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Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Programs aid communication with hearing impaired

The National Family Caregiver Support Program will hold meetings today and Thursday in the central peninsula area. At each, there will be a presentation on how to communicate with someone who has hearing loss. The training will be accompanied by guest speaker Lowell Derrington of the Hearing Aid Institute. Derrington also will provide free hearing screening.

Primary caregivers and the community are welcome to attend.

One program will begin at 12:30 p.m. today at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. Another will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

For more information, call 262-5456 or (866) 766-8210.

Social Security representative to visit peninsula

A representative from the Social Security Administration will be at Kenai City Hall from noon to 4 p.m. today. A representative also will be in Homer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call (800) 772-1213.

Day camp planned

Grace Lutheran Church and School will hold a spring break day camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for children between 3 years old and eighth grade. The camp will be held at the school, one mile down Ciechanski Road, and will include religious study, crafts, music, games, bread making and swimming at the Nikiski pool. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Pastor Tom Schmidt at 283-6297 or school minister Dennis Leckwee at 283-7888.

Hospital CEO to speak to chamber

David Gilbreath, the new chief executive officer of Central Peninsula General Hospital, will be the guest speaker at today's luncheon meeting of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon begins at noon at Paradisos and is open to the public. The cost is $10.50. For more information, call the chamber at 283-7989.

Guitar classes offered

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will offer a beginning guitar class March 24 at the Kenai clubhouse. Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 18. Dustin Aaronson will instruct the class, which will meet Mondays from 6:15 until 7:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for six classes. Registration will be taken until today, or until the 15 student limit is met. Participants do not have to have their own guitars, but participants must reserve guitars in advance. For more information, call 283-2682.

Realtors to meet Thursday

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors will hold a general membership meeting at noon Thursday at Rubens in Kenai. Officer Johnny Whitehead of the Soldotna Police Department will speak on personal safety. A luncheon of pizza, salad and beverages will be served for $11.50. Participants are asked to R.S.V.P. to KPAR.

Veterans meeting slated

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 5 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the old Napa building, across from the Big Dipper on the Kenai Spur Highway. All veterans are welcome. For more information, call 283-4359.

Gardeners to host compost tea workshop

The next session of the Central Peninsula Master Gardeners winter lecture series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. John Evans of Alaska Giant will present, "Great Growing with Compost Tea." Evans has done extensive research on the subject and has won several blue ribbons from the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

Another session, "Garden Art," will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. April 5, also at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building. Annie Nevaldine will present a slide show to share what can be done with ordinary objects to transform a garden into a unique and special place.

All lectures cost $5, and refreshments are available. For more information, call Janice at 262-5824.

Ladies Auxiliary plans 'spring fling'

The Ladies Auxiliary to Amvets Post No. 4 will hold a "spring fling" Saturday. A barbecue rib dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. for $10, and music, dancing and socialization will begin at 8 p.m. All funds raised from the event will aid in furnishing the kitchen at the new post. For more information, call 262-3540.

The event will include a barbecue rib dinner for $10, and music, dancing and socialization



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