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Posted: Sunday, December 03, 2006

Kenai history buffs to meet

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. today downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant.

The featured speaker will be Craig Fanning, officer in charge of the local unit of The Salvation Army. He will trace the history of the organization in Kenai, and his part in working with it in Kenai and elsewhere. It is open to the public.

Christmas concert today

The Kenai Central High School choir will hold its winter Christmas concert at 3 p.m. today in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of music, solos, two pieces by the Christ Lutheran Church bell choir, under the direction of Elaine Larson, and two dance performances, under the direction of Tara Phillips.

A free will box will be available for donations to help defray the cost of purchasing 50 choir robes.

The choir also has begun its annual fresh fruit fundraiser. Orders will be taken through Dec. 12 with delivery made directly to purchasers Jan. 12 through 15.

Cara-Cara navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, D’anjou pears, tangelos, and Red Delicious apples area available to order. Gift samplers as well as bulk orders are available. Orders may be placed through KCHS choir members or by calling Renee Henderson at 283-7524 or Rocky DeMello at 283-3883.

Club to sell See’s candy

Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula will take orders for See’s candy for pre- Christmas delivery. Deadline to order is Monday.

Community members may place post-Christmas orders Dec. 16 at the Peninsula Center Mall, where the group will have a table set up, or with any Soroptimist member. Proceeds benefit Soroptimist programs. For more information, call Lyn Hodel at 262-9253.

Fishermen’s fund members to meet

Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund members will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. The topics will be status of the just compensation lawsuit and related membership concerns. For more information, call John McCombs at 567-3334.

Support for cancer victim sought

A community meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kenai Middle School library to plan fundraisers to help defray the cost of Ericka Reynold’s cancer treatments. Reynolds, 12, has been diagnosed with AML leukemia and is at the Seattle Children’s Hospital undergoing treatment. The meeting is open to the public. Community members unable to attend but who wish to help may call Dena at 252-1993 or e-mail her at

Cookies available to order

Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church is taking preorders for its annual cookie fundraiser. Deadline to order is Wednesday. Cookies will be ready for pick up or delivery Dec. 13. The cost is $4 per dozen. For more information or to place an order, call Liz at 262-5525, Diane at 262-1714 or Rick at 262-1763.

Shuttle launch celebration set

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska will host a celebration of the launch of STS-116, piloted by Alaska’s first astronaut, Bill Oefelein, at 5 p.m. Thursday at the center at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway next to Kenai Central High School.

The celebration will feature an open house at 5 p.m.; live launch feed at 5:39 p.m.; and Starlab planetarium presentations at 6 p.m. The center will have a telescope set up outside weather permitting. Tours of the center also will be offered.

Holiday decorating contest begins

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will accept nominations through Friday for businesses and residences that are exceptionally well decorated for Christmas.

Sponsored by Homer Electric Association, first- through third-place awards will be given in commercial and residential categories. Winners will be announced at the Dec. 12 chamber luncheon.

Nominations, including name, address and phone number, should be submitted to the chamber by calling 262-9814 or by e-mail to

Women may register for basketball league

The Kenai Recreation Center is taking applications for the women’s city basketball league.

The team fee of $250 is due by Friday, and the first six teams to register by the deadline will be allowed to play. A player fee of $50 is due before the first game.

The season is from January to March. For more information, call 283-3855.

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