Cooper Landing Gem- March 2023

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Dear Members,

Love that sunshine and longer days. Keep a look out this month for those pesky leprechauns, as this is their month to celebrate.

The Upper Kenai River Guide is at print and we should be receiving the great looking 2023 edition this month. It is posted online through our web page if you want to preview it before the print copy is out.

Our attention is now turning to the Regatta. We will be sending out information for boats to register, and sponsors for boats. If you have any suggestions on how to improve our event, want to help working with the race or any other part of the event, please let one of us on the board know. We are working to have entering your boat and sponsoring a boat online as an option again this year.

This month the activity level in the Landing should start to ramp up. There is road construction starting already between here and Seward, spring break for schools is the middle of the month, and with snow and sun, outdoor activities will be in full swing.

Enjoy these hopefully ending days of winter and look forward to spring.

Thank you,

Monthly Newsletter March 2023 Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Board Of Directors President Cheryle James Wildman’s 907-290-1213 Vice-President Open Treasurer Shirley Wilmoth Our Place 907-598-1270 Secretary Rose Hetrick Inn at Tern Lake 907-288-3667 Director Clay Adam CLES 512-695-4499 Cooper Landing
of Commerce PO Box 809 Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572 Newsletter Layout & Design by Best Route Productions

Cooper Landing Community School Activities

Our local non-profit Community School program is offering the following activities:

Spring Fun! with the Cooper Landing Cookie Lady - Saturday, March 25, 10am-12pm, Community Hall

Join Marja Beltrami for a sugar cookie decorating class. All supplies included and participants will go home with 6 decorated sugar cookies! $75/person (10% goes to the Community School program). To register, call Marja at 907-244-6752.

Click here for more information and to register

Walk or Workout - Mondays-Fridays (school days only), 7:30-8:30am and 2:30-3:30pm, Cooper Landing School Gymnasium.

Walk laps, or use the step climber, rowing machine, universal weight system, and free weights. Adults only, please.

Tot Time! - Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Cooper Landing School Gymnasium

Bring the little ones out to play with friends, run in the gym, and work off some energy.

Yoga - Now on Thursdays, 9am, Cooper Landing Community Hall

With focus on breath work, strength and yoga flow, our hope is to create a space and a practice for all community members that will be progressive through the winter. Note: We will be practicing with music. Bring your own mat. Props and modifications will be available. $7 per session. Call/text Dusty Byrd for more information, 907-202-0129.

Volleyball - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm, Cooper Landing School Gymnasium

Adults only. Please have clean, non-marking shoes to play in.

All activities during school hours (afternoon Walk/Workout and Tot Time) require participants to first complete a school volunteer application, found here. When the application has been approved, you will be notified by email. You can then participate in these activities. Please feel free to stop by the school between 9am and 3pm for assistance with this application.

If you have ideas for future activities or would like to teach an adult or youth class through Community School, please contact us at


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The Fireflies are an All-Ages Auxiliary of Cooper Landing Emergency Services! We find fun & creative ways to raise money and perform acts of service!

Our upcoming meeting will be Sunday, March 12th at 35115 Edwards St from 2 - 4 PM. Feel free to bring snacks or refreshments, but by no means feel obligated!

We have an exciting calendar of volunteering & fundraising opportunities that can fit into a wide variety of schedules with varying levels of time commitments! Currently we are accepting fishing flies for our fly tying competition. Flies must be turned in (or mailed in) by April 26th. Please include your name and/or business name with a sentence or two about your fly. Bonus if you include why you support CLES! They can be mailed to CLES PO Box 510 Cooper Landing, AK 99572 or dropped off at CLES. Flies will be displayed at the Library and Softball Tournament (May 1st - June 14th)! The fly that generates the most donations will represent The Fireflies for one year and have bragging rights that last forever! Contact Rachel Mundy 907-9174444 with any questions!

