It's hard to write the date without remembering the events that happened on this day in Pearl Harbor so many years ago. I have a shadowy recollection of that war, even though I was a child at the time. Later, I particularly remember standing on my front porch listening to the sirens at the sugar factory, the brick and tile plant, and the fire department announce the news that "the war is over," as tears streamed down my mother's face. I was too young to understand how Mom could be so happy and cry at the same time, but today I know how we will all feel when our loved ones serving in the present conflict will be allowed to come home.
Thanks to those of you who served in World War II and who fought to protect our freedoms. We honor you and the sacrifices you made in defense of our country. And thanks today to the families who will have an empty chair at their Christmas dinner tables because a loved one is serving in Iraq or elsewhere. We appreciate your sacrifice, as well.
It's time for the Christmas concerts. Today all first- and second-graders will perform in the annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. They will perform their own version of "The Polar Express." First-graders are asked to wear pajamas. Second-graders should wear "Sunday Best" type concert attire.
Thursday evening their will be a Kenai Middle School choir concert at 7 p.m. at KCHS.
North Wind Native Fellowship would like to invite anyone interested to attend their meetings at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of every month at the Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach. All ages are welcome to attend.
There is a youth drum group, children's activities, and the worship band "Arisen" will play at this potlatch and fellowship evening. There will be a guest speaker featured at each meeting, as well as refreshments.
Storyteller Carol Ford will perform "Frog and Toad," a program based on the children's books by Arnold Lobel, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Community Library. This is a family story time event complete with food, fun and door prizes.
A beginning Internet class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the library. If you think Santa may bring you a new computer for Christmas, now is the time to learn how to surf the Web. The class will cover basic skills and searching techniques. For more information or to register, call 283-4378.
Janie Odgers at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce tells us it's that time again. Noticing that proliferation of gaily decorated homes and businesses certainly bears witness to that fact. Are your halls all decked out for the holidays? How about your neighbor's house? The chamber is looking for the best decorated holiday homes in Kenai. If you have a display or know of someone you would like to nominate, call 283-7989 anytime to nominate the address, and they'll send their "house detectives" out to investigate. You also can e-mail your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday. Businesses also are eligible to win.
Three lucky winners will each receive a $100 energy credit with Homer Electric Association, a fitting reward, don't you think?
The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula will have its first holiday sports camp. It will run from Dec. 27 to 30 for students in grades three through five. A different sport will be introduced every day. After the excitement of Christmas is over and the kids are giving you that "I'm bored" story, you can point them in this direction. For more information, call Kathy Ehrhardt, club athletic director, at 283-2682.
Friday, the group This Hope will present a concert at 7 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Kenai. This group of area talent has moved outside of Alaska and performed all over the country. They are home for the holidays and giving free concerts in the area.
Birthday greetings go out today to Nick Leman and Daniel Fenton; Wednesday: Bud Keener, Chris Mamaloff, Cody Mischler, Donald Noble and Dick Swarner; Thursday: Mary Casey, Mason Morris and Evelyn Bass; Friday: Al Hull, Fran Bartolowits, Lynn Jones and Robert Fontaine; Saturday: Steve Abruska, Marie Clausen, Justin Godfrey and my youngest grandson, Justin Hansen, who will turn 1; Sunday: Evelyn Curran, Kari Frates, Millie Morris, Rita Goff, Joan Kirkham, Travis Hamilton, Candy Rodriguez and Guadalupe Miller; and Monday: Douglas Bookey.
Keep in touch if you have holiday items you would like to submit to our neighbors column. I appreciate your calls and e-mails and will do my best to tell your story. Happy shopping, and no fair snitching all those Christmas goodies early.
Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at email@example.com
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