There are some advantages to having below zero weather. For example, no rain and fewer visitors so we don't have to stuff things under the couch cushions because we see someone drive into the driveway. However, the best thing about below-zero weather is that it provides alternative places to store frozen food. It's sometimes colder outside than in my freezer, so if I have an over-abundance of grocery items, I leave them in the trunk of the car.
At any given time I may have a solid chunk of milk, a frozen turkey or even veggies in the trunk. Rarely do I keep ice cream there because former experiences have taught me that ice cream is too sensitive to temperature fluctuations to keep in an automobile trunk.
Speaking of the cold, Kathy Lopeman, a nurse at the oncology department of Central Peninsula General Hospital, wrote to say thanks to supporters for their contributions to the 20th Seward Polar Bear Plunge. Her leap into Resurrection Bay raised $90,000. Lopeman's Leapers team members were Tom Hindman, an eight-year jumper from North Kenai; Pam and Tim Musgrove, their fifth and fourth years respectively, from Soldotna; Joni Focht, first-year jumper; and Lopeman, veteran eight-year jumper.
Hope your teeth have stopped chattering.
Dana Woodard at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center invites you to stop in and view the photography exhibits. William Heath: Images of Home photography exhibit is on display in the conference room until March 4. Heath is not only a very talented artist, he also is one of their favorite people. Dana says that he has probably put in more volunteer hours than anyone else, volunteering since the center was opened in 1992. He has assisted them in every aspect of exhibit installation and provided educational opportunities for staff and visitors.
They are grateful for his assistance and his knowledge and would like the community to know what a valued volunteer and fine photographer he is.
Also at the center is the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild annual photography exhibit showing until Feb. 25. Stop by and see the magic you can make with a camera and some skillful artistry.
The Kenai Public Library has a beginning Internet Class on Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will instruct you how to set up your own e-mail account, send and receive e-mail messages, and will cover basic searching techniques.
For more information or to register, call 283-4378.
Another timely class offered at the library is a Ready to Learn Workshop tonight at 6:30. Parents with children ages 8 and younger will learn how to enrich their child's television viewing using the "View-Do-Read" learning triangle. Preregistration is required.
Call 283-4378 to register.
For a musical treat, be sure to attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's High School Mass Choir Festival concert tonight at 6 at the Renee C. Henderson auditorium. High school choir students at Cook Inlet Academy, Homer, Kenai, Nikiski, Ninilchik, Skyview, and Soldotna have been in rehearsal these past two days and will perform individually and then together under the direction of Mr. Evin Lambert from Washington state.
The cost is $3 per adult and $1 per student. Don't miss it.
Wednesday is Job Shadow Day for area high school juniors. This event is sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and is the culmination of academic course work, career planning, and community involvement to provide an opportunity for students to experience how business works in the real world.
Stephanie Cox has scheduled art classes at the Fine Arts gallery on Cook Street. Her no- school specials are Thursday and Friday in printmaking, Oaxacan-inspired clay sculpture classes and drawing fundamentals.
For more information, call 260-7459 for more details and to register.
The eighth annual Central Peninsula Writer's Night fund-raiser is Friday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner are $20 or $10 for the reading only at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Charlotte's and the senior center. Call 283-4256 for reservations.
It's almost Valentine's Day and if you are a senior, you are invited to the annual Valentine's Day dinner Monday at 5:30 p.m. They will treat you to barbershop quartet music, dinner and other surprises. Formal evening attire is welcome. You must RSVP at 283-4256.
Birthday greetings go out today to Pam Bradbury; Wednesday: Larry Shrum, Margaret Hermanson, Ruth Fitzpartick, Chere' Michalak and Joshua Tree; Thursday: Helen Vellinga and Corrine Fairchild; Friday: Enida Desch and Sharon Williams; Saturday: Robert Booth, Jack Keck and Kathy Atkinson; Sunday: Mary Wyne, Meldie Lee, Donna Shuler, Carmela Salvador, Kara Doty and Heather Theis; Monday: Jane Rector, Betty Vincent and Dorothea McDonald. Best wishes to you all.
Something to think about: "A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn. We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. When you are through changing, you are through."
Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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