Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2001

Lutheran youth plan activities

The fourth- through sixth-grade youth of Christ Lutheran Church of Kenai will meet at the church today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be an outdoor activity, so dress appropriately. The indoor activity will be Patriotic Potholders. Call Gwen Johnson at 283-2799 for more information.

Junior and senior high school students are invited to join Christ Lutheran Church youth for Walleyball this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Frontier Community Services board will elect officers

The Frontier Community Services board of directors holds its annual meeting today from 3 to 5 p.m. at their offices in the Red Diamond Center. Officers for the coming term will be elected. The public is encouraged to attend.

Fish and Game advisory committee meets tonight

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets today at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. This is an important meeting concerning fish and game proposals and future regulations. The public is invited to express concerns. Contact Brent Johnson at 262-4763 for information.

Theaters collect food for charities

Regal Cinemas will collect nonperishable foods for area charities with its annual Cans Film Festival Thursday.

Participating theaters nationwide, including the Kambe Theatre in Kenai, are encouraging customers to bring three cans or boxes of nonperishable food. In return, donors will be able to select a movie of their choice -- excluding no-pass attractions -- and enjoy a free small popcorn. Volunteers from area charities will be there to accept donations and make sure the food is put to good use.

Kenai chamber meets today

David Liebersbach, director of the Alaska Division of Emergency Services, will speak on "How disaster impacts your bottom line" at today's meeting of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon. That starts at noon at the Old Town Village Restaurant. All chamber luncheons are open to the public.

Siren tests are Thursday at noon

The Office of Emergency Management of the Kenai Peninsula Borough holds its monthly alert siren test Thursday at noon. The test consists of attack and alert tones. Siren tests are the first Thursday of each month unless that is a holiday.

Register now for men's basketball

The Kenai Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registration fees for its Men's City League Basketball program. The number of teams is limited, and teams are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration deadline is Oct. 22, and league play begins Nov. 12.

Anyone interested in scorekeeping or officiating should contact the Parks and Recreation office at 283-3855.

State fiscal policy is Tuesday topic

Rep. Ken Lancaster invites the public to a legislative Fiscal Policy Caucus town meeting Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Center. Lancaster and Larry Persily, deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, will discuss the state's revenue sources and fiscal problems and options for continuing to fund the services people want from the state. Then, they will take questions and comments from the public.

Officials also will discuss state fiscal policy before the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Riverside House at noon.

Norman Vaughan reception is Saturday

An Evening with Norman Dane Vaughan is Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. This is the second of four receptions hosted by Alaska's Entertainment, Sports and Recreation Magazine, which featured Vaughan in its summer/fall edition. Other receptions are slated Oct. 11 in Wasilla and Oct. 13 in Anchorage. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 277-2415.

Canine Good Citizen class offered

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will offer a Canine Good Citizen course Oct. 16. It is an eight-week class and is designed to teach skills on passing the Canine Good Citizen Test, which will be held on the last night of class.

The purpose of the CGC test is to ensure that a dog can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs. The program is open to both purebred and mixed breeds. The test is not a competition and does not require that you and your dog perform with precision.

The program is offered through the American Kennel Club. For more information 262-6846.

Soldotna Community School brochures in the mail

The Soldotna Community School brochures will be in the mail to the 99669 zip code box holders, general delivery and city routes the first few days of October. Brochures will also be available at the Soldotna and Kenai public libraries. Classes will begin Oct. 10.

Mail-in registration will be ongoing and must be received by Oct. 12. In-person registration is scheduled for Oct. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Soldotna Middle School, 426 W. Redoubt Ave., in Soldotna.

The registration form included in the brochure is not the correct form. You can pick up a corrected form at the Soldotna and Kenai libraries or simply send the required registration information, i.e., your name, home and work phone, class title, date, etc., attaching the class fee, and mail them to Soldotna Community Schools, 426 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669 or, if you need more information, call 262-6768.

Community Schools is sorry for any confusion the registration form error might have caused.

Kenai clay exhibition planned

The Kenai Potters Guild is accepting entries to its 14th Kenai Clay exhibition Oct. 20 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

Find the right volunteering work

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.

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 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 they have been discriminated against in any USDA activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

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

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