Saturday, December 3, 2005

NOW PLAYING: Coming Attractions
Let me say right at the outset that I truly meant to review a new movie this weekend. I did, really, but circumstances conspired to keep me away from the movie theater. First off, my partners and I are opening up a live theatre in Soldotna (Shameless Plug Alert: The Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall opens this weekend with an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine showing Dec. 1, 2, & 3, with a Gala Grand Opening on the third from 12-4!) and you can’t believe (or maybe you can) how much work that is. I spent most of the weekend installing seats (the Kambe donated us their old seats - comfy! Sorry, that was another shameless plug.) Also, did anyone notice the exciting new features that Hollywood served up for the Thanksgiving weekend? Just Friends appears to be a ridiculous teen movie, slathered with Santa Clause-style effects and packaged for adults, and Yours, Mine, Ours smacks of Cheaper by the Dozen one-up-manship. C’mon, eighteen kids? Dennis Quaid is really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. Now, to be fair, I haven’t seen either flick, so don’t take that as gospel, but they sure don’t inspire one to run right out to the theatre.

Group idea mushrooms
Mushroom maniacs, lichen lovers and fungus fanatics will unite Saturday during the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Mycological Society.

Cold snap ices area
Folks in the upper Midwest may have borne the brunt of early winter fury last week, but unexpected cold weather on the Kenai Peninsula has had an effect, as well.

AWG coming up short
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey reported to the city council Wednesday night that the 2006 Arctic Winter Games organizers are facing a “current gap” of $650,000 to $800,000 needed to put on the Games on the Kenai Peninsula in March.

State: Fishermen suit dead in water
A lawsuit filed by Cook Inlet commercial fishermen against the state of Alaska and the Alaska Board of Fisheries may have no influence, according to the state’s lead attorney Steven Daugherty.

Slowly but surely: Ski season gearing up
While skiers on the central Kenai Peninsula missed out on a big dump of snow over the holiday weekend, winter recreationists in Homer are reveling in 12 to 14 inches of fresh, powdery snow.

Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Ski Trails
· Tsalteshi Trails — Located behi·d Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parki·g lot a·d o· Kalifor·sky Beach Road just across from the Soldot·a Sports Ce·ter. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

Alaska Natural History Association — important partner to KNWR
What is the first thing you see when you walk into the visitor center at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Ski Hill Road? If you said a book or gift store, you would be right. If you think the store is owned and operated by the refuge, you would only be partly right. It is operated by the refuge staff in the Visitor Center, but bookstore is actually owned by the Alaska Natural History Association (ANHA).

Around the Peninsula
Wal-Mart film to be shownSoldotna historians to meetCookie fundraiser set to munchWal-Mart to be discussedHistorical society meeting day changedUSO performance set to entertainOpen house, portrait exhibit set

Sports Briefs
Knights down PanthersKPHA squad plays three on road

Volleyball smorgasbord
Last week was the week for plates piled high with food. This week is the week for heaping helpings of volleyball.

Area wrestlers seek state tourney berths
A predominantly young contingent of wrestlers from the Kenai Peninsula will travel to Anchorage for the Kachemak Conference tournament today and Saturday, hosted by Anchorage Christian Schools.

Take advantage of what God has to offer
I receive a monthly bank statement that contains an ad asking, “Are you taking advantage of us?”

Church Briefs
Cookie fundraiser set to munchChristmas brunch setCookie fundraiser boxed to goCantata choir practiceChristmas programs plannedCandlelight services slatedNikiski Bible study continuesBible study group to meet

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