Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, December 03, 2010

Narcotics support groups meet

The Kenai Peninsula Area Narcotics Anonymous groups meets every week at the following times and locations:

"Dopeless Hope Fiends," Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 to 8 p.m., at URS Club 405, Overland Drive, Kenai.

"Middle of the Road," Mondays, 7 to 8 p.m., at United Methodist Church, 15811 Sterling Hwy. Ninilchik.

"It Works," Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 to 9:30 p.m., at URS Club 405, Overland Drive, Kenai.

"Clean Machine," Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., Central Peninsula Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, in the Redoubt Room.

"Mens Stag," Sundays, 8 to 9 p.m., URS Club 405, Overland Drive, Kenai.

For information, call Taddie Darsey, counselor, Central Peninsula Hospital, Serenity House Treatment Center, (907) 714-4519.

One meeting off, but more to come

Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 6 has been cancelled. But two more meetings this month are planned:

Monday, Dec. 13, and the following Monday, Dec. 20, at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. The group gathers to prepare comments for Board of Fisheries proposals regarding personal use. For more information, contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

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.

Kenai Fair craft bazaar coming

The Kenai Peninsula Fair is hosting the annual Christmas Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. More than 20 vendors are registered so far. Tables are still available. Contact the fair office at 907-567-3670 for more information.

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.

Kenai choir performs

The Kenai Central High School Concert Choir presents its annual Winter Concert Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. The program will consist of a variety of pieces, such as Angelic Christmas Fanfare, Ave Maria, Gesu Bambino and Gloria In Excelsis Deo. The choir will be accompanied by Maria Allison and Mim McKay on piano; the Christ Lutheran Bell Choir, under the direction of Elaine Larson; and additional percussion instruments played by Joy Wannamaker, Abbi Wonser Deborah Sounart. Donations at the door are welcome.

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.

Book signing for "The Loose Zoo"

The Kenai Fine Art Center hosts a book signing by author Brent Johnson and 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.

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).

Sterling Senior Center serves prime rib

The Sterling Senior Center will host a prime rib dinner on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. Served with the prime rib will be a baked potato, green beans, tossed salad, rolls, beverage and a fruit cocktail for dessert. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children 3-10, and free for children under 3. The drawing for the winners of the "Cash for Christmas" raffle will be held and the SASCI Choir will perform. For reservations, call the Sterling Senior Center at 262-6808, or sign up at the front desk. All proceeds benefit the Sterling Senior Citizens Center.

LEGO tournamant at Challenger Center

The 2010 Kenai Peninsula FIRST LEGO League Tournament is Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway. These tournaments introduce students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks. Register or learn more at And volunteers needed! Contact: Rebecca Parks, FLL Alaska Coordinator, 907-523-2334 or

Canine Good Citizen test planned Dec. 3

The Kenai Kennel Club will hold a Canine Good Citizen test at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at its facility in the Kenai Mall behind Sears in Kenai.

The test consists of 10 stations that are designed to ensure that a dog can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs.

The program is open to all dogs -- purebreds and mixed breeds. The test is not a competition and does not require you and your dog to perform with precision. Proof of current shot records must be presented before dogs enter the building to test.

The program is offered through the American Kennel Club and costs $10. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 252-4058 and leave a message.

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