Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010

Deaf issues to be discussed

Independent Living Center and The State of Alaska will present guest speaker Liz Andrews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 and 24 at the Aspen Hotel Soldotna (board room.) Liz Andrews, who has been certified to teach Deaf Advocacy Training will be our featured speaker. Andrews was born and raised in Alaska, experiences deafness herself and is President of the Alaska Deaf Council. She will be assisting ILC and local advocates to understand rights of individuals to effective communication under the Americans with Disabilities Act and will help communities develop an action plan to ensure their rights. For more information, call Toni Pease at 262-6333.

Pebble Mine discussion slated

Meet Bristol Bay residents, hear from the State of Alaska, and listen to officials in the mining, water quality and fisheries during this discussion on the proposed Pebble Mine Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The Pebble Partnership and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been invited to the presentation. The event is sponsored by the Nunamta Aulukestai Caretakers of the Land. It is free and refreshments will be served. Call 360-8591 for more information.

Cyber Bullying seminar slated

What would you do if you or your child were bullied, harassed, or stalked online? What SHOULD you do?

On March 27 from 2:00 to 4 p.m. an educational seminar in Room 158 at Kenai Peninsula College will discuss these questions. The cost is $5 for community members and free with your KPC student ID card. Proceeds will go to the Student Union scholarship fund. 30 to 45 minutes of this time will be left open for questions and answers.

Garden club plans bonus workshops

Central Peninsula Garden Club has a bonus program this month about orchid growing and blossom challenges presented by Anchorage orchid expert Sally Karibellnikoff. Karibellnikoff has been growing orchids and teaching others how to maintain them for many years and has more than 1,200 orchids herself. She will be presenting a power point program Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The meeting is open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Karibellnikoff will also lead an orchid repotting workshop on Saturday from noon to 3:30pm. Special orchids will be available for purchase at a variety of reasonable prices. Workshop participants will learn repotting orchid methods with Karibellnikoff's custom orchid potting mix. Preregister by contacting Marion Nelson at 283-4632 or The workshop will be held at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley Street in Soldotna. The workshop fee is $10.

Annual Garden Club membership dues are $20 individual, $30 for couples.

For club information, contact Marion Nelson, 283-4632, 398-8669 or

Fulbright scholar to speak at KPC

KPC Phi Theta Kappa and KPC Showcase will present present a lecture from Fulbright Scholar Dr. Asma Al-Kitbi on Culture and Geography of Dubai and The United Arab Emirates on April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Kenai Peninsula College commons. Al-Kitbi is an Associate Professor of physical geography at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and a Fulbright Scholar at Utah State University. She is currently exploring a famous Arab myth about a traveler who passed through Alaska 4,000-5,000 years ago on his way to Asia and Eastern Europe.

For more information, contact Paul Landen at 262-0394.

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