The Fireflies
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Second Place Winners in the 5/6 District Competition!

February was an exciting month at Cooper Landing School! The annual Battle of the Book competition took place in the beginning of the month. We had three teams competing this year in the 3/4, 5/6, and Middle School categories. This highly competitive academic competition requires teams to read ten to twelve chapter books by a variety of authors. Our students worked hard to read and memorize details about the books for several months. The 5/6 scored high enough to enter the district finals where they placed in second place.

High School students worked hard writing essays for the 2023 George S. And Stella M. Knight Essay contest. Stela’s essay “The Importance of The Constitution” was selected as Alaska’s third place winner!

Congratulations to Molly, Kaia, and Stela! Job well done! We are all very proud of you!

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Cooper Landing Library News

Zoom Book Club Dates - 9am Video Call (email to be added to the Zoom list)

• March 21 King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels

• April 18 West with Giraffes by Linda Rutledge

• May 16 The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Community Movie Night

Even if your name isn’t Inigo Montoya, prepare to storm the Community Hall on Friday March 10th at 7pm for Cooper Landing Social Club’s Movie Night! We’ll be showing a classic adventure comedy filled with pirates, giants, sword fighting, and “wuv, true wuv”.

The movie is rated PG and free to any who wish to attend. We ask that anyone under 16 be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the movie being shown, please visit the Cooper Landing Community Library’s website.

Also, feel free to bring your favorite movie-watching snacks and drinks!

Click Here for more information

Winter Library Hours

Monday 1-3 pm

Tuesday 3-5 pm

Wednesday 1-3 pm

Thursday 1-3pm

Friday 1- 3 pm

Saturday 11am - 2 pm

Library Board Meeting

There is a Library Board Meeting scheduled for March 15th at 11am. Please email us with any items for the agenda. Cooper

Contact Us: 907-595-1241
Landing Community
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This Could Be You...

Enter and Mark Your Calendars for May 20th 2023

Future Regatta Winners

The 16th Annual Regatta is scheduled for May 20th, 2023. Online registration and sponsorship forms will be available April 1st. More details will be coming soon, but feel free to start getting your arms in shape for this year’s competition.

2022 Regatta Winners Photo by: Best Route Productions
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Cooper Landing Community Club

Spring is around the corner and there is a lot of activity going on with the Community Club! Mark your calendar for our next meeting Thursday, March 23rd, at 6 pm at the Hall. Submissions for being on the agenda are due no later than March 13th. Please join us in person or via Zoom.

Along with Community School’s sponsored weekly Yoga sessions with Dusty and the Cooper Landing Cookie Lady’s decorating class we have two new activities scheduled thanks to our new Social Committee Coordinator, Rick Odgers. This month you can now enjoy a game night and a movie night at the hall. And our Tea Social is back! For more information, visit our calendar for the dates and times for these events. And be sure to note some of our local community liaison organizations are on there too for their monthly scheduled and special meetings.

After our last meeting in January the CLCC Board experienced some changes. President Martha Story and Treasurer Jaimie Gonzalez elected to not renew their seats. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their time and years of dedication to the Community Club. Their hard work and efforts have greatly been appreciated! When you see them out and about, please be sure to thank them for their contribution to our community! Because of those vacancies, we were able to welcome two new members to the board, Lorriane Temple and Ruth Nelson. We are excited to have them come aboard with their wealth of experiences and local knowledge.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting!

• Yvette Galbraith, President

• Melissa, Vice President

• Lorraine Temple, Treasurer

• Ruth Nelson, Secretary

• Ed Holsten, Member

We’ve updated our email address:

To contact the officers or to find out information about our non-profit contact:

For all Hall Rental Inquiries and Reservations contact:

Contact Us:

Cooper Landing Community Club

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Cooper Landing Gem News

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2023 Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & CVB

Please support our local businesses!

