Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 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.

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.

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.

Contra dance happening

Kenai River Folk Dancers is hosting a community-wide contra dance, Saturday, Nov. 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at K-Beach Elementary School. ContraBanD provides live music. Beginners are welcome. All dances are taught and called. Bring clean, dry, non-marking shoes to dance in. The cost is $5 for adults and no charge for children under age 16 when accompanied by an adult. Potluck snacks are optional, but fun!

For more information call Raymond at 283-5403.

Learn about Russian-era coal mines

The Kasilof Regional Historical Association hosts a presentation by Alan Boraas on "The Russian-Era Coal Mine at Port Graham and the End of Russian America," Thursday, Nov., 11, at 7 p.m., at the Kasilof Historical Museum, Mile .5, Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information call Dave Letzring, 262-5125.

Philippine-American holiday party coming

The Philippine-American community will hold its holiday party Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Moose Family Center at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share. If you have children, bring a gift for each to exchange, price not to exceed $10. For more information call Jan at 283-7093 or 394-726.

Volunteers Needed

Re-Group is helping coordinate an Electronic Recycling Event Nov. 13. Volunteers are needed to help collect, deliver and check in materials that can provide a source of valuable metals to be reused in future products. We all have electronic appliances and devices that need to be recycled instead of thrown away. If you can help or need more information, call Jan 262-5098.

Garden club meets

The Central Peninsula Garden Club meets Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Bldg. on K-Beach Road. On the agenda: Gardens of Western Europe and Southern Hemisphere, presented by Tom Jahns, Land Resources District Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service. He will show various interesting examples of gardens from the perspective of a soils expert and long time Alaska gardener. Learn the similar and differing issues other gardeners face and how they deal with them in comparison to Alaska methods. For more information contact Marion Nelson, 283 4632 or

Learn to drive safely

AARP will hold a Driver Safety Class at Central Peninsula Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class will be in the Denali room on the lower level, The class is open to the public. To register or for more information, call Jim at 260-4904.

Kenai Resilience discusses energy

"The Economics of Energy Efficiency: The End of Cheap Oil" is the topic at the Kenai Resilience monthly community potluck scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 -- 9 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, in Soldotna. Scott Waterman, of the Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation, is the presenter. Realtors interested in continuing education credits should contact Kate Veh at 260-4669 or

Bingo night coming

Come for Bingo Night at the Nikiski Senior Center. Saturday, Nov. 13. Doors open at 4 p.m. Play begins at 5 p.m. The snack bar will be available, and there will be cash prizes. For more information call Loretta, 776-7654.

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