Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2001

Alaska Independent Blind chapter meets today

The monthly meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Alaska Independent Blind will be at 7 p.m. today at the Fireweed Medical Center, 247 N. Fireweed in Soldotna. The annual Alaska Independent Blind convention will be discussed. The convention will be in October in Anchorage.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the group will host a workshop on macular degeneration and adjusting to blindness. To sign up, call (800) 478-9998.

The group is organized to provide education, awareness, outreach, advocacy services and information to individuals who are blind or vision impaired. It is open to the public. For more information, call 262-7061.

Nikiski council to discuss prison proposal

The monthly meeting of the North Peninsula Community Council will be at 7 p.m. today at the Nikiski Senior Center. It is open to all residents of the north peninsula. Mike Gilliland with Cornell Companies Inc. will talk about the proposed prison project.

Prison project to be subject of Alliance meeting

The Alliance Kenai Chapter meetings will resume at noon Tuesday at Paradisos Restaurant. The topic will be the proposed private prison project. The primary speaker will be Don Gilman, former borough mayor and state senator. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Bill Popp also will be available to answer questions. Michael Gilliland, project coordinator for Cornell, will talk about facility operations.

Cost is $11. Those attending are asked to R.S.V.P. by fax to (907) 561-8870.

Family support group for gays to meet

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hold a meeting of its new Kenai Peninsula chapter at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group meets monthly and provides support, information and advocacy for gay, lesbian and bisexual members of the community, their parents and friends.

For more information or directions to the meeting, call 283-4678.

Art show auction planned

Planned Parenthood of Alaska, Soldotna Center, is sponsoring its second annual Harvest Art Show, on display through Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The show features works of area artists in various media.

Pieces are for sale by auction to the highest bidder. The gala auction will be 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit participating artists, the Kenai Fine Arts Center and Planned Parenthood.

Regular hours for viewing the exhibit are today through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call Jackie or Jen at 262-2622.

--Staff reports

Hospice schedules grief support programs

In October, Hospice of the Central Peninsula will begin the fall 2001 session of the "transitions" grief support program for women who have experienced the death of their husbands and "Healing Hearts," which offers support for mothers who have experienced the loss of a child. Both groups will meet for nine weeks. Registration is required.

Hospice also offers support for homicide survivors, women who have miscarried and an ongoing grief support group open to individuals with a variety of loss through death.

There is no charge to those that attend hospice bereavement programs. For more information or to register, call Sue Bezilla, bereavement coordinator, at 262-0453.

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