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Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Soldotna tree lighting today

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host its annual community Christmas trees lighting ceremony today at Central Emergency Services Fire Station, on the corner of Binkley Street and the Sterling Highway, across the street from McDonald's.

The lighting of the Yellow Ribbon Tree for military families whom have family members currently serving in the armed forces will begin at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Peter Micciche and the city of Soldotna will provide the yellow Christmas lights for the tree which will be on display from dusk until dawn daily, year round.

Immediately following Santa will light the city's Christmas tree.

Planned activities include free photos with Santa, free refreshments and free hayrides. Call 262-9814 for more information.

Immunization clinics canceled

The Kenai Public Health Center will not have regularly scheduled walk-in immunization clinics today in Kenai or Thursday in Soldotna at Cottonwood Clinic due to H1N1 mass dispensing clinics in schools.

For more information, call the center at 335-3400.

Community ping pong continues

Public ping pong is held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Redoubt Elementary School. For more information, call Ron at 262-7899.

Holiday grief to be discussed

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is offering "Coping with the Holidays" a no host dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at Frosos's in Soldotna.

The topic will be ways to help cope with grief during the holidays. For more information, call Gail at 262-0453.

Cookie, candy fundraisers set

The following organizations are selling items as fundraisers:

* 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 Saturday's through Dec. 19 at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. For more information, call 260-5451.

* The 16th annual Cookies "BUY" the Pound at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce Street, Kenai will be held from 10 a.m. until gone Saturday. For more information, call 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 Tuesday. Cookies will be ready for pick-up or delivery Dec. 16.

Basketball camp set

Soldotna High School will host a Youth Basketball Camp for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth Saturday and Dec. 12. Kindergarten through third grade will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. and grades four though six will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $35. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt.

For more information, call Matt Johnson at .

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.

Historical society to meet

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant.

The featured speaker will be Sue Robinson, the youngest of five children of Jesse and Nina Robinson of Sterling. The Robinsons as newlyweds came to Alaska on the Steamship Columbia in 1946. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Mary at 283-7700.

Free childcare offered

Soldotna High School Child Development students will have a free daycare Dec. 9, 10 and 11 from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Children need to be potty trained and be between 2 through 5 years old. E-mail Meggean Bos at for an enrollment form.

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