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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Caregivers to meet

The National Family Caregivers Support Program will host meeting at the following locations:

* Today -- a caregiver peer support meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center.

* Dec. 30 -- a caregiver peer support meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

The support program training offers CEUs. Training is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dani or JoAnn or e-mail at

Quilt raffle fundraiser slated

The Soldotna High School junior class will sell tickets for a handmade queen-size, Alaska-themed quilt Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the basketball Tip-Off Tournament at the school.

The proceeds will go to fund the junior and senior prom. There will be 1,000 tickets sold. The cost is $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20. The drawing will be held at half-time during a basketball game Jan. 24. The winner does not need to be present. For more information, call Bonnie Strieby at 262-9643.

Developmental screenings slated

Frontier Community Services will hold free developmental screening clinic for newborns through 3-year-old children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at its office at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 26, in the Red Diamond Center, next to Tarma Grooming. Hearing and vision tests also will be conducted. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Renie Aragon at 714-6647.

Alumni hockey event planned

The Kenai Central High School Hockey Booster Club is looking for central peninsula alums to play in a KCHS vs. Soldotna High School alumni hockey game at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Players must have proof of 2008-09 USA Hockey registration. Registration is $25. The game is open to all alumni of KCHS, SoHi, Skyview and Nikiski high schools, regardless of age or skill level.

The match will pit KCHS alumni against SoHi alumni with Skyview and Nikiski alums placed on either team as needed. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors.

Santa Claus will be at the game for the kids. Beer and wine will be available for purchase in a restricted area. Proceeds will benefit the KCHS hockey program. To register, call Lisa Gabriel at 283-2175, and for more information, call Rick Koch at 283-8222 or 398-0190.

Challenger center plans family activities

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai will host 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 will receive a "Passport to Science" book to present at each station to receive a stamp of completion. For more information on either event, visit or call 283-2000.

Swim lessons offered

The Kenai Central High School pool will hold American Red Cross level one and two swimming lessons from 5 to 5:40 p.m. and 5:40 to 6:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 6 through Feb. 5. The cost is $50. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 283-7476.

Safety Day participants sought

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

Youth flu shots offered

Kenai Public Health Center is offering free flu shots for children ages 6 months through 18 years through the Vaccines for Children Program. Flu Mist, the intranasal vaccine, also is available for children ages 2 through 18.

Children may be vaccinated from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the center and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Soldotna at the Cottonwood Health Center. Call Kenai Public Health at 335-3400 for more information.

Send us your pet photos!

Pet photos can be color or black and white and should be no smaller than 3-by-5 inches. They may include people. Limit one photo per household. They can be dropped off at the Kenai office, mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611, or e-mailed to A brief explanation of the photo, the pet's and owner's names, owner's address and phone number must be included.

Only photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 335-1237.

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