Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2001

Candidate forum scheduled

The League of Women Voters will hold a town meeting candidate forum at 7 tonight. The public is invited to participate. Candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and Board of Education will be presented. The meeting is in the borough assembly chambers at the Borough Building on Binkley Street in Soldotna.

Soroptomists meet today

Soroptomist of the Twin Cities will hold a board meeting today at 11:30 a.m. at the First National Bank of Soldotna in the conference room. Soroptomist of the Twin Cities has been running ads on the subjects of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Anyone interested in donating to this informative cause can contact Kim Hyde at 262-4889 or the Women's Resource and Crisis Center at 283-7257.

Interagency council meetings resume

The interagency council resumes its monthly meetings today. The council is an informal group of representatives from social service organizations and agencies that gets together to coordinate activities and share tips. The group convenes from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Soil and Water Conservation District meets

The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District meets at 6:30 p.m. today at 110 Trading Bay Road, Suite 160, in Kenai. The conservation district meets the third Thursday of each month.

Homer area kickoff for United Way set

The Kenai Peninsula United Way will hold the Homer Area Community Kickoff from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. This family event is hosted by the Homer Senior Center, 3935 Svedlund. There will be music, refreshments and door prizes. For more information, call 283-9500.

Food safety class offered

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is offering a four-hour food safety training class. The Serving Safe Food in Alaska class will be offered in Soldotna Monday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Iliamna room of Central Peninsula General Hospital, and Tuesday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center, 538 Arena Avenue. The class is free and preregistration is required.

The class is geared toward those who currently work or want to work in a restaurant or other food service establishment. It will cover the need for food safety, personal hygiene, receiving and storage, preparation, cooking and service and proper cleaning and sanitizing. For more information or to register contact Jeri Lohmer at 262-5210, extension 237, or e-mail:

Racers plan awards banquet

Attention drag racers: The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Drag Racing Division's awards banquet will be Sept. 29 at the Eagles Lodge between Kenai and Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner follows at 7 p.m. Dinner costs $17.75 for adults and $10 for children 12 or younger.

The evening will feature trophy presentations, awards, door prizes and a no-host bar.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to call Wendy Hudson at 260-3305 or John Crump at 283-5258.

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 at 262-9479, Allen Auxier at 283-8433 or Jennifer Beckman at 262-8900.

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, first-served basis. For more information, call 262-8172.

State offers birth control services

The Kenai Public Health Center on Barnacle Way in Kenai now offers birth control services.

The fees are on a sliding scale, and there generally is no charge for women with no health insurance, said Nurse Practitioner Kami Hutchins of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Hutchins offers family planning clinics Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and sometimes also can see patients on Tuesday or Wednesday. Patients receive a physical exam and birth control. For an appointment, call 335-3400, a free call from central peninsula phones.

Government offers food aid for day care

Help is available if you are a family day care home provider who serves nutritious food but can't quite afford a variety of choices.

By participating in the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), you can be reimbursed for some costs of serving foods that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The CCFP operates in accordance with USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. Any person believing that she or he has been discriminated against in any USDA activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington DC 20250.

For more information, call Jennette Browning, CCFP program coordinator, at 283-4707.

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