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“Clay on Display”

Kenai Fine Arts Center will host a reception for the “Clay on Display” art show featuring work by the Kenai Potters Guild on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the Kenai Art Center at 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai. Donate $10 to the Kenai Potters Guild for a chance to win a unique, handmade cup.

Annual Veterans Picnic

The annual veterans picnic will take place at the Kenai Elks Lodge on Saturday Oct. 6 from 12-4 p.m. Food, door prizes, entertainment and VA services. For more info call VFW@ 262-2722, American Legion @ 283-3222, or AM VETS @ 262-3540. Veterans bring your family and friends and enjoy the day.

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Drive-through Narcan event set for Oct. 20

Community agencies in the Central Kenai Peninsula will hold a drive-through Narcan Emergency Preparedness Drill Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Stay in the comfort of your vehicle, learn life-saving information and receive a Narcan Kit to prevent opioid overdoses and an Emergency Preparedness bag both for free. For more information about this event, call Change for Kenai at 907-714-4521.

Kenai Peninsula College Council meeting scheduled

The College Council will hold their next meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at KPC’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer in Pioneer Hall, room 212. The College Council is advisory in nature and members are recruited from all sectors of the Kenai Peninsula to provide input to KPC administration. The meeting is open to the public. For a copy of the agenda, contact the director’s assistant at 262-0318.

Pinochle League tournament

The Peninsula Pinochle League will being the 2018-2019 winter season of league play on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. at the Caribou Restaurant in Soldotna. This will be a tournament play day with regular season to start Oct. 13. This is a team league format so bring a partner and join the league every Saturday for a winter of fun. Contact Jean at 907-202-1812 or Jay at 907-252-6397.

Soil and water meeting

Kenai Soil & Water Board Meeting The monthly meeting of the Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the District office located at 110 Trading Bay, Suite 140. For information, call 283-8732 x5.

Community meeting

A public meeting to identify project proposals under the State of Alaska Community Assistance Program (CAP) will be held at Love, Inc. at 44410 Kalifornsky Beach Road on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Cardiac Support Group meeting rescheduled

Cardiac Support Group meeting for Monday Oct. 1 has been cancelled and has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Borealis Room at Central Peninsula Hospital. The Borealis Room is immediately on the right just inside the hospital cafeteria. New members are always welcome. For more info call Jeanette Rodgers at 262-5547 or 252-1018.

Kenai Senior Center activities

The Kenai Senior Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and are open until 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Community meals are served Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for lunch is $7 suggested donation for individuals 60 or older, $14 for those under 60. Call 907-283-4156 for more information.

—Senior shopping day at Fred Meyer, Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. Cost: free

—Social Security, Wednesdays, Oct. 3 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: free

—Movie and popcorn night: “Moneyball” starring Chris Pratt and Brad Pitt. Cost at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Cost: free

—Mystery Drive on Monday, Oct. 8 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $5

—Card making with Kimberley on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 1-2 p.m. Cost: free

—Flu shots available on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free with Medicare card

—Food bank shopping on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. $3 ride fee

—Thrift shopping day trip on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 ride fee

—Fall prevention presentation courtesy of Freedom Physical Therapy from 11-11:30 a.m. Cost: free

—“No Host” dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. $5 ride fee

—Birthday Lunch “Oktoberfest” at 11:30 a.m. $7 suggested donation or free if your birthday is in October and you are more than 60 years old.

—Closed for Alaska Day on Thursday, Oct. 18

—Kumihomo (braid making) with kit on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Cost: free

—Halloween costume party on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Cost: free

Pound for Pink

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Pound for Pink class raising money for Casting for Recoverey on the Kenai Peninsula will be held on Sunay, Oct. 28 at Kenai Middle School. Contact Wendi Dutcher at 907-398-1748 for more information. Sponsored by Studio 49.

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Adult flu vaccinations

Central Peninsula Hospital is offering Free Adult Drive Thru Flu Vaccinations on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 3-5:30 p.m .on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Enter the covered parking garage from Binkley Street onto Vine (by Soldotna Pharmacy) and follow the signs. Take this opportunity to beat the flu season by getting immunized!

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Sterling caregiver support meeting

The Sterling Senior Center will host a Caregiver Support Meeting-Training: Awakening the Five Senses of Persons Living with Dementia on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. Please join us to share your experiences as a caregiver, or to support someone who is. Call Sharon or Judy at (907) 262-1280 for more information.

