Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Book club meets tonight

The Kenai Community Public Library Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. today in the library conference room to discuss "Blott on the Landscape," by Tom Sharpe. New members are invited to join the book club, which meets once a month to discuss selected books.

Adoption information classes planned

Soldotna Community Schools is offering an two-class adoption series this week. Marilyn Mareno will discuss the step-by-step process of adopting an infant through Catholic Social Services, a nonreligious-based adoption program, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. Then, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a panel of parents who have adopted newborns from several different agencies will share their experiences and answer questions. Both classes will be held at the Soldotna Middle School library, and the series costs $20.

Soldotna Community Schools also is offering a parent panel discussion on international adoption from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Parents will answer questions about their experiences and the agencies they used to adopt abroad. Agencies discussed will include New Hope Child and Family Agency, World Association for Children and Parents, Heritage Adoption Agency and Chinese Children Adoption International. Families who independently completed adoptions internationally also will be represented.

The class will be held at the Soldotna Middle School library; the cost is $10. A minimum of five registered participants will be required to conduct the class. For more information on these programs, call Soldotna Community Schools at 262-6768.

Homer Public Health changes clinic dates

The Homer Public Health Center has canceled the immunization clinic scheduled for today. The center also has rescheduled the Seldovia clinic planned for last Friday. It will be held this Friday instead.

WRCC board to meet Wednesday

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call Laurie at 283-9479.

Ranger, historian to speak to historical society

Gary Titus, ranger and historian for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, will address the Kenai Historical Society at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Kenai Community Library conference room. He will speak about Andrew Berg, legendary hunter, trapper, fisher and big game guide. Titus has done extensive research on Berg and his contemporaries and has helped reassembly Berg's winter cabin at the refuge headquarters. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

KMS to raffle off boat

Kenai Middle School is raffling off a 15-foot, custom drift boat built by students at the school. Tickets are $25 each, and only 100 will be sold. The drawing will be held Friday. To view the boat or purchase tickets, visit Kenai Middle School.

Era to sponsor chamber awards mixer

Era Aviation invites the public to come to the Homer Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Information Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday for the January chamber awards mixer. The business citizen of the year winners will be announced, and Mexican food and drink will be served. Era also will offer door prizes, including systemwide airline tickets and e-clothing. For more information, call (907) 235-7740.

Disaster assistance application deadline nears

Residents affected by winter storms and flooding in the Kenai Peninsula Borough have until Monday to apply for federal disaster assistance.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in the disaster area who were impacted by the storms and floods that occurred Oct. 23 to Dec. 20 are eligible to apply for grant programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and low-interest loans provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Register by calling FEMA's toll free number (800) 621-FEMA. Applications may be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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