Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Last week I attended a most wonderful concert, the Soldotna High School Jazz Band dessert concert. The conductor-director Vernel Schneider had a great selection of music to compliment the jazz band musicians and vocalists.

The set was classy, and the lighting added to the professionalism. It was definitely well rehearsed as the evening flowed without a glitch.

For the fund-raiser, other band members served cheesecake with assorted toppings and beverages. The event was outstanding.

It is First Thursday in Soldotna again. Art Works in Soldotna is hosting a reception for Connie Tarbox, a stone sculptor, from 6 to 8 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church will host a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

SoHi and Kenai Peninsula College ceramics art instructor Ann C. Wilson and Erika Bronson, a ceramic artist, combine their works of art with painter-drawer Sherri Sather for the opening reception of their show "Freedom" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai.

This could help you stay on that New Year's resolution path: "Protect Your Heart, Ways for Healthier Eating" nutrition classes at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is an eight-class session continuing until March 8.

The sessions are taught by Colleen Sonnevil from the Cooperative Extension Service. Call the food bank for details at 262-3111.

The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase presents a night of comedy and magic. Hypnotist Daniel James will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Brockel Building at the college.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $13 for students, staff and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the KPC Bookstore and River City Books in Soldotna.

If you haven't been training for the following event, it is too late to train but not too late to prepare and still participate. Women of all ages and abilities have an opportunity to ski together during the She Can Ski Race on the Tsalteshi Trails.

This event encourages "festive attire," and all costumed participants will be entered for special door prizes. Registration is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna, or at 9 a.m. on race day. The Skyview High School ski team will be available to wax skis from 3 to 5 p.m. the day before the race for a small donation.

Race day is Sunday at 12:30 (classic ski) and 1:30 (skate ski). Women may ski as individuals or as a team, partnered with a relative or a friend. Bring a friend and join in skiing together for health and fun rather than competition, and an opportunity to contribute to local causes.

For more information, call Robin at 262-9202 or Leslie at 283-9113 or 398-3113.

The Spenard Builders Supply quote for the week is: "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."

Looking about town there are ice sculptures at the city hall on Birch Street, the Borough Building on Binkley and Park and the Spur Highway at Four D Interiors, Sweeney's and Alaska Trading Company and Loan. Enjoy them now; you know spring will be here before we know it.

Joyce Cox can be reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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