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By LOG Staff 

Out & About - March 13, 2014


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Tina Wegener with Peninsula Community Health Services is keeping busy running around to Kenai Peninsula Borough communities to walk people through the requirements and features of the Affordable Care Act and health plans offered under it. She set up shop at the Seward Senior Center last week and kept busy most of the day assisting Sewardites with the new federal program. A March 31 deadline looms for uninsured Alaskans unless they are among exempt groups or fit into certain guidelines. For first timers, figuring all of that out is complicated enough without even contemplating shopping for a health care plan. Wegener can be contacted at 907-260-5029 via

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New community clinic is open

The Seward Community Health Clinic is open with regular weekly operating hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The SCHC is in the same location as the former Providence Seward family practice clinic at 417 First and offers expanded services and payment options. For information or appointments call 224-2273.

Spring breakup festival set

Seward's fourth annual Spring Breakup Festival By The Sea is set for March 14, 15 and 16. A full calendar of events is available on a Facebook page and at

Providence offers childbirth classes

Childbirth education classes hosted by Providence Alaska at Seward Mountain Haven will cover stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques and breastfeeding. The classes are in the Wesley Commons building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 15 and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., March 16. There is a fee of $75 per couple, but nobody will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Contact Kim Bird at 224-5213 to register or for information.

Library tells stories in March

Children's story time at the Seward Community Library is set for Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and features Leaping Leprechauns on March 14, Down in the Swamp on March 21 and Birdland on March 28. For adults there's Lunch with a Story every Wednesday at noon. Bring your own lunch, coffee and tea are provided.

Schools offer substitute training

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will have their final substitute training teleconference for this school year at 10 a.m., March 18 in the Seward Middle School PD room. The training for substitute teachers, aides, tutors, secretaries or custodians and should last about an hour and a half. For information or to register, call Randi Broyles at 907-714-8888.

Seahawks girls shoot for state

The Seward High School girls basketball team will play their first game against Anchorage Christian Schools at the state championships in Anchorage. The lead off game is set for 5:15 p.m., March 20 at the Sullivan Arena.

Seaview hosts children's fair

A free Children's Wellness Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 22, at SeaView Plaza, 302 Railway. Children including infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Will receive free screenings for vision, hearing and developmental skills and will be a fun activities for all. For information call P.J. at 224-5257 or Robin at 907-714-8930.

Library to commemorate earthquake

The Seward Community Library Museum will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Earthquake beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in the Community Room. Personal stories will be related, both on film and in person and refreshments will be served.

Seward marches for respect

The SeaView Community Services Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program is sponsoring a "Choose Respect" march at 5:15 p.m., March 27. The event, coordinated with other marches in 120 communities statewide, will begin at the AVTEC Gym. There will be public speakers and refreshments. For information call 224-5257.

Daylong animal shelter fundraiser set

The day will start with an 11 a.m., March 29 pet walk from Chinooks to the Branson Pavilion, where there will be hot drinks, hot dogs and treats for the pets. The Seward Animal Shelter Fur Ball will take place at 6 p.m. upstairs at Chinooks Waterfront Restaurant with live music, a silent auction and appetizer/wine tasting. There is a suggested donations for the walk and tickets for the charity ball are available at Chinooks.

AARP offers tax help

The AARP Foundation offers free electronic tax filing to taxpayers in Seward. Tax aide volunteers, trained by the IRS, are available from 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seward Senior Center, 336 Third. Appointments are available at 224-5604 and walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis. There is no age or income limit and taxpayers do not need to be AARP members although preference may be given to seniors and the disabled.

Nurse practitioner to visit Seward

Deb Baley, ANP, will visit Seward Public Health Center March 24-26 at 201 Third, Suite 202. Appointments are required for services including Pap smears and contraceptives for women in the childbearing years. There is a sliding scale fee but those with an inability to pay will not be denied services. Call 224-5567 for appointments or information.

Pink cheek registration begins

Early registration with reduced entry fees for the 23rd Pink Cheeks Triathlon takes place until April 4. The annual event starts at the Seward High School Sea Lion Drive gate at 11 a.m., May 3. Details are available at or by calling Jori Welchans at 224-4054.


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