Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, November 07, 2008

Free concert today

The UAA Wind Ensemble will perform its annual free fall concert at noon today at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. During the concert, the ensemble will preform a repertoire of various American composers. One is a Jazz work by Jack End, a march by John Philip Sousa, an overture by Aaron Copland. The concert features a modern clarinet rhapsody by Scott McAllister with Dr. Mark Wolbers as the soloing clarinetist. There also will be a few student ensembles performing. For more information, call Brian Moon at 398-2966.

Caribou Hills ATV user group to be discussed

The Homer Soil and Water Conservation District will facilitate a ATV user group meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Ninilchik High School.

The topics will be identifying steps needed for maintaining and improving ATV trails in the Caribou Hills area; learn about House Bill 25 that relates to landowners' immunity for allowing use of land with out charge for a recreational activity. For more information, call 907-235-8177, Ext. 5.

Dodgeball event set

The Kenai Peninsula Police Athletic League and the Boys and Girls Club will host a dodgeball event from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club. Youth ages 10 to 18 years old may participate. For more information, call 283-3318 or e-mail

Stop smoking kits available

Nov. 20, will be the Great American Smoke Out, which is one day a year set aside by the American Cancer Society to encourage smoker's to quit using tobacco for a day.

The Peninsula Smokefree Partnership will host its third annual Adopt-A-Smoker Program. The Peninsula Smokefree Partnership's Teen Leadership group will distribute Adopt-A-Smoker survival bags free of charge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at Central Peninsula Hospital. Quit kits are also available at Bridges Community Resource Network office, next to the Acapulco Restaurant or e-mail to arrange drop off or pick up.

Heart health to be discussed

Sharen Sleater, Soldotna Heart Health Community Educator, will give a free seminar on "Women's Heart Health -- Are you At Risk?" at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Public Library, 235 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna

Sponsored by Central Peninsula Hospital, Sleater has recently returned from a Mayo Clinic Symposium on the subject. Risk factors to be discussed will be gender, age, family history, ethnicity, lifestyle, diet, weight, exercise, periodic medical checkups, tests, and medication. For more information, call Sharen at 262-4672 or Dick Hahn at 262-8575.

Dinner, raffle fundraiser scheduled

A dinner, raffle fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Kenai Merit Inn. Prizes include two baskets of Pampered Chef and a child's quilt. Tickets are available at the center. For more information, call 283-9479.

Food drives begin

The following companies are hosting food drives to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank:

* Peninsula Health Center's drive will be held Nov. 17 through Nov. 21. In exchange for a 25 pound food donation, participants will get a chiropractic examination and treatment. (Limit one per person.) Call the center to participate and make an appointment at 260-4844. The general public is invited to participate in the food drive without an appointment at 33870 Polar St. in Soldotna.

* GCI's drive will be held through the end of the month. Participants who bring in three cans will get a discount on their cable installation. GCI is located at 44661 Sterling Highway Suit E in Soldotna and are open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Denise at 262-0623.

Challenger center plans events

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai will host the following free community events in December.

* Star Party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn about the constellations while viewing Alaska's night sky through high-powered telescopes. Alternate activities in case of inclement weather are planned.

* Wonders of Space and Science from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Experiment with hands-on, interactive activity stations. All children receive a Passport to Science, present at each station to receive a stamp of completion.

For more information on either event, visit or call 283-2000.

Active duty military information sought

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 20 in Kenai is seeking information and addresses of military personnel. The group ships care packages to interested members.

The auxiliary also supports dependents living on the peninsula by offering support and assistance during soldiers deployment. Send information to American Legion Post 20, 902 Cook Ave., Kenai, AK 99611, attention Auxiliary. Information may be dropped off at the post, also.

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