Community Schools

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2002

This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Fall/Winter 2002 Soldotna Community School brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Note: Children are not allowed to wait unattended while a parent attends a class or to attend an adult class.


Cheerleading Clinic (Beginners, 5-8 years)

With instructor Melanie Hollon. Students will learn basic cheerleading skills, with an emphasis on age-appropriate expectations. All sessions will follow the American Association of Cheerleading coaches and advisers regulations. Four weeks, 6 to 7 p.m., ages 5 to 8, five-person minimum, eight maximum, Soldotna Middle School multipurpose gym, $35.

Open Photography Lab

With instructor Sharon Moock, Soldotna High School photography teacher. Develop black-and-white film and/or print black-and-white negatives. Limited dark room space, first come, first served. The fee is $2 per day for facilities and chemicals; film and paper sold separately. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., eight weeks, ages high school through adult, 20-person maximum, Soldotna High School photography lab.

Infant Massage

With instructor Carla Anderson, child development specialist, certified infant massage instructor. Class will teach parents how to massage their infants. For infants 6 weeks of age to 5 to 6 months (preferably not yet crawling). A series of four classes leading to a total body massage. Massage enhances all aspects of infant development, including bonding, growth, sleep and wellness. Four weeks, 6 to 8 p.m., four-person minimum and eight maximum, Soldotna Middle School library, $60.

Adult/Teen Intermediate Pottery throwing

With instructor Charlie LaForge, studio potter. Prerequisite: October class or previous experience. Explore the process of clay on the potters wheel, demonstration by instructor, and the fundamentals and elements of throwing. Wear old clothes. Not recommended for people with back or wrist problems. Eight weeks, 7 to 9 p.m., teens and adults, 10-person maximum, Soldotna High School ceramic studio, $120.

Open Art Studio

With instructor Ann Wilson, Soldotna High School art teacher. A time to "rub elbows" with SoHi artists and practice art skills. Bring your own materials. No instruction provided. Began Jan. 15. Eight weeks, 2:30 to 4 p.m., adults, Soldotna High School art room, $20.


With instructor Terry McBee, art teacher. Create rings, pendants and other jewelry using the lost wax method. Eight weeks, 7 to 9 p.m., adults, 14-person maximum, Soldotna Middle School art room, $30.

Gentlemen's Basketball

Pick-up games on two courts -- one slow break, one fast break. Tuesdays and Thursdays, began Jan. 8. Ten weeks, 7 to 9 p.m., for men 18 years and older, Soldotna Middle School gym, $4 per night or use a punch card.

Hall walking

Walk the Soldotna Middle School hallways -- out of the weather. Eight laps is one mile. Began Jan. 15, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., teens and adults, Soldotna Middle School hallways, $10 per month.


Single/Single Again

With Dr. Kathleen Dinius, Dr. Marge Hays, Lisa Wells Turner and Dr. Paul Turner. Explore how to be healthy and happy as a single person. Week one -- "dealing with the loss" with Dr. Kathleen Dinius. Week two -- "building new relationships" with Dr. Marge Hays (has been moved from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27). Four weeks, 7 to 9 p.m., adults, Soldotna Middle School room No. 4, $20 full series or $5 per night.

"Birth Art" Belly Casting

With Katherine Piatt, midwife with Frontier Midwifery Birth Center. A wonderful memento to honor and preserve the memory of how the body changes to grow a baby. Preserve this special time in a plaster casting that will last a lifetime. A creative time of bonding with a mate and baby. One night, 7 to 10 p.m., couples, relatives or friends, three couples minimum, Frontier Midwifery Services (224 Kenai Ave., Soldotna), $40.

Beginning Knitting

With instructor Gail Moore. Learn to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off and read patterns. Sessions one and two -- learn, review and practice the basics. Session three -- choose a pattern and begin a simple project. Students will need to supply their own needles (suggest size 7, 8 or 9), and yarn. E-mail for more information. Three weeks, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 12 years to adult, three-person minimum and eight maximum, Soldotna Middle School, $25.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

With instructors Pete Campbell and Mike Gatling. Instruction on safety, technique, ropes and slings. All proceeds go to equipment. Three can climb at once. For more information, call Pete at 335-5482. Students under 16 must be accompanied by parent. Parents must sign a release for anyone under 18. Walk-ins welcome. Six weeks, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., all ages, Kenai Middle School climbing wall, $5 per night or $25 for the series.

Adult Co-ed Recreational Volleyball

With Julie English. Pick-up games, just for fun. Began Jan. 16, 10 weeks, 7 to 9 p.m., adults, 12-person maximum, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School multipurpose room, $3 per night or $25 for the series.

Parent Support Group

With Dr. Kathleen Dinius, licensed psychologist. This is an opportunity to understand children's needs and behavior, to learn parenting techniques and to share with other parents. Parents of children and teens welcome. Come when and as often as you like. Group will not meet on in-service days or holidays. From 10 to 11 a.m., parents, Liberty Building (174 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna), $3 per person or $5 per couple.

Indoor Soccer

With Tony Lewis, soccer coach. Pick-up games. Began Jan. 16, 10 weeks, 7 to 9 p.m., ninth through 12th grade, Soldotna Middle School gym and multipurpose room, $1 per night.


Investing Basics

With Matt Streiff of Edwards Jones Investments in Kenai. Learn how to examine current financial situations, control taxes and identify and manage financial risk. Three weeks, 6 to 8 p.m., all ages, 25-person maximum, Soldotna Middle School room 2, $10 per person or $15 per couple.

Toddler Time

Open gym for the little people to cruise. Supervision by parents. Bring P.E. toys to share. Ten weeks, 6 to 7 p.m., 1 to 3 years with parents, Soldotna Middle School multipurpose room.

Adult/Teen Beginning Pottery Throwing

With instructor Charlie LaForge, studio potter. Explore the process of clay on the potter's wheel, demonstration by instructor and the fundamentals and elements of throwing. Wear old clothes. Not recommended for those with back or wrist problems. Eight weeks, 7 to 9 p.m., 10-person maximum, Soldotna High School ceramics studio, $120.

Beginning Square Dance

With instructor Dudley Abbott. For more information, call Dee at 283-5602 or Dudley at 260-2691. No cowboy boots or black-soled shoes. Began Jan. 17, 7 to 9 p.m., teens and adults, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School multipurpose room, $3 per night.

Quilted Table Runner for Beginners

With instructor Tracey Bunts. Must have sewing machine experience. Please bring cutting mats, rulers and cutters if possible. The class will start at Skyview High School on Friday. Fabric choices will be discussed before traveling to a local fabric store to buy the needed fabric.

Class will meet at Skyview on Saturday to make the table runners. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, teens and adults, four-person minimum and eight maximum, Skyview High School home economics room, $25.


Learn to Teach Water Safety to Kids

With Joe McCullough and Bill Berkhahn, Alaska State Park rangers. This program is designed to provide education regarding life jacket use to high school students, who, in turn, instruct elementary school students in their classrooms on the topic. Students will receive an orientation to the Kids Don't Float program, work on lesson plans and practice presenting as a group.

The goal is to form several teams in the Kenai area of three to four students who will teach three classes. There will be prizes awarded for the teams that exceed the goal. For more information, contact Joe or Bill at 262-5581. One day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., grades nine to 12, six-person minimum, Kenai River Center conference room.

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