Community News

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2004

Community awareness workshop planned

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center will hold a community awareness workshop on domestic violence and sexual assault from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 to 28 at the WRCC administration office.

The workshop will cover the dynamics and escalating nature of domestic violence, the effects of domestic violence on children, how a community's response to domestic violence or sexual assault impacts victims and community resources available to victims. Successful completion of the course may allow volunteers to work with clients. College credit may be given after completion of training and 30 hours of volunteer work with WRCC. For more information, call 283-9479.

Groundbreaking ceremony slated

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Sterling Senior Housing will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend.

Food bank honored, supported

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is one of two Alaska organizations recently selected to receive grants from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. The food bank will receive $9,000 to support the distribution of more than 660,000 pounds of food annually. The Abused Women's Aid in Crisis in Anchorage also received an $8,000 grant from MAZON.

The food bank also recently was honored for its children's gardening program, receiving the Healthy Sprouts Award from the Gardeners's Supply Company and the National Gardening Association.

The food bank was selected from more than 200 other programs and will receive $500 cash and a $200 gift certificate to the Gardener's Supply Company catalog, as well as an assortment of tools, seeds, gardens products and educational resources for growing a vegetable garden.

The food bank also will receive support from area restaurants on June 3, when participating businesses donate a percentage of their proceeds as part of Hunger Awareness Day. For more information or ideas to help end hunger, call 262-3111 or visit

Healthy Communities camp slated

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, in conjunction with the Alaska Women's Environmental Network, the Rural Community Action Program, Alaska Pacific University and Alaska Community Action on Toxics, will present The 2004 Summer Get Together: Healthy Communities, a statewide training event for teens who want to learn more about environmental and health issues and develop leadership schools.

The camp, scheduled for Aug. 9 to 15 at the Spring Creek Kellogg Farm in Matanuska Valley, will bring 30 teens and their mentors together to learn about toxins in the environment and what youth can do to address the issue. The weeklong event will include hands-on activities, guest presentations, field trips, leadership sessions and a community service project.

Teens who will enter grades nine through 12 this fall are eligible to apply. Youth from AYEA chapters especially are encouraged to apply, but participants do not have to be an AYEA member. Applicants do need to demonstrate interest and activity with the environment.

Application and nomination forms are available by e-mailing and are due by June 4.

Also needed are four to five youth volunteer trainers from AYEA communities who have attended at least one AYEA training and adult mentors to team with participating youth from their region. For more information, e-mail

Oilers seeking jobs, hosts for players

The Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League is seeking host families and prospective employers for players who will arrive June 4.

Host families will need to provide a room and bedding for seven weeks beginning in June and continuing through the first part of August; meals as needed (players will be away for 21 games); and a safe and welcoming environment for the player. The player is responsible for providing his own transportation, using his own telephone calling cards and being considerate and mindful of the host family's household. For more information, call Charlene Smith at 262-7974 or e-mail

Part-time jobs also are needed for many of the players. They will be available approximately 20 hours per week. For more information, call Ron Lucia at 283-7133 or e-mail

Boys and Girls Club begins summer registration

The Soldotna Boys and Girls Club is taking applications for its Summer Clubhouse for children ages 6 (who have completed first grade) through 13. Session dates are June 7 to 30 and July 1 to 30. Registration will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 24 and 25 at Redoubt Elementary School. Registration also will be taken on the first day of the session, but space is limited. The cost is $125 per session per child. Scholarships are available. Educational and recreational mini courses will include papier mache monster making, cave art creations, Georgia O'Keeffe paintings, dancing to the oldies and book publishing. For more information, call Karen at 394-6983 or 260-4333.

MDA camp counselors needed

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteer summer camp counselors to work at the camp slated for July 31 to Aug. 6 at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak. Counselors must be at least 16 and physically able to lift a young person between the age of 6 and 21.

Each counselor is assigned to serve as a companion for a camper who is affected by a neuromuscular disease. Counselors help their camper with daily activities such as feeding, bathing and dressing, as well as recreational activities, dances, arts and crafts and swimming.

To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support MDA's summer camp program, call the local MDA office in Anchorage at (907) 276-2131 or within Alaska toll-free (800) 478-5683.

The Community page appears each Monday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be faxed to 283-3299; e-mailed to, sent to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or delivered to 150 Trading Bay Road.

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