Community News

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2003

T-200 poster contest deadline nears

The annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster design contest has begun. The winner of the contest will be invited to ride in the ceremonial start of the race, and the wining picture will be reproduced on the poster for the 2004 Tustumena 200. The deadline for entries is Dec. 15.

Entrants must be in grades one through six. One entry per student is allowed, and pictures must be originals, with no computers, copies or tracing used. Crayon, ink, markers or colored pencils are allowed. Pictures should show friendly competition, humane care of sled dogs or a musher-dog team involvement in the T-200.

All entries must be on 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper. Artist name, address, city, phone, teacher name, school and grade should be on the back written in pencil. Entrants are asked to not fold entries.

Entries can be dropped off at Jersey Subs at 44224 Sterling Highway or mailed to Tustumena 200, Box 220, Kasilof, AK 99610. All entries become property of the Tustumena 200.

Library plans December activities

The Kenai Community Library will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 , and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The library will host a number of club meetings and events throughout the month. Upcoming events include:

A beginning Internet class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today in the conference room;

Pajama storytime at 6 p.m. Tuesday for children 3 and up;

Toddler storytime at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, except Dec. 24 and Dec. 31;

Preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, except Dec. 25;

The Totem Tracers Genealogical Society's Resource Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday in the conference room;

The Totem Tracers monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the conference room; and

The Writers Group meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 in the conference room.

Also this month, the Friends of the Library will meet at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 15 at Paradisos, and the Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at Paradisos to discuss "Waiting," by Ha Jin and to choose next year's reading selections.

For more information, call 283-4378 or visit www.kenai

Fund-raiser for Love INC scheduled

A benefit garage sale for Love INC will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sears Elementary School. Donations are being accepted by the Kenai Fellowship Church at Mile 8.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. For more information or to arrange a drop-off call Rick at 283-7682 or Mark at 394-1555.

Hospice of the Central Peninsula relocates

Hospice of the Central Peninsula recently moved to Suite 2 in the U-Haul building in Soldotna. Its mailing address remains P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Hospice offers the following support groups: Widows group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month; Healing Hearts, for moms who have lost a child, on the second Wednesday of the month; and Teenage Grief (TAG) and Circle of Friends, for anyone with any kind of loss, 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, meeting times and a complete list of what hospice has to offer, call Sue at 262-0453.

CPGH offers nutrition presentations

The Nutrition Services Department at Central Peninsula General Hospital is offering free nutrition presentations to local organizations. The registered dietitians have expertise in various nutritional subjects from basic well-balanced eating to how nutrition affects the outcome of specific disease processes. Information on prenatal through senior life also is available. For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 714-4752 or 714-4753.

Area businesses support blood bank

The following area businesses are lending their support to the Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center:

Don Jose's Restaurant in Soldotna offers 50 percent off any second dinner;

Blockbuster Video offers one free video or DVD rental;

Subway offers a free sub sandwich with the purchase of another sub sandwich;

The K-Beach Diner offers 50 percent off any second dinner Monday through Thursday; and

Adamas Designs Jewelry offers a free jewelry cleaning.

The blood bank reminds residents that the need for blood never ends. However, during the holiday months, the need goes up considerably. The blood bank is in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna. For more information, call 260-5672.

Area businesses, individuals to support food bank

The following businesses and individuals are lending their support to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank:

Country Foods IGA in Kenai is collecting nonperishable food donations and turkey gift certificates through Christmas.

Three Bears in Kenai also is collecting nonperishable food donations and turkey gift certificates through Christmas.

Sonoma Florist in Soldotna will donate 50 cents for every outgoing wire order through the end of the year.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co. in Soldotna will hold a Kaladi customer Christmas party food drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the store. Entertainment and a drawing will be held. Customers are reminded that the more cans they bring in to donate the more chances they will have to win. For more information, call Amy or Heidi at 262-5980.

Curves of Soldotna is holding holiday food drives every Wednesday through Christmas.

Suggested items to donate are vegetables, pumpkins, fruit, soups, chicken broth and small bags of flour and sugar. For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Children's flu vaccinations available

The Kenai Public Health Center has influenza vaccinations available for children ages 6 months and older. A preservative-free influenza vaccine is available for children ages 6 to 35 months of age.

Immunization clinics are from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the clinic in Kenai and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Elks Club in Soldotna or by appointment. For more information, call 335-3400.

Hunter education class scheduled

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a basic hunter education certification class Saturday. The one-day course will require home completion of a self-study workbook, four hours of classroom instruction, a written test and an additional four hours of instruction and shooting proficiency test at the rifle range. The $10 fee includes all class and range materials.

A hunter born after Jan. 1, 1986, must possess a hunter education certificate to legally hunt in units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20. If a hunter is under the age of 16 years and does not have certification, he or she must be under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed hunter who has successfully completed a state certified hunter education course. For more information or to register for this class, call Fish and Game at 262-9368.

The Community page appears each Monday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions are welcome. Items may be sent to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, e-mailed to or faxed to 283-3299. They also may be dropped off at the Clarion office at 150 Trading Bay Road in Kenai. All submissions should include a name and contact phone number. Items are printed on a space-available basis.

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