It's all fun and games here on the central Kenai Peninsula this weekend. Oh, and we've also all gone to the dogs.
This weekend marks one of the busiest ones on the calendar for our community, and it comes at a perfect time as many of us need to shake off some of that cabin fever and get out and about.
For starters, there's the Peninsula Winter Games, taking place Saturday starting at noon at the Soldotna Sports Center. If you've seen some of the 25 ice sculptures gracing businesses in the area, then you get the idea behind the Games -- fun, creative ways to cope with the ice and snow. The Peninsula Winter Games include plenty of activities, both inside and out, free food, and will culminate with a fireworks display at 6:30 p.m.
Also on deck for Saturday is the annual kids' Monopoly tournament, with check-in at 10 a.m. at the sports center. Call ahead to 262-9814 on that one -- spaces fill up quickly.
But wait, there's more. Also in town this weekend are the Native Youth Olympics, running Friday through Sunday at Soldotna Middle School. The event opens with ceremonies and competition Friday at 6:30 p.m. Events start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and new to the Peninsula this year will be a blanket toss, tentatively scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Saturday.
But that's not all. If you're a theater-goer, there's a pair of performances on tap that will positively strike your funny bone. On Saturday, Low and Lower, a duo consisting of a cellist and a bassist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The pair promises to take the classical genre and have fun "playing with the music."
And if you enjoy a good comedy, Triumvirate Theatre's annual dinner theater and art auction plays Friday and Saturday starting at 6 p.m. at Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna. This year's show, "Top Chum," is a "high-flying parody fishing adventure based on the blockbuster 'Top Gun.'" A good time is sure to be had by all.
And if all that isn't enough, the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race starts at Mile 112 of the Sterling Highway in Kasilof Saturday at 11 a.m. For those interested in meeting the participating mushers and their top dogs, the vet check and musher meet-and-greet take place at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna from noon to 5 p.m. today. Depending on trail conditions, mushers and their teams are likely to finish the 200-mile race to Homer and back through the Caribou Hills sometime late Sunday afternoon.
The Peninsula, and more specifically, the people who live here and put their time and talent into planning these events, has a lot to offer. This weekend, take advantage of those opportunities. Get out of the house, enjoy some fresh air, and grab a few laughs. We're looking forward to some great wintertime fun.