City of Soldotna, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula

In the very heart of the beautiful Kenai Peninsula!

 

SOLDOTNA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Our Mission Statement:  "The mission of Soldotna Community Schools is to promote life-long learning by providing educational, cultural and recreational classes, and activities for people of all ages, in partnership with the community and schools, utilizing the many resources provided through citizen involvement."

A Little History:  In the Fall of 1975, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board hired the first Community Schools Coordinator to head the program.  In the Spring of 1976, the first quarter of activities began. Since then, there have been many changes—the program grew to nine sites and eleven coordinators throughout the Peninsula.  In 1987, the program was cut back to only three active sites—Homer, Seward and Soldotna.  At these sites, City Councils continue to financially support the community school concept and the wide variety of classes and activities offered to their residents.  This "triangle" of community education has served the Kenai Peninsula WELL over the past 25+ years and each site has exciting plans for the future!

Carmen Triana, Assistant Parks & Recreation Director

WINTER 2014 SESSION

ARTS &CRAFTS

+ Russian Nesting Dolls
Joyce Cox. Looking for something special for someone you love - or yourself? Come make a one of a kind piece! Called by many names, matryoshka dolls, babushka dolls, or nesting dolls are often designed to follow a particular theme. The designs, which are sometimes quite elaborate, can feature a wide variety of themes - now is your chance to create your own! Participants will design and paint their own matryoshka dolls. Bring your ideas as the possibilities are endless. The first night of the class will begin with a brief overview of the materials and a chance to formulate your ideas/plan. The second night, participants will paint their matryoshka dolls. The Saturday class will give participants a chance to finish up any painting and/or shellac. This class will include two Tuessday nights and one Saturday class. Tuesdays, beginning February 11, ending February 25 / 3 nights / 6 pm - 9 pm / teens and adults / 6 minimum and 14 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, art room / $75 (includes materials).
+ Children's Guided Painting
Joyce Cox. Afraid to paint? Come experience painting with acrylics. Build your confidence through a guided painting experience. If you have ever sat down with a blank paper or canvass and wondered, "What should I draw?" this class will answer that question for you and allow you to get straight to painting. Wear art/painting clothes. Friday, March 21 / 1 day / 6 pm - 8 pm / second grade and up / 5 minimum and 15 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, art room / $30 (includes materials).
+ Adult Guided Painting
Joyce Cox. Afraid to paint? Come experience painting with acrylics. Build your confidence through a guided painting experience. If you have ever sat down with a blank paper or canvass and wondered, "What should I draw?" this class will answer that question for you and allow you to get straight to painting. Wear art/painting clothes. Saturday, March 22 / 1 day / 10 am - 12:30 pm / teens and adults / 5 minimum and 15 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, art room / $38 (includes materials).
+ Silk Painting
Joyce Cox. Create a beautiful hand-painted scarf for yourself or as a gift! Creating amazing designs is simple - NO ARTISTIC ABILITY IS NEEDED. Please bring a hair dryer to class if you have one (any hair dryer will do). Saturday, February 22 / 1 Day / Choose a session: Morning 10 am - 1 pm OR Afternoon 2 pm - 5 pm / teens and adults / 6 minimum and 8 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, home economics room / $45 (includes all materials). Specify morning or afternoon session.
+ Children's Silk Painting
Joyce Cox. Art time for the kids, date night for the parents! This class is the perfect chance for children to create something beautiful while parents have a little time to themselves! Children will learn about color mixing and composition as they explore this unique medium - NO ARTISTIC ABILITY IS NEEDED. Please bring a hair dryer to class if you have one (any hair dryer will do). Friday, February 21 / 1 night / 6 pm - 8 pm / kindergarten and up / 5 minimum and 12 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, home economics room / $25 (includes all materials).
+ Spinning Yarn Using a Wheel
Lee Coray-Ludden. Get to know the basics of using a spinning wheel, without buying a wheel! Instructor will provide wheels for use during class, allowing participants to experience and learn this exciting craft. Participants who already own their own wheel are encouraged to bring it to class. Lessons will be provided in each class, with homework to allow more practice time outside class. Learn how a spinning wheel works, as well as basic maintenance. Learn to spin single ply yarn and basic 2 ply. Instructor will provide a variety of fibers, including different types of wool, silk, cashmere and alpaca for participants to try spinning. Learn how to spin from raw fleece— including how to skirt the fleece, pick it, card it and practice spinning in the grease (with the lanolin still in the fleece). Everyone will leave with a small sample of a variety of fibers. Mondays, beginning February 10, ending March 3 / 6 pm - 9 pm / 4 nights / teens and adults / 3 minimum and 6 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, home economics room / $125 (includes materials and use of equipment for the duration of the class).
+ Fur Skinsewing
Loraine Larsen, Skinsewer. Will demonstrate hide stretching and teach all the skinsewing techniques and secrets for making trapper and trooper-style fur hats; women’s dress band hats; sheepskin slippers with beaver cuffs; baby booties and baby hats; children’s beaver mittens and sheepskin trapper-style hats; earmuffs; fur mittens. Supplies for small ornament projects provided. All materials available for sale at class for large projects. Tuesdays AND Thursdays, beginning January 28, ending February 20 / 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 8 Nights / teens and adults / 5 minimum and 15 maximum / Soldotna Sports Center, conference room / $45.
+ Children's Sculpture Workshops
Joyce Cox. These classes will focus on sculpture as a three dimensional work of art. Take both classes (Wire Sculpture and Kinetic Sculpture) for $40 or take just one for $25. Wear art/painting clothes. Bring a sack lunch if taking both sessions. Interested adults are welcome to participate as well. Saturday, April 26 / 1 Day / 10 am - 2:30 pm / third grade and up / 6 minimum and 12 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, art room / $40 for both sessions (includes all materials).
+ Wire Sculpture - Workshop I
Joyce Cox. We will shape free form action figures from various colored wire, resulting in a sculpture that kids will be proud to display at home. Wear art/painting clothes. Interested adults are welcome to participate as well. Saturday, April 26 / 1 day / 10 am - 12 pm / third grade and up / 5 minimum and 15 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, art room / $25 if taken separately or $40 if taken with Kinetic Sculpture.
+ Kinetic Sculpture - Workshop II
Joyce Cox. Create a balanced and moving sculpture. Think Alexander Cauldere mobiles. Wire, found objects and tools will be used. Wear art/painting clothes. Interested adults are welcome to participate as well. Saturday, April 26 / 1 day / 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm / third grade and up / 5 minimum and 15 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, art room / $25 if taken separately or $40 if taken with Wire Sculpture.
+ Papermaking
Joyce Cox. From pulp to finished paper...learn the ancient art of paper making. Wear art/painting clothes as well as boots and rain gear. Bring an extra shirt. This is a hands on class with lots of water! We will also be outside for a portiion of this class. Participants may bring a snack. Interested adults are welcome to participate as well. Saturday, May 10 / 1 day / 10 am - 1 pm / kindergarten and up / 5 minimum 10 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, art room / $45 (includes all materials).

