Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Santa requests wish lists

As part of the Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration, Santa requests that boys and girls bring their Christmas wish list to the Village of Trees on Friday at the former Gary King's building. Santa also will collect nonperishable food items for The Salvation Army food baskets. A bagpiper will announce Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival via horse drawn surrey at 10 a.m. Santa's elves will serve hot chocolate and cookies. Photos can be taken with Santa in his giant chair and there will be sleigh and carriage rides. For more information, contact the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989.

Eagles host dinner for seniors

Kenai Eagles Aerie No. 3525 will host a Christmas dinner for seniors, as well as for Eagles members and their families. Serving will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eagles Club, Mile 5.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Author to speak at library

The Kenai Community Library will present Debbie Miller, author of "Polar Bear Journey," "Disappearing Lake" and "River of Life." She will tell true stories behind "The Great Serum Run" and other stories at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the library.

Hospice offers carols for donation

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is offering Sing-a-Grams. Hospice volunteers will sing two holiday carols to interested businesses or offices for a donation of $25. Proceeds will benefit hospice programs and services. Local businesses can arrange for a Sing-a-Gram to be delivered Dec. 6, 13 and 20 by calling Sue at 262-0453.

Chugach forest offers Christmas trees

The Chugach National Forest offers Christmas trees free of charge. The guidelines are that all areas of the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula are open for Christmas tree cutting except Portage Valley, extending from the Seward Highway to Portage Lake and Turnagain Pass.

The Turnagain Pass closure extends from where Bertha Creek crosses the Seward Highway north to the national forest boundary and for half a mile on each side of the highway. The open area starts at Mile 65.5 after Bertha Creek Campground.

The limit is one tree per family. Topping of trees is prohibited. All cutting must be 150 yards away from roads, trails, trail heads, campgrounds or bodies of water. Stumps must be cut low to the ground and all debris removed from roads and trails. Trees should be selected so other trees remain within 12 to 15 feet surrounding the one cut.

For more information, contact the Anchorage office at (907) 743-9500, Seward District office at (907) 224-3374, Glacier District office at (907) 783-3242 or visit the Web site at

Habitat accepts homeowner applications

Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for its 12th home to be built in Kenai in 2003. Applicants must meet three criteria: currently living in substandard housing, a willingness to partner with the local affiliate by performing 500 hours of construction and-or administrative work, and an ability to make monthly house payments on a no-interest mortgage.

For more information or an application, contact the Habitat office at 283-7797 or e-mail Applications will be accepted through Jan. 1.

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