Community Schools

Posted: Monday, November 04, 2002

The following is a list of the first week of classes and activities for the Soldotna Community School fall 2002 program. It is printed to serve as a reminder to registered participants. If you are interested in a class or activity, but are not preregistered, call the Soldotna Community School office at 262-6768 to check on space availability, location changes and cancellations.

Extra brochures are available at the Soldotna and Kenai libraries and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District central office.

Note: Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or to wait unattended while a parent attends a class.


Past Lives/Life Between Lives: Fact of Fiction with Gary Fandel, certified hypnotherapist and Dr. Kathleen Dinius, psychologist with the Samadhi Center. This class is an introduction to past life and between life regression for the serious and curious alike. Discover how others have found therapeutic value in their experience of past lives. See what others have learned about themselves and their relationships from their between-life experiences. Understand how this may not be in conflict with any religious belief. The class will be an interactive forum and is open to adults only. There is a five-person minimum. The class is one night only, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Soldotna Middle School room 4. Cost is $10.

Beginning Knitting with Gaile Moore. Learn to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off and read patterns. Sessions one and two will include learning, reviewing and practicing the basics. In session three, participants will choose a pattern and begin a simple project. Students will need to supply their own knitting needles and yarn. Needle sizes 7, 8 or 9 are suggested. For more information, e-mail gmoore@kpbsd. The class is open to people ages 12 and older. There will be a three-person minimum and eight-person maximum. The class will run three weeks, meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Soldotna Middle School room 7. Cost is $25.


Girls 101 with Miranda Zindel, Miss Alaska National Teen-ager 2002. The class serves as a finishing school for today's young women. It is designed to empower students with social savvy as well as encouragement to develop a sense of self and purpose. The class will culminate with hors d'oeuvres and tea attended by students and special guests. Skills presented will include etiquette, self-expression, goal-setting, carriage and character. The class is open to girls in grade four through six. There will be a six-person minimum and 15-person maximum. The class will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for three weeks in the Soldotna Middle School library. Cost is $15.

Santa's Elves 101 with John Tabor, Soldotna Middle School wood shop teacher, and Jennifer Tabor, Skyview High School home economics teacher, and sponsored by Spenard Builders Supply. People who are interested in helping to manufacture and assemble wooden toys or make craft and food items for area families are welcome. The items made during these sessions will be donated to needy families for Christmas. The session will begin with an organizational meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by work sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and 23. It is not necessary to attend both Saturday sessions. Anyone with tools or plans is encouraged to bring them to the session. The workshop is open to teens and adults and will be held in the Soldotna Middle School wood shop and home economics rooms. There is no fee to participate and lunch will be provided during the Saturday sessions.

Investing Basics with Matt Streiff of Edward Jones Investments in Kenai. Learn how to examine your current financial situation, control taxes and identify and manage investment risk. The class is open to students 20 and older and there is a 20-person maximum. It will run two weeks, meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday nights in Soldotna Middle School room 2. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple.

Hospice Volunteer Training with Liz Schubert, executive director of Hospice of the Central Peninsula. This class will be an 18-hour orientation and training for potential Hospice volunteers. Volunteers provide care and comfort to terminally ill persons and support to their families. Topics covered will include advance directives, death and dying, bereavement and community resources. The training will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 14 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 16 in the Soldotna Middle School library. The class is for adults and has a six-person minimum. There is no fee.


Alaska Concealed Carry and the Law with Rod Christopher, Roy Gordon, Chuck Bartolini and Phil Nash of the Peninsula Weapons Academy. The class 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 a live-fire qualification course. The class is open to participants 21 and older. There is a ten-person minimum and 15-person maximum. It will meet from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kenai River Center conference room. Cost is $90.


Brain Gym (Whole Brain Learning) with Lisa Farber, certified Brain Gym instructor with Learning Dynamics. Brain Gym is a dynamic and fun way to improve all learning skills and behavior for students at any age. Single, directed movements enhance brain connections and make learning automatic, moving the learner from the "trying" mode into a more relaxed state. Developed by Dr. Paul Dennison, Brain Gym was created based on an understanding of the interdependence of physical development, language acquisition and academic achievement. This class will present three easy-to-learn routines and an overview of learning styles and relaxed learning. The class is open to teens and adults. There is a six-person minimum. It will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Soldotna Middle School library. Cost is $25 for individuals and $30 for couples.

Printmaking with Joyce Cox, Girl Scout field executive. This class covers basic printmaking. For more information, call 262-7616. Cox will offer two age-level sessions. Students in kindergarten through third grade are welcome from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and students in fourth through ninth grade will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Kenai Peninsula College art room. There is a 10-person minimum and 15-person maximum for each class. Cost is $19.

Coming up

Mark your calendars for the Kids' Make-It-and-Take-It Craft Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Soldotna Middle School.

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