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Posted: Monday, December 06, 2010

Ninilchik hosts community potluck

There will be a Community Potluck followed by a Christmas Variety Talent Show at Carol Bock Hall at Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Dec. 12 at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome. For information call Delores at 567-3424.

Snow sports time

TRAILS is gearing up for skiing and snowboarding again with Challenge Alaska and Alyeska Ski School. The first trip will be the weekend of Dec. 10 to 12, 2010. For more information, call the Independent Living Center nearest you; In Homer call 235-7911, Soldotna call 262-6333 and Seward call 224-8711.

1970s KCHS grads, get in touch

Organizers are planning a combined class reunion for all Kenai Central High School classes from 1970 to 1979. The reunion is scheduled for July 23, 2011. Organizers are currently attempting to verify email addresses or any other contact information. If you a re a 1970s graduate, contact Sherrie (Stiers) Dahlen at, call 907-283-4485 or visit her Facebook page under Sherrie Stiers- Dahlen.

La Leche League meets

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai meets the third Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Woman's Way Midwifery, 154 West Marydale Ave.; and again the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mindful Therapies Yoga (by Curves at the Soldotna "Y"). The league is a breastfeeding resource group that offers free monthly meetings, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, telephone assistance and a lending library. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Babies are welcome.

For more information, call Amorette Payment at 260-6141 or visit

Volunteers needed for No One Dies Alone

Volunteers are needed for the No One Dies Alone (NODA) Program at Central Peninsula Hospital and Heritage Place. The volunteers are trained to sit with a person who is dying who has no one to be with them. For information about the NODA program or to sign up, please call Meg Zerbinos, CPH Spiritual Care Coordinator at 714-4610.

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.

Free family legal advice

The Alaska Legal Services Corporation will sponsor a free family law clinic at the Kenai Courthouse, Thursday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m., This clinic is designed to teach people how to start a divorce or custody case. The attorney teaching the class will lecture on divorce and custody law and will provide forms from the Alaska Court System for filing a case.

Snowshoe Gun Club meets

The Snowshoe Gun Club holds its annual membership meeting Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. The annual budget will be presented, along with discussions on future plans for facility development. Voting for seats on the board of directors will take place. General members in good standing who are not already voting members can register as voting members and pay the five dollar upgrade at the time of the meeting, prior to voting. For more information contact A. E. Poynor, 398-2683, or email:

Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program starting

Registration is now open for the Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program. Youth ages 6 to 12 are invited. The program runs from Jan. 15 to March 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and some Saturdays. Find links to registration and membership forms at the bottom of the TTA web page: For information about the biathlon component or other questions, contact us at

Nikiski Teen Night

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center's next Teen Night for 13 to 18-year-olds is Friday, Dec. 10, 7 to 10 p.m., with an "Ugly Sweater" theme. Help support the food drive by bringing two cans or $2 and win prizes for the "best" sweater. For more information please call 776-8800.

'Hat Day' at Ninilchik Senior Center

The Ninilchik Senior Center hosts "Hat Day" Friday, Dec. 10. At the noon lunch we will hold a free lunch ticket drawing for anyone who participates. To qualify to win a person only needs to wear a hat, but we do encourage creativity. Call 907-567-3988 for information.

Refuge opens for Christmas tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for Christmas tree cutting. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons.

Contact Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road, in Soldotna, 907-262-7021, for further details.

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. 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.

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