Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Hello, neighbors.

Here's hoping you have all your fall chores finished and are not racing around frantically trying to beat the snow. This is Halloween weekend and, as you may well remember, there is almost always snow for the trick-or-treaters. Think this year will be different? Guess we'll see soon enough.

This is the last full week that our candidates for public office can campaign. Whatever

your political proclivity may be, come out and vote this election.

An Internet Health Resources class will be held Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kenai Community Library. The class will introduce participants to several health Web sites and databases. The class also covers Web evaluation skills. For more information or to register, call 283-4378.

While you're in the neighborhood, take this last opportunity to get your Friends of the Library raffle ticket. The big event is this weekend at the Eagles Club, with the drawings to be held Friday. For the $100 cost of the ticket, you are entitled to a prime rib dinner for two and a chance to win a grand prize of $7,500 or one of 15 other cash prizes ranging in value from $100 to $750. The proceeds from the raffle will help the library with operating and expansion costs through the year. Call the library at 283-4378 or stop by to get your ticket. Only 300 will be sold.

Trish Thomson recently returned from a fun trip to help her sister, Judi Carey of Fort Wayne, Ind., celebrate her retirement after teaching art to junior high students for 37 years. They met in Seattle and took a tour of Victoria Island and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The girls also visited Whidby Island, Port Townsend, Mount Rainier, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. It was a great trip, but Trish is happy to be back with hubby, Bill, and puppy, Baleen.

Now's the time to get your kids in the swim of things. The Peninsula Piranhas swim team is gearing up. Registration for returning swimmers will be held Nov. 4 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School commons. Tryouts and registration for new swimmers, who must be level four or above, will be held Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Carolann at 283-6037 or coach Will at 283-7476.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool is holding its annual See's Candy bar sale. The candy bars sell for $1.50 each and come in four varieties. The money earned will provide for educational tools for the preschool. If you are interested in purchasing any, call Denise Barrett at 262-5766 or Becca Olson at 283-3334.

If you're a chocolate heavy-hitter, you may need to see the Cook Inlet Lions about ordering boxes of See's Candy. They will sell them at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center on Nov. 4 through 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or you can order them from Heidi Dominick at 283-2211 or Marion Nickelson at 776-5688. This candy sale has been a trademark Lions Club fund-raiser for many years on the peninsula.

"The Uninvited," a classic thriller, will be presented by the Kenai Performers at its new theater, the Old Town Playhouse in the old Gary King's building, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The group also will perform the play Nov. 5 through 7. One of the goals of this non-profit organization is to provide quality entertainment for peninsula residents, as well as providing roles for budding and seasoned actors locally. Call Mary Kennedy at 252-4942 or stop by Charlotte's in Kenai, Coffee Roasters on Kalifornsky Beach Road, River City Books in Soldotna and M & M Market in Nikiski for tickets.

On Friday, the Kenai Boys and Girls Club will sponsor Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat is an event for kids ages 13 and younger. This event will be held in front of the Boys and Girls Club on Frontage Road in Kenai. Organizers ask that the kids come and parade in Halloween costumes, but also dress for the weather. Volunteers still are needed, and donations of individually wrapped goodies will be accepted. For more details on this or any club events, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

As of this writing, the flu shots scheduled to be given at the senior center today have been canceled. Check with the center if you were one of the schedulees. This service will be available whenever the vaccine becomes more readily available. Call 283-4156 for more information.

Lauren Wakefield, coordinator of the winter arts and crafts fair at Kenai Central High School on Nov. 26 and 27, announces they still have booths available for rental. Sales will be limited to handmade items only. No items for resale are allowed. They are looking for the creative content in the goods they sell at this large annual event. Call 776-8408 evenings and weekends to speak with Lauren or e-mail her at

Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is a waiting list you can be on in case of cancellations.

Birthday greetings are sent out today to Mike Kent, Nathan Nash and Dolph Hensley; Thursday: Dorothy Horwath and Oran Huckabay; Friday: Karissa Godfrey and Dorothy Howell; Saturday: Kaleigh Hansen, who turns

11, Christine Marquis and Jim Stewart; Sunday: Jerrylynne deMello, Marlene Frates and Mandi Hansen; Monday: Ruth Pritchard and Melisa Frates.

On Wednesday, happy anniversary to Mike and Mary Booth.

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

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