Community Schools

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004

The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminded to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768 for Soldotna and (907) 235-6090 for Homer.



Latin dance: Salsa and merengue

This class was to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday for four sessions.

Adult beginning band

Skyview music teacher Kent Peterson will instruct an adult beginning band class for 10 weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday at the Skyview music room. This class is for beginners or those who have not played for a long time. Participants will need to provide their own instrument and a beginning level book ("Accent on Achievement" is recommended.) The class is for community members to begin playing in a friendly, nonintimidating environment. A minimum of 10 students is required for this class. Cost is $25.

Beginning yoga

This is a class for people of all fitness levels it begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Soldotna Middle School library for five weeks. The class includes stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques. The motto is "Stretch, Don't Strain." It's recommended to register for all five classes. Participants can bring a yoga mat (not required) and wear clothing comfortable for stretching. For teens and adults. Maximum class size is 16 students. The cost is $10 per class or $45 for five classes. Certified yoga instructor Ann Marina will teach.

Girl Scouting for you and your daughter

Joyce Cox, Kenai Peninsula Girl Scout field executive, will present an evening of information and craft fun from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the art room at SMS. Participants will discuss available scouting programs, including the new program for older girls. Girls should wear painting clothes and be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 262-7616. There is no fee.


Diane M. Campbell, emergency medical trainer, will instruct a CPR class according to American Heart Association Heartsaver standards. Class will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for adult CPR and from 8 to 10 p.m. for child-infant CPR in room eight at SMS on Tuesday. A minimum of six students with a maximum of 12 is required for this class. Cost is $45.

Fur skin sewing

Loraine Larsen will teach a variety of hide sewing methods from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight nights, beginning Tuesday at the SMS home economics room. Larsen will demonstrate hide stretching; teach skin sewing techniques; secrets for making trapper and trooper-style fur hats; women's dress band hats; sheepskin slippers with beaver cuffs; baby booties and hats; children's beaver mittens; earmuffs; and fur mittens. Supplies for small ornament projects are provided. For teens and adults. A minimum of five students with a maximum of 15 is required for this class. Cost is $45.

Toddler Time

This ongoing class is an open gym time from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at the SMS multipurpose room. For children ages 1 to 3 and their parents. Supervision by parents is required. Participants are asked to bring a physical education toy to share. There is no fee.

Hall walking

Walk in the SMS hallways from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Eight laps is one mile. For teens and adults. Cost is $10 per month.

Gentlemen's basketball

Two courts are available for pick-up games from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the SMS gym. Participants are asked to not bring children with them. For adults 18 and up. Cost is $4 per night or purchase a punch card.

Aspen Hotel Tour

Rebecca Sorenson, general manager of Aspen Hotels will give a tour of one of the newest hotels in Soldotna from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 326 Binkley Circle. Participants will tour the front desk; housekeeping; standard rooms; extended stay suites; the exercise room; and the swimming pool. Open to all ages. There is no fee.

Intermediate yoga

In this class participants will practice more challenging yoga postures and more advanced breath-work. Class will be from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. for five weeks beginning Wednesday in the SMS library. Participants are asked to wear stretchy clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one (not required). For teens and adults. There is a 16 student maximum. Cost is $10 per class or $45 for five classes. The instructor is Ann Marina.

Indoor soccer (9-12 Grade)

Soccer coach Don Barber will instruct pick-up games from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the SMS gym. This is an ongoing class. Cost $1 per night.

Wills, probate and powers of attorney

Powers of attorney will be covered briefly, but the majority of the class will be spent on wills and probate. Class begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 9 at SMS. A partial list of topics includes dying without a will; using a form will; handwriting a will; executors, trustees, guardians for minors; property passing outside of a will; second marriages; stepchildren; how to keep an ex-spouse from controlling money left to the kids; owning property in more than one state; testamentary trusts; and creditor protection for beneficiaries. For teens and adults. Cost is $25 per person or $30 per couple. Janet Tempel, attorney and trust officer will instruct.

Beginning Excel

This class will cover basic Excel operations from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 21 at the computer lab at SMS. Topics covered include cell formatting, toolbar operations, formulas and designing spreadsheets. Adults. Cost is $15. Engineer Brad Hibberde will instruct.

Weed awareness: Problem weeds

Janice Chumley, of the Cooperative Extension Services will cover the noxious and invasive weeds that are making inroads into Alaska. Class will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the SMS library. Topics will cover how plants become established; the changes to the local ecology from invasives; learn to identify common weeds; and what control measures are available for noxious plants. Teens and adults. Cost is $10.

Beginning square dance

Dudley Abbott will teach beginning dance instruction from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays in the Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School multipurpose room. This class is ongoing. Singles are welcome. For more information, call Betty at 262-9387 or Dudley at 260-2691. Participants are reminded not to wear cowboy boots or black-soled shoes. Teens and adults. Cost $3 per night.

Alaska concealed carry and the law

Rod Christopher, Roy Gordon, Chuck Bartolini, Phil Nash and the Peninsula Weapons Academy will cover firearm safety; handgun operation; firearms and the law; cleaning and storage of firearms; selecting a handgun for self-defense; handgun shooting fundamentals; handgun shooting positions; controlling a violent confrontation; and live-fire qualification course. Class is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Recreation Center conference room. Twenty-one years and older. A minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 students are required for this class. Cost is $90.


Weight training

Participants will have use of a collection of weight machines and free weights from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at Homer High School. Some classes may be canceled due to school activities. Cost is $3 per visit or $50 for all sessions. Session passes available.

Open photography and dark room

Open photography and dark room begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays at the HHS photo lab. This is not an instructional class but is for those who have prior photography experience. Primarily for developing black and white film only. Fees include of 20 sheets of paper, chemicals and equipment maintenance. Participants must sign in with instructor to schedule time slots. Cost is $70.

Working With Angels

"Working With Angels" is a self-help class designed to teach participants how to embrace angels in everyday circumstances, to find out more about the connections they already have and to develop new skills in working with angels. Class begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday; Oct. 20; Nov. 3, 10 and 17; and Dec. 1 at the HHS. A minimum of six students with a maximum of 25 is required for this class. Cost is $40. For more information, call Phyllis Kaufman at 235-2313.

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