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

FALL 2014 SESSION

ARTS &CRAFTS

+ Let's Batik

Dawn Edwards-Smith (Principal at River City Academy) and River City Academy students. Learn this ancient form of fabric dyeing from the students at River City Academy! Batiking is a world-wide art form using a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing to create beautiful fabric art.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning September 30, Ending October 16 / 7pm-9pm / 6 Nights / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $40


+ Printmaking

Joyce Cox. Printmaking is a very old art form, but the results are always new and exciting. Sharp tools will be used to carve a transferable image. No two projects will be alike! Wear art/painting clothes. Materials included.


Saturday, October 25 / 1 day / 10am-12pm / Age 8 and up / 5 minimum and 10 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Art Room / $30 or $50 for an adult and child registered together.


+ Wire Sculpture

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. Interested adults are welcome to participate as well. Wear art/painting clothes. Materials included.


Friday, October 24 / 1 day / 6pm-8pm / Third Grade and up / 5 minimum and 15 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Art Room / $25


+ Childrens'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). Wear art/painting clothes. Materials included.


Friday, October 17 / 1 Night / 6pm-8pm / Kindergarten and up / 5 Minimum and 12 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $25


+ 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). Wear art/painting clothes. Materials included.


Saturday, October 18 / 1 Day / Choose a session: Morning 10am-1pm OR Afternoon 2pm-5pm / Teens and Adults / 6 Minimum and 8 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School), Classroom / $45


+ Guided Painting

Joyce Cox.Afraid to paint? Come experiencepainting 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. Materials included.


Thursday, October 23 / 1 night / 6pm-8pm / Age 8 and up / 5 Minimum and 15 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Art Room / $35 or $60 for an adult and child registered together.



FINANCE AND MONEY

+ 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: October 1 or October 29 or November 26 / Classes are 6 weeks long / Register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / Complete class work before the session ends / $75


+ Should I Rent My House?

Tyson Cox. An introductory, two evening event designed to help you decide if Landlording is for you. Such topics to be discussed will include: Renting vs. Selling; Pricing the Rent; Choosing Tenants (Fair Housing Laws); Rental Agreements (AK Landlord/ Tenant Act); Common Landlording Mistakes; The Eviction Process; Tax Advantages; and more. Contact Tyson Cox at 252-4814 for more information.


Tuesday and Thursday, October 14 and 16 / 2 Nights / 6:00pm-8:30pm / 8 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $40


+ 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: October 1 or October 29 or November 26 / 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!


Saturday, November 15 / 1 Night / 1pm-2:30pm / All ages (children should be accompanied by an adult) / 12 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $5


+ Make Your Own Kombucha

Carmen Triana. If you love kombucha but hate paying $3-$5 per bottle, then you may want to try making your own! Kombucha is a slightly effervescent, fermented tea. In the first class, we will discuss how to grow your own SCOBY and demonstrate how to start a batch of kombucha. In the second class, we will learn how to do a second fermentation with fruit flavorings. PLEASE REREGISTER FOR THIS CLASS.


Wednesdays, Beginning October 1, Ending October 8 / 2 Nights / 7pm-8:30pm / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum 10 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $10



HEALTH AND WELLNESS

+ Mindful Meditation and Tai Chi Practice

Ann Marina. MINDFUL MEDITATION: Most people spend a lot of energy thinking of past or future events. By increasing our focus in the present moment, we develop more acceptance, understanding and compassion for ourselves and others. Meditation can help you reduce stress, while increasing your self -awareness and enjoyment of life. Learn a simple mindfulness technique of focused breathing and present-moment awareness. This method is used in the stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. We will practice brief sitting and walking meditation, followed by discussion. This class is led by Ann Marina, author of Preserve Your Brain. She studies at Bhavana meditation center in West Virginia and has led meditation groups for over 20 years. For more information, contact Ann at yoganni@yahoo.com. Please wear comfortable clothing.


Saturday, September 20 / 1 Day / 10am-11:30am / Teens and Adults / 4 Minimum and 30 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $15


TAI CHI PRACTICE: Persons experienced in Tai Chi can come together and practice the entire Yang Style, Long Form. This is not instructional, but new beginners from the MINDFUL MEDITATION class can observe, or perhaps join in!


Saturday, September 20 / 1 Day / 1:30pm-2:30pm / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep(formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / No Fee


+ Tai Chi Practice

Laura McIndoe. Open to experienced individuals who would like to practice Yang long form with others. This is not an instructional class, it merely provides the time and space to practice the Form. We will go through the entire long form twice each session.