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PROPS meeting 

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s PROPS (Prevention, Response, Operations & Safety) Committee meeting will be held in Soldotna on Friday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Kenai Peninsula College CTEC building, 156 College Road. The public is welcome to attend. For an agenda, directions, or more information call 907-283-7222 or 800-652-7222.

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The Nikiski Community Council

The Nikiski Community Council will be meeting Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Marie Nikiski Senior Center on Holt-Lamplight Road. Residents will make recommendations on how the State of Alaska FY19 Community Assistance Program (CAP) funds will be distributed for public projects or programs. All residents of the Nikiski community are invited to attend.”

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Evening of Classics 

The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and other local musicians will perform solos and ensembles on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m at Christ Lutheran Church. It will be a fun music-filled evening with a feature a ‘Bid on the baton’ — a chance to conduct the orchestra. For further information please consult https://www.facebook.com/KenaiPeninsulaOrchestra/ or Marion Parrish 907- 420-7179.

KDLL membership drive

The KDLL 91.9 FM Fall Membership Drive will be on air from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12, featuring all-original, all-local special programming and raffle prizes. For more information, visit KDLL 91.9 FM on Facebook or www.kdll.org.

Nikiski Senior Center fall fundraiser

The Nikiski Senior Center will host its fall fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $40 for prime rib or chicken cordon bleu. Event will include live and silent auctions, a wall of guns, a raffle for 100,000 Alaska Airlines miles, and prizes. Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner served at 6 p.m. Call 776-7654 for more information.

Hospice volunteer training

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is currently registering for their upcoming volunteer training. Training will take place in the Denali Room of the Central Peninsula General Hospital. Oct. 5 at 5-9 p.m., Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.-5 p.m., October 12 at 5-9 p.m., and Oct. 13 at 5-9 p.m. All dates must be attended to complete training. Lunch and snacks are provided. There is a $20 registration fee. This is a great way to find out more about our Hospice Program and give back to our community. Visit our website www.hospiceofcentralpeninsula.com for more information and to register.

Blessing and Appreciation of the Animals

St. Francis by the Sea and Our Lady of Angels will host a Blessing and Appreciation of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at 110 South Spruce Street in Kenai. Parking, coffee, hospitality and treats for all the animals will be available. All are welcome.

Kenai Peninsula Historical Association fall meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Historical Association will hold its fall meeting at the Donald E. Gilman Kenai River Center on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Speaker Betty Epps Arnett will present “22 and the Mother of 11” about her experiences as a housemother to 11 boys at the Jesse Lee Home in Seward. Contact Bill Nelson at 283-5194 for more information.

Community transportation meeting

Change 4 the Kenai will host a public meeting on community transportation needs on Oct. 9, 2018 from 3–5 p.m. at the Kenai Public Library. Call in number 1-888-392-4560 Code 5749741. For more information, call 714-4521 or visit http://www.change4kenai.org/s-3-contest.html.

Refuge campgrounds to close

Dolly Varden Campground and Swanson Landing Campgrounds in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be closed starting Sept. 30. The closings are intended to allow sawyer crews time to fell dead standing spruce trees. The campgrounds will remain closed until all hazard trees are removed. Both campgrounds will be available for the public for firewood starting Oct. 9.

Refuge woodcutting permits

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is offering personal use firewood permits for several woodcutting locations around the refuge. These permits are for collection of dead and downed wood, beginning Oct. 9. Permits with maps and instructions can be obtained beginning Oct. 9 at the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. For further information, visit Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, or call (907) 262-7021.

Alaska Regional Convention of Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous XXXIV will host a weekend convention from Friday Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Lands End Resort in Homer. Go to akna.org for more information.

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Hospice volunteer training

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is currently registering for their upcoming volunteer training.Training will take place in the Denali Room of the Central Peninsula General Hospital. Oct. 5 at 5-9p.m., Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.-5 p.m., October 12 at 5-9 p.m., and Oct. 13 at 5-9 p.m. All dates must beattended to complete training. Lunch and snacks are provided. There is a $20 registration fee.This is a great way to find out more about our Hospice Program and give back to our community.Visit our website www.hospiceofcentralpeninsula.com for more information and to register.

