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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002

School district plans volunteer training sessions

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will host two meetings this week to improve communication between the district and representative groups from area schools.

Parent group presidents or other designated representatives will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Soldotna Elementary School staff development room to discuss the new district volunteer handbook and training ideas, contact lists for communication between schools, recent school news and a plan for future communication.

Representatives from area site councils will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Soldotna Elementary staff development room to review the "blue book" for site councils, review paperwork requirements, clarify the differences between parent groups and site councils and share what schools are doing.

The trainings are geared for schools with both a site council and parent organization. Schools with less than 100 students are allowed to combine the functions, however small schools are welcome to participate in the trainings as well.

Soldotna chamber highlights health care

Chip Rodman, president of the American Health Care Association will speak at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. For more information, call 262-9814.

Toastmasters plans informational meeting

Toastmasters will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna Middle School library. No commitment is required at this meeting. For more information, visit or call Gretchen Hundertmark at 262-1907 or Rosie Reeder at 262-6768.

Caregivers meeting set for Wednesday

The Family Caregivers Outreach and Support Program will hold its monthly care-giver meeting at noon Wednesday at Tyotkas Elder Center at Fort Kenay, 1104 Mission Ave. in Kenai. All families and care-givers are welcome. For more information, call 262-2322.

Kenai chamber to host council candidates

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host its seventh "meet the candidates" session Wednesday, with Dustin Aaronson, Duane Bannock, Barry Eldridge and Linda Swarner, all candidates for Kenai City Council. The forum will be moderated by Marge Hayes. The luncheon is open to the public and begins at noon at Paradisos in Kenai. Cost is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

WRCC board to meet this week

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information and the location, call Laurie at 283-9479.

Outdoor Club meeting planned

The Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Petroleum Club next to the Kenai Merit Inn. For more information, call Mike Bills at 283-3856 or Steve Ford at 283-4132.

CIRCAC committee to meet Thursday

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's Environmental Monitoring Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Kenai. The meeting is open to the public. For an agenda, directions or more information, call 283-7222 or (800) 652-7222.

Tustumena 200 association begins planning for race

The Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof. All members are encouraged to attend as preparations are beginning for the 2003 face. Future members also are welcome.

Postponed workshop set for Saturday

Dominique Collet will present an all-day workshop on Kenai Peninsula mushrooms from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The morning will be spent collecting mushrooms in various locations, followed by an afternoon of identification at River City Books. Lunch will be included. Participants should bring a cardboard box with a flat bottom for collecting the mushrooms. The workshop is hosted by the Kenai Watershed Forum. It was originally scheduled for Aug. 10, but postponed due to dry weather. To register or for more information, call 260-5449. All Kenai Watershed Forum programs are free and open to the public.

Dog agility trial planned for weekend

The Kenai Kennel Club will host an American Kennel Club Agility Trial on Labor Day weekend at the Kenai Little League Field on Spruce Street in Kenai.

More than 100 dogs are scheduled to compete -- from Chihuahuas to Great Danes -- in running obstacle courses that include jumps, tunnels, an A-frame, teeter-totter and poles for weaving through. Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 2 and generally are finished by mid afternoon. It is free and open to the public.

Spectators planning to attend should bring something to sit on and be prepared for any weather. There will be a food wagon.

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