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Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010

MOMS meet

The local chapter of the MOMS Club, an international non-profit support organization for at-home mothers, will hold its December meeting on Monday, Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m. in Soldotna. For location or other information about the MOMS Club, please contact Connie at 262-6712, or Michelle at 394-7527. Or visit their website at www.momsclubkenaipen.weebly.com.

Writer mini-grants available

The Central Peninsula Writers Group is now calling for submissions for the 14th Annual Writers presentation in March, 2011, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai. The Central Peninsula Writers Group is very pleased to announce they have been awarded a mini-grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum to enable them to give those who read their entries this year an honorarium of up to $100. The amount will be determined by the number of readers selected from the submissions received.

Adult and high school aged writers from the Central Peninsula: Cooper Landing to Ninilchik and Nikiski; are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 12, 2011, and must be accompanied by an entry form and three copies of their work.

Complete guidelines and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library, the Kenai Visitors Center and online at www.kenailibrary.org, click on the Writer Group link at the left.

Snow sports time

TRAILS is gearing up for skiing and snowboarding again with Challenge Alaska and Alyeska Ski School. The first trip will be the weekend of Dec. 10 to 12, 2010. For more information, call the Independent Living Center nearest you; In Homer call 235-7911, Soldotna call 262-6333 and Seward call 224-8711.

Youth invited to learn to hunt

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) and 4-H Shooting Sports Program in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program, is once again inviting youngsters 16 years of age and younger (minimum age of 10) to participate in an organized small game hunting experience. Each weekend from Nov. 1 through the end of December, pairs of adult Hunter Education and 4-H certified mentors will escort pairs of youths for one day of supervised small game hunting. Parents and guardians are welcome to participate. SCI will supply the firearms and instruction, ammunition, transportation and lunch. Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program will supply orange vests, hearing and eye protection. If not already certified, participating youth will be encouraged to sign up for an upcoming Hunter Education certification class and the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. For more information or to sign up call the UAF Cooperative Extension Office at 262-5824 or Fish and Game at 262-9368.

1970s KCHS grads, get in touch

Organizers are planning a combined class reunion for all Kenai Central High School classes from 1970 to 1979. The reunion is scheduled for July 23, 2011. Organizers are currently attempting to verify email addresses or any other contact information. If you a re a 1970s graduate, contact Sherrie (Stiers) Dahlen at sad@alaska.net, call 907-283-4485 or visit her Facebook page under Sherrie Stiers- Dahlen.

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 http://www.asagoldenheart.org/carolgray.htm, or contact Tonja Updike, 398-4214, for more information.

Kenai Library gift drawing

In keeping with tradition, all library cardholders are invited to enter two holiday drawings. This year's drawings will take place Dec. 17 during the Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a youth gift bag and an adult gift bag. Be sure to look for the entry display the next time you visit the library.

Soldotna Rotary raffles quilt

The Soldotna Rotary is raffling a queen-size Alaska-themed quilt to benefit Polio Plus, Rotary's effort to end polio world-wide. Ticket are $5 each of 5 for $20. Drawing is to be held Dec. 9. Tickets are available at Sweeney's; Key Bank in Soldotna; Lambe, Tuter and Wagner accounting office; and KDLL radio. For more information, call Luanne at 394-3444.

Refuge opens for Christmas tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for Christmas tree cutting. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. Contact Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road, in Soldotna, 907-262-7021, for further details.

Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program starting

Registration is now open for the Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program. Youth ages 6 to 12 are invited. The program runs from Jan. 15 to March 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and some Saturdays. Find links to registration and membership forms at the bottom of the TTA web page: www.tsalteshi.org. For information about the biathlon component or other questions, contact us at tsalteshi@yahoo.com.

Nutcracker in Homer

Come celebrate the holiday season with the 22nd production of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets are on sale now for all five performances at The Homer Bookstore, in Homer; and River City Books, in Soldotna. Call 299-9902 for ticket information. The Homer Nutcracker Production is once again pleased to offer the tickets at $10 for all seats, all shows, thanks to generous underwriting by Subway and our many program sponsors.

Performance Dates:

Sat., Dec. 4, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 5, 3 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 11, 3 p.m.

Get your cookies

The 16th Annual Cookies "Buy" the Pound cookie sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. until the cookies are gone! Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 S. Spruce St., Kenai (across from the Little League Fields). For information, call Mary Kennedy, 776-8328 or 252-4942 (cell).

Boy Scouts District Committee meets

The Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America Tustumena District will be holding its District Committee meeting on Dec. 2, 6 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. All District Committee members and commissioners need to attend. Directly following will be our District Round Table from 7 to 8 p.m. Youth Protection training will start from 8 to 8:30 p.m. All registered adults must take this training, and this will be the last group session for the year. Recharter packets will be picked up as well. Please contact Jodi Stuart, 283-1699, Tustumena District Executive for more information.



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