FINANCE AND MONEY

+ Real Estate Investing Made Easy
Tyson Cox. Would you like to invest in real estate, but consider it to be too complicated, too time consuming and too risky? What if I told you it doesn't have to be? Ken McElroy's book, The ABC's of Real Estate Investing, is a step by step guide that we will use in this course to teach you how to efficiently find local property, evaluate its worth, negotiate the deal and make money in the process. Investors of all levels of real estate investing, from beginner to expert, are welcome. Local guest speakers/professional advisors will be utilized throughout the course. For information or to be a guest speaker contact Tyson Cox at 252-4814. Thursdays, beginning January 23, ending May 1 (No class on February 6 and March 13) / 13 nights / 6 pm - 8 pm / 5 minimum and 15 maximum / Soldotna High School, art room / $50 / Required Text: The ABC's of Real Estate Investing by Ken McElroy. This book is available in paperback online at Amazon, eBay, Barnes & Noble, etc. (All published dates are fine).
+ How to Start a Home Based Business
Self Paced Online Class. Tired of working for someone else? Stop dreaming and start making it happen! This online class provides mentoring, step-by-step techniques and strategies for getting your business up and running quickly. This course has it all. Topics include conducting market research; licenses; filings; naming your business; what is an independent contractor; how to set prices; how to promote your business; finding the money; banking, credit cards; IRS and home-office deductions; buying a franchise; finding small business resources. Read lessons, participate in exercises, and hold discussions with your instructor and your fellow students in your online classroom. Runs for 6 weeks and is self-paced. Complete the lessons on your own timetable. Students will need internet access and basic internet skills. Choose your start date: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, or May 13 / dlasses are 6 weeks long / register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / complete class work before the session ends / $75.
+ Take Charge of Your Money and Win
Self Paced Online Class. Being knowledgeable about personal finance is more than just paying off debts. It is personal, so it’s about you. It is also finance, so it involves money. In this course, you will learn how to analyze your past and present financial condition, set goals to improve your finances, and then develop behaviors that enable you to reach your financial goals. Financial success is not only about how much money comes in. Financial success depends upon how much money is kept. You will learn strategies to gain control of your money and put it to work to create your financial independence. Course runs 6 weeks. Students will need internet access and basic internet skills. Choose your start date: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15 or May 13 / classes are 6 weeks long / register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / complete class work before the session ends / $75.

