Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Caregiver meetings set

The National Caregiver Support Program will conduct meetings at the following places:

* Today Seward Senior Citizens Center, caregiver peer support meeting, from noon to 1 p.m.;

* Jan. 21 Kenai Senior Citizens Center, caregiver training: safe transfer, bed rest and wheelchair use with Nancy Farrington of Kayoktuk Care, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and

* Jan. 29 Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, caregiver peer support meeting from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 262-1280.

Writers to meet

The Central Peninsula Writers' Group will meet in the Kenai Library conference room from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and Thursday, Jan. 17. The group is seeking submissions for the 11th annual "Writers' Present" to be held March 15 at the Triumvirate Theater in Soldotna. Adult and high school-age writers from the central peninsula are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 15, and must be accompanied by an entry form. Guidelines and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library and online by clicking on the Writers' Group link at

KMS volleyball camp set

Kenai Middle School will have a volleyball camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the school.

Youth in grades six through eight from Soldotna Middle, Cook Inlet Academy, Aurora Borealis Charter, Nikiski Junior High, Connections and Kenai Middle schools may participate.

Jason Diorec, 2008 Arctic Winter Games volleyball coach and Toni Steward, Kenai Central High School volleyball coach, will be the camp directors.

Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch, snacks, extra socks, water, appropriate clothing, non-marking gym shoes, knee pads (optional). The cost is $80 per person and includes a T-shirt and water bottle. Payment is due with the application. Applications should be returned to KMS. Registration forms are at the office of the above listed schools or online at For more information call 283-4896.

Hospice plans celebration

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will host a celebration of life candlelight remembrance from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, across from Mykel's Restaurant. Community members who have had a loss in their lives or are taking care of a loved one with a life threatening disease are invited to attend and light a candle for them.

Fellowship, refreshments are planned. Live music will be provided by Vickie Tinker, Jack Will and Katie Evans.

For more information, call the hospice office at 262-0497 or 262-0453.

Learn about foster care and adoption

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15, at 145 Main Street Loop in Kenai.

The Office of Children's Services offers monthly Resource Family Orientation to give interested individuals a brief overview of the state's foster care and adoption programs and process.

For more information, call Holly Mercado or Allison Gottesman at 283-3136.

Teleconference set

The House State Affairs committee will hear a briefing on the Alaska Land Mobile Radio program at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai Legislative Information Office at 145 Main St. Loop, No. 217. Testimony will be by invitation only.

For more information, call the office at 283-2030 during business hours or e-mail the office at

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