Avoid numb minds, fingers

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006


  Herb Schaan entertains a full house at the Kenai Community Library last winter during a presentation on string storytelling. Libraries are good places to spend a winter day. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Herb Schaan entertains a full house at the Kenai Community Library last winter during a presentation on string storytelling. Libraries are good places to spend a winter day.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Cold-weather outdoor pursuits not your thing? Never fear —the season for indoor activities is here. Here’s some suggestions on how to stay buy until breakup hits:

· Many fall behind on their reading during the summer months, and the public libraries in Kenai and Soldotna are a great place to catch up.

Both libraries have a wide selection of books, magazines, newspapers and audio books. There also are numerous DVDs and video cassettes available, and both libraries have Internet access.

Also available are numerous programs, such story time for kids — in both English and Spanish. Several adults groups also meet at the libraries, including writers’ groups, book clubs and genealogical societies.

For more information, call the Kenai Community Library at 283-4378 or the Soldotna Public Library at 262-4227.

· There are two movie theaters in the area, offering area residents a host of new-release Hollywood hits. Moviegoers must be quick if they don’t want to miss a flick, since features frequently change week to week.

For show times and listings, call Regal Cinemas Kambe Theater in Kenai at 283-4554 or the Orca Theater on Kalifornsky Beach Road at 262-7003.

· For movie watching at home there are several video rental stores in the area. Some of the large chain rental stores also rent video games and video game systems, many of which are role-playing and quest-type games that can take days to weeks to solve, depending on the player’s skill level.

· For those looking to stimulate their minds in a more reality-based way, Kenai Peninsula College offers winter classes on a variety of subjects, including many that focus on regional interests.

KPC offers numerous open mic nights where local artists can play music or read short stories or poems. KPC also serves as a meeting location for several social and political clubs that encourage community dialogue about local, state, national and global events and issues.

For more information on KPC’s upcoming classes and events, call 262-0330 or stop by the campus off of Kalifornsky Beach Road and check postings on the numerous bulletin boards.

· Soldotna Community Schools offers a host of classes and activities — from dancing to hunting education and fur skin sewing to photography. For information on classes, dates and costs, call 262-6768.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center operates a museum, showcasing a host of historical, cultural and biological items, as well rotating art shows. For more information, call 283-1991.

· For those looking for fitness-related fun, the Kenai Recreation Center offers many indoor sporting activities. The center has a basketball court, three racquetball/walleyball courts, a weight room, sauna and showers. For the center’s hours and information about winter sports leagues, call 283-3855.

The Nikiski Pool is another good bet for indoor exercise, with a pool, exercise equipment and racquetball/walleyball courts. Call 776-8472.

Several health clubs in the area offer a variety of fitness equipment, classes and one-on-one instruction. For more information, call Body Masters in Kenai at 283-2270, the Fitness Place in Soldotna at 262-4690, Peninsula Athletic Club in Soldotna at 262-6197, or, for women only, Curves in Kenai at 335-2787 or Curves in Soldotna at 260-7775.

· For a blend of fitness, food and fun, the Kenai River Folk Dancers hold contra dances/potlucks monthly through the winter. Contra features live barn-dance or classic country-style music, and dances are “called” so even the most unpracticed dancers can succeed.

Most of the dances are held evenings at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School the third Saturday of every month. Children are welcome, since the event is smoke- and alcohol-free.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.

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