Wednesdays, Beginning October 1, Ending October 22 / 6pm-6:30pm / 4 Nights / Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Multi Purpose Room / $15


+ The MELT Method - Anti-Aging Workshop

Paulette Wellington. If you have just a few minutes a day to help yourself look good and feel fantastic, this simple self-treatment is for you. The MELT Anti-Aging Workshop, featuring the 50-Second Facelift, will show you how you can reduce the sagging skin on your face and neckline and give yourself a facelift daily. Learn how to stimulate the cells that produce collagen in your skin and restore your skin’s natural hydration from the inside out. Take home 7 tips for great looking skin. You will learn other easy self-treatment techniques for reducing common aging issues including aches and pains, cellulite, stiffness and difficulty sleeping that use the MELT Soft Body Roller and Treatment Balls. Please bring water and wear comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga mat if you have one.


Wednesday, October 15 / 1 Night / 7pm- 8:30pm / Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $20 (MELT Method treatment kits will be available for purchase during class for an additional fee)


+ Frankincense and Myrrh

Jackie Garcia. Frankincense and Myrrh have been oils used during the ancient Egyptian and Hebrew times for rituals, healing and child birth. Frankincense is known as a father of all oils for its many healing properties. We will address several of the uses of Frankincense and discuss why using Myrrh with it brings out the effectiveness of Frankincense.


Thursday, December 11 / 6:30pm-8:30pm / 1 Night / Age 16 and up / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $15


+ Essential Core Yoga

Dr. Dawn Lamb. This course is designed to increase your body's ability to heal by bending, stretching, balancing and breathing. You will gain a working knowledge of how the body functions. We will cover muscle location and their movements: feeling their movements and how they relate to your physical structure. We will also be integrating movement with breath work: using breath to influence your nervous system, thereby gaining a working knowledge of how you can decrease stress. Additionally we will be stretching and strengthening the muscles to gain balance and groundedness. Integration of the Chakra system along with the energetics of meridians and acupressure will be used and discussed extensively in this course. The goal is to be able to move your own energy to heal your own body. If you are ready to heal then this is the course for you. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Pick a session:


Session I--Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning October 14, Ending October 23 / 4 Nights / 5:30pm- 6:45pm / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum and 20 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $40 per session


Session II--Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning November 11, Ending November 20 / 4 Nights / 5:30pm-6:45pm / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum and 20 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $40 per session


Session III--Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning December 2, Ending December 11 / 4 Nights / 5:30pm-6:45pm / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum and 20 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $40 per session



HOBBIES

+ Needle Felting Techniques

Shauna Bryers. We will explore different elements used in creating 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional felted objects. Class fee will include materials for one 2 dimensional and one 3 dimensional project. Materials for larger/additional projects will be available for sale at the class.


Mondays and Wednesdays, Beginning October 27, Ending November 12 / 6:30pm-9pm / 6 Nights / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum and 8 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $35 (includes materials)


+ Furskinsewing

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 October 21, Ending November 18 (No class on October 30) / 6:30pm-9:30pm / 8 Nights / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum and 15 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) / $45


+ Basic Photography

Elaine Howell. Are you ready to take your camera off AUTO and learn to produce photos you'll be proud to share? What's the fun of having all those options on your camera if you don't use them? Understanding how your camera "thinks" is key to mastering it. We'll start with basic camera operation, move on to the elements of a good photograph and what to do after the image is created. We'll work with an easy DIY studio set up and play with lighting techniques. You must bring your camera manual to class.


Tuesdays, Beginning October 7, Ending November 25 / 8 Nights / 7pm-8:30pm / Ages 13 and up / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $50


+ 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?" 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. 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.


Tuesday, November 11 / 1 Day / 6:30pm-8pm / Age 6 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult) / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / No Fee


+ How to Build and Hide a Geocache

Scott Aleckson. Learn how to build and hide geocaches for others to find in the GPS-based game of geocaching. We will cover the various types of commercial and home-built geocache containers and methods to make them blend into the environment. Then we will walk through the process of collecting accurate GPS coordinates for the hide location and create a geocache listing for publishing on geocaching.com. This class is good for all levels of experience from about age 10 and up.


Wednesday, November 12 / 6:30pm-8pm / 1 Night / Age 10 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult) / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / No Fee


+ Learn to Knit

AnnMarie Rudstrom. Whether you have just a little or no knowledge of knitting – this course is for you. The class begins with essential lessons for new knitters: choosing supplies, casting on, knitting, purling and binding off. You will also learn how to increase, decrease, and read patterns. Throughout this course you will practice your new knitting skills by creating various projects such as scarves, hats and baby blankets. Bring one pair of size 8, 9 or 10 straight knitting needles and scissors. Yarn will be provided.


