Village fair offers prescription for healthier living

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2004

With a full slate of events planned, the ninth annual Kenai Peninsula Village Fair is all set to fill area residents' prescription for health-related activities.

The fair, sponsored by Healthy Com-munities-Healthy People, Central Peninsula Counseling Services and Central Peninsula General Hospital, will take place at Soldotna High School from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

According to fair coordinator Michelle McKay, the event again will include blood screening, eye exams, blood pressure check-ups and hearing tests.

"It's a lot of different things," she said.

New to the fair this year will be oral cancer screenings, in addition to plenty of information on such things as the hospital expansion, smoking cessation programs and other health-related subjects.

In addition to individual health-related activities, the fair also will include a special appearance by San Francisco-based musician Michael Stillwater-Korns, who specializes in the field of thantology -- music designed to help people who are in the final stages of terminal illness.

"It's basically music for the dying," McKay said.

Stillwater-Korns will be available at the fair to answer questions and provide information about his music and how it can help the terminally ill.

In conjunction with the Health Fair, Stillwater-Korns will perform a free "Medicine Music" concert Sunday from 3 until 5 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, as well as a "Music for the Soul Workshop" Monday from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. The seminar costs $35, and continuing education credits are available for those in the nursing field for attending.

Stillwater-Korns' booth will be just one of more than 100 booths at the fair. Some of those will include booths set up by the Blood Bank of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. There also will be food available for sale -- something that will be much appreciated for anyone wanting to get a blood screening done.

That's because McKay said anyone wishing to have the screening done should fast for 12 hours prior to having blood drawn. She did note that people who are diabetic should eat normally, and anyone on medication should take their regular dosage.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Saturday's Village Fair should call 712-4775.

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