Do you remember the song "Over the river and through the wood to grandmother's house we go. Hurrah for fun, is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!" Well, my kids learned the one that went: "A turkey sat on a backyard fence and he sang this sad, sad tune..."
I happen to know of a prize-winning 4-H turkey that was singing that same song recently. He dedicated his future to our midnight-sneak-into-the-kitchen-for-a-turkey-sandwich adventure this season, and thankful we are to him and to the girls and their dad who so dutifully prepared him for this end.
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will be open at noon Thursday for its traditional dinner. The main staples will be provided, but they need you to potluck the rest of the goodies if you plan to attend.
There also will be a family dinner served at the Moose Lodge at 3 p.m. Thanksgiving.
The Kenai seniors say they can make your holiday a little easier by doing the baking for you with your choice of apple or pumpkin pie. Orders will be taken through Wednesday and the pies can be picked up at the center that day. Call 283-4156 to place an order.
Betty Lowery, Sue Macholz, Chas McConahay, Sam Caswell, Kathy Carlson and Officer Jay Sjogren recently attended the Rape Aggression Defense training course in Anchorage. Brigham Young University campus policeman Randy O' Hara, who taught the RAD class offered on the peninsula two years ago, teamed with Kathy Wright from the RAD national office to present this training.
All of the group attending the training passed, most with perfect scores. The new Kenai Peninsula chapter officers include Betty Lowery, chairman; Sarah Lazare, vice-chairman; Becky Foster, treasurer; and Kathy Carlson, secretary. If you are interested in information about this training, call Kathy at 283-3084.
This is the week for winter on the Kenai. The day after Thanksgiving marks my favorite celebration Christmas Comes to Kenai. The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with Santa's appearance at the chamber cabin, complete with hot chocolate and cookies.
The best part of all for me is Electric Light Parade, at 6 p.m. followed by a the bonfire, carols and the fireworks at 7:30 p.m. The absolute granddaddy of all craft shows will go on for two days at the Kenai Central High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You may not want to miss any of the fun, so come to town and join the throng.
The Kenai Performers are looking for a few happy elves men, women, teens and kids, and one jolly Santa and his Mrs. to bring a little bit of winter delight to the arts and crafts fair. They will costume you, and you can help add to the fun for however long you can stay. Call Carol Ford at 776-8308 to volunteer.
Meanwhile, be thankful, stay warm and have a lovely holiday.
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Kenai library plans 4-day closure
The Kenai Community Library will be closed Nov. 22 through 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Other planned events are: Today Russian story time at 3:30 p.m. and Friends of the Library at 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday preschool story time at 10:30 a.m.; and Wednesday WEE read at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 283-4378.
Senior center activities set
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events: Today exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and pinochle at 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday TOPS at 9:45 a.m.; Agrium lunch call for time; bingo at 12:30 p.m.; bridge at 12:35 p.m. and craft class at 1 p.m.; Wednesday exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday Thanksgiving pot luck at noon; Friday closed.
Happy birthday to Joyce Williams today, Nov. 19; Phyllis Fleishauer Nov. 20; Louise Grimm on Nov. 21; Joe Nightingale and Nina Strahmann on Nov. 22; Betty Smith, Barbara Roan, Richard Kuehner, Marlene Pearson and Bill Clarke on Nov. 23; Thelma Stahly on Nov. 24; and Mike Kobylk and Katie MacLeod on Nov. 25.
The Kenai Performers will hold auditions for Rogers and Hammerstien "The King and I" at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 or at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Call backs will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 8.
Auditions are for all ages. Each auditioner will read, sing and dance. For more information, call 283-8350 or visit www.kenaiperformers.org.
Kenai Performers seek members
The Kenai Performers organization has openings on its board of directors. Board members need not be performers or directors, just people interested in supporting live theater and the arts in the central Kenai Peninsula.
Fundraising and grant writing expertise are especially sought. To apply, visit the Web site, www.kenaiperformers.org, for the board member application; contact Chris Cook, board president, at email@example.com; or watch a meeting at 6 p.m. the last Monday of the month in the Kenai Playhouse in Old Towne Kenai.
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