It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! What's your favorite part of this happy season? Shopping? Baking? Communicating with family and friends of Christmases past? I hope some of you said giving because if ever there was a time of year that lends itself to that noble activity, it's now.
Does it seem to you that need is increasing in our world? For the answer to that question, ask people involved in helping those who are experiencing a shortfall this winter. One of those entities is the Christmas drive committee from Mountain View and Kenai Middle School. This is their 25th year helping families in our close-knit Kenai community.
They would appreciate your help with a donation to the general fund, or you could 'adopt' a family or a child. Families in need with students in either school need to apply by Wednesday by calling Kimb Remsem at 283-6148 or 283-5498.
Kimb says this group "has been doing this for a long time, but couldn't do with without a lot of help from the whole community. It takes everyone to put this together and your donations are gratefully accepted."
During the month of November, four students from the Kenai Alternative School, two Young Marines and three Safari Club member's grandchildren took part in a successful cultural moose hunt. The Safari Club, 4-H, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,and area businesses joined forces to accomplish this educational activity.
The students attended a hunter safety/ethics class before the hunt. During the field dressing of the animal, experienced hunters and educators explained interesting and useful information while the young people took direction and did the work.
Local 4-H clubs are sponsoring a fundraiser raffle this season. A halibut charter for four during the months of May, June, or August and a signed Jon VanZyle print are up for grabs.
The winner of the drawing, which will be held Dec. 21, will take away both prizes. The tickets are $5 each and may be purchased by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 262-5824 or talking to a 4-H'er you know.
Billie Huddleston called to remind us that today is the absolute deadline for the patriotic art contest being held by the VFW for high school aged students from our area. Entries are due at the Fine Arts Center on Cook Street by 5 p.m. today. Judging will follow Tuesday. Entries will hang in the art gallery all month.
Rogers and Hammersteins's exciting musical, "The King and I", is going to be performed in Kenai this winter. Auditions will be held at the Kenai High School auditorium Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. They need singers, dancers, and help with the costumes and set designs.
Call Carol Ford or just show up at the auditions.
Other Kenai news
Ruffridge receives scholarship
Brandon Ruffridge of Kenai has been awarded a trustee scholarship for $2,500 for the 2007-08 academic year from Eastern Washington University. This scholarship is awarded to continuing students that a maintain a grade point average above a 3.8.
Ruffridge works in the graduate studies office and is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda.
He is the son of Linda and Michael Ruffridge of Kenai and is a graduate of Wings Christian Academy.
Love joins Navy
Navy Seaman Recruit Joshuah R. Love completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Love completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
He is the son of Michael J. Love of Kenai and is a 2007 graduate of Nikiski High School of Nikiski.
Cookies by the pound available
Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church will hold its 13th Annual Cookies 'Buy' the Pound holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. until the cookies are gone Saturday at the church at 225 S. Spruce Street in Kenai. Proceeds will benefit the youth group activities.
For more information, call Mary Kennedy at 776-8328.
KCHS, KMS band concerts set
Kenai Central High School's concert band and drumline and the Kenai Middle School bands will hold a joint concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Reene C. Henderson Auditorium.
Silent auction bidding for desserts of all types will be held before the concert and during intermission. The arts program will also be have original art pieces by students up for auction. Auction begins at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be able to pick up their dessert at the end of the concert.
For more information, call 283-7524.
KCHS blood drive set
Kenai Central High School National Honor Society will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Green Room at the school. For more information, call 262-6382.
Women's basketball league forming
The Boys and Girl Club is taking registrations for Women's City League basketball. The deadline to register is Dec. 21. The cost is $250 per team and $50 per player. The season runs January to March. Packets are available at the Kenai Recreation Center.
For more information, call 283-3855.
Collections for exhibit sought
The Patrons of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will hold an exhibit during the month of February showcasing collections of local community members. It is seeking community members willing to share their collection of unique or eccentric objects. The deadline for applications is Dec. 21.
For more information, call Natasha at 283-1991.
Kenai Performers seek members
The Kenai Performers organization has openings on its board of directors. Board members need not be performers or directors, just people interested in supporting live theater and the arts in the central Kenai Peninsula.
Fundraising and grant writing expertise are especially sought. To apply, visit the Web site, www.kenaiperformers.org, for the board member application; contact Chris Cook, board president, at email@example.com; or watch a meeting at 6 p.m. the last Monday of the month in the Kenai Playhouse in Old Town Kenai.
Community directory available
The LeeShore Center's community directory of central Kenai Peninsula resources is available for $25 with a three-ring binder or $15 for refill pages only. The directory lists more than 80 pages of information on emergency services, family support agencies, health facilities, senior citizens services and veteran's organizations. For more information, call 283-9479
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