FUN IN THE KITCHEN

+ Tea Tasting
Marge Arnold. Explore the exotic world of tea in this fun, interactive class. Learn the history of tea and taste different teas from around the world. Use all of your senses as we examine different types of tea--from the look of their leaves, to their scent, to their flavor. If you enjoy tea or just like trying new things, this is the class for you! Come prepared to sample several wonderful teas! Day and date to be determined / 1 Night / 6:30 pm - 8 pm / all ages (children should be accompanied by an adult) / 12 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, home economics room / $5.
+ Gluten Free Food for Kids
Carmen Triana. Is your child/grandchild/friend gluten free? Do you need ideas on foods they can eat and actually ENJOY? this class will provide recipes and ideas that will make navigating the gluten free world easy without feeling deprived! Pizza is always a hit and is easy to make. Cookies, cakes and pies are not a problem with the correct flour blend and a good recipe. We will talk about navigating the grocery store and finding those products that can provide a quick and easy snack or meal. Participants will sample some products as well as "made from scratch" goods. We will also talk techniques, share recipes and discuss what ingredients and equipment make gluten free cooking fun and easy. Wednesday, February 19 / 1 night / 7 pm - 9 pm / teens and adults / 20 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, home economics room / $15.
+ History of Oils/Cooking with Oils - with doTERRA oils
Do you know why they are called ‘ESSENTIAL OILS?' Throughout history, we have seen the use of essential oils. From the Egyptians to the Chinese, essential oils were used for everything from healing to beauty. Today we see oils everywhere from the spa to the kitchen. If you thought oils were just for aromatherapy, think again! Come see how doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils can add flavor to your favorite dishes—just another way to get the benefits of essential oils! Thursday, April 10 / 1 Night / 6 pm - 8 pm / teens and adults / 5 minimum and 20 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, home economics room / $15.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

+ Controlling Pain Naturally - with doTERRA oils
Welcome to a chemical free environment! From headaches and sore muscles to chronic pain, there are many reasons to reach for relief and most drugstores are full of options. But what if you are looking for a pill-free option minus scary side effects? This class will provide information on controlling pain naturally, using and internalizing essential oils. Whether you experience pain or you are just looking for a way to keep your family feeling good without all the chemicals, this class will get you started! We will also show you several studies that prove using natural products heals the body and strengthens the immune system. Thursday, February 13 / 6 pm - 8 pm / teens and adults / 5 minimum and 20 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, library / $15.
+ Healing Oils of the Bible - with doTERRA oils
Do you know why Frankincense and Myrrh were brought to Jesus at birth? From healing to anointing, oils are mentioned in the Bible multiple times. Essential oils still play a valuable part in staying healthy today. Bring your Bible and bring your questions as we discuss and learn about many ancient and powerful essential oils. Thursday, March 20 / 1 Night / 6 pm - 8 pm / teens and adults / 5 minimum and 20 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / $15.

