Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2001

CPR/first aid instructors sought

The American Red Cross, Kenai Peninsula Chapter, is seeking candidates for First Aid and CPR Instructor Training. The training will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Dec. 15 and 16 at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna. Candidates must be currently certified in CPR and First Aid to take the course.

The cost of the three-day course is $275. After gaining Red Cross instructor authorization, many additional courses are available in which Red Cross instructors can become certified to teach, including Remote First Aid, Sports Safety Training and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Anyone interested should call the Red Cross at 262-4541 or e-mail at

Benefit for Kasilof fire victims tonight

A benefit auction will be held tonight for victims of the Nov. 15 house fire at the Griffing homestead on Pollard Loop. Silvia Hayek, Joy Hutton and owners Christine and Allen Lemen lost their home and about $1 million in uninsured assets. They are trying to raise funds to rebuild their home.

The benefit will begin at 7 p.m. at Tustumena Elementary School. Refreshments will be available.

Organizers have collected major items, including travel packages, tools and guns.

The main item for the auction will be a vintage truck in near-mint condition that belonged to Mildred Griffing. It is a 1963 Ford F350 one-ton with a stake bed. Griffing bought the truck to bring the family's possessions north from Texas, but seldom used it after the big trip. It has less than 25,000 miles on it. For more information, call Dave Letzring at 262-5125.

Basketball league taking registrations

The Boys and Girls Club is taking registrations for seventh- and eighth-grade basketball through today. Registrations may be mailed, faxed or handed in to the Kenai club between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The basketball season runs Jan. 28 through March 16. For more information, call 283-2682.

Sleigh rides and Santa at mall

Alaska Horseman Trail Adventures will be at the Peninsula Center Mall today giving horse sleigh rides from noon until dark. Santa Claus will be at the mall today from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information on the sleigh rides, call (907) 595-1806.

Craft sale to raise money for fire station

There will be a craft sale to raise money for a fire station in Funny River from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 at the Peninsula Center Mall.

Open house planned at new learning center

There will be an open house for the blessing and dedication of the Saint Yakov Center for Orthodox Christian Learning Monday after a liturgy service at the Kenai Russian Orthodox Church. Bishop Nikolai of Sitka and Alaska will perform the liturgy at 10 a.m.

Family caregiver outreach support program to meet

There will be a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Outreach and Support Program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Soldotna Senior Center, 197 W. Park Ave. The family program was created to identify and provide information and support to caregivers in the Southcentral region of Alaska. It will offer caregivers the support of others who are coping with the same or similar issues.

Program organizers would like to hear from family members and caregivers of people who are dealing with cognitive or physical disabilities, Alzheimers or related disorders so they can offer support for their needs. For more information, call 866-776-8210 or 776-5786 or the Soldotna Senior Center at 262-2322.

KPC to hold new student orientation

Kenai Peninsula College will hold new student orientation sessions Jan. 2 at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. The sessions will include information on career options, financial aid and scholarships, two-and four-year degrees, one-year certificates and campus services. Participants can meet their faculty advisers, explore the campus and meet the staff. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 262-0330.

The college will hold an open house and general registration Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The open house will include entertainment, food, demonstrations and two three-credit classes given away as door prizes.

KPBSD seeks members for budget review panel

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is recruiting committee members to serve on the budget review committee. This committee will review the development of the fiscal year 2003 budget for the districts. The committee will meet the evening of Jan. 24 and all day Jan. 28. Application forms are available at area schools, the KPBSD main office and at Applications can be submitted to Melody Douglas, chief financial officer, by fax at 262-2309, by e-mail at or by mail at KPBSD, 148 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99699. Applications must be received by Jan. 11. Committee members will be announced shortly thereafter.

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