It's official fall is here in all its splendor. The leaves are turning, the nasturtiums are bright orange and gold, and the kids are adjusting to being back in school. Soon it will be time to put the studs back on your tires, but for now, grab what's left of summer and enjoy the last day of the Saturday Market on Saturday. Howard Piland has worked hard all season to coordinate this summer event. Thanks to all of the intrepid vendors, who showed up rain, shine or fog. It was fun rubbing shoulders with the tourists and locals who came to browse.
Feeling that your parenting skills leave something to be desired and that your household is sometimes out of control? Help is on its way. The Nakenu Family Center is offering a "Proud to Parent" active parenting class free of charge to anyone interested in improving relationships with their children. This class will focus on families with children from ages 3 to 12. Active parenting and traditional values will be part of the curriculum Everyone is welcome and there will be childcare provided. Potluck dinners and door prizes will be offered Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tyotkas Elder Center at 1000 Mission Ave. in Kenai. For more information, call 283-6693.
Saturday marks the 14th annual Lions Club Rubber Ducky Race on the Kenai River. This year, the Kenai Lions Club partnered with the Soldotna Lions Club and the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions to present this fundraising event. Here's how it works: Rubber Ducks are put in the river at about noon at Cunningham Park on Beaver Loop. The first $5 duck to cross the finish line wins $1,000. The first $20 duck wins $6,000. If you buy the 'whole duck' for $25, you could win $7,000. There will be additional drawings for ten $100 ducks. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Lions' vision and eyeglass projects as well as other local projects such as park improvements. Call Larry Linebarger at 283-2880, Theresa Morse at 252-4988 or stop by Malston's for tickets.
If you thought you saw familiar faces at the Thailand booth at the State Fair in Palmer, it was Suree and Vong Nujoy of Kenai. Suree was invited by the Thai Consulate to demonstrate her culinary carving skills at their tourism booth. Suree is an expert at carving fruits and vegetables into beautiful objects, and said that she "had a lot of fun and met lots of people" while doing what she loves to do.
The Kenai Senior Citizens are having their fall garage and bake sale Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center.
Happy birthday today, Sept. 10, to Willa Fulton and Judy Hall; Oliver Klinger and Dick Jurgensen on Sept. 11; Martha Longhitano and Janet Brown on Sept. 12; Glen Schrader and Lorrie Carter on Sept. 13; Dale Richard, Dusty Rhodes and Trish Thomson on Sept. 14; and Betty Paynter, Mark Necessary, Vivian Terry, and Bryan McDonald on Sept. 15.
Other Kenai news
Garden winners announced
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate its "Garden of the Week" winners: Bobby Oskolkoff, first place; Marion Nelson, second place; Barb Christian, third place; and Leon Quesnel, fourth place. Each won a gift certificate.
Gozelskis have a new son
Amy Rathkey Gozelski and John Gozelski of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Andrew, at 3:40 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at home with assistance from Woman's Way Midwifery. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches.
He joins sister, Anna. His grandparents are George and Nancy Gozelski and Ray and Carol Rathkey. His great-grandparents are Mabel Meyer and Eldred and Lavine Rathkey.
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