Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Social Security rep to visit area

A Social Security Administration representative will be in Seward today at the city council chambers. They will meet Tuesday in Kenai at Kenai City Hall and Wednesday in Homer at the Senior Citizens Center.

For more information, contact Alan Haim, Susan Suzuki or Steve Smith at (800) 772-1213.

Candidate forum scheduled

The League of Women Voters will hold a town meeting-candidate forum at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

Kenai clay exhibition

The Kenai Potters Guild is accepting entries to its 14th Kenai Clay exhibition Thursday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eligibility extends to potters over age 18 living in central Alaska. The juror is Wally Bivins from the Seattle area.

Prospectuses may be obtained at the Fine Arts Center. If you wish a prospectus mailed to you, contact Peggy Gill Thompson at 283-7827 or by e-mail at

Fire training slated for Wednesday

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations will conduct "live fire" training Wednesday for its emergency response team. Occasionally there may be small clouds of smoke or possibly open flames visible from the highway near the plant at Mile 21.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

Blindness workshop scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula chapter of Alaska Independent Blind will host a free workshop Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Iliamna room at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Dr. Edwin Druding and Ruth Druding from Arizona will present the workshop, which will deal with macular degeneration, adjusting to blindness and the stress and depression associated with vision loss and or blindness.

To reserve a space at the workshop, call (800) 478-9998.

Healing Touch classes slated

Healing Touch 1A will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Central Peninsula General Hospital in the Augustine room. Cost for the course is $250 if registered two weeks in advance.

Contact Susan Shoemaker at 262-8172 to register.

Coastwalk event planned

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will hold its 17th annual Kachemak Bay Coastwalk during "Coastweeks," which began Saturday and runs through Sept. 29. Coastwalk is an all-volunteer effort to gather information about wildlife and human impact on the beaches of Kachemak Bay. Participants sign up to walk one of 32 zones around the bay and record their findings.

Coastwalk will begin with a volunteer gathering and desert potluck at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies office on the corner of Lake Street and Smokey Bay Way in Homer.

Coastwalkers can register for their zone, pick up their instructions, map and checklist at this event or by calling CACS at (907) 235-6667.

Volunteering guide available

Volunteering is an opportunity to become a valued member of the community. Make a difference in a child's life, gain valuable office skills or share your special talent. The International Year of Volunteers Committee has published a volunteer directory for the Kenai-Soldotna area. In it you can find the volunteer position you have been looking for.

For your copy of the directory, call Emily Aley 262-9479, Allen Auxier at 283-8433 or Jennifer Beckman at 262-8900.

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.

Safe Sitter class full for October

Central Peninsula General Hospital Safe Sitter classes are full for the October dates. The next Safe Sitter classes will be held Jan. 3 and 4. Cost is $50 per student and includes all class material. Class size is limited and registration will be taken on a first-come basis. For more information, call 262-8172.

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