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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Do you realize that this month marks the halfway point between winter and summer solstice? Winter is almost over, duckies, so hang in there, keep the faith and summer will be here before we know it. We have survived February, which is traditionally the worst month of the long winter.

Meanwhile, there are many activities happening in the area, so put your cleats back on and get out and about.

Registration for Kenai Little League begins this week at the Kenai Safeway store. League president Kristy Hughes and other volunteers will be there every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and dates, call Kristy at 283-5462 or e-mail rkhughes@ acsalaska.net or visit www.eteamz.com/ kenailittleleague.

The Kenai Peninsula Soccer club will hold tryouts Friday, Saturday and March 11. KPSC is a competitive soccer club for kids ages 9 through 18 . Those interested can visit www.kpsc.us. or call Mary Daly at 394-1112 for tryout times and locations.

The 25th annual AFS International dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church on Spruce Street. This gourmet dinner will feature cuisine from countries represented by current exchange students on the peninsula from Thailand to Indonesia. Tickets are $15 and proceeds go to the exchange program. Tickets are available from AFS members, the Kenai Community Library and River City Books.

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai. Margaret Menting will show pictures and relate experiences of a recent trip to the Philippine Islands. Everyone is welcome to come. The society welcomes new members.

The first Kenai Peninsula Way Out Women snowmachine ride will be held in the Caribou Hills March 12. This event is limited to the first 75 women to register and is a fund-raiser for cancer patients on the peninsula. For more information or to register, call Kathy Lopeman at 283-7602, 398-4853 or e-mail kath@alaska.net.

For those interested in the arts... Entries will be accepted for the bi-annual Kenai Juried Art Exhibit on Wednesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The juror will be multi-media artist Daniel Nisbeth from New York. The juror's critique and artist reception will be at 7 p.m. Friday. Cash prizes will be awarded. Entrants must be peninsula residents and any medium is acceptable. Guidelines for entering can be secured from the guild at 283-7040.

Local artist Jim Evenson will present a one-man show of his abstract paintings called "Acrylics on Paper" at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from Thursday through April 16. Everyone is invited to the First Thursday opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the center.

Winter hours at the center have been expanded to include Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also at the center is the CANStruction exhibit and the quilt show will be up through March 11.

Artistic senior citizens might want to look into the new gift shop that the Kenai Senior Connections group will open in May at the Kenai Landing complex. Proponents are looking for artists and crafters now. To register and submit a sample of your work, applications are available at Odies Bead-Its Shop in the Peninsula Center Mall, the Soldotna Public Library, or the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Dates for entry of items is March 14 through 16 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can arrange for your samples to be picked up or call Shirley Lennox-Hillyer at 283-4156 for an appointment.

The Nikiski High School will hold its 16th annual dance concert. This has long been a blending of talents from our end of the peninsula and this year will feature performances at both Nikiski and the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Nikiski and at 7 p.m. March 11 and 12 in Kenai. Tickets are available at the door for $8 for general admission and $6 for youth and senior citizens.

The public is invited to stop by the Women Infant and Children's (WIC) open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Seaman Building on South Willow Street. Alaska Family Services sponsors the program and will showcase various programs it has available.

Classes in children's nutrition are being offered in cooperation with the Cooperative Extension Office from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays in March. The first class will cover taking the stress out of feeding your child. Subsequent classes for March 9, 16, and 23 will help you in understanding your child's changing eating habits, and the final class will help you to teach your child to try new foods on March 30. Call Kathy Kenner at 283-4172 for the location.

Happy birthday Wednesday to Anthony Andrus and Brent Eckert; Thursday: Emma Porritt; Friday: Brooke Jackson; Saturday best wishes go out to my shy daughter-in-law and Wayne Pope; Sunday: Lorraine Ashcraft, Dave Easling and Boden Quiner.

"There is just one way to bring up a child in the way he should go, and that is to travel that way yourself." Abraham Lincoln

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at hansjoan@alaska.net



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