4-H trees still available

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4-H trees still available

Friday, May 27, 2011

Story last updated at 5/27/2011 - 1:24 pm

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4-H trees still available

Trees from the 4-H annual tree sale are still available. There are 21 varieties of bareroot stock. The trees are available at Cooperative Extension Service on Kalifornsky Beach Road or Connie's Flowers on Strawberry Road. Call 262-5824 for more information.

Donations needed for Kenai library

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library are collecting books for its June book sale. Book, video, DVD and puzzle donations should be brought to the Kenai Fire Department next door to the library. Early donations are preferred so they can be sorted by genre. For more information call Kathy Heus at 283-7930.

Garden club plant sale on tap

The Central Peninsula Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, June 11, at the Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church parking lot, across from the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. The sale opens at 11 a.m. until items are sold out. Plants for sale will be annuals and perennials, including flower, vegetable, herb, and berry plants. To donate plants for the sale, or for more information, contact Cathy Haas at 262-7248 or by email at

Community garage sale in Clam Gulch

A community garage sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27-28 at Baker's Clam Shell Lodge, Mile 118 of the Sterling Highway in Clam Gulch. All are welcome. Vendors need to provide their own table, but space is free. For more information, call 262-4211.

Red Cross lifeguard class available

Nikiski Pool is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Class from May 31 through June 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration fee is $135, or sign up for the T.A.P. program and the fee can be waived. Pre-registration is required. For more information call Nigel at 776-8800.

Sterling seniors host fundraising dinner

The Sterling Senior Center will present a Cornish game hen dinner cooked by Larry Slichter, Rita Helleck and their volunteer helpers on May 28. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., at a cost of $10 per person. The menu will include tossed salad, baked fowl, dressing with giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, baked potato, steamed carrots and a choice of bread pudding or tropical fruit cup for dessert. Only 100 dinners will be served, so make your reservations by calling 262-6808 or sign up at the front desk at the Sterling Senior Center. All proceeds will benefit the Sterling Senior Center General Operations fund.

Annual pancake breakfast cooking

The Ninilchik Volunteer Emergency Services will be hosting their annual Memorial Day weekend Pancake breakfast. The pancake breakfast will be May 28th-30th, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 7 a.m. to noon on Monday. The cost is $10 for adults, or a three day pass for $25. Children 5-12 are $5 or $12 for a three day pass, and children under 5 are free.

For information or if you would like to volunteer to help please call Madeline Thompson at 907-953-0000.

Vessel safety check planned

The Kenai Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting free vessel safety checks on May 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at River and Sea Marine located at 45015 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 907-776-8457.

Birders flock together

The Keen Eye Peninsula birders will meet at 2 p.m. June 4 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Kristine Schmidt will share her recent basketball and birding trip to Texas. Toby Burke will give a rundown of what pelagic birds can be seen on off our coast.

Caregivers training planned for June

June 14--Caregiver Peer Support Meeting at the Soldotna Senior Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

June 20--Caregiver Training, "The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimers," PBS documentary with Dani Kebschull at Kenai Senior Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

June 28--Caregiver Peer Support Meeting at the Soldotna Senior Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

All of our trainings provide 2 contact hours for CNAs. For more information, call Diane Halverson, outreach specialist for the National Family Caregiver Support Program, at 262-1280.

Safety training offered for commercial fishermen

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Homer at the Best Western Bidarka Inn Conference room from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, with a cold water practicum outdoors. Bring a sack lunch.

This course meets the U.S. Coast Guard training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a support contract for training services from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Pre-registration is required, or we may cancel the class due to under enrollment. Those wanting to register should contact AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287 or

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