Community Events

Posted: Monday, December 11, 2006

Raising the bar for a good cause


Moosequito’s in Sterling is raffling off a 2006 Arctic Cat Cross Fire 600 snowmachine with 136-inch track to benefit the Sterling Senior Center. Tickets are $20 each and only 500 will be sold. The drawing will be at 11 p.m. Dec. 22 at Moosequito’s. The winner need not be present to win. For more information, call 260-8456 or 262-6808.

Grant available for women seeking education

Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula has applications available to head-of-household women seeking financial assistance to attend school.

The club will provide a $500 cash grant to the winner, who will then advance to the region level. The program culminates with three $15,000 finalist awards.

Applications are available at Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai and Soldotna libraries, the LeeShore Center and Bridges, and by calling Paula Rohloff at 260-4917. The deadline is Dec. 30.

Women’s award offered

Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula is offering its Violet Richardson award. The award recognizes women between the ages of 14 to 17 who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. The winner on the local level and the organization that she volunteers at each will receive a $200 check.

Deadline for application is Dec. 31. Applications are available at area high schools, at the 4-H Extension office on Kalifornsky Beach Road and by calling Paula Rohloff at 260-4917.

Help wanted in exchange programs

The following groups are seeking volunteers for their high school student exchange programs:

· World Heritage is seeking a local representatives for its high school exchange program. Representatives screen potential host families, plan annual orientations, meet with high schools, provide support counseling for participants and visit with exchange students and families on a monthly basis. Annual and on-going training is provide. Representatives work an average two to four hours a month per student. For more information, contact Julie at

· ASSE International Student Exchange Program also is seeking local representatives to recruit and screen host families, interview students wanting to study abroad and supervise visiting exchange students. Representatives are reimbursed for their expenses and get some travel opportunities. For more information, contact Veryl Anderson at (360) 501-5920 or the regional office at (800) 733-2773.

· NW Services is seeking host families for students from Mongolia, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, Korea and other countries for the 2007 spring semester. Students are 15-18 years old, arrive in January, are prescreened, speak English, have medical insurance and their own spending money for things like clothes, school supplies and entertainment. Host families are not paid but may be able to claim a $50 per month charitable contribution on their income taxes. For more information, call (866) 846-3977.

· Forte International is seeking host families for students from China, Mongolia and South Korea ages 15-18 for the spring semester. Students have their own spending money and insurance. For more information, call (877) 520-2522 or e-mail

Class of ’97 plans reunion

The Soldotna High School class of 1997 is planning a class reunion for July 27 through 29. Class members are being sought for updates on how they have spent the past 10 years.

Anyone who attended SoHi with the class is invited to the reunion, whether or not they graduated with the 1997 grads.

For more information, contact Theresa Sin at

Holiday stained glass classes offered

Custom Stained Glass on Betty Lou Drive in Sterling is offering an hour and a half Christmas ornament class for the holidays through Dec. 23 open to ages 10 and above.

Classes are Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Full-length stained glass classes also are offered. For more information, call 262-4527 or visit the Web site at

Phone cards sought

Kenai Central High School honor society is seeking donations to purchase phone cards to send to the men and women serving in the armed forces. “Stay Connected” cash donations will be accepted today through Dec. 24 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. For more information, call 283-4156 or mail donations to 361 Senior Court, Kenai AK, 99611.

Coping with holidays to be discussed

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will hold a no-host dinner and discussion about “Coping with the Holidays” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. For more information, call Gail at 262-0453.

Genealogical Society to meet

Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will host its annual social at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Community Library in the genealogy room. Snacks and a genealogy Jeopardy game are planned. It is open to the public. For more information, call Loretta Mattson at 283-9591.

Immunization clinic postponed

The immunization clinic at the Kenai Public Health Center will be canceled Wednesday and Thursday in Soldotna. Immunization appointments and more information is available by calling 335-3400.

Holiday tea to be served

Peninsula Take-a-Break will host a Christmas tea party luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Solid Rock Conference Center, Mile 90.5 Sterling Highway.

Christmas music and tea trivia with Connie Goltz are planned. Darla Wales will be the featured speaker. Her topic will be “Seeing True Reflections.”

The cost is $10 inclusive, with free child care. For reservations, call Cyndi (260-6262) or Carolyn (262-4214).

Prescription drug benefits to be discussed

State and Social Security Administration representatives will take questions about Medicare prescription drug benefits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Kenai City Hall. The Medicare drug benefit enrollment period, when people can sign up or change to a new plan, ends Dec. 31, and people are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Representatives from the state's Senior Care Senior Information Office and Social Security Administration also will talk about state, Social Security and other programs that may help cover medication costs. For more information, call (800) 478-6065.

Fundraisers for cancer victim begin

The following fundraisers are being held for Ericka Reynolds, a sixth-grader at Kenai Middle School who was diagnosed with leukemia;

· An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank called the Ericka Reynolds’s Fund. The account number is 5229072326.

· Kenai Middle School is selling “ERICKA” bracelets to represent her fight against cancer. The cost is $1 and proceeds will go toward her fund. For more information, call 283-4896.

· A dinner and live auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Volunteers and donations are being sought. For more information, call 283-3001, 252-1328 or 398-0294.

· Jan. 29 — A climbing wall activity will be held at night at Kenai Middle School for Ericka Reynolds. It is open to the public. Call the school for details.

Those wanting to send get-well wishes to Ericka may do so at the following address: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Ericka Reynolds Room No. 2143, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98105-0317.

Quilting for a cause


Photo by Barbara Waters

Shown left to right, Sally Waechtler, Sue Bible, Sue Bowen, Sheila Holtzen and Ruby Windsor, members of Kenai Piecemakers Quilting Group, brought 101 quilts to the LeeShore Center on Dec. 4.

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