Staff reports

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Non-smoking retreat

Want to quit smoking? Attend the Breaking Free smoking weekend retreat beginning 6 p.m., Feb. 11, at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Two types of nicotine replacement therapy, gum and the patches, will be available. All meals will be provided.

A balanced syllabus includes educational lectures, breathing techniques, yoga and art therapy. It should be a great time in a peaceful and protective setting. All participants must bring a sleeping bag and a willingness to change their life. Call Ruth Simpson at 463-3755 for more information.

Free vision screening

The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club will be providing free vision screening for preschool children Saturday, Feb. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at Nugget Mall.

The Lions will be using a Photoscreener to perform a simple non-invasive accurate screening for eye disorders. The resultant photograph will be examined to determine the presence of six major pediatric eye problems including hyperopia and myopia, anisometropia, media opacities, strabismus, and astigmatism.

Parents are encouraged to bring children ages six months to five years or those with limited verbal ability to be screened.

Tlingit and Haida grant

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announces receiving a Two Year Start-up Funding Grant for a Child Support Enforcement Program from the Administration for Children and Families. This program will be coordinated through the Employment and Training Department.

Eddie Brakes will take the lead in establishing the program. Brakes previously held the Youth Opportunity Coordinator position and worked in our Tribal TANF program. His direct knowledge and related experience will benefit T&H as Mr. Brakes develops a CSE Program.

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