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Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010

Get ready for spring planting

The Central Peninsula Garden Club meets Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Bldg. on K-Beach Road near the Bridge Access intersection. Program topic is "Seeds and More Seeds!" Get ready for spring with a panel presentation by local experts who will speak about "How, When and Where to Start Seeds" for the best results and maximum germination. The program will include discussion of favorite seed catalogs and companies, seed starting tricks and things to avoid. Bring seed catalogs to share if possible. The meeting will include a brief annual meeting to elect the CPGC Board of Directors for 2011. Programs are open to the public, refreshments will be served and there might be door prizes. For more information contact Marion Nelson at 283 4632, or

Nikiski pool vacation hours & closures

As a special holiday offering, the Nikiski Pool's waterslide will be open at 1 p.m. daily, except for Mondays, during Christmas break. Hours of operation for the pool facility itself are Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. The pool will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Year's holiday. For more information call 776-8800.

Public health center to close for holidays

The Kenai Public Health Center will be closed tomorrow, Dec. 31. The center will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. Call 335-3400 for more information.

Food Bank donation drive going on now

Participating local financial institutions are hosting the annual Barrels in Every Branch campaign to raise funds and accept donations for Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Donors fill out red paper slips with pictures of cans on them and inform tellers how much money they would like to deposit in a Food Bank savings account. The red slips are then placed on truck posters prominently displayed at each branch, the goal being to fill the truck's bed. Canned goods can also be donated by dropping them in marked barrel containers at each location. Branches of Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, First National Alaska, KeyBank and Wells Fargo are participating through Dec. 31. For more information, call the food bank at 262-3111.

New class sessions starting at Challenger

The Challenger Learning Center is offering new sessions of its S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, Math) Ahead continuous curriculum for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Some of the new topics are: "Forces in Motion," "Moving with Magnets," "Water Cycle," "Alaskan Land Features," "Earthquakes and Volcanoes," and more. Parents can learn with their children or let them work independently with Challenger center teachers. The next session starts Jan. 4. The cost is $149 for three classes. For more information or to register contact Kathy East at, or visit the website:

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