Community News

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2008

Community information sought

Nathan Grilley

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth?

Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

The Community page is a way to highlight activities and events that happen with a photo. If your group or organization has a photo of an event to share, submit the photo and the following information for print: Who took the photo, who's in it, when and where it was taken, a brief description of what's happening, and a name and phone number in case we have questions.

Deadline for information is 5 p.m. Mondays. Submissions are printed in the order they are received and as space is available. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241.


Johnson has a son

Kristen Johnson of Homer announces the birth of her son, Matthew Alexander Johnson Osmar, at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21.75 inches.

He joins brother, Ben. His grandparents are Lynn Johnson of Red Lodge, Mont., and Sandra Johnson of Woodbury, Minn.


Senior events, lunches planned

The Kenai Senior Center located at 361 Senior Court will host the following events: Monday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., Grow Stronger and line dancing at 10 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m. and moose craft at 1 p.m; Tuesday -- Strong Women at 9 a.m., TOPS call for time and bridge at 12:35 p.m: Wednesday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., line dancing and Grow Strong at 10 a.m., shopping and ceramics at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- Strong Women at 9 a.m., laughing club at 9:30 a.m., line dancing at 10 a.m., , bell choir at 11 a.m. and tripoly at 12:30 p.m.; Friday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., Senior Connection at 9:30 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m., bowling at 1 p.m. and Bible class at 3:30 p.m.

* Menus- meals come with salad bar and dessert: Monday -- Soup bar and grilled ham and cheese sandwich; Tuesday -- Chicken Parmesan, noodles and Caesar salad; Wednesday -- Birthday party barbecue ribs, scalloped potatoes and mixed vegetables; Thursday -- Tuna noodle casserole and peas and carrots; and Friday -- make your own soft taco, refried beans and Mexican corn. For more information on center events, menus and activities, call 283-4156.

Tyotkas Elder Center

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Tyotkas Elder Center at 1000 Mission Ave., Kenai will host the following events (Alaska Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians and disabled of any age may attend): Wednesday -- Tour of lights and no host dinner at 5:30 p.m. Participants will take a tour of area holiday lights and dinner will be held at The Daily Bread. Seating is limited and preregistration is suggested. Call 283-3612; and Dec. 20 -- Elders Christmas dinner at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Kenai. Music will play from 7 to 11 p.m.. Giveaways and door prizes are planned. The cost is $10 for seniors and $10 for adults.

* Menus -- Cheeseburger and fries; Tuesday -- hamburger soup and salad and taco bar; Wednesday -- pork stir fry, rice, egg roll and dessert; Thursday -- corn beef soup, salad bar and dessert; and Friday -- brown bag lunch.

Library events slated

The Kenai Community Library regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 163 Main Street Loop. For more information, call 283-4378 or visit

Activities at the library this week are: Tuesday -- preschool story time at 11:15 a.m.; Wednesday -- WEE Read at 11 a.m.; and Thursday -- after school reading at 4 p.m. and Writers' Group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library board of directors are taking applications for community members interested in working with the board for the benefit of the community. Application are available at the library. For more information, call Kathy at 283-7930 or Sal at 283-2869.

Volunteers sought

The LeeShore Center is seeking volunteers for its crisis and non-crisis programs and a handyman. For more information, call 283-9479.

Challenger center plans events

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai will host the Wonders of Space and Science from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 30. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Experiment with hands-on, interactive activity stations. All children receive a Passport to Science, present at each station to receive a stamp of completion.

For more information on either event, visit or call 283-2000.


Senior events slated

The Sterling Senior Center will host the following events: Monday -- Exercise at 10 a.m. and barber at 1 p.m.; Tuesday -- quilting at 10 a.m. and caregivers support group at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- exercise and board of directors work session at 10 a.m. and barber at center at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- quilting at 10 a.m., Kenai bell ringers at 11:45 a.m. and cards players at 6 p.m.; and Friday -- exercise at 10 a.m., choir Christmas performance at 12:15 p.m. and movie snacks at 6 p.m. and feature at 7 p.m.

* Menus (includes soup/bread or rolls/salad/dessert and milk is available upon request: Monday -- Beef stew with biscuits; Tuesday -- brunch for lunch; Wednesday -- hot beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, gravy and mixed vegetables; Thursday -- garlic lime chicken breast and Mexican rice; and Friday -- lasagne, garlic bread and green beans.

For more information on center events and menus, call 262-6808.


Grilley joins airforce

Air Force Airman Nathan R. Grilley has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, he earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree relating through the Community College of the Air Force.

Grilley earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Ward and Thresea Grilley of Soldotna.

Grilley is a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Senior activities set

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center located at 197 W. Park Ave., will host the following events this week: Monday -- Art class at 10 a.m. and dancing at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday -- board meeting at 12:30 p.m. and cards and board games at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- cards at 10 a.m., music at 12:15 p.m. and crafts and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- art class at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11 a.m., shopping, cards and games at 1 p.m.; and Friday -- music at noon.

* Menus- meals include bread, rolls, milk, juice/ salad bar on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and soup on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Monday -- Barbecue chicken, calico baked beans, corn and peach cobbler; Tuesday -- shrimp stir fry, noodles, vegetables and pudding; Wednesday -- buffet, macaroni and cheese, brussels sprouts and carrot cake; Thursday -- minestrone soup with meatballs and lemon zest bars; and Friday -- hamburgers, tater tots, corn and fruit cup.

For more information on center events, menus and activities, call 262-2322.

Violet Richardson Awards Program deadline looms

Soroptimist International of Kenai Peninsula is offering the "Violet Richardson Awards Program" to young women between the ages of 14 and 17. The award honors young ladies for their volunteer actions, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning the environment and/or working to end discrimination and poverty.

Soroptimist International of Kenai Peninsula will present a $200 cash award, as well as contribute $200 in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization. Club level winners then become eligible for state and national awards.

Applications for the award program are available at local high and middle schools, or by calling Rosanne Van Ray at 262-4339. Applications must be received by Monday.

Food drives continue

The following business and individuals are hosting food drives to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank:

* Key Bank, First National, Wells Fargo will accept food donations and receive donations to the food banks account through December.

* Jessica Laurion, a Nikiski High School senior is hosting a Christmas food drive.

* IGA/ Country Foods has a container and also is holding turkey drive at its Kenai location to donate a turkey or the price of a turkey.

* Save U More has container in its store on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

* Three Bears has a container in its store in Kenai.

* 406 Sports Bar in Kenai will offer, during an NFL pro game only, 10 percent off a Team Sampler will a canned food donation.

* ERA aviation will give a discount on booked online flights when a turkey or ham is donated.

* Papa Murphy's -- For every $1 donated online community members will be able to provide 16 meals to someone in need.

For more information, call 262-3111.

Women's barbershop set to sing

A women's barbershop chorus will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Church of God in Soldotna on the corner of Binkley and Redoubt Avenue. For more information, call Helena at 262-4504 or Susan at 335-6789.

Safety Day planning begins

Nancy Mitchell's State Farm office is gearing up for the 2009 Soldotna Safety Days event May 16. Parties interested in participating should call Nancy Mitchell at 262-4440.

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