Community News

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2006

Caregivers need support, too

The National Family Caregiver Support Program is designed to help family members who are caring for seniors ages 60 or older with cognitive and/or frail health issues, and for people 59 and younger with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. The program offers education, information, support, advocacy and access to services like training and respite. For more information, call 262-1280 or (866) 776-8210.

Help wanted in exchange programs

The following groups are seeking volunteers for their high school student exchange programs:

· World Heritage is seeking a local representatives for its high school exchange program. Representatives screen potential host families, plan annual orientations, meet with high schools, provide support counseling for participants and visit with exchange students and families on a monthly basis. Annual and on-going training is provide. Representatives work an average two to four hours a month per student. For more information, contact Julie at

· ASSE International Student Exchange Program also is seeking local representatives to recruit and screen host families, interview students wanting to study abroad and supervise visiting exchange students. Representatives are reimbursed for their expenses and get some travel opportunities. For more information, contact Veryl Anderson at (360) 501-5920 or the regional office at (800) 733-2773.

· NW Services is seeking host families for students from Mongolia, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, Korea and other countries for the 2007 spring semester. Students are 15-18 years old, arrive in January, are prescreened, speak English, have medical insurance and their own spending money for things like clothes, school supplies and entertainment. Host families are not paid but may be able to claim a $50 per month charitable contribution on their income taxes. For more information, call (866) 846-3977.

· Forte International is seeking host families for students from China, Mongolia and South Korea ages 15-18 for the spring semester. Students have their own spending money and insurance. For more information, call (877) 520-2522 or e-mail

Decorating contest lights up

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the best-decorated holiday homes in Kenai. Four winners will be announced in the Clarion and on the chamber’s Web site and will win prizes sponsored by Homer Electric Association. To nominate a home or for more information, call 283-7989.

Raising the bar for a good cause

Moosequito’s in Sterling is raffling off a 2006 Arctic Cat Cross Fire 600 snowmachine with 136-inch track to benefit the Sterling Senior Center. Tickets are $20 each and only 500 will be sold. The drawing will be at 11 p.m. Dec. 22 at Moosequito’s. The winner need not be present to win. For more information, call 260-8456 or 262-6808.

Grant available for women seeking education

Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula has applications available to head-of-household women seeking financial assistance to attend school.

The club will provide a $500 cash grant to the winner, who will then advance to the region level. The program culminates with three $15,000 finalist awards.

Applications are available at Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai and Soldotna libraries, the LeeShore Center and Bridges, and by calling Paula Rohloff at 260-4917. The deadline is Dec. 30.

It’s not too late to learn

The following Soldotna Community Schools classes start this week. To register, call Carmen at 262-6768.

· Put your holidays on ice skating lessons for adults. Wear comfortable clothes, long socks and light gloves. Skate rental is included. Class starts today and meets four times Mondays and Wednesdays through Nov. 29 from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Cost is $35.

· Centerpiece arrangement. Carroll Knutson, Safeway master florist, will help participants create their own Thanksgiving centerpiece. A six-inch bowl and small sharp knife are needed for each participant. Class is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna Middle School home economics room. For ages 16 and up. Six minimum, 12 maximum. Cost is $20, with an additional $12 to $15 for materials.

Moms to meet

The Moms Club, an international support group for at-home mothers, is starting a new chapter in the Kenai area. The group will hold monthly meetings and activity groups. Call Becky for more information at 252-4992.

Table tennis hits on new night

Table tennis at the Soldotna Elks Club has moved to Thursday nights this season. Practice is at 6:30 p.m. and the blind draw doubles tournament starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call Gary Brumley 335-2847.

Kids’ reading program announced

Kids are invited to join the Triumvirate Bookstore Winter Frequent Reading Program. Upon signing up, kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Each time a reader returns their initialed calendar (weekly or monthly) to the bookstore, they can pick out another free book and get their calendar punched. Get up to four extra punches each month for special activities like reading to a younger sibling, attending a storytelling session, reading to a nonparent adult or filling out a “kid’s pick” sheet on your favorite book.

For more information, call 95DRAMA (953-7262).

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