Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2010

Library hosts game day event

Join the Soldotna Public Library, as thousands of libraries across the country host special gaming events in celebration of National Gaming Day at your library. Come and play board games with us! The library will have a number of popular board games available, or bring your favorite game to share. Sign up for prize drawing sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1 --3 p.m. For more information call 262-4227 or visit

Basketball turkey shoot coming

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center is offering fun for the whole family at their Basketball Turkey Shoot free throw competition on Saturday, Nov. 20. Fee is $2 or two cans of food to play, and a chance to win a turkey for Thanksgiving. Age categories apply. For more information call 776-8800.

Semi-private swim lessons available

Nikiski Pool has space available in the semi-private swim lessons starting Nov. 30 through Dec. 10. Maximum two in a class, For more information call 776-8800.

Karate classes offered

The Boys & Girls Club hosts a karate program twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays at Kenai Middle School. Classes start at 6 p.m. for beginners and 7 p.m. for advanced. The cost is $50 per month, and the child must be a current member. These classes are for ages 8-18. Parents can participate free with their child. To enroll contact the Athletics Department at 283-3318 or email

Sign up for basketball

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is taking registration for the upcoming youth basketball season.

For 7th and 8th graders the season runs from Jan. 17 to March 5, 2011. Games begin on Jan. 31. The fee is $70 for the program, and the player must be a 2011 member. The membership fee is $75. Registration deadline is Dec. 23, at 4 p.m.

For 3rd and 4th graders The season runs from Jan. 3 to Feb. 19, 2011. Games begin on Jan. 17. The fee is $60 for the program, and the player must be a 2011 member. The membership fee is $75. Registration deadline is Nov. 24, at 4 p.m.

To register for either of these programs, visit the Kenai Rec Center or call 283-3318.

Developmental screenings available

Frontier Community Services Infant Learning Program and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will conduct free Child Find developmental screenings for children from birth to age 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Suite 16 in the Red Diamond Center, across from AKKuts Hair Design. To schedule an appointment or for more infomration, call 714-6647.

Swim team tryouts

Kenai Peninsula Piranhas Swim Team tryouts will be held Monday, Nov. 8 at the Kenai Central High School pool. High school and middle school students meet from 3 -- 4 p.m., and elementary students meet from 4 -- 5 p.m. Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool to be on team. Registration forms will be available and payment will be due. Monthly dues are $60/swimmer for four days a week and $45/swimmer for two days a week. Contact Will Hubler at KCHS pool with questions, 283-7476.

KPC Council meeting scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula College Council will be meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in the MAPTS Building at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting. For further information or a copy of the agenda, contact Sue Evanson at 262-0318 or email

MOMS for at-home mothers meet

The local chapter of the MOMS Club, an international non-profit support organization for at-home mothers, will be having their November meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, at 9:30 a.m. in Soldotna. For location or other information about the MOMS Club, please contact Connie at 262-6712 or Michelle at 394-7527. You can also visit their website at

Volunteers needed for No One Dies Alone program

Volunteers are needed for the No One Dies Alone (NODA) Program at Central Peninsula Hospital and Heritage Place. The volunteers are trained to sit with a person who is dying who has no one to be with them. For information about the NODA program or to sign up, please call Meg Zerbinos, CPH Spiritual Care Coordinator at 714-4610.

Swim coach needed

Soldotna Swim team is seeking a swim coach. Part time, one to two hours in the evening. If interested please call 398-1827 (Lisa) or 394-8494 (Lori) for more details.

Holiday support from Hospice

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will facilitate a no-host dinner at 6 p.m., Nov. 18, at Froso's in Soldotna, to help people cope with the holidays after the death of a loved one. For more information and to register please call Hospice at 262-0453.

You've got to see the 'Magic Planet'

Kenai's Challenger Learning Center of Alaska will host a Star Party Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is a free and fun community event for all ages. Enjoy inside and outside activities with the crew at Challenger. Come check out the brand new "Magic Planet," which will be debuted during this event. There will even be free hot dogs thanks to Peterkin! Dress warm and hope for clear skies. For information, please call 283-2000.


Come get fit in Nikiski

Winter open gym times at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center are:

Toddler Time: 11 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays

Home School Gym: 1 -- 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays

Family Gym: 1 -- 3 p.m., Saturdays

Adult Open Gym: 6 -- 8 p.m., Mondays, and 3 -- 5 p.m., Saturdays

F&G advisory group meets twice in November

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet Nov. 9 and Nov. 23, both dates at 6:30 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road to discuss Board of Fisheries proposals. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

Fourth annual KPC/KPBSD Financial Aid Night

Kenai Peninsula College's financial aid office and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's counselors will co-host the fourth annual Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Soldotna Sports Center. The event is geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their parents, however all high school students and parents are encouraged to attend. Topics covered will include overview of federal and state financial aid programs, local scholarship offerings, student timelines and funding post-secondary education. For more information, contact the KPC financial aid office at 262-0331.

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