Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

Wow, when Mother Nature starts shaking her apron, she really shakes it. Seems like two weeks ago we were having to deal with blowing snow whenever a car passed us on the road and wearing cleats on our shoes to get around on the ice. This week I actually had to slow down when a semi-truck passed me on the Kenai Spur Highway through town because the truck blew up so much dust.

We're traditionally due to have one more big storm before spring, but it sure feels like break-up to me. Ready or not, here comes summer.

In case you're wondering where all the kids came from, it is spring break here on the peninsula. If you're a parent wondering how to entertain your youngsters, you might be interested in art classes being held this week at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. On Wednesday and Thursday, there will be a printmaking class using soft-kut rubber. This method resembles the linoleum blocks we used in the olden days for this craft, but still creates similar prints.

Classes run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are for children in grades kindergarten through third. Afternoon classes include Oaxacan clay sculptures from 1 to 2 p.m. and the Friday class will be paper-mache animal sculptures using newspaper construction. To register for a class, call Stephanie Cox at 260-7459.

If you're in the mood to try out your acting skills, be advised that auditions for actors interested in performing in one-act plays will be at 3 p.m. April 2 at Old Town Playhouse in Kenai across from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Call Carol Ford at 776-8308 for more details.

The registration deadline for the Boys and Girls Club's new running club is April 1. The program runs from April 18 through June 11 and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Children in grades third through fifth are eligible. The cost is $30. Call Kathy Ehrhardt at 283-2682 for more information or to register.

Guess it's nearly time to put up the stocking caps and get out the baseball caps again. Kenai Little League registration continues at Safeway on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in sponsoring a team, want to volunteer or make a donation, call Kenai Little League President Kristy Hughes at 283-5462. Can't you just hear the roar of the crowd and smell the Cracker Jacks? I think that smell coming from the snack shack is chili Fritos.

Easter is nearly here, and the Kenai Senior Citizens Center has all kinds of things in store. On Thursday, the public is invited to bring grandchildren in for the Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. Then, the Kenai Christian Church will perform a traditional Easter story puppet show.

Seniors are invited to come to the Easter luncheon at noon at the center and wear their favorite springtime or Easter hat. You must RSVP at 283-4156 to reserve your seat.

The American Legion has invited area seniors to its annual Easter dinner event. Doors open at 5 p.m., entertainment begins at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Transportation can be provided but you must call today.

The Kenai Airport Commission will meet in a work session from 6 to 9 p.m March 29 in the Kenai City Council chambers at 210 Fidalgo Ave. The topic will be to continue the review and development of the supplemental airport plan. The meeting is open to the public.

Call 283-7535, ext. 231 for more information.

Birthday greetings this week go out today to John Maw, Don Leeper and Judie Everson; Wednesday: Daniel Carlson, Jacquelynn Agre, Lou Abbott and Susan Rhyner; Thursday: Lisa Westergaard, Jan Taylor, Elaine Egner, Sarah Jackson, Ricardo Nunez, Jeff Tuttle and Daniel Ward; Friday: Monte Kanta; Saturday: Karen Dempsey, Larry Klawunder and Marjorie Chapman; Sunday: Wolfgang Ackmann, Evelyn Juday and William Lee; and Monday: Allyn Cheesman, Betty Woster, Denman Byram, Elmer Swartz and Mike Talent.

Here's a quote for you to ponder this week: "The home is the laboratory of our lives, and what we learn there largely determines what we do when we leave there." Thomas S. Monson

Happy Easter, everyone.

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

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