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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009

Assistive Technology available

The Kenai Peninsula Independent Living Center has developed a demo center that displays different Assistive technology (magnifiers, screen-enlarging software and amplification systems) and other devices to enhance communication and/or low vision skills at its site in Soldotna.

Its goal is to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to try out different technology in order to live more independently in their homes and communities. Also to offer tips and resources for matching clothes, identifying money or locating the temperature on the stove. For more information, call 262-6333 or 1-800-770-7911.

Gardeners dig in

The Central Peninsula Garden Club will hold the following events:

* March 13 -- In conjunction with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Office the club will present a Friday program on "Alternative Energy," including solar for greenhouses. The featured speaker will Richard Seifert, energy specialist with the Extension Office. Seifert also is conducting homeowner classes on the subject that includes retrofitting a home from March 11 through 14 at Kenai Peninsula College. The Friday program is open to the public and will be held in the MAPS room in the new Mining and Petroleum building on campus. For more information and time, call Marion 283-4632 or 398-8669. For more information on classes, call 262-5824.

* March 17 -- "How To Build The Rock Part Of A Rock Garden" and Alpine plants at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The featured speaker will be Jaime Rodriguez, president of the Alaska Rock Garden Society and Palmer nursery owner who specializes in alpine plants.

Annual dues for the club are $20 for individuals and $30 for couples. For more information, call Marion Nelson 283-4632 or 398-8669.

Class enrollment opens

New Frontier Vo-Tech Center in Suite 14 in the Red Diamond Center is enrolling students for the spring semester.

Major programs are clerk typist, accounting clerk, computer information processor and computer literacy. Individualized programs and classes are offered. Hours for enrollment and/or interviews are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 262-9055 for more information.

Send us your photos!

Pet photos can be color or black and white and should be no smaller than 3-by-5 inches. They may include people. Limit one photo per household. They can be dropped off at the Kenai office, mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611, or e-mailed to A brief explanation of the photo, the pet's and owner's names, owner's address and phone number must be included.

Only photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 335-1237.

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