Community News

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003

Samaritans to collect gifts for Christmas

Kenai Peninsula residents have the opportunity to help children worldwide celebrate the holidays.

Samaritan's Purse at 565 Funny River Road will serve as a collection center for Operation Christmas Child, a project that encourages children, families, churches and other groups to fill shoe boxes with gifts, toys, school supplies, personal notes and necessity items for needy children around the world.

The Samaritan Air Hanger will be open for donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Nov. 24.

Volunteers also are needed to help receive the shoe boxes.

For more information on how to participate with Operation Christmas Child in the area, call 260-1946. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call (800) 353-5949 or visit

Application deadline looming for Junior Miss

The application deadline for the 2004 Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship is Friday.

The Junior Miss competition is a nationwide program to reward high school senior girls for their accomplishments. There is no entry fee. Competition is open to young women graduating in the spring of 2004.

For more information, call Mary Green at 262-5495 or visit

Local businesses to support food bank

The following stores are lending their support to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank:

Country Foods IGA in Kenai is collecting nonperishable food donations and turkey gift certificates.

Three Bears in Kenai also is collecting nonperishable food donations and turkey gift certificates.

GCI in Soldotna will offer discounted installation rates for new cable customers who donate at least two cans of food through the end of November.

Sonoma Florist in Soldotna will donate 50 cents for every outgoing wire order through the end of 2003.

Suggested items to donate are vegetables, pumpkins, fruit, soups, chicken broth, and small bags of flour and sugar. For more information, call 262-3111.

Hospice to hold remembrance celebration

The Hospice of the Central Peninsula will hold a Celebration of Remembrance beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Christ Lutheran Church across from Mykel's in Soldotna. The celebration is for community members to gather, celebrate friendships and remember those who have died. Finger foods and desserts will be served. Mike Morgan and Friends will provide the evening's music. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Sue at 262-0453.

Lt. Gov. Leman creates awards

In recognition of excellence providing faith-based community service and community volunteerism, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman unveiled the Stars of Gold award program this month. Winners will be selected from nominations in the following eight categories: youth, adult, senior, family, group, corporate, media and small business.

Nominations are due by Jan. 30. For forms and guidelines, visit the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Web site at

SeaLife Center plans gingerbread house contest

The Alaska SeaLife Center will host its annual gingerbread house contest Dec. 6. Prizes, including an overnight package at the Alyeska Prince Resort, will be awarded for the top three entries. Professional bakers are not eligible for the top prize. Judging will be based on originality, creativity, theme, appearance and architecture. For more information, call (800) 224.2525. Entry forms are due by Dec. 4.

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