Community News

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2002

Homer KPC students to host awareness event

The Student Association at the Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay campus in Homer will host a "Raisin' Awareness" event Saturday to encourage area voters to approve Proposition C on the Nov. 5 state ballot. The proposition will help the college, and other schools statewide, improve campuses.

The evening will include a Merimba band, Mark Twain actor, Dancing Raisins and a tai chi demonstration. There also will be a door prize drawing with three free KBC credits as the first place prize.

The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring a can of food or a dessert donation.

The event will be at the East campus on Pioneer Avenue next to the city hall. For more information, contact Richard Ligenza at or (907)235-7743.

Alaska Junior Miss applications available

The 2003 Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program, a franchised arm of America's Junior Miss, will be held Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 in Soldotna. The annual competition is part of a nationwide endeavor to reward high school senior girls for their accomplishments. Contestants are evaluated on judges interview, scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts, fitness and poise.

The winner will represent Alaska in the national finals in June in Mobile, Ala., and will receive a four-year tuition-only scholarship to the University of Alaska and cash prizes. The first runner-up also will receive a two-year tuition-only scholarship.

There is no entry fee for the contest, and it is open to any young woman graduating from high school in the spring of 2003. Entry packets are available in area high school counselor's offices, online at or by calling Mary Green at 262-5495.

Postal Service sets holiday mailing dates

The U.S. Postal Service reminds its customers that Christmas is just around the corner -- especially for those sending parcels abroad this holiday season.

The Postal Service makes every effort to deliver all holiday mail on time. However, once mail reaches a foreign country, it is placed in the control of that country's postal system.

The Postal Service recommends the following shipping dates to be sure packages arrive at their destination before Christmas.

Domestic surface parcel post should be sent by Dec. 4; Priority and First Class cards and letters should be sent by Dec. 18; Express Mail should be sent by Dec. 21.

Military parcel post should be sent by Nov. 1; space available mail by Nov. 22; parcel airlift mail by Nov. 29; and First Class and Priority letters and cards by Dec. 6.

International mail should be sent according to the following recommended dates:

Africa -- surface, Oct. 29; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 5

Asia/Pacific Rim -- surface, Nov. 1; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 12

Australia/New Zealand -- surface, Nov. 1; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 12

Canada -- surface, Nov. 19; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 12

Caribbean -- surface, Nov. 15; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 12

Central and South America -- surface, Nov. 1; air parcel post, Dec. 5; and air letters and cards, Dec. 2

Mexico -- surface. Nov. 19; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 12

Europe -- surface, Nov. 1; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 12

Middle East -- surface, Oct. 21; air parcel post and air letters and cards, Dec. 12.

Also, the Postal Service recommends carefully packing items before shipping. Use paperboard or corrugated cardboard boxes. Cover all previous labels. Write the receiver and return address clearly and cover them with clear tape to protect writing from weather. Cushion packed material with newspaper, grocery bags, Styrofoam peanuts or shredded paper. Seal box and reinforce seams with postal-approved tape.

Homer Community School alters fall program

Homer Community School announced the following updates to the fall class program:

Beginning East Coast swing dance classes will be Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22, not Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8 and 15.

Kindergym and beginning gymnastics classes for children have been added to the program. Kindergym, for 3- to 5-year-olds, will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays from Oct. 26 through Nov. 22. Gymnastics, for children 6 to 13, will be from 11 a.m. to noon the same dates. Both will be held at Homer High School. Classes cost $30.

The following fall classes still have openings: choral singing for beginners, basic life support, American Pie and Nutritious Meals Made Easy.

Homer Community Schools is beginning to plan the Winter Community School session. Anyone who is interested in teaching a class or leading an activity, or who would like to see something different offered, is asked to call (907) 235-6090.

Workshop to focus on incorporation

The Small Business Development Center will sponsor a workshop titled, Frequently Asked Questions About Incorporating, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16. Chuck Winegarden, attorney, and Eric Conner, small business tax consultant, will speak.

One-day advanced registration is required. Cost is $15. For more information, call Lou at 262-7497.

ASSE seeks volunteers

The Asse International Student Exchange Program is seeking volunteers to work as area representatives. The program is a high school student exchange organization. Volunteers are needed to promote and assist in administering the program by interviewing families interested in hosting students and by acting as a counselor for exchange students from Europe, Asia, Australia and other parts of the world.

ASSE will provide training, materials and a reimbursement for time and expenses of at least $400 per student.

For more information, call Veryl Anderson at (800) 733-2773.

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