MOVEMENT - RECREATION

+ Life-Fit
Nikki Russell, Level I CrossFit Trainer. From sedentary individuals to elite athletes, Life-Fit is a class that builds overall fitness in all participants. The class will focus on core strength and conditioning and will improve speed, strength, endurance and flexibility. Overweight? Out of shape? NO PROBLEM. The movements in this class will be scaled to fit your abilities. You provide the desire to improve and your refusal to give up. We provide varied workouts to prevent boredom and continuous coaching to perfect your form and keep you safe. Participants have said, "I take the confidence I have built in this class with me throughout the day," and "For the first time, I appreciate my body and what it can do!" If you are ready to tackle your New Year's resolutiona and get fit, now is the time! Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays / 5:30 am - 6:30 am / 3 days per week, ongoing / teens and adults / 5 minimum and 20 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / approximately $90 month - the exact amount varies each month (depending on the number of days) and will be pro-rated if you join late.
+ Latin Dance
Edgar Guerron and Christina Fischer. Come join others in a fun, relaxed environment as we learn the basic moves of Latin dance. This class will begin with easier rhythms like merengue and progress to salsa. It is an appropriate class for all ages and does not require a partner because Latin dance is a social event between everyone, not just two people! Get a good workout, have fun and meet new people! Two sessions - take one or both!
Session I: Mondays, beginning March 17, ending April 7 / 4 nights / 6 pm - 7:30 pm / 10 and up, under 16 accompanied by an adult / 5 minimum, 20 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / $25 or take both sessions for $45 AND/OR
Session II: Mondays, begining April 14, eding May 5 / 4 nights / 6 pm - 7:30 pm / 10 and up, under 16 accompanied by an adult / 5 minimum and 20 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / $25 or take both sessions for $45.
+ Zumba Gold
Harmony Curtis and Melody Niichel. If you have always wanted to try Zumba, now is your chance! This easy to follow program is specially designed for those just beginning a fitness program. Zumba Gold® provides modified, low impact moves and easy to follow pacing for people new to Zumba or that may have physical limitations. It allows you to move to the beat at your own speed and add modifications to accommodate any physical limitations. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and International music. This Latin inspired dance/fitness program that blends red hot international music, created by Grammy Award winning artists, and contagious steps to form a “fitness party” that is downright addictive. Before you know it, you’re getting fit and your energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness Party! We add a longer warm up and cool down to allow participants to improve balance and flexibility while increasing cardiovascular strength.
Session I: Wednesdays, beginning January 15, ending March 5 (No class on February 5) / 6 pm - 7 pm / 7 nights / teens and adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / $45 or take BOTH sessions for $80.
Session II: Wednesdays, Beginning March 19, Ending May 7 / 6 pm -7 pm / 7 Nights / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $45 or take BOTH sessions for $80.
+ Belly Dancing/Fusion Fun Night
Peninsula Artists in Motion. Round up your friends for a fun night out that will have you burning calories and toning muscles! Come and try basic movements of belly dance combined with some Bollywood and Jazz moves. You will definitely feel the workout as you shimmy and circle your way to fitness in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Make it a girls' night out - sign up with your friends for a discounted price...the more friends, the bigger the discount! Wednesday, April 16 / 1 night / 6 pm - 7 pm / adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / individual = $10, 2-4 people = $8 each, 5 or more people = $6 each. REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE IS REQUIRED - If we don't get enough people, class may be cancelled.
+ Touch Rugby
Rugby is a game loved around the world and is one of the fastest growing team sports in North America. Touch rugby is a fun, safe way to learn the basics of this energetic and fast paced game. Rugby in Alaska is growing in popularity and the opportunity to be a part of rugby on the Kenai Peninsula is here. This class will focus on learning the rules of rugby as well as the general skills needed to play. There is a place on the rugby pitch for people of any fitness level! Whether you are just looking for a fun way to get in shape or you are an old rugger looking to relive your glory days, touch rugby is right for you! Tuesdays, beginning January 14, ending May 6 (no rugby on March 4, March 11 or April 1) / ongoing / 7 pm - 9 pm / men AND women (ages 14 and up) / Soldotna Middle School, gym / $4 per night or punch card.
+ Basketball
Pick up games. Good sportsmanship is a must. The schedule below is subject to change. Check the basketball schedule here. Thursdays, beginning January 16, ending May 8 (no basketball on February 6, March 13 or April 3) / ongoing / 7 pm - 9 pm / teens and adults / Soldotna Middle School, gym / $4 per night OR punch card.
+ Hallwalking
Walk the Soldotna Middle School hallways. Stay in shape throughout any weather! Please do not bring pets (unless it is a service animal.) Strollers are permitted. Eight laps is one mile. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 14, ending May 8 (no hallwalking on February 6, March 4, March 10 - March 14 or April 3) / ongoing / 6 pm - 8:30 pm / teens and adults / Soldotna Middle School, hallways / $15 for the entire session.
+ Community Ping Pong
Community Ping Pong is open to all ages and skill levels. Participants are welcome to play singles, doubles or just rally around. Play others at your skill level, or above, or below! Bring a paddle if you have one. Thursdays, beginning January 16, ending May 8 / ongoing / 7 pm - 9 pm / all ages / Soldotna Middle School, gym / $4 per night or punch card.
+ Children's Martial Arts - Kyu Shin Ryu
Sensei Mike Salzetti. This class will instruct children ages 6-11 in this traditional Japanese based martial art. Students will learn punching, kicking and blocking techniques as well as learning to perform kata (choreographed martial combinations). The class will help to develop physical strength, flexibility, and mental awareness. The class also teaches the history and philosophy of Japanese martial arts as well as a basic understanding of the Japanese vocabulary associated with the martial arts. In this class we train hard, we learn respect and most of all we have fun.
Session I: Tuesdays, beginning January 14, ending February 25 / 7 nights / 6 pm - 6:45 pm / ages 6-11 / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / $35;
Session II: Tuesdays, beginning March 18, ending May 6 (no class April 1) / 7 nights / 6 pm - 6:45 pm / Ages 6 -11 / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / $35.
+ Martial Arts - Kyu Shin Ryu
Sensei Mike Salzetti. Kyu Shin Ryu is a wellrounded martial art that combines punching, kicking and striking techniques (Goho) as well as throws, pins and locks (Juho). This class will teach the value of strengthening your body, improving your mind and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Physical benefits of the class include improved flexibility, better balance, increased muscle tone, strength and stamina. Mental benefits include greater self-discipline, improved concentration, reduced stress and better work habits.
Session I: Tuesdays AND Thursdays, beginning January 14, ending February 27 (no class February 6) / 13 nights / 7 pm - 8:15 pm / ages 12 and up / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / $65;
Session II: Tuesdays AND Thursdays, beginning March 18, ending May 6 (no class April 1 or April 3) / 13 nights / 7 pm - 8:15 pm / ages 12 and up / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, multipurpose room / $65.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

