Hello from the neighborhood.
What a winter we're having! Is this the backlash of El Nino or just Mother Nature having PMS? Maybe she feels old now that we are in the new century and is trying to convince us that she really is boss here. Whatever the reason for the bad weather, it sure is taking away our sissy image here in the banana belt of Alaska. Last week, my hero spent nearly 40 hours shoveling the "lovely white stuff" off our roof, and not a day too soon. The groundhog saw all this snow and turned tail and burrowed back into his den. I don't blame him, that's what I want to do. I hope none of you experienced any really miserable hardships during all of this. Having the stores nearly run out of milk and produce sure was a wake-up call for those of us who didn't get carried away with storing food for fear of Y2K problems. It behooves us all to stay prepared for having our lifeline to Anchorage cut off.
Don't miss the borough mass choir concert today at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. This week is the Kenai Peninsula Borough High School Mass Choir Festival and the choirs will perform individually. They will be be followed by the entire mass choir performing under the direction of Timothy Peter from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Don't miss it.
Thursday you will have an opportunity to enjoy Claire Rudolf Murphy, author of "Children of the Gold Rush," as she gives a slide show presentation at 1 p.m. at the Kenai Community Library. Everyone is invited to attend this no-charge presentation and stay for the writer's workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Sally Oelrich from the Harvest Traditions Bakery in Soldotna said she appreciated the attendance of Kenai area people at the classes offered there at her bakery last week. There will be another class on decorating Valentine's Day cookies on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Another class, on soups and soup stock, will be offered Feb. 26.
Those were wedding bells we heard last month, and they rang loud and happily for Marion Nelson (still her name) and her sweetheart, William Gronvold. Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds as they begin their life together.
It's indoor soccer time and kids ages 4 through the fifth grade are encouraged to come to the Boys and Girls Club to register by Feb. 16. You can renew their membership at that time for the year. Costs for renewal are $20 for children 7 and older, or $10 for 6 years and younger. Additional children in the immediate family only will be charged $10 for their memberships. Scholarships are available for the $46 fees for the soccer season, which runs from March 27 until May 13. Call 283-2682 and talk to Kathy if you have questions.
Hey, area seniors, did you know that every morning from 8 to 9:30 a.m. you will be able to make your own waffle at the Kenai Senior Center's waffle bar? You can help yourself to a waffle, coffee, milk or juice for just $1. What a deal! While you're in the area, sign up to stop by for some help with your taxes. The American Association of Retired Persons tax aids will be at the center every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until noon to answer your questions. Call 283-4156 for information about this service.
Monday is Valentine's Day and the senior center has planned a special evening featuring a dinner of Cornish hen with wild rice and entertainment by the Kenai Dixieland Band. Sign up at the center for reservations for the 6 p.m. event.
This whole week is national Random Acts of Kindness Week. Here's your chance to do all those things you planned to do for people for Christmas but were too busy. This week you can do any number of wonderful things for no reason at all. That's one way to beat cabin fever. It's interesting that the more you do for other people, the less you worry about your own woes.
Happy birthday to Melba Tweedy, Annie Spraker and Marsha Morse today; Wednesday -- Velma Woods, Ruth Fitzpatrick, Margaret Hermanson and Carolann Wahle; Thursday -- Corrine Fairchild; Friday -- Joyce Billings and Enida Desch; Saturday -- Jack Keck, Vesta Leigh, Kathy Atkinson and a big smooch for my special sweetie, Rex Wells; Sunday: Arthur Couch, Helen Carlson, Jean O'Dea, Meldie Lee, Betty Vincent, Annie Myers, Kara Doty, Joshua Fulton and Heather Theis; Monday -- Roger Meeks, Dorothea McDonald and Jane Rector.
Providing I ever got out of town last weekend, I should be enjoying some of the Intrepid Ireta's TLC. Bet I'm not even out of bed as you read this. Isn't going home to Mom's great? I'm going to hate growing up.
E-mail me your goodies at my new address for the month, firstname.lastname@example.org, so I will know what is happening in the neighborhood.
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