Community News

Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2009

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth?

Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

Deadline for information is 5 p.m. Mondays. Submissions are printed in the order they are received and as space is available.

For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241.

Soroptimists offer scholarships

Soroptimist International of The Kenai Peninsula are seeking applicants for:

* Its Women's Opportunity Award. Winner of this award will receive $1,000 and will advance to the Soroptimist Northwest Region contest. To be eligible, a woman must be head-of-her household and enrolled in some type of education. The deadline is Tuesday. For more information or application, call Rosanne Van Ray, 262-4339.

* "Violet Richardson Awards Program" to young women between the ages of 14 and 17. This award honors young ladies for their volunteer actions, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning the environment, and/or volunteering with a community organization. Soroptimist International of Kenai Peninsula will present a $200.00 cash award as well as contribute $200.00 in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization.

Club level winners then become eligible for state and national awards.

Applications for the award program are available at local high and middle schools, Soldotna and Kenai libraries or by calling Rosanne Van Ray, 262-4339. Applications must be received by Tuesday.

Food bank donations sought

The following businesses will support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank during the upcoming holiday by sponsoring food drives:

* GCI;

* Home Depot;

* IGA Country Foods;

* King's Treasures--Bring in cans of food for a discount;

* Ninilchik Senior Citizens, Peninsula Health Center--For 25 pounds of food, an individual will receive a complete chiropractic examination and treatment. Call 260-4844 for an appointment.

* Save U More;

* Sears catalog store;

* Spenard Builders--Kenai--Millwork, Soldotna, K-Beach -- Battle between the branches;

* Stanley Chrysler -- Help fill the truck in competition with Stanley Ford;

* Stanley Ford -- Help fill the truck in competition with Stanley Chrysler;

* United Rentals -- Help the Kenai Peninsula Branch beat other Alaska branches;

* Barrels In Every Branch -- Donate to the Food Bank's savings account and/or bring nonperishable items for the barrel; AlaskaUSA Credit Union; First National Bank Alaska; KeyBank; and Wells Fargo.

Host families needed

Youth for Understanding at Kenai Peninsula College is recruiting two host families. Each family will be hosting a KPC college student for the spring 2010 semester. (First part of January to the middle of May) One student is a female from the Netherlands and the other student is a male from South Korea.

Host families are asked to welcome the student into their homes and provide a room and meals. In addition, each host family will receive a $200 a month stipend.

Families are not expected to drive the student everywhere as they have their own funds for transportation.

For more information, call Marilyn Albright at 262-0327 or or Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or

Cookie, candy fundraisers planned

The following organizations are selling items as fundraisers:

* 16th annual Cookies "BUY" the Pound at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce Street, Kenai on Saturday from 10 a.m. until gone (cookies sell out fast.) For more information, call Mary at 252-4942.

* The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church has assorted Christmas cookies for sale by pre-order only.

The cost is $4 per dozen. Call Liz at 262-5525, Rick at 262-1763, or Diane at 262-1714 by Dec. 8. Cookies will be ready for pick-up or delivery Dec. 16.

* The Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula annual See's candy fundraiser has begun. Orders may be placed at any time by contacting any Soroptimist. The group will also have a table set up at the Peninsula Center Mall In Soldotna on Saturday's through Dec. 19. For more information, call Sandra at 260-5451.

Habitat seeks applicants

Central Peninsula Habitat for Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for the 2010 home. Application period closes Dec. 31.

For more information and qualifications visit

Clam Gulch

Auction, music fundraiser set

There will be a fundraiser/silent auction with live music Saturday at Baker's Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch to help raise funds to rebuild the home of Linda Lu and her husband, Rodney Nelson, whose home burnt down on Funny River Road, less than a year after, Linda Lu (aka Gramma Lu from KWJG) endured a stroke and is still recuperating from.

Donations for the silent auction can be taken to Lori at The Independent Living Center (on Kalifornsky Beach and Princeton Avenue - next to the Fish and Game Building) or Evolve Salon and Style in the Soldotna Superstructures Building.

Call Holly at 262-5767 to help.


T-200 planning meeting slated

The T-200 dog sled race planning committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec 17 at Tustumena Elementary School.

For more information, visit .


Kenai pool hours announced

Kenai Central High School pool hours are -- 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., Lap Swim Monday through Fridays; 9 to 11 a.m. Physical Therapy -- Mondays; 3 to 5 p.m. Piranaha Swim Team, Monday - Fridays; 6 to 7 p.m. Lap Swim, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 6 to 7:30 p.m. master swim Thursdays; and pool rentals are available.

The cost is $4 Lap swim or Open swim, $35 for a punch card/ 10 punches on the card, $15 for 1/2 hour of private lessons. For more information, call 283-7476.

Historical society seeks contributions

The Kenai Historical Society will participate in the Permanent Fund Dividend's Charitable Contributions Program.

Interested community members who sign up for their dividends online in January, should look for an option called "the gift of giving." Search for the Kenai Historical Society, click and follow the instructions to make the donation.

The group asks that participants consider leaving their contact information so that they may acknowledge and recognize the givers support. For more information on the program, visit or call June at 283-1946.

School programs begin

Tot Time and Home-school programs begin at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Tot Time will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 for youth ages 1 to 5 years old.

Home-school will be held from 12:30 from 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 per child.


Nikiski pool activities announced

The Nikiski pool will hold the following events:

* Water aerobics are held from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

* Semi-private swim classes will held Tuesday- Dec. 11. Sign-ups are ongoing.

For more information, call the pool at 776-8800.


Cinderella seeks fairy god-mothers

The Soldotna High School Student Council is collecting gently used homecoming, prom, and bridesmaid dresses/shoes/accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2010.

This is a program to help area high school students in need with items for Prom. Items can be dropped off to room 9 at the school. For more information, e-mail Meggean L. Bos at .

Skyview pool hours announced

Skyview High School pool hours are -- Water Aerobics one, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.; Water Aerobics two, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.; lap/open exercise, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; and lap/open exercise, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 262-3905 or 260-2365.

Youth hunt available; adults needed

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 inviting youth ages 10- to 16-years-old to participate in an organized small game hunting experience.

Each weekend from 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.

For more information or to sign up, call Larry Lewis at 262-9368.

Adult mentors are needed and parents and guardians may participate. Firearms and instruction, ammunition, transportation and lunch, orange vests, hearing and eye protection will be provided.

If not certified, participating youth will be encouraged to enroll in an upcoming Hunter Education certification class and the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

This program is an opportunity for area youth and adult mentors who are interested in ensuring the future of Alaska's hunting heritage.

For more information or to sign up, call Larry Lewis at 262-9368.

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