+ Laws of Attraction
Self Paced Online Class. You're already experiencing the Law of Attraction with jobs, money, relationships and happiness in your life. Are you satisfied with the results? Chronic thoughts tend to become your experiences. What you think becomes your beliefs, which become your perceptions of life. These perceptions then become your experience. This mind and heart-opening class begins where the “Secret” left off. The format gently leads you through the steps of directing your thoughts to bring energy, joy and prosperity to your life. Read lessons, participate in exercises, hold discussions with fellow students, plus receive personal coaching from the instructor. Runs for 6 weeks and is self-paced. Complete the lessons on your timetable. Students will need internet access and basic internet skills. Choose your start date: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15 or May 13 / classes are 6 weeks long / register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / complete class work before the session ends / $75.
+ Organize or Agonize
Self Paced Online Class. Out of balance? Unproductive? How much joy would you have if you got your act together and unleashed your potential? This online class includes mentoring and tricks to achieve breakthroughs. You'll discover techniques of highly effective, happy people that can make a real difference in your life. Topics include: choice, not chance; dealing with procrastination; handling mind traffic; life, family and balance; effective day-planner use and establishing priorities; handling information overload, and getting your house and family organized. Read lessons, participate in exercises, and hold live interactive discussions with your instructor and fellow students in your on-line classroom. Runs for 6 weeks and is self-paced. Complete the lessons on your own timetable. Students will need internet access and basic internet skills. Choose your start date: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15 or May 13 / classes are 6 weeks long / register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / complete class work before the session ends / $75.
+ Letting Go of Detrimental Thinking
Self Paced Online Class. The human mind is capable of astounding accomplishments. Unfortunately, a very small percentage of us reach our full potential, primarily because the mind is engaged in trivial, demoralizing, ego-centric thinking. Concentration and wellbeing can’t be attained when the mind is preoccupied with living either in the future, or in the past. Fear, guilt, worry, and revenge are born from a distorted perception of reality and result in needless suffering. This class provides tools and insight into how to control and focus your thoughts to identify when you are engaged in nonproductive thoughts. In addition, you will learn how to achieve a calm, self-confident state. Read lessons, participate in exercises, hold discussions with fellow students, plus receive personal coaching from the instructor. Runs for 6 weeks and is self-paced. Complete the lessons on your timetable. Students will need internet access and basic internet skills. Choose your start date: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15 or May 13 / classes are 6 weeks long / register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / complete class work before the session ends / $75.

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES/CAREGIVERS

+ The Child's Experience of Loss
Sandra Kerns, Med., MSW, LCSW and Pat Morrison, RN, Bereavement Coordinator with Hospice of the Central Peninsula. This class will address children's grief and how children understand death. We will discuss the ten common myths about children and grief and present techniques for helping children cope effectively with the loss of a loved one - from using stories, art and music to animal assisted interactions. Credit available for individuals needing CEU training for Hospice volunteer work and for individuals interested in becoming a volunteer with the Hospice Camp Mend-A-Heart. Credit may be available for medical and behavioral health providers and educators when submitting course content to the appropriate Alaska State Board. Thursday, April 24 / 6 pm - 8 pm / 1 night / adults / Soldotna Middle School, library / no fee.
+ Insights for Working With and Understanding Kids With FASD
Vickie Tinker. This class is appropriate for teachers and caregivers of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Learn the latest information on this disability and how it impacts children and adults in our community. Plus, tips for raising kids and working with individuals of all ages who experience FASD. Thursday, February 27 / 1 night / 7 pm - 9 pm / adults / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / no fee.

