Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Coping with holidays to be discussed

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

Soldotna bridge construction to be discussed

The Kenai River Center and Kenai Watershed Forum winter series speaker will be Scott Harter, project manager for Wilder Construction for the Kenai River Bridge in Soldotna. His topic will be the behind-the-scenes story of the construction of the bridge.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Kenai River Center at Mile 1.6 Funny River Road. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 260-4882, ext. 238.

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, but 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 also talk about state, Social Security and other programs that may help cover medication costs. For more information, call (800) 478-6065.

Spaghetti dinner set to dish

The Sterling Senior Center will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and movie night beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the center. The cost for for dinner is $8.50 for adults, $5 for children 3 and up and children ages 2 and under are admitted free.

A free showing of the movie “ The Polar Express” will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Holiday concert set to entertain

A holiday concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. It will consist of a variety of music featuring the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra as well as other groups and soloists. The cost of admission is $10 per person, children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra scholarship fund. For more information, call Tammy Vollom-Matturro at 283-0781.

Nikiski dance set to swing

The Nikiski National Honor Society is holding its annual Big Band Swing Dance at 8 p.m. Friday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, open to the community. Refreshments will be served and drummer Roy Wells will play live with Bob Bird as DJ playing the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James and more. A Jitterbug contest will be held and swing dance lessons start at 7 p.m. 1940s attire is encouraged. Admission is $8 and proceeds benefit the Friendship Mission.

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;

· Saturday — Dinner and live auction at 7 p.m. 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.

· An account has been set up at Well’s 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 towards her fund. For more information, call 283-4896.

Those wanting to send get well wishes to Ericka’s 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.

Turkey shoot takes aim

The Snow Shoe Gun Club, on the Kenai Spur Highway at Beaver Loop Road in Kenai, is holding a Christmas Turkey Shoot at noon Saturday. Kids to adults, men and women are invited to bring their shotguns of all gauges. Squads will be set by experience and ability. Each entry contest costs $4. Winners receive a voucher for a turkey from Country Foods.

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