5 Dogs Fishing (907) 598-3525 Grizzly Ridge (907) 595-1260 Alaskan Angling Adventures LLC (907) 595-3336 Gwin’s Lodge (907) 595-1266 Alaska Horsemen Lodge (907) 595-1806 Inn at Tern Lake (Moose Pass) (907) 288-3667 Alaska Outdoor Woodstoves (907) 598-1633 Jason’s Guide Service (907) 351-3036 Alaska River Adventures (907) 595-2000 Kahtnu Spirit Lodging (907) 299-2855 Alaska Rivers Company (907) 595-1226 Kenai Cache Outfitters (907) 595-1401 Alaska Troutfitters (907) 595-1212 Kenai Kayak Company (907) 441-6753 Alaska Waste (907) 312-6267 Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (206) 920-9051 Alaska Wildland Adventures (800) 334-8730 Kenai Peninsula Econ. Dev. Dist. (907) 283-3335 Angle 45 Adventures (Hope) (907) 782-3175 Kenai Peninsula Mayor (800) 478-4441 Bearfoot Publications (907)320-1145 Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (907) 595-1425 Best Route Productions (303) 570-2081 Kenai River Drifters Lodge (907) 595-5555 Bike Cooper Landing, LLC (907) 231-6793 Kenai River Float-n-Fish (907) 519-0048 Boatman’s (907) 202-1004 Kenai River Sportfishing Association (907)262-8588 Camp Fire Alaska (907) 279-3551 Kenai River Trout Anglers (907) 599-0085 Cooper Landing Brewery (907) 276-5044 Kenai Watershed Forum (907) 265-5412 Cooper Landing Community Club (907) 595-2169 Mystic Waters Fly Fishing (509) 715-9697 Cooper Landing Community Library (907) 595-1241 Our Place Rentals (907) 595-1829 Cooper Landing Community School (907) 595-1244 Resurrection Trail House (907)202-6388 Cooper Landing Emergency Services (907) 595-1800 Round Mountain Retreat (907) 598-1333 Cooper Landing Fish Camp (907) 595-3474 Salmon Run Lodge (907) 595-2197 Cooper Landing Fishing Guide (907) 599-0126 Seramur Home Services (907) 599-0019 Cooper Landing Historical Society (907) 598-1042 Sharon Saunders, GRI, Realtor (928) 706-8901 Cooper Landing Rifle & Sportsman’s Club (907) 599-0004 Sourdough Dru’s Gifts & Gold (Hope) (907)782-3282 Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. (907) 595-3000 Sunrise Inn & Café (907) 595-1222 Conoco Phillips (907)276-1215 Talon Air Service, Inc. (Soldotna) (907) 262-8899 Eagle Landing Resort (907) 595-1213 Trail Lake Lodge (Moose Pass) (907)288-3101 First National Bank Alaska (Soldotna) (907) 260-6000 Upper Kenai Cabins (907) 595-3055 Fish & Sons Kenai Charters (907) 598-1065 Wildman TR Inc. (907) 595-1456 March 2023 — 11

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 CLSCCI Board Mtg. 6 pm Helen Gwin Commons Cooper Landing Library Hours • Monday: 1-3 pm •Tuesday: 3-5 pm •Wednesday: 1-3 pm •Thursday: 1-3 pm •Friday: 1-3 pm •Saturday: 11am - 2pm Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce Newsletter Graphics & Design by Best Route Productions Chamber Meeting 3:30 pm St. Patrick’s Day Daylight Savings Time Starts CLAPC Mtg. 6 pm Community Hall/Zoom Community Movie Night 7 pm Community Hall Cookie Decorating Class 10 am Community Hall Zoom Book Club 9 am Online Library Board Mtg. 11 am CL Library Fireflies Mtg. 2 pm KMTA Corduroy Crush 11 am Girdwood Community Potluck 6 pm Kenai Lake Baptist Church CLCC Mtg. 6 pm Community Hall/ Zoom
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