Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2006

Mystery Creek Road to close

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be closing Mystery Creek Road due to poor road conditions.

Refuge officials will lock the gate Saturday morning and would like everyone to be out of the area by today. Road conditions are poor as a result of freezing temperatures and accumulated surface water.

The road may be opened to snowmachine access after Dec. 1 if snow cover is adequate to protect underlying vegetation.

Women voters to lunch, learn

Central Peninsula League of Women Voters will meet at noon today at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Ingrid Edgerly, director of Love INC, will speak about homelessness on the Kenai Peninsula. The book club will follow with a discussion of Bob Woodward’s book “State of Denial, Part III.” It is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

For more information, call Lois at 260-3111.

Hospice to host open house

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will host an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the hospice office in the Eureka Mall, next to the bridge in Soldotna. It is its celebrating its 20th anniversary, National Hospice Month and its hospice caregivers. Appetizers will be served.

Family holiday photos offered

Family holiday photos will be taken at 5:30 p.m. today at the Kenai Teen Center, in the Kenai Recreation Center. A Kenai Peninsula College photography class and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula are collaborating to offer the service to area families.

For a minimum donation of $10, families — including the pet dog — can have their photo taken and burned onto a CD that can be used to create greeting cards. Free food and games will be available. Raffle tickets for a $18,700 diamond will be available for $50 a ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

Historical society holds auction

The Kasilof Regional Historical Association will host an auction at 7 p.m. today at Tustumena Elementary School, Mile 112 of the Sterling Highway. Items for auction may be viewed at 6 p.m. Items include moose and sheep horn carvings, tools, household goods, electronics, sporting goods, a rifle and antiques. For more information, call Brent Johnson at 262-4763.

Preschool offered in Nikiski

Nikiski North Star Elementary holds preschool for parents of children aged toddler through 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays. It is a parent supported program that allows children access to the school environment. For more information, call 776-5575.

Kayaking, water safety classes slated

An introductory, intermediate and sea kayak safety and rescue class will begin Saturday at the Soldotna High School swimming pool.

Registration also is being taken for a water safety instructor class on Saturday. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Class sizes are limited and preregistration is required by Friday for both classes. To register, people should call 262-7419.

Holiday decorating contest begins

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will be accepting nominations through Dec. 8 for businesses and residences that are exceptionally well decorated for Christmas.

Sponsored by the Homer Electric Association, first- through third-place awards will be given in commercial and residential categories. First-place commercial wins a $100 energy credit; second- and third-place commercial win $50 energy credits; first-place residential receives a $50 energy credit; and second- and third-place residential receive $25 energy credits.

Winners will be announced at the Dec. 12 chamber luncheon.

Nominations, including name, address and phone number, should be submitted to the chamber by calling 262-9814 or by e-mail to

Homemakers offer homemade treats

The Nikiski Redoubt Homemakers will host a fall bazaar and bake sale at Nikiski Fire Station No. 1, across from The Place on the Kenai Spur Highway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Nancy Whiting at 776-5677 or Penny Alberty at 776-8231.

SoHi craft fair planned

Soldotna High School will hold its annual craft fair from 10 am. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 262-2892.

Cribbage club pegged for tournament

The Kasilof Cribbage Club will hold a doubles tournament Saturday at the Tustumena Lodge. Signup is at 10:30 a.m. and play starts at 11 a.m. There is a $30 suggested donation per team.

For more information, call Clifford Bond at 262-1939.

Totem Tracers postpone meeting

Because Saturday is Veterans Day and the Kenai Community Library will be closed, the Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society has postponed its meeting to Nov. 18. The group will meet in the library from 1 to 3 p.m.

Second Sunday stories slated

The Kenai Performers will present Second Sunday Stories at Kenai Community Library at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“Where do stories come from?” will feature Carol Ford performing “Mountain Whippoorwill.”

Fill up in Nikiski

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center is offering an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The cost is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10 and $2 for children ages 2 to 4.

Class scheduled on signs of suicide

Central Peninsula Counseling Services will conduct a “Signs and Symptoms of Suicide” class from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday in the Redoubt Room of Central Peninsula General Hospital.

The program is free to the public. For more information, call 260-3691.

Prof to speak on Dena’ina language

Kenai Peninsula College anthropology professor Alan Boraas will speak on his studies of the Dena’ina language and the work of Peter Kalifornsky at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai River Center.

Boraas also will give a demonstration of a Web-based Dena’ina language program being developed in partnership with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.

Part of the Winter Speaker Series, the program is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Food bank board meeting planned

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors will meet Tuesday. The food bank is seeking volunteers and new board members. For more information and time of meeting, call 262-3111.

CES collects for holiday food drive

People who wish to donate food items for the annual holiday food drive for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank may drop them off at Central Emergency Services fire stations at Binkley St. and the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, in Sterling at Mile 84 of the Sterling Highway and at Mile 13.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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