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Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010

Kenai Resilience monthly gathering

"Envisioning a resilient and sustainable Central Peninsula" is the topic at the Kenai Resilience monthly community potluck scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18, 6 to 9 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Eliza Eller and Michelle Martin will facilitate. For more information, contact Kate Veh at 260-4669 or

Genealogical group meets

The Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society meets Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of the New Covent, in Kenai. On the agenda is the group's December social. Bring family and friends and favorite finger food. Games and fun for all. For more information call Loretta Mattson, 283-9591.

Writer mini-grants available

The Central Peninsula Writers Group is now calling for submissions for the 14th Annual Writers presentation in March, 2011, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai. The Central Peninsula Writers Group is very pleased to announce they have been awarded a mini-grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum to enable them to give those who read their entries this year an honorarium of up to $100. The amount will be determined by the number of readers selected from the submissions received.

Adult and high school aged writers from the Central Peninsula: Cooper Landing to Ninilchik and Nikiski; are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 12, 2011, and must be accompanied by an entry form and three copies of their work. Complete guidelines and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library, the Kenai Visitors Center and online at, click on the Writer Group link at the left.

Tree lighting ceremony this week

Peninsula Community Health Services invites you to attend the Love Lights tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 9, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., at Cottonwood Health Center, 230 E. Marydale Ave., Soldotna. During this holiday season, we hope that you will join our board and staff in donating to our Patient Assistance Program in order to support our neighbors who are dealing with difficult health and financial challenges.

Holiday cheer from local school bands

Local high schools will perform holiday music this weekend at the Fred Meyer store in Soldotna. On Saturday, Dec. 11, Kenai Central High School band performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Skyview High band performs at 2 p.m., followed by the Soldotna High band at 4:30 p.m.

Soldotna holiday decoration contest on now

Do you have extraordinary Holiday Decor? Does your neighbor? We want to know about it! Nominate any residential or commercial property in the greater Soldotna area for the Soldotna Chamber's Holiday Decoration Contest. New this year is the Commercial Indoor Decoration Award. Call or email your nominations in today. The deadline is Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Call or email the Soldotna Chamber at 262-9814 or to submit your nomination!

1970s KCHS grads, get in touch

Organizers are planning a combined class reunion for all Kenai Central High School classes from 1970 to 1979. The reunion is scheduled for July 23, 2011. Organizers are currently attempting to verify email addresses or any other contact information. If you a re a 1970s graduate, contact Sherrie (Stiers) Dahlen at, call 907-283-4485 or visit her Facebook page under Sherrie Stiers- Dahlen.

Toys for Tots drive under way

The 2010 Toys for Tots on the Kenai Peninsula campaign is here. Donate a new, unwrapped toy at any participating business sponsor listed on the campaign website: Check the site often, as new sponsors are added frequently. The website also contains information on how to make requests for toys, plus background on the program and more. Cash donations can be made by calling 252-6285, or email for further information. The United States Marine Corps thanks you for your contribution and wishes you the safest and happiest of holidays.

One Fish and Game 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.

Elementary basketball camp on tap

Cook Inlet Academy is hosting a Hoops for the Holidays Basketball Camp. Wondering what you're going to do with your little loved ones over the Christmas break? Looking for something fun, active and safe for your kids? Need to do some holiday shopping or get things done around the house? Bring them to CIA, where the varsity basketball girls' and boys' teams will help your kids learn and improve their basketball skills, be mentored by varsity players and coaches, and make a few new friends. This is for all kids, kindergarten through 6th grade. Camp is Dec. 20 to 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Academy gym, Cost is $60 for the week or $20 each day. Register at the Academy's front office or at the door. Bring a sack lunch (snacks provided), shoes, gym clothes. For more information call Coach Justin Franchino at 252-8854 or e-mail at

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