Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2007

Autumn is here without a doubt, and soon it will be time to put our summertime plants to bed for the season. Thanks to the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department for their TLC of the planters and grounds of our fair city.

The addition of the metal fish silhouettes in planters along our main streets has been attractive. These 18-20 sculptures were crafted by the Kenai Central High School vocational classes under the direction of Tom Burck during the 2005-06 school year. Bob Frates, director of the parks and recreation department, said there are plans to acquire more of the metal fish for next season.

Mr. Frates also applauds the 15 or so members of his summer maintenance crew for the great job they did keeping Kenai beautiful this year. Me, too. You did us proud.

There is still room in the Proud to Parent active parenting class being held at the Tyotkas Elder Center at 1000 Mission Avenue in the former Old Town Village Restaurant building Mondays at 6 p.m. The classes, which focus on children ages 3 to12, are free to the public. Child care will be provided. Dinner is potluck. Call 283-6693 ext. 275, for more information.

Happening tonight is the Restless Heart concert at Kenai Central High School at 7:30. Proceeds will go to various youth sports organizations, as well as, to the Explorer Scouts.

Coming up this weekend is the Harvest Auction at the Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook St. in the Old Towne area.

This annual fundraiser, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, features contributions by local artists in a variety of media.

Congratulations to the center on its attractive new look. Sarah Glaves envisioned and created mosaic panels from pottery shards, and Charlie LaForge installed them on the building front.

It's good to see the lights on in the King's Inn restaurant location again. Roger and Linda Petrey, formerly of the Wings Diner, have newly opened the doors to The Daily Bread with the help of daughter Jessica, who waits tables, and son Patrick, who cooks.

Mya Renken, Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center director, Sasha Lindgren, Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau board president, and Teresa Nichol with Kenai Peninsula Marketing Tourism Council are meeting this week at the Alaska Media Roadshow pitching story ideas to travel writers.

They have appointments with National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Alaska Magazine and Meetings Media as well as with writers who contribute to numerous newspapers throughout the United States.

Are you training for the big Kenai River Marathon being held Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.? The course route will follow the Unity Trail connecting Kenai and Soldotna.

There will be no race-day registration, so stop by the visitors center or register online at Call Dr. Pete Hansen at 283-4611 to volunteer your help.

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