Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2010

Community schools classes announced

The following Community Schools classes will be offered:

* Home landscape design workshop -- Nancy J. Casey, Professional Landscape Architect, Casey Planning & Design. This class provides instruction and information to assist homeowners in designing their home landscape. Discussions will include basic space planning and landscape design concepts such as: site analysis; site programming; the use of landform, structures, texture and color in design; and common landscape problems. Instructor will provide information on plant materials and construction materials, opportunities for one-on-one instruction, and hands-on design experience. No previous design or drawing experience is needed. Bring photos of your space (take several photos that can be put together to create a panoramic view.) Mondays, Oct. 4 through Oct. 25 / 4 Nights / 6 to 8 p.m. / Teens and Adults / 8 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Library / $110 single or couple (couple must be designing the same home landscape)

* Tap dance -- Month of Motion Series -- Peninsula Artists in Motion. Beginning and intermediate dancers are welcome as we focus on the basic steps of tap dance. Tap shoes are NOT required. Monday, Oct. 4 / 1 Night / 6 to 7 p.m. / Adults / 5 Min / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $10 (or the entire Month of Motion series for $35)

* Meditation for living well -- Ann Marina. Learn a simple mindfulness technique of focused breathing and present-moment awareness. This method is used in the stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. We will practice brief sitting and walking meditation, followed by discussion. This class is led by Ann Marina, a Yoga instructor who studies in residence at Bhavana Society, a monastery in West Virginia. For more information, e-mail, Tuesday, Oct. 5 / 1 Night / 7 to 8:30 p.m. / Teens and Adults / 4 Minimum and 30 Maximum / Soldotna Middle School, Library / $10

* Learn to spin yarn -- Shauna Bryers. Learn how to make a spindle, how to spin your own yarn. We will sample different types of natural fibers (sheep, rabbit, cotton, silk, etc.) All fibers will be provided, Do not bring any fleece to class. Spinning wheels will be available for participants to try. Returning students welcome. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 5 through 19 (no class Oct. 12) / 4 Nights / 7 to 9 p.m. / All ages welcome / 6 Min and 12 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Art Room / $35

* Whole grain 101 -- Sticky Buns, Pizza and Bread from the same dough. Laurel Coombes. Learn to make several \ items from the same dough. Class special on Bosch/Nutrimill combo for interested participants. Wednesday, Oct. 6 / 1 Night / 6 to 8 p.m. / Teens and Adults / 4 Min 8 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Home Economics Room / $30

* TAI chi practice -- Laura McIndoe. Open to experienced individuals who would like to practice Yang long form with others. This is not an instructional class, it merely provides the time and space to practice the Form. We will go through the entire long form twice each session. Wednesdays, Oct. 6 through Dec. 15 / 6 to 7 p.m. / 11 Nights / Adults / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $10 for the entire session

* Touch rugby -- Rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in North America. Touch Rugby is a safe way to learn the basics of this energetic and fast paced game. This class will focus on learning the rules of rugby as well as the general skills needed to play. There is a place on the rugby pitch for people of any fitness level. Wednesdays, Oct. 6 through Dec. 15 / 10 Nights / 7 to 9 p.m. / Men and women (age 14 and up) / Soldotna Middle School, Gym / $4 per night or punch card

* Women's heart health -- Jeanette Rodgers, R.N., B.S.P.A., WomenHeart Champion. This presentation will cover the prevalence of heart disease in women, how women's heart health differs from men, risks for heart disease, and prevention. The main emphasis will be on prevention. We will also present information on the WomenHeart Organization, a nonprofit advocacy group for women with heart disease. Thursday, Oct. 7 / 1 Night / 7 to 9 p.m. / Adults / 5 Min / Soldotna Middle School, Library / No Fee

* Open sewing night -- Jennifer Tabor and Laura McIndoe. Finish that project in your closet or work on those holiday gifts. Bring your machine, your current sewing projects and materials. Thursdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 18 (No class Oct. 28) / 6 Nights / 6 to 8 p.m. / Teens and Adults / Soldotna Middle School, Home Economics Room / $5

* Silk painting -- Joyce Cox. Create hand-painted scarves. No artistic ability is needed. Participants will have the opportunity to create two large silk scarves (included in the class fee.) Additional scarves may be purchased. Please bring a hair dryer to class if you have one (any hair dryer will do). Saturday, Oct. 9 / 1 Day / Two Sessions--choose one / 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 to 7 p.m. / Teens and Adults / 6 Min and 10 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Home Economics Room / $45 for one four-hour session.

