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Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Christmas bird count coming

The public is invited to participate in the Soldotna Christmas Bird Count to be held Saturday, Dec. 18. The Christmas Bird Count is an annual early-winter continental bird census, where volunteers follow assigneed routes within a designated 15-mile diameter count circle, counting every bird they see or hear during the course of the day. Participants do not have to be experts, but only have a desire to get outside, find and record birds. The birding effort normally commences at first light and concludes at dusk. Inexperienced birders will be teamed with more seasoned birders. Dress warmly and try to bring a pair of binoculars and a bird identification book.

Time: Pre-count meeting -- 8:30 to 9 a.m. to get forms, maps and make teams.

Location: Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co., 315 S. Kobuk, Ave., Soldotna.

Cost: $5 per field participant.

All participants are invited to submit their tally sheets and meet for a potluck social at 6 p.m. at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Environmental Education Cabin, located next to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road. For more information, contact Toby Burke at 907-260-2816 or 907-262-7021; Ken Tarbox of the Keen Eye Birders, 907-262-7767; or Jack Sinclair, the Soldotna Christmas Bird Count compiler, 907-262-7817.

Nikiski bingo night

Nikiski Senior Center hosts bingo on Dec. 11, 2010, at the center, Island Lake Road, Nikiski. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 5 p.m. Cash prizes. Must be 19 to play. For More information, call LoRetta at 776-7654.

Birch Ridge church hosts bazaar

Birch Ridge Community Church hosts a community Christmas bazaarFriday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 33325 Echo Lake Road, Soldotna. Come shop this Christmas season for a hand-crafted gift for those on your list and something special for you. There will be art, leather, herbs, jellies and jams, baked goods, concessions and much more. Contact Juanita Hillhouse at 262-5463 for more information.

LeeShore and artists host New Year's bash

The LeeShore Center and Peninsula Artists in Motion host a New Year's Eve Soire Friday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the National Guard Armory in Kenai. Partake of gourmet food, Monte-Carlo style games, prizes, a silent auction, live big band music and dancing, and a Midnight Champagne Toast to ring in the New Year! Cost is $60 per person or $110 per couple. Tickets Available at the Funky Monkey, River City Books or by calling The LeeShore Center (283-9479).

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!

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.

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.

Watershed Forum holiday bash coming

The Kenai Watershed Forum hosts a holiday celebration and Stephanie's "Moving On" party Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Mykel's Restaurant, downstairs reception room, in Soldotna. Stop by for hors d'oeuvres and drinks and a casual celebration of past accomplishments and the exciting projects ahead. They'll also be celebrating and thanking Stephanie Kobylarz for her many years at KWF. Help wish Stephanie and her family the best as she moves on to another chapter. For more information, call Josselyn O'Connor, 260-5449.

Garden club meets

The Central Peninsula Garden Club monthly meeting takes place Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road. On the program will be "Gardens of Western Europe and Southern Hemisphere," presented by Tom Jahns, Land Resources District Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service. He will show various interesting examples of gardens from the perspective of a soils expert and long time Alaska gardener. Learn the similar and differing issues other gardeners face and how they deal with them in comparison to Alaska methods. Refreshments served and sometimes door prizes. Everyone is welcome. Please car pool. For more information contact Marion Nelson, 283 4632 or

Girls volleyball camp coming

Kenai Central High School volleyball team is offering a volleyball skills camp for all girls in sixth through eighth grade. The camp will be held at Kenai Middle School Dec. 21 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The cost is $80 for both days and includes a T-shirt. Deadline for registering is Friday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. For more information you, contact Toni Steward at Kenai Middle School, 283-4896.

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