Posted: Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Finally, it is Nov. 2. I don't think I am alone in my happiness that the campaigns are finally at an end. Do the American thing, go vote. In my opinion, if you don't vote you don't have the right to complain.

The Central Peninsula General Hospital auxiliary is sponsoring a holiday bazaar in the Iliamna conference room of the hospital. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

It will feature items made by CPGH employees and volunteers. Homemade cookies also will be served. Come and check out what may become an annual event. Checks and cash are welcome. There is an automatic teller machine in the hospital for your convenience.

Be better informed by attending the Tuesday weekly luncheons at Riverside House sponsored by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Today at noon Christine Gehrett and Sherril Miller, instructors at Kenai Peninsula College will present information on the KPC Elementary Education Program.

Adults can earn a bachelor of arts in elementary education at the local level, rather than taking upper division classes at University of Alaska Anchorage.

There is also an elementary education certificate for those changing fields but already have a bachelor of arts.

Thursday begins a monthly tradition of First Thursday. This event also is happening in Anchorage and Homer on the first Friday of each month. If you are traveling, don't miss the opportunity to walk leisurely about the galleries and the festivities.

This month at Artworks, a reception featuring artist Thor Evenson will begin at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on exhibit until Jan. 5.

Across the street from Artworks is a bluegrass jam at the Christ Lutheran Church from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and next door to Artworks is an art exhibit at Mykel's in the lounge, featuring Kevin Harding. That show will continue through December.

In the neighboring city of Kenai you can treat yourself to a reception for "Alaska WILD '03" at the Kenai Visitor's and Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibit dates are Thursday through Nov. 27.

The Amanita Trio-Sarah Glaves, Maria Allison and Emily Grossman will perform at Veronica's.

On Friday don't miss the opening of the juried clay exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from 6 to 9 p.m. There are many potters in the area and this it the the only show dedicated exclusively to clay.

Here are the upcoming events at KPC: This year marks the twentieth anniversary of The Showcase, KPC's award winning lecture, entertainment and arts series.

The Showcase was begun by longtime instructor Jean Brockel and English professor, Dave Forbes, as a venue for local writers, dancers and musicians. In recent years, thanks in good part to a generous grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund, the program has expanded to include a wide array of presenters and performers from around the state, the nation and even the world.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the college, comedian Ben Bailey will perform. Bailey is from New York and has appeared at more than 200 colleges throughout the nation, as well as in a variety of feature films and network TV shows. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors.

Tickets are available at the KPC bookstore, River City Books in Soldotna and Old Town Music in Kenai.

Bailey's subject matter is geared toward mature audiences.

Soldotna high school senior girls, the Alaska Junior Miss program will not be held until January, however, the application deadline is coming up this month. You can pick up an application packet from your high school counselor or complete the information online by visiting

To be eligible all contestant paperwork must be received no later than Nov. 22. For more information, call Mary Green at 262-5495.

A belated happy birthday wish to Dan Irmen, his birthday was Monday. I hope it was a grand day.

Joyce Cox can be reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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