Posted: Monday, April 16, 2001

It took whole community to produce Village Fair

Our thanks to the community for sharing their talent, time and treasures at the 2001 Village Fair-Health Fair-Safe Kids Fair-Job Fair. It was indeed an awareness opportunity to get to know organizations active within our community, a chance to get information and visit with our neighbors, while checking on our health and getting great tips on safety for our children and grandchildren and job information for those in need!

Thanks to the following participants: After the Bell Program/Boys and Girls Club, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Housing Finance Corp.'s Public Housing Division, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), American Cancer Association-Relay for Life, American Legion Post 20, Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group, Brenda Cofer Crafts, Bridges Community Resource Network Inc., CARTS (Central Area Rural Transit System Inc.), Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Center, City of Soldotna, Colombine Crafts, Community Dental Health Project, Healthy Smiles and Dental Hygienists, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Denali Kidcare, 4-H, Girl Scouts of America, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, KDLL, Kenai Peninsula Area Senior Centers, Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center, Kenai Peninsula United Way, Kenai Peninsula Women's Political Caucus, Kenaitze Head Start, Magadan School No. 14, Manny's Drivers Education, Peninsula Hearing Services Inc., Soldotna Church of God, Soldotna Community Schools, Soldotna Cooperative Preschool, Soldotna Historical Society and Museum Inc., State of Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services, Sterling Head Start, Sterling Homemakers, Tobacco Control Alliance of the Central Peninsula, TOPS and VFW Jerry V. Horne Memorial Post 10046.

Health Fair

Health Fair informational presentations were sponsored by the Central Peninsula General Hospital included cardiac rehab, diabetes-wellness, eating disorders, healthy choices, SART-SANE (Forensics), Serenity House, Learning Center, suicide concerns and vision screening with Kenai Lions.

Additional information on a variety of health services and products available were presented by the ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center, Absolutely "X" Toes -- Kenai Peninsula Podiatry, Akita Health Products, Alaska Hepatitis Education Project, ALASKARE, Alternative Delivery Harbor, American Red Cross, Banner Services, Dee Gaddis -- Health Supplement Program, Dynamic Posture, Eco-Quest Informational, Frontier Community Services Early Intervention, Healing America, Karlene's Day Spa Massage, Ionia Inc., Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Kenai Police Department, Life Alaska, the Kenai chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Nature's Remedies, Nikken, Snowder Chiropractic Clinic, Soldotna Lions Club, Staywell Chiropractic Clinic, Synergy Systems, TOPS No. AK164, and the Women's Resource and Crisis Center. There was also a visit of the "Lifeguard" helicopter.

Safe Kids Fair

The Safe Kids general information booth included unintentional childhood injury prevention and much, much more! Also, there was Cook Inlet Lion's Club of Nikiski vision screening for children, fire prevention by Central Emergency Services, electricity safety by Homer Electric Association, Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group, Kids Don't Float, Mackey Lake Re Bike (helmets), Dr. Byron McCord, Kenai Public Health Center and the Soldotna Police Department.

Job Fair

Peninsula Job Center employer participants included Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Central Peninsula General Hospital, Cook Inlet Processing, Dairy Queen, Deep Creek Custom Packing, Fred Meyer, Frontier Community Services, Inlet Salmon, Safeway/Carrs, and Snug Harbor Seafoods.


Organizations providing volunteers included Beta Sigma Phi members, Bridges Community Resource Network Inc., Central Peninsula General Hospital staff, Healthy Communities-Healthy People, Kenai Penin-sula Safe Kids Coalition, Skyview and Soldotna High School students, Soroptimist of the Twin Cities, Young Marines with the following key assistants Pam Callahan, Andrea Gensel, Kathy Gensel, Lisa Parker and Ken Sirois.

Special Donations

Those making special donations included Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Laryfred Staats T'ai Chi demonstration team, National Bank of Alaska -- a Wells Fargo Company, Soldotna Store, Soldotna High School and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Student Nutritional Services.

The sixth annual Village Fair 2001 sponsors were Central Peninsula General Hospital and staff, Healthy Communities-Healthy People, Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition and the Peninsula Job Center.

Marie English, Traci Davis, Jane Fellman, Kelli Kalar, Jerry Near, Bonnie Nichols and Jane Stein, Co-chairs of Village Fair 2001

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