FYI News briefs & announcements – Oct. 3

Chickenpox outbreak on Peninsula
The Alaska Department of Public Health reports an outbreak of chickenpox on the Kenai Peninsula, and recommends children see their medical provider for varicella immunization.
State-supplied varicella vaccine is available at local public health centers for children whose medical provider does not offer varicella vaccines. Routinely, children should receive their first dose of varicella vaccine between 12-15 months of age, and their second dose between 4-6 years of age.
Health officials have treated more than 50 children for chickenpox, thought to occur due to non or insufficient vaccination.

Cardboard challenges imagination
Homer Flex High School is holding a cardboard challenge 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Library.
The event is a fundraiser for the Imagination Foundation, based on Caine’s Cardboard Challenge. Caine is an 9-year-old boy who decided to make a complex cardboard arcade in his dad’s auto parts storefront. One day, his amazing arcade caught the eye of Nirvan Mullick, a filmmaker and digital strategist for social good campaigns. He happened to drop by Caine’s father’s auto parts store looking for a door handle for his car and met Caine.
The idea for a film was then born. You can experience Caine’s adventure at:
On this first anniversary of Caine’s Arcade, Caine has challenged Flex to raise funds for the Imagination Foundation, which, “finds, fosters, and funds creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.”

Homer Doc Fest folks rank films
Viewers at the Ninth-Annual Homer Theatre Documentary Film Festival cast ballots rating the nine films offered this year.
The Forget-Me-Not Audience Award went to “Samsara.” The Golden Puffin Jury Prize Award went to “House I Live In,” as the best overall documentary. The Eagle Award for best director went to “Waiting Room,” from up and coming documentary director Peter Nicks, a raw, fast-paced look at 24 hours in an emergency room.
Other highlights of the festival include Breezy and Jill Berryman and Cathy Brennan, who provided a historical explanation and performed a beautiful interpretation of Pina Bausch’s contemporary dance before the film, Pina. More than 200 high school students, led by teacher Sean Campbell, watched “Bully” for free Wednesday morning. The film is being followed up by classroom discussion and lesson-planning support.

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