nominees will be verified prior to being placed on the ballot. These are 2 year terms. A drawing is planned. For more information or alternative voting option, call Rhonda at 262-7102.

Bazaar, bake sale slated

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will have a fall bazaar and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bazaar will have some home based businesses i.e. Pampered Chef with percentage of the proceeds going directly to support center activities. Space is available for to rent a table for 15 a day for $20 for both days. For more information, call 776-7654, Ext. 6.

Historical society to meet

The Soldotna Historical Society board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Fine Thyme Cafe in River City Books in Soldotna. It is open to the public. For more information, call Barbara Jewell at 262-4157.

Womens' group to meet

The Peninsula Take-A-Break group will hold its annual country fair and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Alaska Christian College, off East Poppy Lane on Royal Place. Setup and sale begins at 6 p.m.

Special feature includes a crafts sale, silent auction items and outcry auction.

Attendees may bring homemade craft items and goodies to sell.Money will be donated to Stonecroft Ministries. The guest speaker will be Barbara Reberg of Soldotna. Her topic will be "Growing Up Country." The cost of dinner is $12.

For more information or reservations, call Susan at 335-6789.

Swim team seeks members

Peninsula Piranhas Swim team will hold registration and try outs from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Kenai Central High School. The cost is $55 a month for four days a week or $40 a month for two days a week.

Also an annual fee of $63 for USA swimming registration and $25 for awards banquet will be due at registration. Practices will be held at KCHS Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. for students in grades six through 12 grade students and from 4 to 5 p.m. for elementary students. For more information, call coach Will Hubler at 283-7476.

School-aged children welcome, but if your child has not completed level four of swim lessons, they will need to try out. You must be able to swim one length of the pool to make it onto the team.

Sustainability group to meet

The Kenai Resilience group will hold a potluck from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish and their own reusable plate, cup, napkin and eating utensils.

Children are welcome. A activity will be planned for them.

The event is a free and open to the public who are curious about issues of sustainability. A sit-down dinner will be followed by a facilitated discussion. For more information, visit

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