SAFETY

+ Countdown 2 Drive
Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula Coalition and Central Emergency Services. This class is designed for young teens (12 to 15 year olds) and parents to take together. This web-based program will encourage discussion and negotiation of rules, rewards and consequences. Families will create an agreement/contract that establishes trust for teen drivers and peace of mind for parents. Choose your night: Tuesday, March 25 OR Thursday, May 8 / 1 night / 6 pm - 8 pm / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, computer lab / no fee (Preregister through Safe Kids 714-4539).
+ Food Safety Issues
John Walker, JTAK Food Safety. This class will look at some of the more common hazards involved in food preparation and service. We will begin with a detailed look at one of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses. Whether disease-causing bacteria, viruses, parasites, chemicals or allergens, this class will demonstrate how easily these contaminants can spread and how you can prevent it from happening. We will also discuss recommended methods, temperatures and times involved in thawing, cooking, cooling and reheating procedures. Monday, March 24 / 1 night / 7 pm - 9 pm / 5 minimum and 25 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / $20.
+ Food Safety for the Cottage Food Industry
John Walker, JTAK Food Safety. New revisions to the Alaska Food Code have allowed for a greater number of food products (i.e. jams, bread, pastries, granola, etc.) to be sold directly to the consumer without requiring a permit. Although a permit isn’t required, there are still regulations that need to be met. This class explores the food safety regulatory requirements for starting up a cottage food business. Topics also discussed will include product testing, labeling and general food safety practices. Choose a session: Monday, February 10 OR Thursday, May 8 / 1 night / 7 pm - 9 pm / 5 minimum and 25 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / $25.
+ Food Safety for Food Employees
John Walker, JTAK Food Safety. This class is designed for food service employees. Whether we work in a coffee shop or a full service restaurant, there are food safety hazards all around us. Each operation presents its own unique challenges. This class goes beyond the regulatory requirements put in place by local food codes and examines why those regulations are present. Professional Food Handler Handbook available for extra $15. Note: no certification is granted with the class. Choose a session: Thursday, February 13 OR Monday, April 28 / 1 night / 7 pm - 9 pm / 5 minimum and 25 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / $10.
+ Food Safety for the Home (No Fee)
John Walker, JTAK Food Safety. This class is based on the USDA’s “Clean, Cook, Chill and Separate” public campaign, with a few extra tips added in! Learn easy steps to take to minimize your chances of foodborne illness at home. Includes tips for safe summer barbeques. Thursday, May 1 / 1 night / 7 pm - 9 pm / 5 minimum and 25 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / no fee.
+ Food Safety for Volunteer Groups and Permit-Exempt Events
John Walker, JTAK Food Safety. The Alaska Food Code exempts certain private gatherings and events from regulation. Take the time to learn about food safety hazards and how they can be prevented. Thursday, April 17 / 1 night / 7 pm - 9 pm / 5 minimum and 25 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / $10.
+ CPR/First Aid
Diane M. Campbell, EMS Trainer and Funny River Safety LLC. This class is taught according to American Heart Association Heartsaver standards. It includes both CPR and First Aid...all in one card! The card is valid for two years. Saturday, April 26 / 1 day / 9 am - 4 pm / 6 minimum and 8 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, library / $90.

