Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2003

LAC meeting canceled

The Local Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled. The Department of Labor is in a transition period at this time and the transition should be complete by the next meeting in the fall. Once the next meeting time and date has been set, committee members will be informed.

Nikolaevsk clinic rescheduled

The public health clinic scheduled for today in Nikolaevsk has been moved to Tuesday. A nurse will be at Nikolaevsk school from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday to offer immunizations, pregnancy testing and well-child checkups.

A nurse also will be in Ninilchik from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday for a clinic. For more information, call (907) 235-8857 or (800) 770-8857.

Nutrition classes continue today

The Kenaitze Head Start and Kenai Peninsula Food Bank-sponsored nutrition series continues today with a field trip, "Sales and Best Buys," taught by nutritionist Colleen Deal. The series includes two months of classes, offered from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through April 28. The classes are free to the public, and participants may attend either select sessions or all classes.

Children are welcome, though no child care will be offered. Toys and a coloring table will be available.

For more information, call Kathy or Janet at Kenaitze Head Start at 283-0707.

Apple tree workshop slated for today

Central Peninsula Master Gardeners will present an apple tree pruning workshop with Dan Elliott of the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers. The hands-on workshop will help the home orchard grower learn techniques to train northern apple trees to a central leader and be more productive. The workshop requires preregistration and a pre-viewing of a 30-minute video. The video will be shown at 1 p.m. today at the Cooperative Extension Office on Kalifornsky Beach Road, and the workshop will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today. A location map will be given to participants at the time of preregistration. To sign up, call Janice or Vickie at 262-5824.

Kenai library hosts TV-free event

The Kenai Community Library will host a potluck and bingo party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today to kick off National Turn Off TV Week. Families are invited to bring a favorite dish and meet other families trying to break free of TV. Beverages and TV-free cake will be provided, and storyteller Carol Ford will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

Women For Sobriety meets tonight

Women For Sobriety, a self-help recovery program for women with addiction problems, meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center, 325 S. Spruce in Kenai. The program is separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, but the two programs can be used together. For more information, call Linda at 283-2069.

NAMI hosts video presentation, support group

The Kenai-Soldotna chapter of the NAMI will host an education meeting and support group at 7 p.m. today at Fort Kenay. Two half-hour videos, "Mental Illness in the Family" and "Families Coping with Mental Illness," will be presented, and a support group for consumers will follow. For more information, call Scharlott Thomas at 335-0025.

PERS retirement planning seminar scheduled

Peter Fisher, a retirement representative with the Alaska Public Employees' Retirement System, will present a seminar, "Planning for Retirement," from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the assembly chambers of the Borough Building, 148 N. Binkley St., Soldotna. The seminar is open to all members of PERS. For more information, call 262-4441, ext. 284.

MacDowell to speak at Alliance meeting

Dave MacDowell, director of government affairs for the GTL gas project, will be the guest speaker at Tuesday's noon meeting of the Alliance at Paradisos restaurant. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call (907) 563-2226.

Peterson to speak at Homer chamber

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson will speak at the Homer Chamber of Commerce's luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday at the Best Western Bidarka. She will address a variety of topics, including the top 10 issues facing the school district, the impact of federal and state legislation and the budgetary implications to Homer schools. Lunch costs $10, and the meeting is open to the public. For more information, call (907) 235-7740.

PDK to honor educators at banquet

Phi Delta Kappa will celebrate "Outstanding Contributions to Education," at a banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna. All PDK members and educators are invited. Dinner will be $15 and include a choice of traditional or portabella lasagna, Caesar salad, vegetables, bread, dessert, coffee, tea or a cold beverage. For more information, call Cindy Hurst at 283-4826 or e-mail

League of Women Voters to meet

The Central Peninsula League of Women Voters will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at Paradisos in Kenai. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 262-3908 or 283-9271.

Boys and Girls Club soccer sign-ups end Friday

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will continue taking registration for boys and girls outdoor soccer through Friday. For more information, call 283-2682.

Mediation center plans annual meeting

The Center for Mediation and Dialogue will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. April 29 at the Kenai River Center. The public is invited to attend and participate in the planning of next year's events. For more information, call 283-9227.

Advisory committee to meet

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at the Kenai River Center at 6 p.m. May 21 to discuss March board meetings and hold election for chair position. For more information, contact Porter Pollard at 262-0437.

The Federal Subsistence Board will meet to take action on wildlife issues at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage May 20-22. For more information, contact Ann Wilkinson at (907) 786-3676.

Also, the deadline to submit an agenda change request for the Board of Fisheries is Aug. 18. For more information, contact Diana Cote at (907) 465-6095.

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