Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2011

First exhibit of the season this week

The first art exhibit of 2011 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will open Thursday with an public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit, curated by Anchorage artist, writer and teacher Don Decker, will include paintings from five contemporary Alaska artists. Don Decker, Julie Decker, Michelle Suchland, Garry Mealor and Asia Freeman will participate in this group show, and will be at the reception Thursday to discss their art. Light refreshments will be served at the reception. The exhibit run from Jan. 6 to March 3, and is free and open to the public. This winter, the center is open Tuesday to Friday from at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Birding workshop on tap

The Kenai Birding Festival Winter Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5. This two-day event is suitable for new and experienced birders, and will provide information about bird and wildlife watching on the Kenai peninsula. The event is free and open to the public. Please visit for more information and a complete schedule of events or contact Natasha Ala, KWF board of directors at (907) 283-3127 or

Volunteers sought

The Boys and Girls Clubs in Kenai and Soldotna are looking for community members interested in sharing a craft or hobby with club members. Call 283-2682 or 398-9669.

Arts and craft donations are also needed.

Kenai Historical Society meets

The Kenai Historical Society meets Sunday at 1:15 p.m. at Kenai Methodist Church. The guest speaker is Catherine Cassidy of the Kasilof Historical Society. For more information call Better Idleman at 776-8590.

Sterling seniors host catfish feast

The Sterling Senior Center hosts a catfish dinner Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner will feature delicious fried Catfish, hush puppies, baked beans, biscuits, French fries, broccoli, salad, beverage and dessert. Cost is $15 per person, $7.50 for children 3-12. Kids less than 3 eat free. Seating is limited, so sign up at the front desk, or call 262-6808 to make a reservation.

Peninsula F&G groups meetings this week

The Central Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets today at 7 p.m. at Ninilchik School to continue preparing comment on Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fish proposals. For more information contact David Martin at 567-3306.

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on Kalifornsky Beach Road to prepare comments for Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fish proposals. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

The Cooper Landing Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets Friday at 6 p.m. at the community building to discuss Upper Cook Inlet fisheries proposals. If necessary, the meeting will continue on saturday. For more information contact Karl Romig at 595-1262.

The Homer and Seward advisory committees do not have meetings scheduled this week.

After-school party clubs slated

After-school party clubs will be held in area elementary schools for one hour, once a month. Games, stories, songs, snacks and prizes are planned.

For more information, call CEF of Alaska at 262-9605.

Youth volleyball on tap

North Peninsula Recreation is offering Youth Volleyball registration for boys and girls 4th through 6th grade. Register through Jan. 7 at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center or the Nikiski Pool. For more information contact Tammy at 776-8800.

Sterling Senior Center activities

The exercise group at the Sterling Senior Center meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. The "crafty ladies" meet Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Spanish lessons are held Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m. The library at the Sterling Senior Center has a variety of up-to-date books.

Kenai birders meet

The Keen Eye Peninsula Birders group meets Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road, in Kenai. We will have a short business meeting followed by the movie "Opposable Chums" about the world series of birding. Refreshments will be served. For information call Linda Story at 262-9031 or email

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