Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009

Foster care information available

A meeting to learn more about foster care and adoption will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at 145 Main St. Loop in Kenai.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services, offers monthly Resource Family Orientations to give interested individuals a brief overview of the state's foster care and adoption programs and process. For more information, call Mare Chambers or Arika Jensen at 907-283-3136.

Flu clinics start this week

Plans to vaccinate school-age kids in the central Kenai Peninsula area will be put into action this week. Mass dispensing clinics for the Novel H1N1 influenza vaccine are slated to begin at schools starting Monday.

The Kenai Public Health Center has received enough doses of the vaccine from the state to be used for the clinics. The center is part of the Central Peninsula H1N1 Task Force, which started planning for the clinics last spring.

The school-based clinics are only open to students who turned in permission slips to be vaccinated at their schools.

The task force's target is to vaccinate as many Kenai Peninsula Borough School District students in the central area as possible against the Novel H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, because of their risk of spreading the virus. The younger students will be vaccinated first, followed by middle and high-school students.

Other clinics are planned in the coming weeks, pending future shipments of vaccine doses.

For more information about Novel H1N1 virus, visit the borough Web site at http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency/ the borough's school district site at http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/default.aspx, the state Web site at www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov or call 714-2428 for local updates or the state of Alaska pan flu hot line 1-888-9panflu.

Interview workshop slated

The Peninsula job Center will give an Interview Workshop on Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and a Resume Workshop on Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. Call the Peninsula Job Center at 283-2900 to register to attend.

Crime to be discussed

The Friday Community Dialogue series continues with a discussion entitled "Crime and Lawlessness: Rights, Enforcement and Social Responsibility" to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Kenai Peninsula College Commons. A potluck dinner will precede the dialogue at 6:30 p.m.

Friday Dialogues bring people in the community together for listening, speaking and learning in an environment of respect for diverse opinions. Sponsored by The Roundtable: Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue and the KPC Student Union. For more information, call Heidi at 283-9227.



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