Community Schools

Posted: Monday, January 22, 2001

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 Spring 2001 Soldotna Community School brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.


Hunter Education: Class taught by Larry Lewis, wildlife technician III with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, at Soldotna Middle School music room from 6 to 9 p.m. for five nights through Friday. The class is designed to develop responsible hunters and hunting practices, promote sound wildlife conservation and encourage the public, particularly youth, to participate in hunting.

For more information, call 262-9368. Beginning in 2002, hunters born after Jan. 1, 1986, must possess Hunter Education Certification to legally hunt in units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20. Participants should be 9 and older, those 9-13 must have parent in attendance. The cost is $5.


Community Chorus for Beginners: Class taught by Lois Holleman at Soldotna Middle School music room, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 8-12, and 8 to 9 p.m. for adults. No experience necessary. Groups will meet weekly. For those interested in accompanying choir on piano, attend first session or call director at 260-3659.

Understanding Fibromyalgia: The workshop is a holistic approach to chronic pain and fatigue presented by Dr. A. Nick Williams, chiropractor, at Soldotna Middle School room 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for one night for adults. There is a five-person minimum, 20-person maximum. Understand the neurological and physiological causes of this baffling disease. The workshop has emphasis on chronic muscular pain, fatigue and depression and its effect on the body. Participants will learn about non-drug alternatives. The cost is $10.

Wildlife Photography: Class taught by John Toppenberg, professional nature photographer; Soldotna Middle School room 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. for two weeks; for adults. There is a 10-person minimum, 30 maximum. Participants will learn to understand camera and lens potential with equipment and film recommendations, use of fill flash and accessory equipment. Slides for discussion with emphasis on composition. Techniques to establish rapport with wildlife. Where and when to go in Southcentral Alaska. Slides for discussion, including student's work (optional). The cost is $20.

Investing Basics for Individual Investors: Class taught by Matt Streiff, investment representative at Edward Jones Investments; Soldotna Middle School room 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for four weeks for all ages. There is a five-person minimum, 20 maximum. The class is an introduction to investments; stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Retirement planning, what participants need to know. The cost is $20 for singles and $25 for couples.


Successful Money Management: Class taught by Bob Wrentmore, registered representative at Shilanski and Associates; Soldotna Middle School library from 6 to 9 p.m., for three weeks, for adults. Preregistration is urged. Class covers basic investment introduction, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, risk management and estate planning. The cost is $50 for singles, $70 for couples.


Parent Support Group: Class taught by Dr. Kathleen Dinius, licensed psychologist; 4-D Building conference room, 6 to 7 p.m.; 20-person maximum. 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. The meetings are open to the public. The cost is $3 for singles per night or $5 for couples per night.

Parenting: Class taught by Dr. Kathleen Dinius, licensed psychologist; 4-D Building conference room from 7 to 9 p.m. for four weeks, for parents. There is an eight-person minimum, 12 maximum. The class will cover Systematic Training and Effective Parenting (STEP) communication, listening skills and problem solving with parents and children. Natural and logical consequences will be discussed during this eight-hour course of understanding children's behavior. The cost is $20 for singles or $25 for couples.

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