Community News

Posted: Monday, January 26, 2004

FAS to hold training workshop

The Frontier Community Services Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Program is sponsoring a training workshop titled "FASD and Seven Generations: Healing the Past and Future of Our Community" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The guest presenter will be Carolyn Hartness, an international educator and consultant. Hartness is project specialist with the Northwest Portland area Indian Health Board and specializes in identifying issues relating to FAS with tribes in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

The cost of workshop is $25. For more information, call Vickie Tinker at 262-6331.

Toastmasters meet on Mondays

The Soldotna Toastmasters meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at the Church of God on the corner of Binkley Street and Redoubt Avenue. The Toastmasters is an organization that promotes public speaking and leadership. The pubic is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Theresa Colton at 262-7168.

Holle to hold community meetings

School board member Debbie Holle will hold two community meetings to gain public input regarding issues pertaining to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Skyview High School. The second meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ninilchik High School library.

Residents in the District 7-Central area and all other interested community members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 262-4551.

Deadline for VFW scholarship nears

The Deadline for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No 10046 Vicki Webb Nelson memorial scholarship is Feb. 2.

High school graduating students with a desire to further their education are eligible. Citizenship, leadership and financial need will be considered. Monetary awards will be given to local winners with an opportunity to compete for the $1,000 scholarship awarded to a statewide winner.

Applications should be mailed to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary,134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, AK 99669. For more information or to obtain an application, call your school counselor, the VFW auxiliary chair at 262-1352 or auxiliary president at 262-2819.

Wine, gourmet appetizer fund-raiser planned

The Hospice of the Central Peninsula will hold its annual Evening with Hospice auction, fine wine and gourmet appetizer fund-raiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Wine tasting, gourmet appetizers and silent and outcry auctions are some of the planned activities. Two round-trip tickets to Hawaii, donated by Hawaiian Vacations, and a fly-in fishing trip for two, donated by High Adventure Air, are some of the items up for auction. All proceeds will go to hospice.

The event is catered by The Chase is Over and Specialty Imports. Tickets are $40 and are available from board members or by calling Sue at 262-0453.

Flu shots available for general public

The Kenai Public Heath Center has flu shots available for anyone wishing to be vaccinated. Immunization clinic hours are from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the clinic and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Club in Soldotna. Flu shots are available by appointment. For more information, call 335-3400.

Awards available for school, business partnerships

The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships will sponsor a new award recognizing partnerships between schools and businesses.

The National School and Business Partnership Award will provide six $10,000 to support exemplary partnership efforts. Partnerships involving kindergarten through 12th-grade public schools and-or districts and businesses are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply is Thursday. Applications are available online at Questions should be directed to Southard Davis at (202) 667-0901 or

ACCFT to honor academic freedom efforts

The Alaska Community Colleges' Federation of Teachers recently announced its first ACCFT Academic Freedom Awards to recognize the defense and promotion of academic freedom in Alaska.

Awards will honor individuals, projects or organizations for their contributions to academic freedom within an academic community, within a professional community or within the general public.

Prizes will include $500, a commemorative plaque and a presentation by the ACCFT executive board and publicity.

All applications should be sent to Chair, ACCFT Academic Freedom Committee, 3211 Providence Drive, K-214, Anchorage, AK 99508. The deadline is March 26.

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