Auxiliary holiday bazaar vendor applications

The CPH Auxiliary is accepting vendor applications for the 14th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale which will take place Nov. 1 and 2 in the Denali Room at the hospital. Interested parties can pick up an application at the Care Package Gift Shop at the hospital. Applications are due returned to the gift shop no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

Trapping and snaring orientation classes scheduled

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold its 2018 trapping orientation class and snaring seminar on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Refuge Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. To obtain a permit to trap on the Refuge, it is mandatory to attend at least one Refuge trapping orientation. Trappers who have previously attended the trapping and snaring orientation do not need to re-attend; however, all Refuge trappers are welcome. Starting October 5, trapping permits for the 2018-19 season will be available at the Refuge Headquarters, on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Refuge Officer Joe Williams at (907) 260-2852.

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Kenai Peninsula College Council seeks new members

Kenai Peninsula College is seeking interested community members to fill a Seward-area at-large seat and a Central Peninsula-area at-large seat on its College Council. The borough-wide council serves as an advisory board to the college director and advocates for the interests of the college to the community and legislature; members serve 3-year terms. Seward area and Central Peninsula residents interested in serving should submit a letter of interest and resume by Oct. 1, 2018 to: College Director, Kenai Peninsula College, 156 College Rd., Soldotna AK 99669. Interested individuals with questions can call 262-0318.

Homeschool fall fundraiser

The Kenai Peninsual Homeschool activities committee will host a fall fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hope Community Resources in Soldotna. The event will include a craft/vendor fair and silent auction. To be a vendor call 907-513-9469.

School immunizations available

Talk to your health care provider or your local public health center to make sure your child’s vaccinations are current. For more information call Kenai Public Health Center at 335-3400.

Narcan kits available at Kenai Public Health

Heroin overdoses are on the rise in Alaska. Narcan is an easy medication you can give to someone who is overdosing. It may save their life. Adults can get free Narcan nasal spray kits at the Kenai Public Health Center at 630 Barnacle Way, Suite A, in Kenai. For additional information call Kenai Public Health at 335-3400.

Nikiski Recreation Center activities

—Nikiski Pool Closure: The Nikiski Pool Facility will only be open for showers, fitness room, courts.

Intro to pottery: The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will be holding a four-week intro to pottery class every Friday from 6-7:45 p.m. Class will begin Oct. 19 and participants must be at least 16 years or older. Registration deadline is Oct. 5.

— American Red Cross Lifeguard Class: Class will be held Oct. 8-12 from 5-10 p.m. For more information call 776-8800.

Spin class: Beginning Oct. 3, the Nikiski Community Recreation Center will offer spin class twice a week. Classes are Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Bring water. Call 776-8800.

—Fall swim lessons: Swim lesson registration will begin Monday, Sept. 24 at noon. Classes are offered for: Beginners, Advanced Beginners, Intermediates, Semi-Privates, Tiny Tots and Log Rolling. For more information, call 776-8800

— Toddler time: The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will be hosting Toddler Time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact 776-8800.

—Open gym nights: Teen Center, Monday–Friday, 2:30–8 p.m. Full Swing Golf, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Diabetes support group to meet

The Diabetes Support Group meets the last Tuesday of every month in the River Tower of Central Peninsula Hospital. Meetings are free and open to the public. The group often has speakers on a variety of relevant topics. Please call Ruth Clare at 714-4726 if you have questions or need more information.

New Kenai River rotary meeting place

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, the Kenai River Rotary Club will meet at Siam Noodles in Soldotna.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge activities

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center is open every day from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Ski Hill Road near Soldotna. For more information, call 260-2820. All events are free.

— Drop-in craft and self-guided trail walk, different each week

—Winter hours are Tuesdays through Saturday (closed Sun/Mon) from 10 a.m-5 p.m. The Headquarters/Administrative office will continue to be open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Update your records at Kasilof cemetery

The Kasilof-Cohoe Cemetery Association is updating their records. If you have a reserved plot or a family member interred at Spruce Grove Memorial Cemetery in Kasilof, please notify us with your contact information, so we can keep our records current. Updated rules and regulations are also available. Email SpruceGroveCemetery@gmail.com or send information to Kasilof Cohoe Cemetery Association, P.O.Box 340, Kasilof, AK, 99610.

Women’s exercise group

A women’s exercise group meets from 7:15 – 8 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Soldotna in the cultural hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Marydale Ave. It’s a free 45 minutes of aerobics and strength training geared for the “more mature” ladies in the community. Call Sally at 262-6637 for more information.

Kenai Community Library events

—Lego Brick Club, Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Why not join us to build LEGO creations based on new themes each week and inspired by children’s books! Lego Makers, Mondays from 4–5 p.m. Designed for children ages 6-12; children under 8must be accompanied by an adult.

