Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010

Fair trade items for sale

It's time for our annual Ten Thousand Villages Sale that provides fantastic fair trade items from around the world.

Our sales' days are Friday, Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley, behind Safeway.

Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee (

Your fair trade purchase of handmade jewelry, home decor and gifts helps improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Fair Trade chocolate from SERRV will also be available.

For more info, call Susie at 283-7469.

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

Teen moms support group meets

Teen MOPS, open to all pregnant teens and teen moms, meets Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., at College Heights Baptist Church, 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna. Teen MOPS is a place to join others going through the same things to encourage and support one another and have some fun! Free dinner and childcare is provided, as well as prizes and other give-aways. Transportation is also available. This week we will be making gifts and talking about the holidays. Join us and bring a friend! Call Amber at 262-8362 for more info or to arrange transportation.

Canine Good Citizen test planned Dec. 3

The Kenai Kennel Club will hold a Canine Good Citizen test at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at its facility in the Kenai Mall behind Sears in Kenai.

The test consists of 10 stations that are designed to ensure that a dog can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs.

The program is open to all dogs -- purebreds and mixed breeds. The test is not a competition and does not require you and your dog to perform with precision.

Proof of current shot records must be presented before dogs enter the building to test.

The program is offered through the American Kennel Club and costs $10. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 252-4058 and leave a message.

Legion Auxillary hosts home retail bazaar

The American Legion Auxillary Unit 20 will host a home retail bazaar at the legion hall, 902 Cook Ave, in Kenai, on Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Vendors who sell make-up, jewelry, purses, homemmade items and other good are invited to participate. The cost is $20 per day per table. To reserve a table, call Sue Diaz at 283-3222. Proceeds will benefit the community's youth.

Marathon serving turkey

Marathon Oil Co. is hosting a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at Kenai Senior Center, Tuesday, Nov. 23, at noon. All area seniors (55 years and older) are invited. Sign up to reserve your seat by calling 283-4156. What a generous way to bring in the holiday season!

Lots of chances to give food

Support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and bring in turkeys or hams for the holidays to the facility at 33955 Community College Dr., in Soldotna. For each turkey or ham you will receive a chance to win two ERA Aviation round trip tickets between Kenai and Anchorage. The drawing takes place on Dec. 23.

Walmart will be collecting nonperishable food for the food bank beginning Tuesday, Nov. 16, and ending Monday, Nov. 22.

During the holidays, visit IGA Country Foods or Three Bears and purchase a turkey or ham for the food bank. Nonperishable food barrels will be available too.

Food drives continue at RentaCenter and GCI in Soldotna.

Volunteers needed for No One Dies Alone

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.

Join the parade

Showcase your business or organization by entering the Christmas Comes to Kenai Electric Lights Parade, "Just Believe," on Friday, Nov. 26. Parade line up begins at 5 p.m. Judging takes place at 5:45 p.m. Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Parade route: Frontage Road beginning at Spur View Drive, down to Main Street and Peninsula Way. For more information and registration forms, call 283-7989.

Community asked to help in teen's battle with cancer

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Kenai Central High School cafeteria to benefit Brittney Boyes, a KCHS sophomore who is undergoing treatment for AML leukemia at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Oregon. Dinner donation is $5 for children, $10 for adults, payable at the door. Members of the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team will be servers. The event will include a silent/Chinese auction, split the pot, bracelet sales and other drawings.

To donate an item, call or text Paulla at 398-8044, or Jackie at 252-1047. Donations to help the Miller family may be made at Wells Fargo Bank to "The Miller Family Fund."

Help needed to fight illness

Friends and family of Shannon Perry are asking for donations to assist in obtaining surgery for abdominal adhesions. Donations will be used to cover the costs of the surgery as well as travel and hotel expenses. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo to the Shannon Perry Fund. For more information, call Peggy at 252-0908.

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