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Story last updated at 9:20 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Southern Kenai Peninsula packs long weekend with things to do

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer

From Ninilchik to the south side of the bay, kids and adults, visitors and residents will find plenty to do over the three day Memorial Day weekend.


Don't worry about breakfast if you're in Ninilchik. Or lunch, for that matter. Ninilchik Emergency Services has you covered. Beginning Saturday and continuing through Monday Madeline Thompson and her crew of volunteers are serving a hearty all-you-can-eat meal of buttermilk blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, steaming hot applesauce, orange and grape juice, and all the coffee and tea you can drink. Like what you're tasting? Then considering buying an NES cookbook, available for $10. Tickets for a one-of-a-kind quilt also are being sold for $1 each; the winning ticket will be drawn after the last breakfast is served Monday. Donations from Fred Meyer, Kaladi Brothers and Alaska Best Water are helping make the event possible. As are the youth from the Baptist Church, who are helping with cooking and cleanup, and a crew of 16 volunteers.

"I want to thank all my volunteers,' said Thompson. "I couldn't do this without them."

• Breakfast benefits Ninilchik Emergency Services; Ninilchik Fairgrounds; 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sunday; 7 a.m.-noon, Monday; $10 adults, $5 kids 5-12; under 5 free.

Anchor Point

Instead of stretching the action over the entire weekend, as the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce has done in past years, this year the focus is on Saturday, said Joann Collins, chamber vice president. And it's an action-packed day with activities for youngsters, a barbecue and a concert by a U.S. Air Force Band from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. Better yet, it's all free. A change in personnel means the Anchor Point Visitor Center isn't open yet, but Collins said the board hopes to have the doors open during the first week in June.

"We'll be back to normal hours," said Collins. "And with a lot of volunteers this year, we should be able to be open seven days a week."

• Games for kids at Chapman School, 2 p.m., Saturday

• Community barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs, Chapman School, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday;

• Concert, U.S. Air Force Band, Chapman School gym, 6-8 p.m., Saturday


Things are hopping in Homer over the weekend. For one thing, Saturday marks the beginning of the season for the Homer Farmers' Market. Check out what's available from local gardens and made by local crafters while enjoying the music of Shamwari Marimba. Then there's a kite festival, with free classes, clinics, auctions and giveaways designed to increase an interest in kiteboarding. The Homer Yacht Club takes advantage of bay breezes with a regatta on Saturday. And Cook Inletkeeper invites the public to celebrate a love of clean water and healthy salmon at a beach party, with food and live music.

• Homer Farmer's Market, Ocean Drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday.

• Homer Yacht Club Sourdough Regatta, race starts at 1 p.m., for information visit wwwhomeryachtclub.org.

• Kite Festival, Mariner Park, May 27-30, for information visit www.kitesurfalaska.com.

• Cook Inlet Keeper Beach Bash, 2-8 p.m. deck of the oyster building directly across from Pier One Theatre on the Spit on Sunday.


Time was that Seldovia was the place to be on the Fourth of July. It's that and more now that locals have filled Memorial Day weekend with things to watch, things to do, things to hear and things to eat.

The chips are definitely flying at the sixth annual Seldovia Craft Invitational Chainsaw Carving Competition. The Human Powered Fishing Derby is two days of interesting fun (see related story, page 2). The Seldovia Arts Council is having a concert. There are live bands playing throughout the weekend. There's a community potluck and fish fry, and a community-sized garage sale.

The list goes on and on.

"Everyone is working together to make this an exceptional weekend for everyone," said Jenny Chissus, who is coordinating the carving competition.

• For a full schedule, see www.seldoviagazette.com.