Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

Even though we have lived in Kenai for 16 years, we never get used to the onset of all the daylight. It's always a surprise to find it still light outside after the 10 p.m. news. And it's always exciting to watch how the grass can green up from one day to the next and that plants can grow four inches in a single day.

We have springtime in Alaska, and my intrepid 94-year-old mom in Wyoming reported waking up to snow piled up on her apple blossoms last week. What a country.

A Social Security representative will be in Kenai on Wednesday in the city council room at city hall from noon until 4 p.m.

On Wednesday evening will be the Alaska Peace Officers Association fund-raiser concert entitled "Pajama Part,." starring Anita Cochran, Tammy Cochran and Deborah Allen. Tickets cost $28 at the door of the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Thursday at 5:30 p.m. will be the Dine and Discuss presentation sponsored by Central Peninsula General Hospital. It will feature a presentation by Nathan Schlicher, a medical student, who will speak on "Teen Health, The Good, The Bad, The Truth!" It will be held at Paradisos' banquet room and the cost is $10 per person. Call Bonnie Nichols at 714-4500 to make reservations.

Sunday will be a dance recital by Vergine's Dance Studio, featuring children of all ages residing on the peninsula. It will be a matinee at 4 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium and no admission will be charged.

Things are beginning to stir out at Kenai Landing. The Senior Connection will have a gift shop there and said they would love to have people volunteer to work a shift or several shifts a week.

Call the gals at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center or check with Shirley Hillyer at 283-4256 or 394-2558, or call Anna Wheeler at 283-6702.

Kenai Performers is taking registrations for its summer theater camp called "Summer In the Playhouse 2005." Session one is open to youth currently in grades first through sixth from 9 a.m. to noon July 5 through 22; session two is open to kids grades six through 12, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. July 5 through July 29. Each session will create and produce its own musical, which will be performed at the end of camp.

Registration is at the playhouse in Kenai. Call Carol Ford at 776-8308 for more information.

One new summer activity will be a Saturday Market in Kenai on the green strips surrounding the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. So far several vendors have committed to participating. The market will offer a variety of home-produced items, including fiber arts, food products (including produce) and metal crafts. Commercial fishers with a vendor's license are encouraged to join in, as well. Potential vendors are encouraged to stop by the center and speak with Jan Oberg. She says if you don't make enough on your own booth to participate each week, maybe you and a few friends can act as a co-operative. Call Mya Renken for more information at 283-1991.

Our venerable mayor, Pat Porter, is putting together a Power Point presentation about our fair city and would appreciate help from area photography buffs.

She wants to include photos of happenings in Kenai, such as the Fourth of July parade, Industry Appreciation Day, Christmas Comes to Kenai, action photos and scenic shots. She said "Nobody out there has better photos of the community in action than the community members themselves."

If you can help out, write to Mayor Pat Porter, 210 Fidalgo, Kenai, AK 99610, phone her at 283-8245, or e-mail her at . You can even stop by city hall for more information.

Reservations are being taken for the Boys and Girls Club's 14th annual Golf Classic. The tournament, sponsored by Agrium, will be held June 10 at the Kenai Golf Course. Attendees will play golf, receive a goody bag and tournament gift, partake in a continental breakfast and barbecue lunch, have chances to win prizes and help the club continue to offer quality programs to peninsula youth.

Call Kim Lee at 283-2682 if you have questions, a tournament brochure, to donate a prize or to make reservations.

Welcome home to Jon and Ann Jensen, who drove up the Alaska Highway last week and reported that it was in terrible shape, but that it was wonderful to be back in paradise.

Happy birthday today to Frank Cobus, David Vroman, Dorothy Bolstridge, Leona Broker, Dorothy Lentz, Leland Taylor and Danny Trujillo; Wednesday: Bob Benedict, Margaret Nelson, Doug Barnette and Wanless Huntsman; Thursday: Dori Lynn Anderson, David and Joshua Gemmell, Jack Austin, Evelyn Crumley, Dale Parker, George Waldrip, Jerry Carlson and David Pierren; Friday: Marita Gates; Saturday: Harriet Moravec, Sonia Ryam and Carisa Dot; Sunday: Tommy Roberts, Wes Meeks, Christina Feik and Caylene Marshall; Monday: Elsie Watson.

I'm about ready to plant some sugar snap peas just to see if it's too early. Next week my plants are going out. Happy gardening to all of you.

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

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