Aren't you just loving these beautiful days of gathering and harvesting? As our busy summer comes to a close, there will be no excuse for us to hole up in our dens and hibernate. Opportunities abound to keep us active and healthy even when the days become colder and shorter.
I spoke with Charlene Florence about the stretch and tone class that is offered free of charge to anyone interested at the Ninilchik Health and Wellness Club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. She said classes will start at the beginner level and will gradually increase intensity as the members gain strength. She also will teach moves to avoid or moves to practice to help those who are dealing with back pain. "Skinny is not a requirement" is a quote posted on the class invitation on the post office bulletin board.
It is time to sign up for the Native Youth Olympics at Ninilchik Health and Wellness Club. Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Native as well as non-native youth are welcome to join. Age divisions are: juniors, first- through sixth-graders; and varsity, seventh- through 12th grades. For more information, call Charlene Florence at 567-3370.
There will be a free community diabetes education class offered at Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. The class will take about two hours and will be taught by a certified dietitian from South Peninsula General Hospital. The topics will be a general overview of diabetes nutrition, testing, advances in research and other information helpful to families and friends of those diagnosed with diabetes.
Area home-schoolers will meet at Calvary Baptist Church for the President's Challenge fitness test Friday at 10 a.m. The challenge is a program to encourage students to make staying active part of their everyday lives. For more information visit www.presidentschallenge.org or call 567-3200.
Ninilchik Traditional Council's (NTC) Early Learning program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the NTC subsistence building. Children must be 3 to 5 years old and potty trained. Registration will begin today and classes will start Oct. 2. The program gives preschool children the opportunity to socialize and participate in group activities using music and movement incorporated with Alaskan culture. The program is open to the Ninilchik community with first priority for enrollment to Alaskan Native American Indians and children with disabilities. If you have any questions call Christina Demidoff at 567-3313.
Anchor Point VFW Commander Rocky Frank asked me to invite the community to attend a Patriot Day ceremony slated for Tuesday to remember those who fell on that tragic Sept. 11, 2001 day. The ceremony will take place at the VFW Post No. 10221 on Milo Fritz Avenue in Anchor Point. Included in the ceremony will be a ship bell tolling as names will be read of Alaskans who have lost their lives while serving their country.
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