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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2002

FAS committee to meet in Soldotna

The statewide Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Steering Committee, which provides direction and guidance to the Department of Health and Social Services' Office of FAS, will hold its biannual meeting today and Tuesday in Soldotna. Monday evening, the committee with host a public reception, offering an opportunity for the public to meet committee and staff members and provide testimony regarding fetal alcohol syndrome issues.

The reception will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the new Aspen Hotel, 326 Binkley Circle, in Soldotna. For more information, call 877-393-2287.

Chamber to focus on tourism Tuesday

Dru Garson, acting executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, will address Soldotna Chamber of Commerce members at their weekly luncheon, Tuesday at noon at the Riverside House.

For more information, call 262-9814.

Alliance plans luncheon

Paul Richards, operations manager for the BP GTL plant, will speak at the Alliance Kenai Chapter luncheon Tuesday at noon at Paradisos Restaurant. Cost is $11.

The meeting also will include chapter elections and golf tournament information.

Free yoga classes offered Thursday

Wellness Unlimited will sponsor two free basic "Gentle Yoga" classes Thursday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The classes meet at the Forest Yoga Studio off Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai.

For more information, call Ann at 283-5950.

Agrium conducting training exercises

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations will conduct "live fire" training this month. Smoke and fire may be visible from the highway near the plant at Mile 21.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Training will be done at 1 and 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays.

Homer chamber plans mixer

Central Charters and Booking Agency will host the next Homer Chamber Mixer on Friday. Chamber members will discuss their services and be treated to a boat ride to Halibut Cove for treats at the Saltry Restaurant and gallery tours. For more information and reservations, call (907) 235-7740.

Fire department plans barbecue

The Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Department will hold a barbecue at the Cooper Landing fire station on Snug Harbor Road Saturday beginning at noon. Practical ideas for protecting homes from wildfires and other information will be available. For more information call 598-1073.

Memorial Day ceremony planned

A Memorial Day veterans' ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. May 27 at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.

A fly-over by the Elmendorf 3rd Wing has been organized for the ceremony.

Ninilchik ambulance association to host breakfast

The Ninilchik Community Ambulance Association will host its annual Pancake Benefit Breakfast May 25 to 27 at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for those under 3.

All proceeds benefit the Ninilchik Community Ambulance Association.

Mediation center to host training sessions

The Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue will offer a 40-hour basic course in mediation June 6 to 15 in Soldotna. The course will benefit those interested in becoming mediators, as well as those who want to learn how to handle conflict more effectively.

Topics will include analyzing the causes of conflicts and management strategies, handling strong emotions that interfere with problem-solving, negotiating in a way that leads to joint problem-solving, convening and structuring a mediation process, communicating effectively as a mediator and responding to ethical dilemmas that arise in mediation.

The training is open to people from all backgrounds. Community members interested in becoming volunteer mediators in CMCD's Youth Mediation and Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mediation programs are particularly encouraged to attend.

The course will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 6 and 13 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7, 8, 14 and 15. The fee is $400. Some scholarships are available, and CMCD volunteers will be eligible for a partial rebate. For registration information, call Heidi Chay at 283-9227 or e-mail

Watershed Forum plans Run for the River

The third annual Run for the River will be at 10 a.m. June 8, starting at the green strip by the ball fields on Main Street in Kenai. Registration begins at 9 a.m., or can be done online at

The 5-kilometer, multiple turn, loop course is open to walkers and runners ages 12 and up. Prizes will be given in each age group. For more information, visit the Web site, or call 260-5449.

Masonic golf tournament needs players

The 16th annual Masonic Golf Tournament will be June 8 and 9 at the Kenai golf course. Proceeds fund the Masonic Outstanding Student Program and the three $500 scholarships awarded each year. Players are needed for the tournament. Registration forms are available at the Kenai Golf Course.

The $60 entry fee pays for two days of green fees and a barbecue dinner after the tournament.

Plots still available in community garden

The City of Kenai and the Cooperative Extension Service have several garden plots still available in the Community Gardens in Kenai. These plots are in need of someone who wants to grow a garden this summer.

Gardeners must provide their own seeds, starts and hose. They also must be willing to keep the plot free of weeds and clean it up in the fall. For more information, call 262-5824.

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