Community Schools

Posted: Monday, January 19, 2004

The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.


Hall walking Soldotna Middle School is open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for indoor walking by teens and adults. Eight laps through the school equals one mile. The cost is $10 per month, for those walking three nights a week.


Developing Capable Young People with Rosy Thompson, certified leader This training program prepares adults who work with young people to develop the three perceptions and four skills that determine how effectively young people deal with life. Young people who gain strength in these assets normally increase in character, resiliency and other human intelligences essential for living. They meet life's challenges of learning, relationships and the work world successfully. The Developing Capable Young People program (DCYP) is based on extensive research in the areas of human effectiveness and well being. Since it was developed, use of the "Seven Keys to Effective Living" has allowed thousands of people worldwide to unlock the potential of their lives and relationships. Parents, juvenile court workers, educators, youth services workers, counselors, psychologists, substance abuse professionals and anyone else who's in a position to influence youth development are encouraged to attend. The class is open to adults with a five-person minimum and 10-person maximum. It meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays for 10 weeks in the Soldotna Middle School conference room. The first class is a free introduction. Regular classes begin Jan. 27, and the series costs $140, including books.

Adult-Teen Beginning Pottery Throwing with Charlie LaForge, studio potter Explore the process of clay on the potters' wheel, as well as the fundamentals and elements of throwing. Participants should wear old clothes, and the class is not recommended for those with back or wrist problems. The class is open to teens and adults with an eight-person maximum. it meets from 7 to 9 p.m. for eight weeks in the Soldotna High School ceramics studio. There will be two sessions offered, one on Tuesdays and one on Thursdays, all beginning next week. The cost is $150, including supplies.

Toddler Time The Soldotna Middle School multipurpose room is open from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays for children ages 1 to 3 and their parents to play. Participants are encouraged to bring physical education toys to share. Open gym is ongoing, but will not be offered March 2 and May 11. There is no fee.


Pick-up Soccer Games with Tony Lewis, soccer coach Students in grades nine through 12 are invited to join in pick-up soccer games from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays for nine weeks in the Soldotna Middle School gym. Shin guards are required. The cost is $1 per night.


Learn to Ski with Joan Miller, 1992 and 1994 Olympic biathlete This program will introduce fourth- through sixth-graders to the sport of Nordic skiing. Students must provide their own equipment. All participants must sign waivers and pay activity fees by Thursday. Volunteers are needed, but do not need to know how to ski. Snacks will be provided. There is a five-person minimum and 30-person maximum for the sessions, which meet from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks at Skyview High School. The cost is $25.

Family Wealth Strategies with Milo Jurik, of Summit Brokerage, and Tom Martin, CSA This is an educational workshop providing money-management principles and concepts and covering the elements of risks, types of investments and needs of financial planning. It is open to teens and adults and will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays for three weeks in the Soldotna Middle School library. A second session will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays for three weeks, also in the library. The cost is $40 for preregistered singles or couples or $60 for walk-ins.

Adult-Teen Beginning Pottery Throwing with Charlie LaForge, studio potter See description of Tuesday class.


Beginning Square Dance with Dudley Abbott The class will provide beginning dance instruction. Singles are welcome. The class is open to teens and adults and will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School multipurpose room. Participants should not wear cowboy boots or black-soled shoes. The cost is $3 per night. For more information, call Betty at 262-9387 or Dudley at 260-2691.


Children's Snowmachine Safety Event, cosponsored by the SAFE KIDS Coalition for the central peninsula area Families are invited for educational safety demonstrations, lectures and exhibits on snowmachining safety in the Soldotna Middle School gym and multipurpose room. The lessons will focus on children ages 6 to 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. and on children 10 to 14 from noon to 2 p.m. Children's snowmachine helmets may be purchased after completion of the course. There is no participation fee. For more information, call Jane Fellman at 714-4539.

Honey Bees and Beekeeping with Rosy Thompson Using the book and video series "Honey Bees & Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary," this class will explore how to keep bees, grow your own honey and pollinate your garden for business or hobby. Participants will learn how to build and maintain an apiary and will have the opportunity to order bees. Handouts and tips on keeping bees in Alaska will be included, and support for beginning beekeepers will be available throughout the season. The class is open to all ages and meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays for three weeks in the Soldotna Middle School conference room. The cost is $15.

Family Wealth Strategies See description of Thursday class.

Hunter Education Home Study with Larry Lewis, wildlife technician III with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1986, must possess a hunter education certificate to legally hunt in units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20. Certification is recognized in all 50 states. This one-day class will provide the classroom training, written test and live-fire exercise required to obtain a certificate. The class will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in Soldotna Middle School room 8 for a three-hour classroom session on hunter responsibility, firearm safety, wildlife conservation, and game laws and ethics, prior to participants taking the written test. Participants must have read and study chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Independent Study Guide and complete the corresponding review sections in the ISG Workbook prior to class. They also will be expected to have read selected chapters from "Hunt Alaska," including Choosing a Firearm, Cartridge and Bullet, pages 10 to 14; Water Treatment, page 22; and Shot Placement on Alaska Game, pages 28 to 30. After the classroom session, the class will break for lunch, around noon, and reconvene at the Snowshoe Gun Club firing range at 1 p.m. for a live-fire exercise. Preregistration is required for the class, and participants should pick up materials at Fish and Game after registering with Soldotna Community Schools. The class is open to participants ages 9 to adult, but those 9 to 13 must be accompanied by a parent. The cost is $10.


Alaska Concealed Carry and the Law with Rod Christopher, Roy Gordon, Chuck Bartolini and Phil Nash of the Peninsula Weapons Academy The class will cover firearm safety, handgun operation, firearms and the law, cleaning and storage of firearms, selecting a handgun for self defense, handgun shooting fundamentals, handgun shooting positions, controlling a violent confrontation and a live-fire qualification course. The class is open to those 21 and older with a 10-person minimum and 15-person maximum. It meets from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday or March 14 at the Kenai River Center conference room. The cost is $90.

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