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Posted: Friday, October 07, 2005

CIRCAC to meet

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. today at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The meeting is open to the public. For more information or an agenda, call 283-7222 or (800) 652-7222.

Grief support group forming

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer a six-week grief support group for grieving widows called Transitions. Support meetings will be at 7 p.m. today at the hospice office, next to Acapulco Restaurant on the Sterling Highway.

Topics will cover common myths about grief and mourning, “What Might I Expect?,” “Am I Crazy?,” reconciliation as healing, “How Am I doing?” and “Taking Care of Myself.” For more information, call hospice at 262-0453.

Dance club seeks members

Twin Cities Dance Club is seeking community members interested in learning to dance to attend its Tuesday and Thursday night dance lessons from 7 to 9 at club at the corner of Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. The first dance will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Joe Soares at 398-8234

Genealogical society meeting scheduled

The Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will hold a Resource Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Community Library. For more information, call Cheryl Hamann at 283-4481.

Scouting books, uniforms sought

The Cub Scout Pack 654 and Boy Scout Troop 659 of Nikiski are seeking scouting books and uniforms (new or used) for the Hurricane Katrina scouting survivors.

The drive is being held in conjunction with Houston (Texas) Pack 197.

Donation boxes are at Nikiski North Star Elementary, Nikiski Middle-Senior High School and North Star Methodist Church. For more information, call Carol Strickland at 776-5683.

Hospice training announced

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer volunteer training in October. Training will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 20, 24 and 25 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Space is limited. It is open to the public. To preregister, call 262-0453.

Popcorn fund-raiser continues

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the Tustumena District of the Western Alaska Council are selling Trails End popcorn to earn money to help purchase uniforms, fund activities and pay for camp. To locate a pack or troop in the Kenai, Soldotna, Seward, Homer, Nikiski, Ninilchik or Tustumena areas, call Steve Coen at 283-1699.

Pool available during school hours

The Soldotna High School pool hours and events are as follows: Morning lap swim from 6 to 8:30 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; evening lap swim from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and open swim from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, pool rentals and swim class times, call Cindy Aldridge at 262-7419.

Toy donations sought

Area churches are collecting stuffed animals and unbreakable dolls for children affected by Hurricane Katrina. Toys can be new or used and must be in clean and excellent condition. Community members interested in making a donation can call the following churches: Sterling — Abundant Life at 262-7266 or Sterling Lutheran at 262-9259; Soldotna — Soldotna Church of God at 262-4729 or Soldotna Bible Chapel at 262-4865; Kalifornsky Beach Road — Peninsula Grace at 262-6442; Kenai — Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church at 283-4555 or New Life Assembly at 283-7752; and Nikiski — Church of Nazarene at 252-5773 or Lighthouse Community Church (formerly North Kenai Baptist) at 779-8234. For general information, call Pastor Jim Pearson at 262-5359.

Help for home daycare providers offered

The LeeShore Center is a sponsor in the USDA child and adult care food program that is administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

The same meals will be made available to enrolled children in each of its sponsored child care homes and it will be provided at no charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For more information or to enroll, call Jennette at 283-4707.

Kenai pool begins fall schedule

The Kenai Central High School fall pool schedule is as follows: morning lap swim from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday; water aerobics from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; evening lap swim from 6 to 7 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and open swim from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dog classes available

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group on Kalifornsky Beach Road is holding classes in clicker training, rally, conformation, levels obedience, flyball, puppy kindergarten, agility and Agility4Fun — geared to get people and their dogs working on low height and impact agility equipment. For more information, leave a message at 262-6846 or visit

Homer health fair slated

Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and South Peninsula Hospital will host its annual health fair Nov. 12 at Homer High School. A letter of application is being mailed to past vendors. Community members interested in being vendors may call Will Files at (907) 235-2443 or Maynard Gross at (907) 235-7330.

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