Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Recipes wanted

The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its Wednesday Food section. Send recipes to, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed.

For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her at

Recipes will be printed in the order received and as space is available.

Health center plans one-day closure

The Kenai Public Health Center will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. The center will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday. For more information, call 335-3400.

Soldotna library posts holiday closures

In observance of Thanksgiving, the Soldotna Public Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday.

During December, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and closed Sundays. The library also will be closed Christmas Day.

Story time is from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

Christmas on its way to Kenai

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas Comes to Kenai on Friday.

Santa will be at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Electric Lights parade will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the tree lighting ceremony, bonfire and fireworks display.

The parade theme is "Cinema Christmas," based on your favorite Christmas movie. For more information or to enter the parade, call 283-7989.

Holiday nutrition classes begin

The Cooperative Extension Service and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will offer holiday nutrition classes from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 16 at the Fireweed Diner in the food bank building at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna. For more information, stop by the food bank or call 262-3111.

Aspergers, autism support group meeting set

APIES of Alaska will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Public Health Department. The group is for families and friends of those who live with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism and other mental and behavioral disorders.

For more information, call Kellie Schneider at 335-0109 or e-mail at

Cookie orders continue

The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church is taking orders for its annual cookie fundraiser.

Assorted Christmas cookies will be for sale by pre-order only through Dec. 2. The cost is $4 per dozen.

Cookies will be ready for pick-up or delivery Dec. 10. The group is limited on how many orders they can fill.

Call Liz at 262-5525, Rick at 262-1763 or Diane at 262-1714 for more information.

Challenger center plans family activites

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai will host the following free community events in December.

* Star Party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn about the constellations while viewing Alaska's night sky through high-powered telescopes. Alternate activities in case of inclement weather are planned.

* Wonders of Space and Science from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Experiment with hands-on, interactive activity stations. All children will receive a "Passport to Science" book to present at each station to receive a stamp of completion.

For more information on either event, visit or call 283-2000.

Cookie event scheduled

The 14th annual Cookies Buy the Pound Christmas Bake Sale will start at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 S. Spruce St. in Kenai.

The sale continues until the last cookie is gone.

Food basket applications open

The Salvation Army is taking applications for the Toy and Joy food basket program until Dec. 12.

Applications must be filled out at The Salvation Army Family Service Office in the former green Kenai Supply building, 11824 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

Office hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you are unsure of what information you need to bring in to fill out an application, call 283-4035 or stop by and ask.

Hunting opportunities for youth available

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program, is inviting youth 16-years-old and younger (minimum age of 10) to participate in an organized small game hunting experience.

Each weekend through the end of December, pairs of adult Hunter Education certified mentors will escort pairs of youths for one day of area small game hunting (including the Skilak Management Area).

Parents and guardians are welcome to participate. SCI will supply the firearms and instruction, ammunition, transportation and lunch.

The 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.

The mentoring program is a learning opportunity for area youth interested in Alaska's hunting heritage. For more information or to sign up, call Larry Lewis at 262-9368 or 262-1370.

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