Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Soldotna chamber meeting today

The Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will hold its weekly luncheon at noon today at the Riverside House. Steve Horn, executive director of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, will speak.

For more information, call 262-9814.

Kasilof Historical Society to meet

The Kasilof Historical Society will meet Thursday. The business meeting begins at 6 p.m. The program, "Growing up in Kasilof," will begin at 7.

It is open to the public. For more information, call 262-2439.

Mini-grant is topic of discussion

The Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday at 110 Trading Bay, Suite 160. Topics of discussion will include the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development's recent rural mini-grant awards.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 283-7493, ext. 106.

Pratt offers cultural opportunities

The Pratt Museum in Homer will host a finger-food potluck Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The potluck is part of the museum's community conversations program and will focus on the topic, "What Makes a Local?" The museum also is seeking volunteers for the summer season. For more information, call Michelle Bayes at (907) 235-8635 ext. 25.

KPC offers weekend courses

Kenai Peninsula College is offering two short courses this month for one college credit or audit. Classes meet Friday evening and all day Saturday; registration is open until 4:30 p.m. the starting day of the class. For more information, call Ann Marina at 283-5950 or e-mail

Mind-Body Medicine (CED A194E) meets Friday and Saturday. The course examines natural health therapies used at clinics and university medical centers. Topics covered will include pain management and stress reduction programs, biofeedback, massage and bodywork, relaxation training, meditation, tai chi and yoga.

Defeating Depression (PSYA112) meets Feb. 22 and 23 and covers the types and sources of depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder. Students will examine methods for prevention and control of depression and ways to maintain positive mental and emotional health.

Small farms mini-series to start

The Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau and University of Alaska Fairbanks-Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor a six-session small farms mini-series beginning next week. The first session will be Feb. 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. Dr. Bob Wheeler, a forestry specialist with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, will present Agroforestry Systems.

On Feb. 19, Dr. Milan Shipka, a livestock specialist with UAF Cooperative Extension Service, will present Livestock Production and Nutrition, also from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. Further sessions are scheduled for March 27, 28, April 22 and 23. Preregistration is requested for all sessions. For more information, call 262-5824.

Workshop teaches syrup tapping, processing

The Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District will sponsor a Birch Syrup Tapping and Processing Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Kenai Peninsula College, room 137. Workshop participants can learn how to tap and process birch syrup. Free tapping supplies will be provided. The workshop is free and limited to 25 participants. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 283-7493, ext. 106.

Boys and Girls Clubs event promotes literacy

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its annual Read Across America Celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 1 at the Kenai Clubhouse, 11247 Frontage Road. Attendees will be able to participate in a series of 15-minute stations promoting literacy and the love of reading, including a workshop for parents to help their children become better readers.

Pizza and juice will be served, and door prizes will be awarded. There is no charge for the event. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Mary Jo at 283-2682.

Nominations being accepted for awards

Gov. Tony Knowles has announced that applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Governor's Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska (TRAAK) Awards for Excellence. Winners will be selected from a statewide pool of applicants, based on their contribution to trails and recreation opportunities within the state. This year, outstanding facility designs will be recognized as well. Nomination letters must be received by March 29. Nominations with more than one supporting letter are strongly encouraged. For more information, call (907) 465-4070 or (888) PLAN-DOT.

Hospital plans workshops

Central Peninsula General Hospital will offer several workshops in April. Workshops offered by the hospital will include, Introduction to Healing Ministry, April 5 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Level 1, April 6 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and April 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sent to Heal and Anoint -- The Use of Essential Oils Will Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries, April 12 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and April 13 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call Susan Shoemaker at 262-8172.

Hunter certification to be required

Beginning Aug. 1, hunter education certification will be required for all people born after Jan. 1, 1986, who hunt in game management units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20, or they must be under direct immediate supervision of a licensed hunter who has completed the certified hunter education course.

Hunter education classes are taught by state-certified volunteer instructors across the state. For more information, call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Soldotna at 262-9368.

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