Community Schools

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2001

This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community Schools office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Fall-Winter 2001 Soldotna Community Schools brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.


Walk the Soldotna Middle School hallways -- in lighted, carpeted hallways, out of the weather. Eight laps is one mile. Soldotna Middle School, hallways, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, $5 a month (walking 3 times a week).


Fundamentals of Windows 2000

With instructor Quincy Udelhoven, MCSE of Lambe, Tuter, Wagner and Moore Technology Services. Class includes a quick reference card ($25 workbook is optional). Class covers: getting started, working with the desktop, using help files, using my computer, working with folders and files, working with shortcuts and using the control panel. Binkley Professional Building, computer lab, 6:30 to 8 p.m., two nights (additional class on Thursday), teens and adults, four-person maximum, $50.


Creating and Building Assets in Youth (open forum)

With speaker Rebecca Reichlin, assets presenter and trainer, Anchorage Community Schools. An explanation of the assets developmental framework. "When we speak of 'assets,' we mean the key building blocks in children's lives that help them grow up strong, capable and caring. Like a dreamcatcher, assets are the supporting threads in a young person's life that can keep away harm and invite goodness." Soldotna Middle School, library, 6 to 8 p.m., one night, no fee.

Understanding Fibromyalgia: A Holistic Approach to Chronic Pain and Fatigue

With instructor Dr. Nick Williams, chiropractor, Staywell Chiropractic. Understand the neurological and physiological causes of this baffling disease. This workshop emphasizes chronic muscular pain, fatigue, depression and its effect on the body. Participants will learn about non-drug alternatives. Soldotna Middle School, room 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., one night, adults, five-person minimum, 20 maximum, $10.


Creating and Building Assets in Youth (class)

Ten-person, preregistered participants minimum. With instructor Rebecca Reichlin, assets presenter and trainer, Anchorage Community Schools. Class will build on Tuesday night's open forum presentation. Participate in this interactive hands-on presentation of the developmental assets framework. Strategies and techniques to develop concrete ways of helping children thrive so that they grow to become strong, capable and caring. Soldotna Middle School, library, 6 to 8 p.m., one night, 10-person minimum, no fee.

Coping with the Holidays

With instructor Susan Bezilla, bereavement coordinator, Hospice of the Central Peninsula. Preparing for the holiday season can be difficult when after the loss of a loved one. Hospice offers tips on coping with the holiday season. Soldotna Middle School, room 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., one night, adults, no fee.

Holiday Decorating

With instructor Carroll Knutson, master florist. Learn the technical skills and mechanics professional decorators use and create a swag for a mantle or window treatment. Soldotna Middle School, home economics room, 7 to 9 p.m., third in a series of four (stand alone) holiday decoration classes, $15 and bring 6 to 8 yards of ribbon and your choice of decorations.


The Letter Not Sent

With instructor Kathy Dinius, licensed psychologist. Learn a letter writing technique, similar to journal writing, that will help you express and work through difficult feelings about anyone in your life. Because the letter is not sent, it is a safe way to help resolve troubling feelings. A current problem is not necessary to learn the technique. It can be useful when a problem may arise in the future. Soldotna Middle School, room 2, 7 to 9 p.m., one night, adults, six-person minimum, 10 maximum, $15.

Tissue Paper Note Cards

With instructor Sue Thornton and Linda Hibberd. You will make beautiful original notecards and envelopes. All supplies will be provided but you're welcome to bring any of your own tissue paper for special cards. Bringing an iron and a small ironing board is recommended. No talent required. Soldotna Middle School, home economics room, 7 to 9 p.m., one night, teens and adults, $10.

Santa's Elves 101

With instructor John Tabor, Soldotna Middle School woods teacher. For anyone who wishes to help manufacture and assemble wooden toys for children for Christmas. The toys will be donated to needy families. Participants are asked to bring tools if possible. Lunch will be provided. Thursday night is an organizational meeting followed by two Saturday work sessions. Not necessary to attend both Saturdays. Soldotna Middle School, wood shop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Saturday and Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thank You For Being Such A Pain

With instructor Claudia Behr, licensed clinical social worker. All of us have at one time or another had a relationship with someone who is difficult and whom we are still angry at or cannot forgive. We will develop another perspective toward these "difficult" people, one that allows healing to happen. By learning certain techniques and attitudes aimed at seeking meaning in these painful encounters, we will learn how to begin to transform them. Soldotna Middle School, room 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., three weeks.


An Alternative Menopause

With instructor Nancy Nelson, certified nurse-midwife, advanced nurse practitioner, For Mother and Child. Class will discuss cultural attitudes, emotional stress, exercise needs, hormonal changes, nutritional/herbal alternatives to today's traditional therapies. Soldotna Middle School, room 2, 1 to 3 p.m., one day, $25.

Alaska Concealed Carry and the Law

With instructors Rod Christopher, Roy Gordon, Chuck Bartolini and Phil Nash, Peninsula Weapons Academy. Learn 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. Kenai River Center, conference room, 6:30 to 10 p.m. (additional class on

Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 21 years of age and older, 10-person minimum, 15 maximum, $90.

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