Posted: Monday, September 10, 2001

Kenai Community Library schedule

A free Internet class for those interested in learning the basics will be held today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library. Topics covered will be the difference between a search engine and a subject directory, browser features that will help you locate information and some field searching techniques.

Space is limited so be sure to sign up at the front desk. The Internet class will be Monday of each month, so if you are not able to attend this class there will be an opportunity for you to attend one in the future.

Brenda Hough has returned to lead Toddler Story Time on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Preschool story time is at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

The Writers' Group will hold their regular meeting Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the conference room. Anyone interested in writing for pleasure and profit is invited to attend.

The Totem tracers genealogy Society will meet Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone curious about geneology and family history is invited to attend.

The Book Club will meet Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the library. Anyone who enjoys reading for pleasure and stimulating conversation is invited to attend.

Essay contest announced for high school students

High school students in their junior or senior year of study during the 2001-2002 school year who are U.S. citizens or legal aliens are invited to enter the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution George S. and Stella M. Knight essay Contest. The contest is open to students attending public, parochial, private or home schools in Alaska.

The contest is for an original essay written in English having a minimum of 750 and not exceeding 1,000 words. The topic for the essay shall deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence or the framing of the United States Constitution.

Essays will be judged for historical accuracy, clarity of thought, organization, grammar and spelling and documentation. A $7,500 first prize and plaque is awarded to the winner of the national contest. In addition, the winner will receive an expenses paid trip to Nashville, Tem., to receive their award. The winner of the Alaska contest will receive a $600 cash prize and be published on the Society's web page.

The contest deadline is Jan. 15, 2002. Rules and other information about the contest can be obtained by sending a business size stamped self addressed envelope to Alaska Knight Essay Contest Chairman, P.O. Box 201, Valdez, AK 99686-0201. The rules are also available at

2002 Alaska Junior Miss competition slated

The Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship competition is scheduled to take place Nov. 17 at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. This annual program is part of a nationwide endeavor to honor and reward the country's outstanding high school girls for their accomplishments. The areas in which contestants are evaluated are judges interview, scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts and fitness and poise.

In addition to cash and tuition scholarships, the young woman selected will represent the state of Alaska in the 45th annual America's Junior Miss National Finals in Mobile, Ala., held in June.

This program is open to any young woman who is a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2002. Interested participants should contact their high school counselor for application packets.

There is no entry fee and all contestant applications must be postmarked no later than Sept. 29. For more information, contact this year's newly appointed state chair, Mary Green, at 262-5495 or visit the America's Junior Miss web site at

SoHi unveils community art project

Soldotna High School invites the public to celebrate and view their community based art project that entailed painting over 250 sound panels. This is a "must see to believe and appreciate" art project that will totally change the way you "see" art. Tour through a palette of vivid colors and striking shapes, but prepare yourself for a visual surprise as you turn around and "review" what you think you have just seen. Look again and all has changed.

High school students throughout the entire Kenai Peninsula, as well as a myriad of community members, have participated in this project. We now enjoy a spectacular piece of visually stimulating art for years to come.

The celebration and viewing begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 with slides and a talk by Margaret Hugi-Lewis, internationally known artist who designed this project. Refreshments will follow in the commons at Soldotna High School.

United Way pie auction scheduled

The Ninilchik Senior Center will host the annual United Way Pie Auction on Saturday. The evening includes dinner and music from 6 p.m., followed by the auction. Special prizes will be attached to the home baked pies, including a trip for two to Hawaii.

This is a family event, with proceeds benefiting the Kenai Peninsula United Way. The cost for the gourmet ham dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. Pie donations are welcome. For more information, contact the Ninilchik Senior Center at 567-3988 or the United Way office at 283-9500.

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