Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, December 08, 2006

Registration for women’s basketball looms

The Kenai Recreation Center is taking applications for the women’s city basketball league.

The team fee of $250 is due today, and the first six teams to register by the deadline will be allowed to play. A player fee of $50 is due before the first game.

The season is from January to March. For more information, call 283-3855.

Santa mugs for the camera today

Santa Claus will be available for photos from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Nikiski Senior Center on Island Lake Road. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available. Kids will be able to decorate cookies as well. For more information, call 776-7654.

Auditions for musical open

The Kenai Performers will hold auditions for its winter musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” at 6 p.m. today and Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Anyone interested in auditioning for singing, acting and dancing can do so Friday or Saturday. Callback will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. Dance moves, songs and scripts will be provided at the auditions. The show will be in February-early March and rehearsals start in earnest in January. For more information, call Carol Ford at 776-8308.

Craft fair vendors sought

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai clubhouse will host “Pictures with Santa” and craft fair Dec. 17.

The club is seeking vendors interested in renting a table. The cost is $25 per table. Deadline for a vendor application is today. For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682 or visit

Christmas activities for kids planned

Grace Lutheran Church will host Christmas for Kids from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the church, one block off Kalifornsky Beach Road on Ciechanski.

The event, for children age 3 through grade six, is planned as a way to teach children the meaning of Christmas. Activities will include making tree decorations, learning carols, decorating cookies, a hot dog lunch and holiday games. Events will conclude with a 15-minute concert for parents at 1 p.m. For more information or to register, call Yvonne Wellnitz at 283-5800.

Craft fair, flea market planned

The Kenaitze Native Youth Olympics team will host a craft fair and flea market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kenai Middle School. For more information, call Deb Coveyou at 252-9488.

Ninilchik bazaar set

A Christmas bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. The event is sponsored by the Ninilchik School Band. For more information, call 567-3301.

Miners dig in

Alaska Miners Association will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula College in rooms157 and 161. For more information, call Kenneth Lee at 776-5173.

Women's brunch set

Kenai Aglow will host its annual Christmas brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. The featured speaker will be Nancy Haney. The cost of admission is $10 per person.

For more information, call Lisa at 260-3159.

Cookies by the pound slated for Saturday

The 14th annual Cookies by the pound fundraiser will be begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church at 225 South Spruce Street in Kenai.

A wide variety of cookies will be available for purchase. The cost is $6 per pound.

Santa to visit Anchor Point

Beta Sigma Phi’s will host Santa Claus and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapman School in Anchor Point. Treats will be given to children visiting Santa.

Cribbage tourney begins

Cook Inlet Lions will host its 14th annual Kenai Peninsula cribbage tournament at 3 p.m. Saturdays through March at the American Legion Post No. 20.

For more information, call Bob Harrison at 776-5339.

Story time set for Sunday

Kenai Community Library and The Kenai Performers will host “When Stories are Hidden How Can We Find Them?” at 1 p.m. Sunday at the library. A performance of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be given by Carol Ford.

Christmas play set to entertain

First Baptist Church of Kenai will present a children's musical "Daniel, Darius and DeLion" at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. Pizza fellowship to follow. For more information, call 283-1997.

Peaceful people to meet

People for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday at River City Books in Soldotna. In recognition of International Human Rights Day the group will participate in the global write-a-thon. Letters will be written with the intent of freeing prisoners of conscience, stopping torture, and providing protection and safety for human rights defenders.

For more information, call Mary Jo at 262-5447.

Choir fruit fundraiser begins

The Kenai Central High School’s choir has begun its annual fresh fruit fundraiser. Orders will be taken through Tuesday with delivery made directly to purchasers Jan 12 through 15.

Cara-Cara navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, D’anjou pears, Tangelos, and Red Delicious apples are available to order. Gift samplers as well as bulk orders are available.

Orders may be placed through KCHS choir members or by calling, Renee Henderson at 283-7524 or Rocky DeMello at 283-3883.

Cookies available to order

Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church is taking pre-orders for its annual cookie fundraiser. Deadline to order is Wednesday. Cookies will be ready for pick-up or delivery Dec. 13. The cost is $4 per dozen. For more information or to place an order, call 262-5525, 262-1714 or 262-1763.

Immunization clinic postponed

Immunization clinic at the Kenai Public Health Center will be canceled Wednesday and Thursday in Soldotna. Immunization appointments are available by calling 335-3400.

Alcohol and drug abuse council to meet

Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will meet at 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at it office at 10200, Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai. The council is seeking community members interested in being a board member. For more information, call 283-3658.

Middle school basketball offered

The Boys & Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula is taking registrations for seventh- and eighth-grade basketball. Deadline to register is Dec. 29. Program fee is $60 before Dec. 29 or $70 after Dec. 29. All participants must be a 2007 member. Registrations are being taken from 10 a.m. o 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Kenai office. Registrations with credit card information should call 283-2682. For more information visit

Soccer coaches sought

Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club is accepting letters of intent for coaching during the 2007 season. Deadline for letters is Jan. 1. Applications must include the age level and gender coaches wish to instruct, as well as coaching experience. Letters may be mailed to KPSC, P.O. Box 393, Kenai AK, 99611. For more information, call Evelyn at 262-1298.

CES collects for holiday food drive

People who wish to donate food for the annual holiday food drive for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank may drop it off at Central Emergency Services fire stations at Binkley Street and the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, in Sterling at Mile 84 of the Sterling Highway and at Mile 13.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road through December.Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Kids’ winter reading program launched

Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna invites kids to join its Winter Frequent Reading Program.

When kids sign up at the Triumvirate Theatre, they can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules. Kids are encouraged to read a book, bring their reading calendar to the bookstore get it punched, and pickup another free book.Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call Rosie Reeder at 262-2908.

Refuge open for Christmas tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for Christmas tree cutting. Trees must be for personal use only. There is a limit of one tree per household.

Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. Tree cutting is not permitted in the refuge headquarters and visitor center area and along Ski Hill Road.

Tree cutters are requested to trim stumps as close to the ground as possible. For more information, call 262-7021.

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