Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008

Bunny Swan Gease has been doing her artistic magic again this year, and samples of her whimsical art depicting Alaska type activities is evident in various businesses locally. Check out the windows at the Kenai Airport and at Three Bears among other places. Bunny's work is becoming as much of a winter tradition as the ice carvings have become. If you haven't driven around to check out those ice carvings yet, don't delay. They melted pretty early last year.

Barb Waters, interim director of The LeeShore was happy to list some items and services needed at the center. Donations of clothing and personal items such as diapers and feminine needs are always welcome and accepted Thursdays and Fridays. Large household items are not accepted for lack of space, but there is a list where people can request needed items, and then can be hooked up with donors of furniture, household objects, and appliances.

The Clothes Closet is open to families Tuesdays and Wednesdays at no charge for items. A particular need along these lines at the center is help with the Clothes Closet. Volunteers are needed to help organize and sort clothing about once a week. Call Barb at 283-9479 if you have a little time and energy to share.

If you're new to the area, you might be interested in the First Thursday activities each month. Area artists and musicians are featured in local galleries to showcase their talents. Local events in Kenai include the open clay exhibit reception for artists at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from 5 to 8 p.m.; an exhibit about "Love" at Already Read Books from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and an opening reception at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m. for "Relevance: The Search for Meaning in our Lives-Connections Through People, Animals, Earth Spirit." These are images and observations by photographer Ron Levy. Ron was featured in the Clarion regarding his special press coverage were he was able to photograph the Dali Lama and President Bush at a event in Washington, D.C. Some of those images taken at the event are part of this exhibit. First Thursday events are open to the public and free of charge.

I may have some great news for people who have dealings with the Social Security Administration. Beginning Tuesday the Kenai Social Security contact station has been moved to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. They will begin video conference services where you may conduct business by being able to speak with a representative in the Anchorage office using this approach. They also will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20. Effective in March, services will be available the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Other Kenai news

High school mass choir set

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District high school mass choir festival will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Three hundred thirty students from Cook Inlet Academy, Homer, Kenai Central, Nikiski, Ninilchik, Skyview and Soldotna high schools will sing under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas, professor of music, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. The concert will feature the individual choirs performing two numbers in addition to the mass choir's performance with Dr. Aspaas.

A special performance by 2004 Kenai Central graduate Shelah Moreno-Jones and Maria Allison playing Gershwin's Concerto in F also will be performed. Moreno-Jones won the concerto competition last fall at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and performed with the Fairbanks Symphony in December. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for senior citizens and students.

World travelers needed

Central Peninsula Girl Scouts are looking for individuals who have first-hand knowledge of the following countries, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Italy or Madagascar.

Individuals who have lived, worked, or even visited one of these countries are needed to help celebrate a Girl Scout special day called World Thinking Day on Feb. 23 in Kenai.

For more information, call Carrie Henson at 714-2213 or

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