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Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Elementary basketball camp on tap

Cook Inlet Academy is hosting a Hoops for the Holidays Basketball Camp. Wondering what you're going to do with your little loved ones over the Christmas break? Looking for something fun, active and safe for your kids? Need to do some holiday shopping or get things done around the house? Bring them to CIA, where the varsity basketball girls' and boys' teams will help your kids learn and improve their basketball skills, be mentored by varsity players and coaches, and make a few new friends. This is for all kids, kindergarten through 6th grade. Camp is Dec. 20 to 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Academy gym, Cost is $60 for the week or $20 each day. Register at the Academy's front office or at the door. Bring a sack lunch (snacks provided), shoes, gym clothes. For more information call Coach Justin Franchino at 252-8854 or e-mail at

Girls volleyball camp coming

Kenai Central High School volleyball team is offering a volleyball skills camp for all girls in sixth through eighth grade. The camp will be held at Kenai Middle School Dec. 21 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The cost is $80 for both days and includes a T-shirt. Deadline for registering is Friday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. For more information you, contact Toni Steward at Kenai Middle School, 283-4896.

Autism workshop available

The Autism Society of Alaska hosts Carol Gray, an authority on autism spectrum disorders, for an all-day workshop, Social Stories 10.1 Immersion & Comic Strip Conversations, in Soldotna on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Soldotna High School auditorium. Participants can register and order books for the workshop at, or contact Tonja Updike, 398-4214, for more information.

Soldotna Toastmasters meet

Soldotna Toastmasters meets on Mondays, from noon to 1 p.m., at Soldotna City Hall Council Chambers. Opportunities for practice in public speaking and leadership skills. Visitors, prospective members and members from other clubs are welcome. Contact Rosie Reeder, 262-7993, for more information.

Garden club meets

The Central Peninsula Garden Club monthly meeting takes place Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road. On the program will be "Gardens of Western Europe and Southern Hemisphere," presented by Tom Jahns, Land Resources District Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service. He will show various interesting examples of gardens from the perspective of a soils expert and long time Alaska gardener. Learn the similar and differing issues other gardeners face and how they deal with them in comparison to Alaska methods. Refreshments served and sometimes door prizes. Everyone is welcome. Please car pool. For more information contact Marion Nelson, 283 4632 or

2010 Tree Auction in its last days

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center hosts its second annual Christmas Tree Auction through Saturday, Dec. 4. Come to the Center and see the beautiful decorated Christmas trees from local non-profit service organizations, and bid for a chance to take your favorite tree home or to your business. The display is free and open to the public. The auction closes Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. with carols and cookies at 1 p.m.

Participating organizations for 2010 include: Patrons of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc., Kenai Performers, Performing Arts Society, Kenai Watershed Forum, Peninsula Garden Club, Peninsula Food Bank, T200 Sled Dog Race, Boys and Girls Club, Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Holy Assumption Church Restoration Project, Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, LeeShore Center, Kenai Peninsula Education Association, CERT, Sorpotomist of the Twin Cities, Mattie's Farm, Civil Air Patrol, Girl Scout Troop #571 Nikiski North Star Juniors, Kenai Resilience, Toys for Tots--Kenai Peninsula, Mom's Club, Relay for Life--American Cancer Society and 4-H.

The center will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, and open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Special thanks to supporters: Spenard Builders Supply, Salvation Army Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. For more information, or to see the trees, visit the website at

Fire stations conduct safety seat checks

Local fire stations will conduct Car Seat Check Up Events in December: Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Kenai Fire Department from 1 to 3 p.m.; and on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the CES/Soldotna Fire Station, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children of all ages need special care when riding in motor vehicles. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to children through age 15. Stop in at our event to have a child passenger safety technician check to make sure your child is riding safely in your vehicle.

Fish and Game Advisory group meets

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road to prepare comments for Board of Fisheries proposals. For more information, contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

Cook Inlet Planning Team to meet

The Cook Inlet Regional Planning Team will hold its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 in the conference room of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. The topic of discussion is hatchery updates. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, call 907-283-5761 or find the agenda online at under "CIAA News."

Silent auction this week

This week's 1st Thursday Reception features the Peninsula Art Guild's Winter Silent Auction at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Ave., Old Towne Kenai, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bidding opens on a wide selection of art objects donated by local artists and art supporters. Bidding runs through Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Contact KFAC, 283-7040, for more information.

Book signing for "The Loose Zoo"

The Kenai Fine Art Center hosts a book signing by author Brent Johnson illustrator Laura Faeo for their children's book, "The Loose Zoo," Saturday, Dec. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Jazz guitarist J.D. Uponen will also perform, noon to 4 p.m. KFAC, 816 Cook Ave., Kenai.

Potter's Christmas sale

The Kenai Potter's Guild Potter's Annual Christmas Sale takes place Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Ave., Kenai. A wide selection of pottery on sale. Great prices.

Kenai Historical Society to meet

The Kenai Historical Society will meet Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1:15 p.m. at the Kenai Methodist Church, across the street from Wells Fargo. Guest speaker Father Thomas Andrew will give an update on the restoration of the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. For more information, call Betty Idleman at 776-8590.

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