Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010

Santa comes to KPC

Santa Claus makes an appearance at Kenai Peninsula College Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. Come for free cocoa and bring your camera to capture the family with St. Nick. For more information call the campus Student Union, 262-0339.

Fish and Game advisory group meets

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets Dec. 13 and again Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road in order to prepare comments for Board of Fisheries proposals regarding personal use. For more information, contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

Ninilchik seniors gift exchange

Ninilchik Senior Center's Christmas party with "Chinese" gift exchange ($10 limit) will be held on Thursday, Dec. 23, immediately after lunch at noon. Please bring a sweet goodie to share for dessert and potential take home exchange.

Please note that the center will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. We will reopen Jan. 3, five days a week, from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. and serve a hot lunch daily at noon.

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.

Toys for Tots drive under way

The 2010 Toys for Tots on the Kenai Peninsula campaign is here. Donate a new, unwrapped toy at any participating business sponsor listed on the campaign website: Check the site often, as new sponsors are added frequently. The website also contains information on how to make requests for toys, plus background on the program and more. Cash donations can be made by calling 252-6285, or email for further information. The United States Marine Corps thanks you for your contribution and wishes you the safest and happiest of holidays.

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.

Lots of chances to give food

Support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and bring in turkeys or hams for the holidays to the facility at 33955 Community College Dr., in Soldotna. For each turkey or ham you will receive a chance to win two ERA Aviation round trip tickets between Kenai and Anchorage. The drawing takes place on Dec. 23.

During the holidays, visit IGA Country Foods or Three Bears and purchase a turkey or ham for the food bank. Nonperishable food barrels will be available too.

Food drives continue at RentaCenter and GCI in Soldotna.

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.

Soldotna Rotary raffles quilt

The Soldotna Rotary is raffling a queen-size Alaska-themed quilt to benefit Polio Plus, Rotary's effort to end polio world-wide. Ticket are $5 each of 5 for $20. Drawing is to be held Dec. 9. Tickets are available at Sweeney's; Key Bank in Soldotna; Lambe, Tuter and Wagner accounting office; and KDLL radio. For more information, call Luanne at 394-3444.

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.

Elementary basketball camp on tap

Cook Inlet Academy is hosting a Hoops for the Holidays Basketball Camp. Wondering what you're going to do with your little loved ones over the Christmas break? Looking for something fun, active and safe for your kids? Need to do some holiday shopping or get things done around the house? Bring them to CIA, where the varsity basketball girls' and boys' teams will help your kids learn and improve their basketball skills, be mentored by varsity players and coaches, and make a few new friends. This is for all kids, kindergarten through 6th grade. Camp is Dec. 20 to 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Academy gym, Cost is $60 for the week or $20 each day. Register at the Academy's front office or at the door. Bring a sack lunch (snacks provided), shoes, gym clothes. For more information call Coach Justin Franchino at 252-8854 or e-mail at

Girls volleyball camp coming

Kenai Central High School volleyball team is offering a volleyball skills camp for all girls in sixth through eighth grade. The camp will be held at Kenai Middle School Dec. 21 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The cost is $80 for both days and includes a T-shirt. Deadline for registering is Friday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. For more information you, contact Toni Steward at Kenai Middle School, 283-4896.

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