TECHNOLOGY

+ Facebook for Beginners
Katie Jacobson, Member Services Coordinator, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, share photos and more. This class will offer hands on training in creating a Facebook account, customizing your personal profile and setting/managing your security preferences. Whether you are brand new to Facebook or you just need help customizing your existing profile, this class can help! Bring photos that you would like to use on a disc or flash drive. Thursday, February 20 / 1 night / 6 pm - 8 pm / adults / 3 minimum and 12 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, computer lab / $25.
+ Facebook Business Page Training
Katie Jacobson, Member Services Coordinator, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Why is your business still not on Facebook when your competition already is? Learn how to create and optimize a Facebook Business Page for your organization or small business. This class will offer hands on training in creating and customizing a Facebook Business Page. Some prior experience with Facebook is required and you must have a Facebook personal profile/account created before attending this class. Bring photos that you would like to use on a disc or flash drive. Thursday, February 27 / 1 night / 6 pm - 8 pm / adults / 3 minimum and 12 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, computer lab / $25.
+ Intro to Personal Computers
Jordan Chilson. So, you know how to turn on your computer...now what? This four part series is designed for those who have little to no experience with modern PC’s and want to familiarize themselves with using them to accomplish everyday tasks. The series will include the following:
Part 1--Introduction to Windows (1 night)--We will go over Windows and its components: the Desktop, Taskbar, Start Menu, Icons, etc. Participants will become more comfortable navigating Windows and more familiar with some of its common features.
Part 2--Basic Computer Skills (1 Night)--Learn the basics of well-known Microsoft programs (i.e. Photo Gallery, Word and Paint.) Participants will learn features that are shared by these programs, as well as features that are unique to each program. From basic formatting to cutting and pasting, the features presented in this class are used continually!
Part 3--Introduction to the Internet (2 Nights)-- There are many ways to get information via the internet and almost as many ways to send and receive e-mail. This section will cover the most common of each and show participants how to use the tools available more efficiently. Learn how to perform basic web searches, how to use “My Favorites” and how to use different e-mail programs.
Part 4--What Do You Want to Know? (1 Night)-- Where this nights goes is up to you! We’ll be covering any topics/questions about general PC use that you would like to see addressed. Bring your questions!
Tuesdays AND Thursdays, Beginning February 13, Ending February 27 / 5 nights / 6 pm - 7:15 pm / adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna High School, computer lab / $85.
+ Computer Maintenance, Hardware, Cleaning and Updating
Andrew Walker. The goal of this class is to help educate participants on proper computer maintenance, both preventative and routine. We will talk about laptops vs. desktops vs. tablets, what makes them different, and what is the best choice for your needs. There are places you shouldn't use your laptop at all, do you know where these places are? Do you know how to properly clean a laptop or desktop? You will after this class. Updates are a crucial part of computer security and even stability, we will discuss what things are most important to keep updated. We will also chat about the advantages and disadvantages of PC’s vs. Mac. I will spend some time talking about the changing computer hardware industry from the past and leading into the future. When was the last time you backed up your computer? I will recommend backup methods and explain their differences. My classes are designed to be informative to all levels of computer users from novice to advanced so come in, learn something, and support community schools. Tuesday, February 4 / 1 night / 6 pm - 8 pm / adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, computer lab / $25.
+ Internet Security and Computer Protection
Andrew Walker. In this class we will discuss the many ways to protect your computer from hackers, viruses, tracking cookies, spyware, scare ware, trojan horses, worms, and other security threats. It will surprise you to find out what all these things are, their differences, their risk levels, and some common myths about them. Updates are a crucial part of computer security and even stability. We will address what things are important to keep installed/updated on a regular basis and why. I will cover basic home and office network security such as firewalls, spam filtering, and routers. What are the best anti-virus/spyware protection programs and which ones should you avoid? What types of internet activities are considered a high computer security risk? What should be avoided entirely on the internet? What is cloud storage and how safe/secure are they? The answer to these and many more questions will be revealed. My classes are designed to be informative to all levels of computer users from novice to advanced so come in, learn something, and support community schools. Tuesday, February 11 / 1 night / 6 pm - 8 pm / adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, computer lab / $25.
+ How to Sell on eBay - THE RIGHT WAY!
Melissa Guernsey, Education Specialist Trained by eBay. Have a professional teach you the right way to sell on eBay. Training is delivered by an Education Specialist using the most up-to-date training and student materials (the same ones used by eBay University!) This class will show you how to do research and create listings that will attract buyers, enhance listings with better descriptions and photographs, set pricing that will maximize your profits, open and use a PayPal account to simplify getting paid, monitor sales to know exactly what’s working and avoid many of the costly mistakes that new eBay sellers may make. Saturday, May 10 / 1 day / 10 am - 3:30 pm (thirty minute break for lunch-- bring a sack lunch if you wish) / teens and adults / 5 minimum and 30 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, library / $49.
+ Beginning Excel
Brad Hibberd, Engineer. Back by popular demand! This class will cover the most frequently used Excel operations including cell formatting and formulas. We will also discuss basic spreadsheet design, using the toolbar and operational shortcuts. Fundamental computer skills are necessary for this class (ex. how to save and open files, cut, copy, paste, change font style and size). Monday AND Wednesday beginning February 10, ending February 12 / 2 nights / 7 pm - 8:30 pm / adults / 5 minimum and 30 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, computer lab / $25.
+ How to Start an Internet Business
Self Paced Online Class.Take the online step-by-step class that includes how-to mentoring. Topics include: identifying web businesses that do well, how to conduct market research on your idea, adding shopping carts and secure shopping for free, getting your website online, strategies for getting others to pay you for advertising, how to bring traffic to your site and winning the search engine game. No additional fee or purchases will be necessary to complete your project. Read lessons, participate in exercises and hold discussions with your instructor and fellow students in your online classroom. Complete the lessons on your own timetable. Students will need internet access and basic internet skills. Choose your start date: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15 or May 13 / classes are 6 weeks long / register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / complete class work before the session ends / $75.
+ Learn to Build Your Own Computer
Jordan Chilson. This four part series will teach you the skills required to assemble and maintain your own computer. From a fundamental understanding of computer components to installing Windows, we’ll be covering it. NOTE: Participants are requested to bring their own parts (assistance will be provided for what/where to buy when you register). A limited number of kits may be available to use during the class for free for those who want to learn but don’t need to build a new PC for themselves. The series will include the following:
Part 1--Introduction to Hardware (1 night)--We will go over the basic components that make up a modern PC, what function they serve and how they work. Participants will also learn how to shop for and pick compatible components in a cost effective manner.
Part 2--PC Assembly (1 night)--They are like LEGOS for grownups! Learn how all the pieces fit together to assemble your PC and the steps required to make it happen; we’ll actually be building it!
Part 3--Installation of Windows (1 night, double length)--You’ve just built your first PC, but it’s useless until you install the Operating System. We’ll be covering the process of installing and configuring Windows on your new PC so that you can actually begin using it. This class will last from 6 pm - 8:30 pm.
Part 4--Basic PC Maintenance (1 night)--Now that you’ve built your first computer, we’ll be covering basic maintenance/troubleshooting skills to keep your PC running in tip top shape. Topics covered will include virus removal, hardware diagnosis and system optimization.
Tuesdays AND Thursdays, beginning March 18, ending March 27 / 4 nights / 6 pm - 7:15 pm (6 pm - 8:30 pm for Part 3) / teens and adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna High School, computer lab / $85 ($50 for current full time students). REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE IS REQUIRED!

