Posted: Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

The running of the Iditarod is an exciting time for Alaskans, but this year it seems even more so because many peninsula mushers are involved.

We wish them the best of luck for a safe, fast run with healthy dogs and hope that one of them brings home the new truck.

The Kenai Peninsula Way Out Women snowmachine ride will be held in the Caribou Hills on Saturday. This event is limited to the first 75 women to register and is a fund-raiser for cancer patients on the Kenai. Call Kathy Lopeman at 283-7602, 398-4853, or for information on running with the big dogs.

Speaking of running, the Boys and Girls Club will sponsor a combined running and education program for third- through fifth-graders. Registration deadline is April 1 and the program runs from April 18 to June 11, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30.

Call Kathy Ehrhardt at 283-2682 with any questions.

There will be tryouts for the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club on Friday. They have teams for kids from 9 to 18 years old. Call Mary Daly at 394-1112 for tryout times and location.

Kenai Little League will have a registration table in the Kenai Safeway store Saturday. For more information and for times, call 283-5462.

The Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group has received a shipment of helmets. These helmets are for toddlers to adults.

The "Helmets for Life Program" is where you buy a helmet for $10 and when your child grows out of it, you can take it back to the Independent Living Center and exchange it for a larger one, or if it gets damaged, bring it back for a new one. Call Mary Warrington at 283-5711 or drop by its booth at the Village Health Fair Saturday at Soldotna High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, The Turtle Island String Quartet will preform at 7:30 the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. It is the Performing Arts Society's March concert. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $15 for students. Tickets are available at Charlotte's, Already Read Books and at the door.

The quartet also will teach a master class at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Kenai Central High School. Call Maria Allison at 283-3024 for details and sign-up.

Ruth Haring recently returned from Grove City, Pa., where she attended the President's Athletic Championship meet for swimming and diving.

Her son, Ben, qualified for nationals, which will be held March 17 in Holland, Mich. Ben graduated from KCHS in 2001, and is attending Grove City College as a physics major. He competed with Penn State and many other large colleges at the meet.

He set school and pool records in the freestyle with a time of 20.87 seconds. Ben is the son of long time Kenai residents Ruth and David Haring. Good luck to Ben.

Charles and JoCarol Winegarden are grandparents again. They welcomed LaciAna into the family Feb. 19 in Kodiak. She is the daughter of Juli and Jeffrey Winegarden of Homer. She joins siblings, Richard, Amber, Devan, Jeffrey and Patrick. Other grandparents are Dennis and Julie Knagin of Kodiak and great-grandparents Joe and Doris Llanos of Kenai.

This weekend is the performance of the Nikiski High School Dance concert at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Kenai residents Phil and Chris Morin, directors and many other people have worked all winter to help put the program together. Guest performances will be made by the SoHi Star Sensations, the Peninsula Artists in Motion, and Encore Dance Studio. Tickets are available at the door for $8 general admission or $6 for students and seniors. Don't miss this one, as it promises to be terrific.

Artists and crafters interested in selling their work at the Kenai Senior Connection Gift Shop, to open in May at the Kenai Landing, need to submit an application and a sample of their work for the selection committee March 14 through 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Call 283-4156 for more information.

There is a new Christian based children's drama troop in our area called Kyds Tyme. For children ages 6 years and older. The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Kenai. There is no fee.

They will do four performances a year and have plans for a summer day camp. Volunteers are needed. Beverly Close, a retired teacher will direct. Call 283-1970 or e-mail for more details.

Happy birthday today to my handsome son, Doug Hansen, Virginia Traeger, Carole Hobart, Melanie Tree and Samantha Perry; Wednesday: Joe Koski, Jake Ivanoff, Steven Carlson and Zane Fallon; Thursday: Erma Best, Ethel Pherson, James Barrett and Parley Giles; Friday: Christian Rice, Othel Sorrels and Robert Windsor; Saturday: Natasha Johnson; Sunday: Margaret French.

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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