The following is a list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. The list is printed to serve as a reminder to registered participants. If you are interested in a class or activity but are not preregistered, call the Soldotna Community Schools office at 262-6768.
Beginning Square Dance with Dudley Abbott -- The ongoing class is open to teens and adults and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School multipurpose room. The cost is $3 per night. No cowboy boots or black-soled shoes allowed. For more information, call Betty at 262-9387 or Dudley at 260-2691.
Six-count swing dance with Raymond Hanson and Mary Beth Nearing -- The class will cover basic foot work, lead-follow skills, moves and music appreciation. Leather sole or nonmarking sliding shoes are necessary. Do not wear dance shoes outside prior to class. Participants should expect to rotate partners. The class is open to teens and adults with a 50-person maximum. It runs for six weeks, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in the Soldotna Middle School multipurpose room. The cost is $30.
Minor household repairs with Louise Heite. Squeaky hinges, sticky doors, stuck drains, appliances that don't work -- the list goes on and one. Sometimes you can fix it yourself and save a bundle. The class will teach participants how to figure out what's wrong and determine whether it's a do-it-yourself or hire-a-professional type job. The class is open to adults and women are especially encouraged to sign up. There is a 15-person maximum. The class runs six weeks from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Soldotna Middle School room 3. The cost is $40.
Wills, probate and powers of attorney with attorney Janet Tempel -- Who gets the kids? Who gets the dog? Who gets the "stuff"? What about second marriages? What if you're single? If you don't write your own will, the state will provide one for you -- and the results may surprise you. In addition to simple wills, the class also will cover probate, powers of attorney and living wills. The class is open to teens and adults. It is one night only and meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Soldotna Middle School room 9. The cost is $20 per person or $25 per couple.
New born adoptions, Alaska infant adoptions with adoption specialist Teresa Brown -- In the first class, Marilyn Mareno will discuss step-by-step adoption of an infant through Catholic Social Services. This is a non-religious based adoption program. The second class will include a panel of parents who have adopted newborns from several different agencies, including Catholic Social Services, New Hope Child and Family Agency, World Association for Children and Parents and Heritage Adoption Agency. Parents will tell of their experiences and answer questions. The class meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Soldotna Middle School library. It is open to adults, and there is a five-person minimum. The cost is $20 for both classes.
Walking sticks with Cecil Duggins -- Participants will clean, sand and finish a walking stick. An alder stick will be furnished, or participants can purchase a diamond willow stick for $10. Participants should bring a sharp knife to peal the bark. Tuesday's class will cover wood and knife selection and techniques. Participants will work until sticks are completed in the Saturday classes, with an hour break each day for lunch. The class is open to adults and teens 14 and older. There is a five-person minimum and 20-person maximum. The class meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 8 in the Soldotna Middle School wood shop. The cost is $15.
Toddler Time -- An open gym time for the little people to cruise. Parents must supervise. Families should bring a P.E. toy to share. The Soldotna Middle School multipurpose room will be open from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays for nine weeks. Children ages 1 to 3 and their parents are welcome. There is no fee.
Knit an Icelandic-style sweater with Louise Heite -- Learn to knit and make a classic Icelandic "Lepi" style sweaters -- the nice, thick, warm kind with a round yoke. Beginners are welcome. Lou Heite has conducted knitting classes in Iceland, and for 10 years she ran the "Wool Camp in Iceland" tour for knitters. Continental-style knitting is featured. The class is open to older teens and adults, and there is a 10-person maximum. The class meets for seven weeks, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Soldotna Middle School room 3. The cost of the class is $40, and participants should expect to spend $50 to $100 on yarn.
I want to change but I don't know how with psychologist Kathleen Dinius, Ph.D. -- Is my life going where I want it to? Don't be surprised if you don't like your answer. Discovering your own path is the toughest job there is. The class will help participants look at how self-awareness and self-acceptance can take them to where they want to be. The class is open to teens and adults and will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Soldotna Middle School library. The cost is $10.
Investing by the book (for women) with Edward Jones Investments representative Matt Streiff -- The hour-long program will provide participants with the fundamental information needed to take charge of their financial futures. It is open to all ages, and there is a 25-person maximum. It will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. in Soldotna Middle School room 2. The cost is $5.
Parenting with psychologist Kathleen Dinius, Ph.D. -- 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 the 8-hour course of understanding children's behavior. The class is open to parents, and there will be an eight-person minimum and 12-person maximum. It meets for four weeks from 10 a.m. to noon at the Liberty Building, 174 W. Redoubt in Soldotna. The cost is $20 per person or $25 per couple.
Australia: The Land Down Under with Greg and Jan Daniels -- The class is an Australia slide show with musical background of Australian music including didgeridoo. It covers most states of Australia. The class is open to all ages and will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Soldotna Middle School music room. The cost is two cans of food to be donated to the food bank.
Scrapbooks with rubber stamps with Bonnie Veatch-Bates, Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Participants should bring four to six photos of the Christmas theme, note paper and a writing instrument, as well as a sack lunch. The class is open to people ages 12 and older, and there will be a three-person minimum and 12-person maximum. It will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Soldotna Middle School room 6. The cost is $20.
Web class with Jackie Ansotegui, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District data processing -- Participant should have an existing Web page and knowledge of Dreamweaver software. The class will be a workshop where participants can work on their existing Web pages and have technical support available. There will be no structured instruction, but participants will be able to learn from one another. Bring a sack lunch. There is a four-person minimum and 12-person maximum. Participants may attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday or March 1 in the Soldotna Middle School computer lab. The cost is $25.
Hunter education home study with Larry Lewis of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game -- Before coming to class, students must carefully 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 workbook. Students must bring the completed workbook to participate in the class. Students 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. The one-day hunter education course will include a three-hour classroom session on hunter responsibility, firearm safety, wildlife conservation and game laws and ethics, a one-hour lunch break, then an exercise at the Showshoe Gun Club firing range. Student must complete the classroom portion and live-fire exercise and pass the written test with a score of at least 80 percent to receive a Hunter Education Certificate. All hunter 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 is all 50 states. Students may pick up workbook packets at the Fish and Game office after registration. The class is open to people ages 9 and older. Students ages 9 to 13 must be accompanied by a parent. The class will meet from 8:30 to noon at the Soldotna Middle School library and reconvene at 1 p.m. at the Showshoe Gun Club firing range. The cost is $10.
Peninsula Reading Carnival -- Phi Delta Kappa, the Peninsula Reading Council and Soldotna Community Schools will sponsor a fun afternoon to encourage literacy in the community. There will be booths and games, a snack bar and coffee coach, Dino-jump, Clifford, main stage performances and a reading corner. The carnival will raise money for scholarships and early literacy projects. It will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School. Admission is free.
For more information on the following opportunities, call the Homer Community Schools office at (907) 235-6090.
Registration still is available for the follwoing classes and activities: Tours of the Homer News, the post office and the fire station; Popeye Wrestling; basketmaking; genetically engineered foods; and basic life support.
Planning is beginning for the spring session of classes. Anyone who would like to teach a class or request a class, call the office.
The Community page appears each Monday in the Peninsula Clarion.
Submissions are welcome. Send relevant items and announcements to the Clarion by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 283-3299. Submissions also may be dropped off at either Clarion location: In Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Road or in Soldotna on the Sterling Highway next to Don Jose's.
For more information, call Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.
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