—Wee Read Story Time, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Designed for children ages0-3. Every Tuesday enjoy a program full of stories, songs, finger play and more! No registration required.

—Chess Club, Mondays at 4 p.m. Get ready to ROOK the HOUSE every Monday! Do you like playing Chess, or would you like to learn how? The Kenai Community Library is proud to offer a casual program for chess players of all ages and levels. Chess boards will be provided. -Preschool Story Time, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.Designed for children ages 3-5. Every Wednesday enjoy a program full of stories, songs, movement and more! No registration required.

—Fermented Dill Pickles Workshop: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. Come learn how to make delicious and tangy lacto-fermented dill pickles! Not only are the probiotics wonderful for your digestive health but this method keeps the pickles crunchy and fresh! Must pre-register at the front desk. Class size limited to 10 participants.

—Raspberry Pi Club: Friday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Come Join us at the library to create games, inventions, learn how to program, make music with Sonic Pi, meet new friends, and more! Whether you want to hone your skills or are learning about Pi’s for the first time, the Raspberry Pi club is the perfect place for you!

Soldotna Public Library activities

For more information, contact the library at Soldotna Public Library at 262-4227.

—Investing Rules of the Road Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. This presentation introduces the Edward Jones’ 10 Rules of the Road to Investing. Participants will learn the most common investing mistakes and how to avoid them, investing strategies to help them reach their long-term goals, and what they can do now to prepare for retirement. This program will be taught by Edward Jones Financial Advisors.

—Global Cardboard Challenge Friday, Oct. 5 from 4-5 p.m. Join us at the library for a creative time using cardboard! In the past, we’ve had kids make robots, games, houses, swords and boats from recycled cardboard.

—Soldotna Library Friends Harvest Faire Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. We’ll have lots of kids activities. We will also be selling gift baskets, art and books — just in time for PFD shopping or even early holiday shopping!

—Movies @ the Library Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Unemployed parapsychologists devise a system for neutralizing ghosts when New York City comes under attack from supernatural demons. Light refreshments will be served. Rated PG.

—Soldotna Library Friends Board Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Join the Soldotna Library Friends Board in their discussion of ongoing library fundraising efforts. Open to all members of the Soldotna Library Friends.

—Zombie Tag Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Zombies have invaded the library — and you’re locked in. Be ready to run and get your Nerf weapons ready to protect yourself and your friends at this after hours event.

—Coffee, Donuts, and a Show Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy coffee and donuts while watching a film on a Saturday morning. In this 1960 classic, a loser who works for a skid row florist creates a new breed of plant that feeds on human blood. Soon the meek man is murdering to keep his creation happy. Rated PG-13.

—Book Club: Big Library Read Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. This month we will be discussing “The Girl with the Red Balloon” by Katherine Locke. This title is the October 2018 Big Library Read selection. The Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. From October 1-15, there will be unlimited digital copies of “The Girl with the Red Balloon” for library patrons to borrow. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com.

—CLOSED for Alaska Day on Thursday, Oct. 18.

—Frankenstein Crafting Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th birthday by making an electrifying monster of your very own under our black lights!

—Art Reception with Anna Widman Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Anna Widman, the artist whose work is currently on display at the library.

—National Friends of the Library Week Oct. 21-27. Join with us in celebrating all the work the Soldotna Library Friends do to support our library! If you’d like to help your local library, please consider becoming a member of the Soldotna Library Friends.

—Outsmart The Financial Scammers Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex. This presentation will help give attendees the information they need to outsmart the scammers. During the program, we’ll discuss how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources individuals can turn to in the event they or a loved one are targeted, and steps attendees can take now to help protect themselves and loved ones. This program will be taught by Edward Jones Financial Advisors.

—Soldotna Library Friends Bargain Book Sale Thursday, Oct. 25 from 2-6 p.m. Join us for great reading bargains!

—Halloween Party Thursday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. Join us for Halloween story time and a party! Come in costume and get ready for stories, activity pages, and a cupcake walk.

—Medicare 101 Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Jim Trombly, Master Medicare Counselor, will present an overview of the Medicare program, including Part D. Information will be provided on prescription drug plan comparisons.

—Escape the Room: Stranger Things Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. You are called upon to rescue Eleven from the Upside Down before the Demogorgon finds you! Light refreshments will be served. Registration required. Please call the front desk at 262-4227 to reserve your spot. This program is designed for adults.