Thursdays, beginning October 2, ending November 13 (No class on October 30) / 6pm-7:30pm / 6 Nights / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum 8 Max / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $50

+ 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 September 30, Ending October 21 / 6pm-9pm / 4 Nights / Teens and Adults / 3 Minimum and 6 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Art Room / $125 (includes materials and use of equipment for the duration of the class)


 

MOVEMENT - RECREATION

+ Hallwalking

Walk the hallways at Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School.) Stay active 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 September 30, Ending December 11 (No Hallwalking on October 30 or November 27) / Ongoing / 6:00pm-8:30pm / Teens& Adults / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Hallways / $10 for the entire session


+ Basketball

Pick up games. Good sportsmanship is a must. The schedule below is subject to change. Check the Basketball schedule at www.ci.soldotna.ak.us-- click on Community Schools, then click on calendar.


Thursdays, Beginning October 2, Ending December 11 (No Basketball on October 30 or November 27) / 9 Nights / 7pm-9pm / Teens and Adults / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Gym / $4 Per Night OR Punch Card 20-punch for $60 ($3/night) or 10 punch for $35 ($3.50/night)


+ 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. Bring a paddle if you have one.


Thursdays, Beginning October 2, Ending December 11 (No Ping Pong on October 30 or November 27) / 9 Nights / 7pm-9pm / Teens and Adults / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Gym / $4 Per Night OR Punch Card 20-punch for $60 ($3/night) or 10 punch for $35 ($3.50/night)


+ Touch Rugby

Rugby is a game loved around the world and is one of the fasted 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 September 30, Ending December 9 / 11 Nights / 7pm-9pm / Men AND Women (age 14 and up) / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Gym / $4 Per Night OR Punch Card 20-punch for $60 ($3/night) or 10 punch for $35 ($3.50/night)


+ 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 teach rhythms such as salsa, merengue, and bachata. We will learn everything from how to recognize a rhythm to dancing with a partner. 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! If you have taken a class before, this will be a nice refresher.


Thursdays, Beginning October 9, Ending November 13 (No class on October 30) / 5 Nights / 6pm-7pm / 10 and up, under 12 accompanied by an adult / 5 Minimum, 20 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Multi- Purpose Room / $25


+ Movement for Bigger Bodies

Maribeth Snell. “I have finally found a safe, nonjudgmental place to exercise" said one local woman about Nia. Join Nia Blue Belt Maribeth Snell in a safe, judgment-free environment for joyful, healthy movement designed for the needs of bigger bodies, especially those who have not regularly exercised in a while. Chairs will be available if standing for long periods of time is difficult. Nia is an invigorating movement form that combines elements of yoga, dance and martial arts and is accessible to all abilities. “No pain, no gain” does NOT exist in Nia. Nia focuses on creating wellbeing by giving our bodies what they need: a variety of movement and expression. Give your nervous system the time of its life! If you dislike gyms or boring, repetitive movement, then Nia is for you! Find out more at www.nianow.com<http://www.nianow.com/ or feel free to call Maribeth at 398-9819 if you have any questions. Let's have a good time! Please consult your physician before starting this or any exercise regime. Wear comfortable clothing and stocking feet.


Mondays and Wednesdays, Beginning October 6, Ending October 22 / 6 Nights / 5:30pm-6:30pm / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $10 per class or $50 for all 6 **Feel free to take one class or all six, but PLEASE PRE-REGISTER for the dates you will be attending.


+ 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 get fit, now is the time! Three days a week or five days a week--you choose! Start anytime--the fee will be pro-rated.


Three Days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays / 5:30am-6:30am / 3 Days Per Week, Ongoing / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum 20 Max / Skyview Middle School, Upstairs gym / approximately $90 per month--the exact amount varies each month (depending on the number of days) and will be prorated if you join late.


Five Days a week: Monday through Friday / 5:30am-6:30am / 5 Days Per Week, Ongoing / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum 20 Max / Skyview Middle School, Upstairs gym / approximately $150 per month--the exact amount varies each month (depending on the number of days) and will be pro-rated if you join late.


+ Children's Martial Arts

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.


Tuesdays, Beginning September 23, Ending December 9 (No class on November 11 or November 18) / 10 Nights / 6pm-6:45pm / Ages 6-11 / 5 Min / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Multi-Purpose Room / $50


+ Martial Arts

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 selfdiscipline, improved concentration, reduced stress and better work habits.