* How to sell on ebay -the right way! --Melissa Guernsey, Education Specialist Trained by eBay. Training is delivered by an Education Specialist using the most up-to-date training and student materials (the same ones used by eBay University!) This class will show you how to do research and create listings that will attract buyers, enhance listings with better descriptions and photographs, set pricing that will maximize your profits, open and use a PayPal account to simplify getting paid, monitor sales to know exactly what's working and avoid many of the costly mistakes that new eBay sellers may make. Saturday, October 9 / 1 Day / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one hour break for lunch) / Teens and Adults / 5 Min and 30 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Library / $49 (Optional--workbook available for purchase from the instructor at the class $25).

Volunteers sought

The Boys and Girls Clubs in Kenai and Soldotna are looking for community members interested in sharing a craft or hobby with club members. Call 283-2682 or 398-9669.

Arts and craft donations are also needed.

After-school party clubs slated

After-school party clubs will be held in area elementary schools for one hour, once a month. Games, stories, songs, snacks and prizes are planned.

For more information, call CEF of Alaska at 262-9605.


CPR classes available

CPR Safety Services in conjunction with The Salvation Army of Kenai will host a health fair Nov. 27 offering CPR and first aid certification. Classes offered will be as follows: CPR certification for $40; CPR/AED certification for $45; CPR/AED and first aid certification for $55; eight-hour CPR/FirstAid U.S. Coast Guard approved for $75; American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers for $60; and American Heart Association Blood Borne Pathogens for $20.

Class sizes are limited. To register for classes, visit . A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Christmas effort for The Kenai Salvation Army. Advance registration is required by Nov. 20 for most classes. The U.S. Coast Guard approved course requires 21 days advance registration.

Christmas bazaar set

Christmas decorations and gift items are being collected for a second time around Christmas bazaar to be held Dec. 8 through 10.

Community members may drop off new or gently used items at the Kenai Senior Center. Call Velda Geller at 283-4329 for more information.

Immunizations available

Kenai Public Health Center is taking appointments for immunizations. In Kenai, appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments are available at the Cottonwood Health Center in Soldotna on Thursdays. To schedule an appointment at either location or for more information, call 335-3400.

Center to hold awareness workshops

The LeeShore Center will hold its bi-annual community awareness workshop on domestic violence and sexual assault Oct. 25 through 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center.

Topics to be covered include domestic violence, sexual assault, the effects of domestic violence on children, the agency's Batterer's Intervention Program, and volunteering with shelter clients.

The public is invited and may attend a portion or the entire workshop. Continuing education credit may be attained after completion of the workshop and 30 hours of volunteer work with The LeeShore Center. Call 283-9479 for more information.

Stories sought

KTOO-TV the Juneau public broadcasting network that brings you Gavel to Gavel, coverage of the Alaska Legislature, invites you to share your stories of how Gavel to Gavel has changed your experience, your thoughts or impacted your involvement with government. As part of the Public Awareness Initiative KTOO hopes to increase recognition of public media as an essential resource in our local communities.

Send your stories or comments to the Kenai LIO at or the Information and Teleconferencing Manager Sue Gullufsen at Additional information may be found at


Nikiski pool hours announced

The Nikiski pools winter hours will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to 8 p,m,; Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. with the waterslide all day Fridays,

Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. with the waterslide open both days. For more information, call 776-8800.


Classes for early education professionals planned

Thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource and Referral Network, will be offering three trainings on Oct. 2. Topics will include Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Supportive Environments for Individuals with Autism, and an open forum on Common Childhood Mental Health Disorders. These trainings are being held at The Kenai River Center located at 514 Funny River Road, Soldotna from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Training is $10 each or $30 for all three classes. All community members interested in attending are welcome. Must register prior to training. For more information on these classes or to register, please call thread at 1-800-278-3723 or register on line at

Pamper Me Pink mammography party set

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Central Peninsula Hospital will host it's second annual "Pamper Me Pink" event Oct. 15 at the Women's Imaging Center from 5 to 8 p.m. No appointments are necessary, however, a physician's order and standard fees apply. The evening will include mammograms, massage, manicures, munchies, mocktails, music, moral support and more.

The event is sponsored by Central Peninsula Hospital and the Pink Ribbon Rally.

For more information, call 714-4580.

Hospice training slated

Hospice of the Central Peninsula Volunteer training will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on Oct. 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. except Saturday will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, call 262-0453.

KPC Financial Aid Night slated

Kenai Peninsula College's financial aid office and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District counselors will co-host the fourth annual Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The event is geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their parents, however all high school students and parents may attend. Topics covered will include overview of federal and state financial aid programs, local scholarship offerings, student timelines and funding post-secondary education. For more information, call 262-0331.

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