Village Fair's goal to inform community

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

The Soldotna Village Fair will sport a new look this year, as well as a few new opportunities.

The fair, which offers a day for people to gather and learn about resources in the community, is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

The move to the high school should allow more space for more booths, said coordinator Jane Stein with Healthy Communities-Healthy People.

The health portion of the fair will be in a separate part of the building, leaving more space in the gym for a wide range of tables, displays and activities.

One of the new features this year will be a booth hosted by Soldotna Pharmacy. The pharmacy will check people's medications to make sure no drugs interact with or cancel one another. To participate, residents need to bring the names and dosages of all prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as a list of how frequently they take each one.

Another highlight will be a vision check. Area Lions Clubs will provide vision screening for adults and children.

"The key thing I like is the tests for children," Stein said. "They can locate some major problems that can be taken care of so they won't be problems later in life."

The fair also will include a series of landscaping booths hosted by area nurseries, providing information on successful growing techniques.

"It's March, and it's time to look forward to spring," Stein said.

Finally, the fair will include the traditional health checks provided by Central Peninsula General Hospital staff. There will be screening for height, weight and blood pressure, and, for a small fee, participants can have a blood panel run for a number of disorders.

There will be drawings throughout the day, including a raffle for a trip to Hawaii to help SoHi get a new activities sign. Lunch items also will be for sale.

"It's a day for meeting with friends and neighbors and hearing what's available in the community in all facets," Stein said. "We've got food, things to spend money on, opportunities to give to worthy causes, and a chance to get some good information."

Some other booths at the fair include these groups and topics: After the Bell, Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, allergy program, Alternative Delivery Harbor, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Bridges Community Resource Network, Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS), Central Emergency Services, Central Peninsula Counseling Services, Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners, Cottonwood Health Center, CPGH Oncology, CPGH surgery, eating disorders, Ellen's Ray of Life -- vitamins, supplements and air purifiers, First Choice Health Care, 4-H, Frontier Community Services, Girl Scouts, hand-washing demonstrations, Homer Electrical Association -- home safety, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, Independent Living Center and Brain Injury Group, Kenai Peninsula College and Learning Center, Kenai Watershed Forum, Kenaitze Indians, Kids Don't Float program, Life Alaska organ donation program and helicopter, Living in Community, Love INC, Mrs. Toothpaste and a dental hygienist, MS Society, physical medicine, Planned Parenthood, police identification -- fingerprinting and photographs, Safe Kids, sleep disorders, Soldotna Elementary School, Soldotna Historical Society, Spinn Mobility, Tobacco Alliance and the Women's Resource and Crisis Center.

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