Village Fair to include health and safety exhibits, activities

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003

Everyone is invited to Village Fair 2003, a health and safety exposition at Soldotna High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Central Peninsula General Hospital also will sponsore health fair activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fair, and a community summit on prescription narcotic abuse is being presented in the Soldotna High School library from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with Village Fair.

Exhibitors Saturday will include representatives from numerous community health and safety service organizations, including the Alaska State Troopers Lifeguard helicopter, Central Emergency Services, Soldotna and Kenai police departments, Blood Bank of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids and many others, according to Jane Stein of Healthy Communities-Healthy People, organizers of the fair.

The helicopter will land at the high school and be on exhibit from 10 a.m. until noon, unless it is called to an emergency, Stein said.

Soldotna and Kenai police will take digital photographs of children and provide the photos on computer disks to parents or guardians to use in the event a child is ever missing or abducted.

Soldotna officers also will provide a state-of-the-art kit for collecting DNA samples for help in identifying children. Children's mouths will be quickly swabbed and the DNA samples will be kept by parents or guardians.

Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids will gather at the high school swimming pool for demonstrations on canoe and small boat safety and proper use of emergency flotation devices for children. Children should bring swimming suits if they plan to join in the training, Stein said.

Members of the Central Emergency Services will demonstrate proper use and placement of smoke detectors in the home and offer information on what to do in the event of a fire.

Safety helmets for bicyclists and skateboarders will be available for purchase during the fair, and Stein said if people purchase the helmets there, their names will be entered into a raffle for a Tony Hawk skateboard. People also can have their names entered into the raffle if they purchase a helmet at Beemun's, 907 Skateboard or Instant Replay during the fair.

Representatives from Soldotna Professional Pharmacy will offer a prescription medicine checkup to people who bring their prescribed medications to the fair to see if they are compatible with one another and if they are still current.

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center has published a resource book for people on the Kenai Peninsula, Stein said, and a representative from Bridges Community Resource Network will be on site from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday entering names and phone numbers of community resource providers that want to be on a central resource Web site.

Blood Bank of Alaska will conduct a blood drive during the fair, and food and drinks will be available for purchase -- especially important to those giving blood.

At the health fair, height and weight, hearing and blood pressure screening will be done, and blood-panel tests will be available for $35. Thyroid panel testing will be offered for $30. Food also will be available for purchase at the hospital.

Other exhibitors at the high school will include the Homer Electric Association, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, After the Bell, Central Area Rural Transit System Inc., Relay for Life, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, the Soldotna Historical Society, AARP, Heritage Place, Life Alaska organ donors, Alaska Tobacco Alliance, Department of Environmental Conservation, city of Soldotna, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Clubs, Regroup Recycling, Kenai Peninsula College, the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the Homeless Coalition.

Scheduled exhibitors also include the Cottonwood Clinic, Aspen Dental Clinic, Denali KidCare, First Choice Home Health Care, Central Peninsula Counseling, Frontier Community Services and Dena'ina Health Clinic.

Stein said a parent support group will offer child care services during the fair and some preschools will have books for sale. Additionally, alternative health representatives will be on hand, and body massages will be offered.

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