—Teen Costume Contest Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Think you’ve got the best Halloween costume in town? Is it spooky, funny, or just outright terrifying? Show us what you’ve got! Individual and group prizes.

—STEAM Activity with the Challenger Center Thursday, Nov, 1 at 4 p.m. Learn about space and participate in some fun hands-on activities.

Ongoing events:

—Teen Lounge, every Wednesday at 4 p.m., for middle school and high school students. Join us for PS4, board games, nerf battles, study sessions, and other fun! Snacks provided.

—Teen Innovation Lab: Mondays from Sept. 10–Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m. Join us in learning how to code websites, games, apps, and robots! Dip your toes in Javascript, HTML, and other programming languages. We’ll also explore a variety of digital tools, such as Arduino, Ozobots, and Littlebits. The Innovation Lab will run for eight weeks and is open to all teens. No experience needed.

—Toddler story time, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, for children ages 18 months to 3 years.

—Bouncing babies storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, for children up to 18 months.

—Preschooler story time, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, for children 3 to 5 years old.

—LEGO Brick Club, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Tell your story and build a world with LEGO. Adult supervision needed for children under 10.

—Everyday Computer Skills for Beginners: Fridays at the Soldotna Public Library, Sept. 14–Nov. 2 at 12:30, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Kenai Peninsula College from Sept. 11–Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m.

—Do you want to learn how to use a computer or the internet, but just don’t know where to start? We’re offering free courses in partnership with KPC focusing on learning how to use computers for everyday tasks such as using documents, finding information online, filling out forms, and connecting with friends and family through email or social media.Register in person at the KPC Learning Center or by phone 262-0327.

Reminder: burn permits required

The state of Division of Forestry Kenai-Kodiak office reminds residents that a general burn permit is required for all burn barrels and small debris burns. Residents are required to obtain a new 2018 general burn permit, read it, sign it, and call the phone number on the permit each day before starting a fire. Burn permits issued prior to the 2018 season are no longer valid. The general burn permits are free and available at the Kenai-Kodiak Division of Forestry Office in Soldotna, participating businesses/organizations, or can be downloaded and printed from: www.forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Commercial contractors and others planning on burning piles larger than those allowed under the general burn permit must obtain a large scale commercial burn permit. Large scale burn permits require a site inspection and a burn plan in place prior to the permit being issued. For further information or to schedule a site inspection, call the Division of Forestry Kenai-Kodiak fire prevention office at 260-4260.

Soldotna Speakers meet

The Soldotna Speakers, a group for people to improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment, meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from noon-1 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna.

Celebrate Recovery at Peninsula Grace Brethren

Celebrate Recovery meets each Wednesday, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Peninsula Grace Church, 44175Kalifornsky Beach Rd., Soldotna, upstairs in room 5-6 in the worship center. Celebrate Recovery isa Biblically based 12-step program that provides a safe place to share your hurts, habits andhang-ups, in a Christ-centered recovery atmosphere. Come early for a free meal, served at 5:45.There is no charge, but donations are welcomed. Questions? Contact: 907-598-0563.

Masters swimmers make a splash

The Masters Swimming Program hits the Kenai Central High School Pool on Monday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. U.S. Masters Swimming is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults aged 18 and over. Programs are open to all adult swimmers — fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive — who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. The fee is $50 per month. Swimmers must also register with U.S. Masters Swimming. For more information, email Angie Brennan at fitalaskans@gmail.com or look for TOWS Master’s Swim Workout Group on Facebook.

Heritage Place looking for piano players

Heritage Place is looking for Old Church Hymn piano players for our weekly Hymn Sing on Thursdays 10:15-11:15 a.m. beginning Aug. 3. Please call 714-5039 if you are willing and available to volunteer weekly or even monthly for this well attended faith-building ministry.

Extension service offers free pressure canner dial gauge testing

The Cooperative Extension Service is offering free testing of pressure canner dial gauges on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Extension Office located in the same building as Fish and Game on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Gauges can be tested on or off the lid of the canner. It is important to have pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to help assure home canned food is safely processed. There will be free food preservation publications available. Pressure canners using weighted gauges do not need to be checked. For more information contact the Cooperative Extension Service Office at 907-262-5824.

