Wow, what a beautiful winter we're having. However, my sympathies are with anyone who has had to work outside during this bitter cold. It's been just about cold enough to freeze us all into popsicles.
Things are heating up for the production crew of "The King and I", getting it ready for its first opening Feb. 22. Carol Ford announced that Crista Hippchen will play the part of Anna. She and her husband are frequent visitors to Thailand, and they brought back some "exquisite stuff" that will be used in the play.
The king will be played by Scott Griebel, who played the bad guy in last year's "Beauty and the Beast."
"This show is going to be spectacular, and the music uplifting, fun and lyrical, as only Rodgers and Hammerstein can do it," Ford said.
Carol promises an amazing surprise for attendees on opening night. Other performances will be Feb. 23, 24, 29 and March 1 and 2 in case you want to put it on your schedule.
One of the fastest-growing areas of interest appears to be the search for our roots. There are several groups on the peninsula who are avidly involved in helping people search for ancestors. Here in Kenai the Totem Tracers is a genealogical group that meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Kenai Community Library, with a second Saturday research day where people can get individualized help with their family trees. Elaine Howell said "It can be fun, interesting and educational, all at the same time. It's not just names and dates."
So neighbors go out on a limb on your family tree it's a great wintertime adventure.
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will have waffle breakfasts from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Fridays through February. The cost for seniors is $1 for a waffle and juice or coffee. The center's gala Valentine's Day Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Tim Wisnewski will furnish music, so wear your dancing shoes. Please RSVP for this event at 283-4156.
Happy Birthday today, Feb. 11, to Sharon Williams and Enida Desch; Robert Booth, Jack Keck, Kathy Atkinson on Feb. 12; Mary Wyne, Meldie Lee, Donna Schuler, Carmela Salvador on Feb. 13; and Betty Vincent, Dorothea McDonald and Jane Rector on Feb. 14.
Happy 43rd anniversary to Mike and Betty Talent on Feb. 13.Kenai students honored
* Kenai resident Christopher Amen was named to the dean's list at Montana State University. To be named students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5.
* Kenai resident Travis Pierce was named to the dean's list at Valley City State University in North Dakota. He is the son of Valerie and Charlie Pierce.
Safari Club honors local chapter
The Alaska Kenai chapter of Safari Club International was presented with the Safari Club International Diamond Conservation Chapter Award for supporting the restoration of wood bison to its historic range in Alaska, participating in numerous local conservation projects through the "Wildlife Conservation Community Program," and for garnering more than $125,000 in grants to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for residents of the city of Kenai.
The Diamond Conservation Chapter Award recognizes chapters that have undertaken local conservation projects, have promoted the importance of conservation in the hunting community and have partnered with local coalitions and game agencies to promote and support conservation efforts.
Grief to be discussed
The National Family Caregiver Support Program will hold caregiver training from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Gail Simons with Hospice of the Central Peninsula will discuss how to help with the grieving process.
For more information, call 262-1280.
Resource directory available
The LeeShore Center's community directory of central Kenai Peninsula resources is available for $25 in a three-ring binder or $15 for refill pages only. The directory lists more than 80 pages of information on emergency services, family support agencies, health facilities, senior citizens services and veteran's organizations.
For more information, call 283-9479.
Social Security reps to visit
The Social Security Administration makes monthly visits to the peninsula at the following times: first Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenai City Hall; third Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer Senior Citizens Center; and the third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seward City Hall. For more information, call (907) 271-4829.
Cribbage tourney continues
The Cook Inlet Lions will host its annual cribbage tournament at 3 p.m. Saturdays at the American Legion Post No. 20 on the corner of Cook and Main Streets in Kenai. It is open to the public.
For more information, call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.
Teen dance slated
The Teen Center in Kenai will hold a Valentine's Day dance for high school students from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The cost will be $5 for those students who are not members of the Boys and Girls Club, $4 for members and $3 for students that bring in a filled out registration form and $20 membership fee. The dance will be chaperoned. For more information, call 283-3855.
Cancer fundraiser begins
Registration for the annual Way Out Women snowmachine ride benefiting cancer patients on the Kenai Peninsula has begun.
The cost is $100 and includes a continental breakfast before the ride, lunch, a WOW goody bag, limited edition T-shirt and entry for door prizes, a costume contest and a silent auction.
Riders may sign up individually or as a team and are encouraged to gather pledges.
For more information, call Kathy Lopeman or Glenna MacDermaid at 714-4490.
Registration packets are available from www.cpgh.org and priority will be given to registration received by Feb. 15.
SEA hosts dinner, dance
The Soldotna Equestrian Association will hold its annual awards dinner and dance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Kenai Merit Inn. A no-host bar, catered dinner, silent auctions and split-the-pot raffle tickets are some of the planned events.
The cost is $20 per person and must be prepaid by Monday. Payments may be mailed to Tina Williamson, P.O. Box 2530, Kenai, AK 99611. For more information, call Tina at 283-4767. Make checks payable to SEA. Upon receipt of monies, Williamson will mail tickets or attendees may request them to be a "will call" at the door. Tickets also may be prepaid to Rhonda Harvey at A Point of View Realty at the "Y" in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7006. It is open to the public.
Those wishing to attend but not eat dinner may pay $5 per person at the door at 8 p.m.
Star party planned
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska will host a star party at 7 p.m. Feb. 29. Community members are invited to see the night sky through a telescope. For more information, call Kathy at 283-2000.
World travelers needed
Central Peninsula Girl Scouts are looking for individuals who have firsthand knowledge of the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Italy or Madagascar.
Individuals who have lived, worked or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Cameras, photo printers sought
The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney's Clothing or Joe Kashi's law office.
For more information, call 398-0480.
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