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Posted: Monday, December 27, 2010

1970s KCHS grads, get in touch

Organizers are planning a combined class reunion for all Kenai Central High School classes from 1970 to 1979. The reunion is scheduled for July 23, 2011. Organizers are currently attempting to verify email addresses or any other contact information. If you a re a 1970s graduate, contact Sherrie (Stiers) Dahlen at, call 907-283-4485 or visit her Facebook page under Sherrie Stiers- Dahlen.

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.

Art guild plans annual meeting

The Peninsula Art Guild annual board meeting for members, artists and the community will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Ave., Old Towne Kenai, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Guild is looking for new board members, new programs and ideas. Help expand the needs of our members and the art community. Door prizes and Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please contact us at 283-7040 or send email with your intent to:

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.

Brain injury group invites call-ins

Alaska Brain Injury Network holds its winter board meeting in Ketchikan on Jan. 19 to 20, at the Cape Fox Lodge. We will be hosting a community social event and public testimony on Jan. 19. The social event will begin at 5 p.m., with public testimony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call in and share your Traumatic Brain Injury experience with us; tell us what works and what doesn't work in Alaska's care system. For more information call Sarah Doyle at (907) 274-2824.

Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program starting

Registration is now open for the Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program. Youth ages 6 to 12 are invited. The program runs from Jan. 15 to March 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and some Saturdays. Find links to registration and membership forms at the bottom of the TTA web page: For information about the biathlon component or other questions, contact us at

New car club forming

The first organizational meeting of the KAKNU KRUZERS will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at noon, at Metal Magic Art Studio, 14429 Kenai Spur Highway, two miles north of Kenai.

For more information Call Scott at 776-7676.

Youth volleyball, basketball on tap

North Peninsula Recreation is offering Youth Volleyball registration for boys and girls 4th -- 6th grade. Register from Dec. 13 -- Jan. 7 at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center or the Nikiski Pool. For more information contact Tammy at 776-8800.

North Peninsula Recreation is now taking registrations for the 2011 7th and 8th grade Interleague Basketball season for boys and girls. Register at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center or the Nikiski Pool by Dec. 23, 2010. For more information call 776-8800.

New class sessions starting at Challenger

The Challenger Learning Center is offering new sessions of its S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, Math) Ahead continuous curriculum for K-8th grade. Some of the new topics are: "Forces in Motion," "Moving with Magnets," "Water Cycle," "Alaskan Land Features," "Earthquakes and Volcanoes" and more! Parents can learn with their children or let them work independently with Challenger center teachers. The next session starts Jan. 4, 2011, so get signed up now! Cost is $149 for three classes.

For more information or to register contact Kathy East at, or visit the website:

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).

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.

Food Bank donation drive going on now

Beginning this month, participating local financial institutions will be 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, the goal being to fill the truck's bed. 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.

Nikiski pool, recreation center holiday closures

Nikiski Pool and Nikiski Community Recreation Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, for the New Year's holiday. For more information please call 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 itself are Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. -- 5 p.m. and 6 -- 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 -- 5 p.m. and 6 -- 9 p.m. For more information please call 776-8800.

Winter fun on the refuge

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hosts snowshoe walks and ski treks this winter! All activities are free, but please pre-register with Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839. Most activities are scheduled in the early afternoon when temperatures are generally warmer, but please dress for the temperature conditions of the date.

Snowshoe Walks -- Snowshoes will be provided.

Mondays, noon to 1 p.m.: Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7.

Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m.: Jan. 12, 19 and 26, and Feb. 2.

Special Moonlight Snowshoe Walk

Tuesday, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.: Jan. 18.

Ski Treks -- Bring your own cross country ski equipment.

Mondays, noon to 1 p.m.: Jan. 24 and 31.

Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m.: Jan. 12, 19 and 26, and Feb. 2.

See a nature film at the Refuge

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Saturday Winter Wildlife Movies for January 2011. Showtimes -- noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Jan. 8 -- White Wolf, White Falcon (55 min.) On Canada's remote Ellesmere Island, during the short arctic summer the race is on for two animal families -- gyrfalcon and wolf -- to raise their families.

Jan. 15 -- Avalanche: The White Death (55 min.) Learn the science of snow and how to prevent and avoid being caught in deadly avalanches.

Jan. 22 -- Building the Alaska Highway (55 min.) Starting in May 1942, young soldiers battled mosquitoes, bitter cold and the challenges of permafrost and in a "record" eight months built a 1,520-mile highway through Canada to Alaska.

Jan. 29 -- Hot Times in Alaska (55 min.) Follow the warming trend in Alaska and see the results of permafrost thawing, glaciers melting and drying trends as they change the face of Alaska and its wildlife and people.

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