Call for Social Dancers on the Peninsula

There is a new group called the Kenai Peninsula Social Dancers. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for dancers to organize so they can collectively share information regarding upcoming dances and venue events. All ages and all abilities are welcome. Types of dance forms include country, ballroom, contra, salsa, East and West Coast swing and free style. The first step in organizing has been to open up a Facebook page entitled Kenai Peninsula Social Dancers. The group is collecting Facebook members into this one collective space. As time goes on, the members can post a dance including date, times, venue, type of dancing, entry cost or cover charge, live band or DJ name plus any other pertinent information. If you are interested in social dancing please join the Kenai Peninsula Social Dancers page. (Be reminded that all Facebook participants are voluntary and joiners are not under any obligations.) Contact Sally Macy at 425-223-1575 for more information.

Brain injury support group meets

A peer run support group for friends, family and survivors of brain injury dubbed the “Deadheads” meets on the second and last Tuesdays of the month. The meeting on the second Tuesday of each month is from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Soldotna Public Library. The meeting on the last Tuesday of the month is from 6-8 p.m. at the Access Alaska, Inc. office on College Heights road off of Kalifornsky Beach road across from the Peninsula Food Bank in the Jay’s Painting building. For more information, please call 299-5056.

Public health to hold shot clinics

Kenai Public Health Center will hold Saturday immunization clinics by appointment on the second Saturday of each month. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 335-3400.

LeeShore offers community classes

The LeeShore Center offers three community classes for women each week: Tuesday — Changing Patterns Thursday — Parenting for Women Friday — Domestic Violence Support Group All classes are held from 1-3 p.m. in LeeShore’s community meeting room at 325 S. Spruce Street. There is a $5 fee for each class; however, fee waivers are available. For further information visit leeshoreak.org or call the office at 283-9479.

Alaska Judicial Observers seeks courtroom volunteers

Alaska Judicial Observers is looking for volunteers to observe in courtrooms. Volunteers must be able to take notes, complete paperwork and sit for up to two hours at a time. Volunteers are screened to ensure that they have not been a victim of a violent crime, have no criminal background and have no cases pending before the court. Volunteers go through up to 40 hours of classroom and courtroom training and then are asked to evaluate for 8-10 hours per month in the Kenai courthouse. Call 907-646-9880 in Anchorage for more information.

Road to Recovery seeks volunteers

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program needs volunteer drivers in Kenai and Soldotna, willing to take cancer patients from their home, to their treatment appointments at Central Peninsula Hospital. Call Kathy Archey at 907-273-2077 or email: kathy.archey@cancer.org if you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver.

Have a photogenic pet? Send the Clarion a picture Pet photos run on the Pets page every Tuesday. They can be color or black and white and may include people. They may be emailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, dropped off at the Kenai office or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet’s and owner’s names, owner’s address and phone number must be included. Photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 907-335-1251.

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A fisher holds a reel on the Kenai River near Soldotna on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Restrictions on sport fishing announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced summer sport fishing regulations Wednesday

Community agencies administer social services to those in need during the Project Homeless Connect event Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘It’s nice to be able to help folks’

Project Homeless Connect offers services, supplies to those experiencing housing instability

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce attends the March 2, 2021, borough assembly meeting at the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at the Borough Administration Building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Former talk-show host to manage Pierce gubernatorial campaign

Jake Thompson is a former host of KSRM’s Tall, Dark and Handsome Show and Sound-off talk-show

Deborah Moody, an administrative clerk at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska, looks at an oversized booklet explaining election changes in the state on Jan. 21, 2022. Alaska elections will be held for the first time this year under a voter-backed system that scraps party primaries and sends the top four vote-getters regardless of party to the general election, where ranked choice voting will be used to determine a winner. No other state conducts its elections with that same combination. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
How Alaska’s new ranked choice election system works

The Alaska Supreme Court last week upheld the system, narrowly approved by voters in 2020.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to a joint meeting of the Alaska State Legislature at the Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, for his fourth State of the State address of his administration. Dunleavy painted a positive picture for the state despite the challenges Alaska has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Gov points ‘North to the Future’

Dunleavy paints optimistic picture in State of the State address

A COVID-19 test administrator discusses the testing process with a patient during the pop-up rapid testing clinic at Homer Public Health Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Free rapid COVID-19 testing available in Homer through Friday

A drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic will be held at Homer Public Health Center this week.

In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally in Montgomery, Ala. Palin is on the verge of making new headlines in a legal battle with The New York Times. A defamation lawsuit against the Times, brought by the brash former Alaska governor in 2017, is set to go to trial starting Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 in federal court in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
Palin COVID-19 tests delay libel trial against NY Times

Palin claims the Times damaged her reputation with an opinion piece penned by its editorial board

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