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Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010

Elementary basketball camp starts today

Cook Inlet Academy is hosting a Hoops for the Holidays Basketball Camp. CIA's varsity basketball teams will help your kids learn and improve their basketball skills. 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

Holiday day camp starts tomorrow

Looking for something for the kids to do during Christmas break? Send them to North Peninsula Recreation's Holiday Day Camp this week on Tuesday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Boys and girls 1st through 6th grade can come join in arts and crafts projects, gym activities, cookie making and more. For more information call Tammy at 776-8800.

Nikiski pool, waterslide vacation hours

As a special holiday offering, the Nikiski Pool Waterslide will be open at 1 p.m. daily, except for Mondays, during Christmas break. Hours of operation for the pool facility are Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. For more information call 776-8800.

MOMS meet

The local chapter of the MOMS Club, an international non-profit support organization for at-home mothers, will hold its December meeting today at 9:30 a.m. in Soldotna. For location or other information about the MOMS Club, please contact Connie at 262-6712, or Michelle at 394-7527. Or visit their website at

Santa comes to Cohoe

The first annual Santa Comes to Cohoe celebration is today from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Tustumena Lodge. Kids of all ages are invited to get free photos with Santa (use your own camera or Little Debbie's Photos -- Debbie Brown), hand deliver Christmas letters to Santa (give your letter to one of Santa's helpers -- John McCombs or Jack Brown), enjoy free hot chocolate, candy canes and popcorn, and hear a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas." Sponsored by the Tustumena Lodge and the Cohoe-Kasilof Community Council. For more information contact Debbie Brown or Jack Brown at 262-4551.

Moonlight snowshoe walk

Join solstice celebrators for a Moonlight Snowshoe Walk today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Wear warm, layered clothes. Snowshoes and hot cocoa provided free of charge. Pre-registration is requested. Call Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.

Women's basketball coming

North Peninsula Recreation is offering a Women's Basketball League on Mondays at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center starting Jan. 10. Registration deadline is today. For more information call 776-8800.

Fish and Game AC meetings on tap

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road 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.

Youth self-defense workshop Tuesday

Calling all students, grades 7 through 12, interested in hand-to-hand self-defense. Join us in the Peninsula Grace Youth Center on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. for a youth self-defense workshop. The workshop will be facilitated by Ray Purugganan. Ray has over 18 years of continuous Martial Arts training. Contact 394-6449 or

Walk in Bethlehem

Bethlehem Revisited is presented by College Heights Baptist Church, 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna, from Sunday, Dec. 19, though Wednesday, Dec. 22, 5 to 8 p.m. nightly. This Christmas season, travel back over 2000 years ago and walk the ancient streets of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus' birth. Call 262-3220 for more information.

Refuge open for Christmas tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for Christmas tree cutting. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. Contact the refuge's headquarters at 907-262-7021.

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: The website also contains information on how to make requests for toys and more program information. Cash donations can be made by calling 252-6285, or email for further information.

Food Bank donation drive going on now

Local financial institutions are hosting the annual Barrels in Every Branch campaign to raise funds and accept donations for Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Donors fill out red paper slips with pictures of cans on them and inform tellers how much money they would like to deposit in a Food Bank savings account. The red slips are then placed on truck posters prominently displayed at each branch. Canned goods can also be donated by dropping them in marked barrel containers at each location. Branches of Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, First National Alaska, KeyBank and Wells Fargo are participating through Dec. 31. For more information, call the food bank at 262-3111.

Lots of chances to give food

Support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and bring in turkeys or hams for the holidays to 33955 Community College Dr., in Soldotna. For each turkey or ham you will receive a chance to win two ERA Aviation round trip tickets between Kenai and Anchorage. The drawing takes place on Dec. 23.

Winter Wine Taste around the corner

Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 3, for Hospice of the Central Peninsula's 15th Annual Winter Wine Taste and Auction do be held Feb. 12, 2011, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. Gourmet appetizers and specialty wines will be served. There will be raffles, live and silent auctions, all complemented by donations from our community. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Please call or stop by the hospice office at 262-0453.

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