Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sterling Senior Center serves prime rib

The Sterling Senior Center will host a prime rib dinner on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. Served with the prime rib will be a baked potato, green beans, tossed salad, rolls, beverage and a fruit cocktail for dessert. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children 3-10, and free for children under 3. The drawing for the winners of the "Cash for Christmas" raffle will be held and the SASCI Choir will perform. For reservations, call the Sterling Senior Center at 262-6808, or sign up at the front desk. All proceeds benefit the Sterling Senior Citizens Center.

Youth invited to learn to hunt

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) and 4-H Shooting Sports Program in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program, is once again inviting youngsters 16 years of age and younger (minimum age of 10) to participate in an organized small game hunting experience. Each weekend from Nov. 1 through the end of December, pairs of adult Hunter Education and 4-H certified mentors will escort pairs of youths for one day of supervised small game hunting. Parents and guardians are welcome to participate. SCI will supply the firearms and instruction, ammunition, transportation and lunch. Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program will supply orange vests, hearing and eye protection. If not already certified, participating youth will be encouraged to sign up for an upcoming Hunter Education certification class and the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. For more information or to sign up call the UAF Cooperative Extension Office at 262-5824 or Fish and Game at 262-9368.

Food Bank donation drive going on now

Beginning this month, participating local financial institutions will be hosting the annual Barrels in Every Branch campaign to raise funds and accept donations for Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Donors fill out red paper slips with pictures of cans on them and inform tellers how much money they would like to deposit in a Food Bank savings account. The red slips are then placed on truck posters prominently displayed at each branch, the goal being to fill the truck's bed. Canned goods can also be donated by dropping them in marked barrel containers at each location. Central peninsula branches of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union are participating through November. Branches of Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, First National Alaska, KeyBank and Wells Fargo are participating through Dec. 31. For more information, call the food bank at 262-3111.

High schoolers offer free day care

The Soldotna High School Child Development course is looking for children ages 2-5 for their free day care. The dates are Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10, from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Snacks, games, and activities will be included. Children must be potty trained. Please contact Meggean Bos at to enroll.

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.

Alumni hockey on tap

The 15th annual Kenai Central High School and Soldotna High School Alumni Hockey Game takes place Dec. 23, 7 p.m., at the Soldotna Sports Center. Alumni from Kenai, Soldotna, Skyview and Nikiski should contact Rick Koch at 398-0190 for registration information. Teams are limited to 20 skaters and three goalies. Santa will be there for the kids. Wet and dry sections. Admission, $10 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors.

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.

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.

Boy Scouts District Committee meets

The Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America Tustumena District will be holding its District Committee meeting on Dec. 2, 6 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. All District Committee members and commissioners need to attend. Directly following will be our District Round Table from 7 to 8 p.m. Youth Protection training will start from 8 to 8:30 p.m. All registered adults must take this training, and this will be the last group session for the year. Recharter packets will be picked up as well. Please contact Jodi Stuart, 283-1699, Tustumena District Executive for more information.

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