Community News

Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2009

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:

* 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.

* 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 .


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 .


Breakfast with Santa available

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library and PJ's Diner have invited Santa to breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at PJ's Diner, located in the Kenai airport. Children can watch Santa land at 9 a.m. at the airport. Breakfast is $5 for children and $10 for adults. Photographer Kelly Reilly will be on hand to take photos of children for $10. All of the breakfast proceeds will benefit the library expansion.

For more information, call 283-4378.

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 - 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.


Church to transform into Bethlehem

College Heights Baptist Church will put on reenactments of the Nativity scene nightly at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 through Dec. 23 at the church on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

More than 100 actors will participate in recreating old Bethlehem playing merchants, food vendors, craftsmen, clergy and other citizens.

Attendees will be able to stroll around a wall city and see demonstrations of historic crafts, King Herod's court and see the nightly parade of the three Kings bringing treasures to baby Jesus.

For more information call 260-9363.

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.

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