Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2001

AARP to offer defensive driving course

The AARP will offer a defensive driving class for people age 50 or older. The class will be held today and Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. People who complete the course are eligible for several benefits, including auto insurance discounts, traffic ticket dismissals and insurance point-reduction for recent citations. The cost of the class is $10. For more information or to register, call 260-3966.

District superintendent to speak at chamber

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will hold its luncheon Wednesday at noon at the Old Town Village Restaurant. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson will deliver a report on the district and state of education direction, and its effect upon the entire community. It is open to the public.

Red Cross to teach first aid

The Kenai Peninsula Branch of the American Red Cross Southcentral Alaska Chapter will offer community first aid and safety classes on Wednesday and Thursday. The course includes rescue breathing, obstructed airway and CPR procedures for adult, children and infants, plus basic first aid. All or part of the courses may be taken. Prices vary. For more information or to register, call 262-4541.

Workshop will train for starting a business

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a workshop entitled "Starting a Business -- Getting Past Go" on Wednesday at the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. The workshop will provide training and counseling to business owners and prospective business owners. For more information, call Lou Collier at 262-7497.

Government offers food aid for day care

Help is available for family day care home providers who serve nutritious food but cannot quite afford a variety of choices.

By participating in the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), providers 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 she or he has been discriminated against in any USDA activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.

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

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 the central peninsula.

Free lunch program available

The Community Outreach program of Central Peninsula Counseling Services, which provides a range of comprehensive mental health services to adults in the community with psychiatric illnesses, is offering a lunch program, available to all eligible clientele, through the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Meals will be made available to enrolled clients at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The client's income determines the amount of money USDA will reimburse the program to provide meals to enrolled adults. Anyone wishing to discuss or inquire about the program and eligibility criteria can contact Donna LeGerda at 260-3691 or by mail at 362 Tyee St. in Soldotna.

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