Local history book available
"Alaska's Kenai Peninsula: The Road We've Traveled," a new local history book, has been released by the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association.
Books are available for purchase at many retail stores. There will be a book signing Saturday at River City Books in Soldotna. Those who prepaid for books and haven't picked them up may do so through Friday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. through Friday or from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Map Shop or at the Sterling Senior Citizens Center whenever they are open.
Individual chapters of the book were written by Alan Borass, Frances Brymer, Diane Olthuis, Jacqueline Sewell-DeMichele, Ann Whitmore-Painter, Rolfe Buzzell, Mona Painter, the late Elsa Pedersen, Katherine Parker, Elsie Seaman, Sharon Wik, Joan Lahndt, McKibben Jackinsy, M. Marfa Yakunin, Janet Klein, Diana Tillion and Ephim Anahonak. Olthuis, Parker and Painter served on the book committee, as did Lotte Bogard, Mary Ford and the late Hazel Heath.
Cash raffle drawing held Friday
The Pratt Museum's board of directors' cash raffle dessert potluck drawing will be held Friday at the museum. Participants should bring a dessert to contribute. The drawing will be held following the kick-off of the Festival of Gingerbread at 7 p.m. Ticket holders need not be present to win. All profits of the raffle go to support the museum. There are still tickets available. To buy a ticket, call the museum at (907) 235-8635.
Christmas bazaar to be held
The fifth annual Ninilchik Native Descendants Christmas bazaar will be held at the Ninilchik School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call Jamie Leman to reserve a space at 567-3361.
Poetry contests open to peninsula
Celestial Arts is holding a new poetry contest which is open for anyone to enter. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded, with $55,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded during the coming year.
To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less to Celestial Arts, P.O. Box 1140, Talent, OR 97540, or enter online at www.freecontest.com. The deadline for entering is Dec. 16. A winners list will be sent to all entrants. Winning poems may be posted online. For more information, contact Michael Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bards of Burbank is offering a $1,000 grand prize in its current open poetry contest, free to everyone. The deadline for entering is Jan. 11.
To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, PMB250, 2219 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506, or enter online at www.freecontest.com.
WHIZ Kids program available
The Pratt Museum's free Winter Hours Imagination Zone after-school program is held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the lower level of the Pratt Museum. Kids ages 5 through 95 and their parents are invited to participate.
For more information, call 235-8635 ext. 25.
Film contest open for entry
Submissions for the sixth annual Washington State Screenplay Competition are now being accepted by the state film office.
The competition accepts feature-length scripts from writers throughout North America and requires that 75 percent of feature scripts be set in Washington state. All submitted scripts must be formatted according to industry standards set by the Writers Guild of America-West and copyrighted.
The scripts will be evaluated through a multi-tiered judging system that includes judges from the highest level of the motion picture industry, both locally and in Hollywood.
The competition winner will receive $1,500; two runners up will each receive $500 cash prizes. The winner and runners up will also have the opportunity to receive industry standard script notes and consultation from a professional story analyst, as well as an introduction to a leading professional studio executive or agent.
All top finalists will also receive Final Draft software, as well as goods and services from the competition sponsors valued at over $500. Winners are announced in both Variety and Hollywood Reporter.
The deadline for submissions is Monday. Entry applications can be requested by calling (206) 260-1687. The competition is open to all screenwriters and the entry fee is $35 per script. Writers may submit an unlimited number of scripts.
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