Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

Fiscal policy is topic of meeting

Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, will hold a Fiscal Policy Committee town meeting today at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Larry Persily, deputy commissioner of the Department of Revenue, also will be there to answer questions.

Hospice program seeks volunteers

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is seeking adults to provide hospice services to individuals and families in the community. Persons interested in learning more about the hospice concept of care, advance directives and volunteering for hospice may participate in a hospice orientation and training session, which begins Wednesday.

Classes for persons interested in becoming hospice direct care or bereavement volunteers will be held through Oct. 17. For more information and to register, call 262-0454.

Allergy support group to meet

The Peninsula Allergy Network, a newly formed support group, will meet Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at 6:30 p.m. All interested persons are encouraged to come and participate. The primary objective is to provide allergy resource information exchange.

The group will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month at the church. For more information, contact Ruth Lewis at 260-3320 or Deb Nyquist at 283-1683.

Donations needed

The local Red Cross Chapter is experiencing a serious decline in contributions, which support its local services and activities in the community. Donations normally given to the local chapter through routine fund-raising activities to support daily operations and services have been diverted to the Disaster Relief Fund, the national pool of money that fuels the relief efforts of disasters nationwide, including those in New York and Washington, D.C.

Donors are asked to remember that nonprofit organizations, such as the Southcentral Alaska Chapter, rely on local support to continue to provide life-saving services to the community. For more information, call 646-5412.

Keyboarding class offered

People Count Inc. is offering a basic keyboarding class. Those needing to learn to type to get better use of their computer can call 260-4923 to schedule a time. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Fridays by appointment.

Red Cross seeks instructors

The Red Cross is looking for volunteers for first aid-CPR instructors on the Kenai Peninsula. Training is Friday through Sunday in Soldotna. Tuition is negotiable. To register or for more information, call 646-5401.

Fisherman's Fund to meet

The Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund regular monthly meeting will be held Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Chris Garcia at 283-7731.

Folk dance planned

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a family and community folk dance Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m., at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. The kick-off will feature Anchorage caller Jim Haack and live music by The Contra BanD. The event will feature homemade goodies, easy to learn circles, squares, contras and waltz. No partner is required.

This is a smoke- and alcohol-free event. Admission is $5 for adults and free for anyone under 16 years old with an adult. Bring clean, nonmarking shoes. Potluck refreshments are encouraged. For more information, call 283-9277.

Kenai center hosts exhibit

"Earth, Fire and Fiber," a major art exhibition with 53 pieces of work from 45 Alaska artists, runs through Oct. 26, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

SeaLife Center starts Senior Sundays

The Alaska SeaLife Center announced the start of a new program -- Senior Sundays. Every Sunday, from October through March, seniors age 60 and older will pay half-price admission ($6.25, plus tax) at the Center. In addition to having an opportunity to enjoy all the center's great marine life exhibits at a reduced cost, a special 20-minute education program will take place at 2 p.m. each Sunday. Free coffee and newspapers will be available.

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