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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2003

Food bank, Head Start offer class

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and Kenaitze Head Start are offering a free money management class from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays beginning today in the Kenaitze Head Start family house. The class, titled, "Do You Know Where Your Money is Going? Can You Afford Your Lifestyle?" will be facilitated by Jane Stein and will include the following topics: Identifying Your Income, Unavoidables, Day-to-Day Expenses and Protecting Your Dollars. Child care will be provided. To reserve a place in the class, call Kathy or Janet at 283-0707.

FAS presentation planned today

Muriel Kronowitz, coordinator for Anchorage's Family Care Court, will present information on her Fetal Alcohol Syndrome projects from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The presentation, sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Adult FAS Task Force, will be of special interest to those in the fields of social service, law enforcement, chemical dependency, education, families and foster care. Kronowitz's projects have included intervening with mothers who have drug and alcohol problems, motivating women to seek treatment for substance abuse and keeping families intact. For more information, call Vickie Tinker at 262-6331.

Adult fitness swim lessons offered

The Skyview High School pool will host an adult fitness swimming class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting today and running through Feb. 24. The class is for swimmers who want to swim better. Sessions will be designed to help the swimmer improve efficiency by making refinements in technique. The cost is $25 for the Monday sessions, or $50 for the sessions, plus 10 swims at the Skyview pool. For more information, call Cathy at 262-3905.

Fish and Game committee to meet

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game advisory committee will hold a special meeting today at 6 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. The purpose of the meeting is to continue discussion on possible recommendations to the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding early-run Kenai River king salmon.

Entrepreneurship workshop set

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop titled, "Opening the Doors to Entrepreneurship -- A Business Planning Model," from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Red Diamond Center in Suite 16. The cost is $15. For more information or to register, call Debbie at 262-7497.

Kenai chamber plans job shadow, meeting

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's annual job shadow program will be Feb. 12. The program matches Kenai Central High School juniors to area businesses for a day of job shadowing. The job shadow volunteer team will call businesses this week and encourages area businesses to take the opportunity to take an active role in grooming Kenai's future work force. For more information, call 335-HOOK.

Also on the chamber's agenda, Charlie Pierce of Enstar will discuss safety and the Kenai Kachemak Pipeline at the chamber's weekly meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. The cost is $10.50, and the public is invited.

Rec Center announces winter, spring programs

The Kenai Recreation Center has released its schedule of winter and spring programs. For more information, call Bob Frates at the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3855.

The center will offer open volleyball from 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. A new program, Wallyball Scramble, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the center will host Tot Time, an indoor gym program for toddlers, from 10 to 11 a.m., and a racquetball challenge from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be home-school gym time from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, there will be senior citizen exercise time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, the men's city league basketball will be at the center from 7 to 10 p.m. Women's city league basketball will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. The center also plans to start a pickle ball program soon.

There will be public ice skating from 1 to 2:30 p.m. daily at the multipurpose facility. The cost is $1 daily, or free on Sundays. Annual season passes are available. The ice also can be reserved by calling the Rec Center.

In addition to ongoing programs, the center also will host a Valentine wallyball tournament Feb. 15, and the Teen Center has a number of programs available for youth ages 13 to 18. For information on teen programs, call the center after 2 p.m.

Canine Good Citizen class offered

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will offer a Canine Good Citizen course beginning Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. It is an eight-week class and designed to teach skills on passing the Canine Good Citizen test, which will be held on the last day of class.

The purpose of the CGC test is to ensure that a dog can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs. The program is open to both purebred and mixed breeds. The test is not a competition and does not require you and your dog perform with precision.

The program is offered through the American Kennel Club. For more information, call 262-6846.



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