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Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010

Come contra dance

Kenai River Folk Dancers hosts a holiday contra dance, Saturday, Dec. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m., at K-Beach Elementary School. ContraBanD provides live music. Beginners are welcome! All dances are taught and called. Bring clean, dry, non-marking shoes. Cost is $5 for adults and no charge for children under age 16 when accompanied by an adult. Potluck snacks are optional, but fun! For more information call: Raymond@ 283-5403.

Nikiski pool, recreation center holiday closures

Nikiski Pool and Nikiski Community Recreation Center will be closed on Friday, Dec.24, and Saturday, Dec. 25, for the

Christmas holiday; and Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, for the New Year's holiday. For more information please call 776-8800.

Youth invited to learn to hunt

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) and 4-H Shooting Sports Program in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program, is once again inviting youngsters 16 years of age and younger (minimum age of 10) to participate in an organized small game hunting experience. Each weekend from Nov. 1 through the end of December, pairs of adult Hunter Education and 4-H certified mentors will escort pairs of youths for one day of supervised small game hunting. Parents and guardians are welcome to participate. SCI will supply the firearms and instruction, ammunition, transportation and lunch. Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program will supply orange vests, hearing and eye protection. If not already certified, participating youth will be encouraged to sign up for an upcoming Hunter Education certification class and the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. For more information or to sign up call the UAF Cooperative Extension Office at 262-5824 or Fish and Game at 262-9368.

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

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.

Fish and Game AC meetings on tap

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet 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.

LeeShore, Artists in Motion 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).

Ninilchik seniors get lunch and a show

The Ninilchik Home School Singers will perform Ninilchik Senior Center Tuesday, Dec. 14, during the noon lunch. The menu that day is chicken burritos, refried beans, Mexican rice, chips and salsa. Lunch for members is $7, non-members, $11. Call 567-3988 for more information.

New Year's eve duct tape ball coming

Get your duct tape out and be creative. The Kenai Peninsula Fair and Ninilchik Traditional Council's Social Services departments are hosting an alcohol-free New Year's Eve Family Duck Tape Ball, Dec. 31, from about 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Ninilchik Fair Grounds. Outfit and door prizes. Live Music. Bring finger food for your entry fee. For details call Debra Henderson 252-3544 or Linda Painter 567-3370 or Lara McGinnis 567-3670.

Alumni hockey on tap

The 15th annual Kenai Central High School and Soldotna High School Alumni Hockey Game takes place Dec. 23, 7 p.m., at the Soldotna Sports Center. Alumni from Kenai, Soldotna, Skyview and Nikiski should contact Rick Koch at 398-0190 for registration information. Teams are limited to 20 skaters and three goalies. Santa will be there for the kids. Wet and dry sections. Admission, $10 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors.

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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