Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008

Hark, is that spring I smell in the air? Or is it just the boot liners drying by the front door that I smell? With all the warm weather we've had after that frigid early February, it's no wonder that I see girls in their bare legs and flipflops already.

This is the week to submit your entries for the Kenai juried art exhibit being held at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street. Original art offerings from almost any media will be accepted for this semi-annual show. Deliver your entries between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The juror's critique and reception will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. Artist/photographer Hal Gage will be the juror. Call 283-7040 or 262-1777 for more information.

Has the winter been too long and are the kids beginning to climb the curtains? Help is on its way. Beginning tonight at 6 p.m. is the 'Proud to Parent' parenting class sponsored by the Nakenu Family Center in Kenai. The class is free and open to anyone interested in learning techniques to manage your 3- to 11-year-old child. Food and childcare are provided. The class will be held Mondays until March 31 at the Tyotkas Elder House (in the building formerly known as Old Towne Village Restaurant) in Old Towne Kenai on Mission Street. Call 283-6693 to sign up or for more information.

Wednesday may be an exciting day for Kenai Central High School juniors as they pair up with job shadow hosts who will give them first-hand information about jobs and careers. In speaking with a local dentist, I learned that the day can be as much fun for the professional as for the student, and often they reap the fruits of that teaching opportunity in seeing a young person choose a profession as a result of the job shadow experience.

One of the best things about living in an area as unique as ours is the diversity of talent that seems to have gathered here. Such a manifestation of that talent is the annual musical that the Kenai Performers present. This years' masterpiece is Rogers and Hammerstein classic, "The King and I." If you missed it over the weekend, you still have an opportunity to see what a small town can do with a beautiful script and a houseful of gifted and dedicated artists, musicians, and performers. Call Chris Cook at 252-7929 for more information.

The intrepid Ireta has braved the worst of our winter and is ready to return to her home in Wyoming, and it is with a fond farewell that my almost 97-year-young Mom leaves our fair city and her Alaska family for points south. She loves the Kenai area and will miss it almost as much as I will miss her.

Peless have a boy

Kristen and Lucas Peless of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Elijah Lucas, at 5:14 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

He joins sibling, Micali Rebecca. His grandparents are Harry and Roberta Peless and Ron and Janet Kueser. His great grandparents are Marjorie Kueser and Marie Westhoff.

Senior center activities announced

The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events: today: exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and pinochle at 12:45 p.m.; Tuesday: weight class at 9 a.m., TOPS at 9:45 a.m., bridge at 12:35 a.m. and bowling at 1 p.m.; Wednesday: exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday: trainer class at 8 a.m., weight class at 9 a.m., line dancing at 10 a.m., bell choir at 11 a.m., tripoy at 12:30 p.m. and bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m.; and Friday: exercise at 9 a.m., senior connection at 9:30 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m., bowling at 1 p.m. and Bible class at 3:30 p.m.

Food program offered

The LeeShore announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced price meals. Parents' income determines the amount of money the USDA will reimburse. Call 283-4707 for details.

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