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+ Square Foot Gardening
Lark Ticen. This class will include teaching the foundations and techniques of the square foot gardening method created by Mel Bartholomew. This gardening method takes 80% less space, 95% less work and uses 90% less water. It can be done on patios and decks and is perfect for kids, elders or people with mobility issues. Tuesdays, beginning March 18, ending April 1 / 3 nights / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / teens and adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, home economics room / $30.
+ Geocaching for Fun
Scott Aleckson. Everything you need to know to get started in geocaching or expand your geocaching horizons. We'll quickly cover the basics from "What is Geocaching?" up to techniques for searching for geocaches. Then we will explore the use of trackable "Travel Bugs" and how to find and move these little treasures from all over the world in between geocaches. Finally, we will look at what it takes to hide your own geocaches from container and site selection through the process of creating a cache listing online and getting it published. This class is appropriate for school-age children and up. All geocacher experience levels will get something out of this. This will also be a formal Event Cache so you will be able to log your attendance on your Geocaching.com account to get credit for the find afterwards. Bring your GPS if you have one. Saturday, April 26 / 1 day / 2 pm - 5 pm / school age children and adults / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, library / no fee.
+ Beginning Photography
Elaine Howell. This class will cover how your camera works, the elements of a good photograph, image organization and the basics of editing. Please bring your camera and owner's manual. See the "Beginning Photography II" description below for a great follow-up class. Tuesdays, beginning January 21, eEnding February 25 / 6 nights / 7 pm - 8:30 pm / ages 13 and up / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, library / $35.
+ Beginning Photography II
Elaine Howell. Go beyond the basics with a more in-depth look at exposure, image editing and equipment. You'll learn tips, tricks and techniques that will take your photos to the next level. This class is geared for those who have previously taken Beginning Photography (or have equal experience) and those using a DSLR. Please bring your camera gear to class. Tuesdays, beginning March 18, ending April 22 / 6 nights / 7 pm - 8:30 pm / ages 13 and up / 5 minimum / Soldotna Middle School, library / $35.
+ Fly Tying for Alaskan Fishers
Mark Conway, Alaskan Flyfishing Adventures. Have you always wanted to try tying your own flies, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to invest in the necessary equipment? Bring your own vice and tools, if you have them, or use the instructor’s to get started. Come check out this fun (and useful) hobby in a class environment where everyone will learn at their own pace. Participants will learn the basic fly tying patterns that catch Alaskan fish. Discover popular patterns that will catch everything from Northern Pike to King Salmon and learn smaller fly patterns for trout and grayling. Beginning to advanced fly tiers are welcome. E-mail the instructor at alaskaflyfishingadventures@msn.com if you have questions. Tuesdays, beginning January 28, ending February 25 / 5 nights / 7 pm - 9 pm / teens and adults / 6 minimum and 10 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, classroom / $55 (includes all necessary materials).
+ Fly Casting/Fly Fishing Stream Strategies for Beginners
Mark Conway, Alaskan Flyfishing Adventures. Participants will learn popular techniques of fly casting in streams, lakes or on salt water flats. Long distance casting like the "Double Haul" for lakes, short casts for fishing in small streams like the "Reach Cast" and "Parachute Cast" and the ever popular "Western Roll" for brushy areas along streams or lakes. Learn about Spey Rod casting in streams and salt water also. We will spend time studying patterns for catching the Alaskan fish you are after. All fly rods, reels and fly lines are supplied by the instructor. A portion of the class will be held in a classroom and a portion will be held in the gym for hands-on practice. Saturday, March 22 / 1 day / 9 am - 4 pm (feel free to bring a sack lunch) / teens and adults / 6 minimum and 10 maximum / Soldotna Middle School, gym / $45.


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