Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Happy New Year, neighbors.

I got a note from George Ford telling me a movie about Kenai, made by fourth-grade students, will be shown at the meeting of the Kenai Historical Society on Sunday. "A Kid's Guide to Kenai" was created during 2003 by John and Berni Wensley's classes at Mountain View Elementary school.

The students spent several months researching Kenai's history and culture by interviewing area residents, visiting historical locations and taking pictures and making videos of attractions. The public is invited to the meeting at 1 p.m. downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant across from Wells Fargo Bank.

If you are a photography buff, you might be interested in entering your work in the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild's annual photo show to be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center this month. Up to three photos may be entered and are due at the center during business hours between Jan. 10 and 12. Photos must have been taken in Alaska. If you have questions, contact the center.

Are you a quilter? From quilts to wallhangings, wearable art to polar fleece, they want a little bit of everything. Entries must be received by Feb. 4, and selected participants will be notified by Feb. 11. Stop by the visitors center to pick up an entry form. For more information, call 283-1991 or e-mail

Stephanie Cox will offer all kinds of artistic classes at her Saturday workshops this winter. They will be available to kids and adults. There is an adult pottery class beginning this month, as well as classes in scratch art, animal sculptures and music painting class. All classes are held at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai across from the Oilers Bingo Hall. For more information or a schedule, call Stephanie at 260-7459, or stop by the gallery.

A beginning Internet class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Kenai Community Library. The class will cover basic skills and searching techniques. For more information or to register, call 283-4378.

If you're a wannabe novelist or journalist, area writers may submit work for the eighth annual Writers Night to be held Feb. 11. The submission deadline is Jan. 21. You can print a copy of the submission form from the library's Web site at or stop by the library. The Writers Group meets Thursday and Jan. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library.

A 55-Alive driving class will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Call today to sign up - 283-4156.

Those of you who remember Alyce Johnson, a longtime resident and teacher in the Kenai schools, may know she is in Thailand serving a mission for her church. She communicated immediately after the earthquake to let me know she was on the other side of the country from where all the devastation took place and was safe. I will relay any updates I get from her to you.

Birthday greetings go out today to Larry Mitchell; Wednesday: Lillian Finzel; Friday: Gladys Payment, Guy Stewart and Don Van Lith; Saturday: Wanda Stuart, Florence Midkiff and Vada Yearsley; Sunday: Virginia Hallmark, Gail Keith, Russel Grimshaw, Steven Taylor and Nicole Sheldon; and Monday: Jaclyn Hall, Lila Mae Schroder and Charles Winegarden. Best wishes to you on your special day.

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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