Tuesdays, Beginning September 23, Ending December 9 (No class on November 11 or November 18) / 10 Nights / 7pm-8:15pm / Ages 12 and up / 5 Min / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Multi-Purpose Room / $50


 

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: October 1 or October 29 or November 26 / 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: October 1 or October 29 or November 26 / 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 well being 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 non-productive thoughts. In addition, you will learn how to achieve a calm, selfconfident 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: October 1 or October 29 or November 26 / 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

+ Caring Naturally for Your Baby and Children with Essential Oils

Jackie Garcia. Learn a natural way to care for your baby and children. Education, information and samples will be provided on the use and benefits of certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. These natural aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. We will address morning sickness, water retention, cellulite, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and stretch marks. We will also give safe, effective ideas for babies, including problems with colic, diaper rash and teething pain. You will learn how essential oils can be profoundly simple, yet life changing at the same time and how to incorporate them into your life.


Thursday, November 6 / 6:30pm-8:30pm / 1 Night / Age 16 and up / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $15


+ The Five Wishes

Gale Robison, Hospice of the Central Peninsula. The Five Wishes has become the most popular living will in the country. It is a wonderful way to begin those difficult conversations and a valuable resource for structuring discussions about the type of care you would like to receive. This is the first living will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes. Five Wishes lets you say exactly how you wish to be treated should you become seriously ill. It also lets you choose the person you would like to make health care decisions for you if you are not able to make them for yourself. It was written with the help of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging and the nation’s leading experts in end-of-life care. It is easy to use. Simply check a box, circle a direction or write a few sentences. There will be a video presentation and an open question time. For more information, call Hospice at 262-0453.


Tuesday, October 21 / 6:00pm-8:00pm / 1 Night / Adults / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / No Fee


+ Insights for...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, November 13 / 1 Night / 7pm-9pm / Adults / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / No Fee



SAFETY

+ 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, October 18 / 1 Day / 9am-4pm / Adults / 6 Minimum and 8 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $90


+ Safety, Security & Peace of Mind with Emergency Essential Oils

Jackie Garcia. Learn why you would want to have certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils in an emergency. No expiration date, no side effects— only natural health benefits! You will receive a sample emergency preparedness kit that will complement your traditional emergency kit. Essential oils can naturally help with burns, cuts, sprains, insect bites and repellent, food poisoning, provide antibiotic help, and much more.


Thursday, October 9 / 6:30pm-8:30pm / 1 Night / Age 16 and up / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Classroom / $25



TECHNOLOGY

+ 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 to 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 6pm-8:30pm.


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 December 2, Ending December 11 / 4 Nights / 6pm-7:15pm (6pm-8:30pm on December 9) / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Computer Lab / $85 ($50 for current full time students) REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE IS REQUIRED!


+ 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/ receive e-mail. This section will cover the most common 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 night 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 October 14 and Ending October 28 / 5 Nights / 6pm-7:15pm / Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Computer Lab / $85


+ Intro to iPads/iPhones/iPods

Jordan Chilson. This one night course will take a complete look at Apple’s iOS platform used on iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch. Learn how to navigate your device, use the app store, setup email, prevent data loss with proper backups, and learn about iCloud and what it can do for you. There will time allotted at the end of this session to answer any questions and go into any areas of interest for these devices.


Wednesday, October 29 / 1 Night / 6pm-9pm / Adults / 3 Minimum 12 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly 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, September 27 / 1 Day / 10am-3:30pm (30 minute break for lunch--bring a sack lunch if you wish) / Teens and Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Library / $49


+ 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, November 18 / 1 Night / 6pm-8pm / Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Computer Lab / $25


+ Computer Maintenance...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, November 25 / 1 Night / 6pm-8pm / Adults / 5 Minimum / Soldotna Prep (formerly 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: October 1 or October 29 or November 26 / Classes are 6 weeks long / Register within 10 days of the start date and specify session / Complete class work before the session ends / $75


+ 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! Basic to intermediate computer skills are needed. Bring photos that you would like to use on a disc or flash drive.


Tuesday, November 4 / 1 Night / 6pm-8pm / Adults / 3 Minimum 12 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly 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. Basic to intermediate computer skills are needed. Bring photos that you would like to use on a disc or flash drive.


Thursday, November 6 / 1 Night / 6pm-8pm / Adults / 3 Minimum 12 Maximum / Soldotna Prep (formerly Soldotna Middle School) Computer Lab / $25





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