■ Check out the Kenai Birding Festival, today through Sunday, with events around the central Kenai Peninsula. Find details at www.kenaibirdfest.com.
Events and Exhibits
■ The Paint and Pen the Kenai community mural project is on display at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center. For more information call 283-1991.
■ “Small Shots,” with work contributed by local artists, is on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai.
■ Nikiski artist Jim Evenson’s exhibition of Abstract Stone Lithographs will be on display at Aurora Fine Art on 5th Avenue in Anchorage through May 31.
■ The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra presents an “Evening of Elegance,” a night of fine food and classical music in celebration of KPO’s 30th anniversary on May 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alaska Christian College Conference Center. Music provided by The Areté Trio, featuring Emily Grossman, violin; Kate McVey, viola, and Kevin Charlestream, cello. The cost for this event is $75. Tickets can be purchased at River City Books and Dr. Thompson’s office in Soldotna and the Homer Book Store in Homer. Basket auctions and outcry auctions will take place throughout the evening. Seating is limited. For more information please contact Mi’shell at 398-7843 in Soldonta or Linda at 235-8650 in Homer.
■ Several free flash mob workshops will be hosted by Peninsula Artists in Motion, held at Encore Dance Academy. It’s fun for everyone big and small! Space is limited. Flash mob workshops will be May 17, and May 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and June 8, TBA. Date, time, and location of actual flash mob to be announced at workshops. Call 283-3140 with questions and for more information.
■ Alaskan singer-songwriter Marian Call returns to Veronica’s Coffee House for a Memorial Day Weekend afternoon show, May 25, free, 2:30-4:30 p.m., $5-10 recommended artist donation. All ages welcome, families especially.
■ An all acoustic jam takes place every Thursday. The jam is as Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the first Thursday of the month, and at the Kenai Senior Center during the rest if the month. Jam starts at 6:30 p.m.
■ Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic Friday at 6:30 p.m. and live music Saturday with Emily Grossman (violin) and Kevin Charlestream (cello) at 6:30 p.m.
■ The Vagabond Inn, Mile 14.1 Kalifornsky Beach Road, will have live music with Mark LeBrelle Saturday at 9 p.m..
■ Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Pub Quiz night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
■ The Studio Espresso Shop at Spur Highway and Nikiski Avenue in Nikiski hosts an open mic night on Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. Call 776-7655.
■ St. Elias Brewing Company has live music Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.
■ AMVETS Post 4 in the Red Diamond Center holds steel-tip darts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; steak dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and karaoke at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
■ The Bow bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m.
■ Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has poker Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
■ The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
■ Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Robb Justice, and Fridays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Ramponi and Dave Unruh.
■ Caribou Family Restaurant in Soldotna has live music by Wally Hyde 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
■ Main Street Tap and Grill has Wednesday karaoke with Mark Gage, Thursday acoustic music with Dave Boyle and Dustin Aaronson, and live music with 9Spine Friday and Saturday.
Markets, Fairs and Bazaars
■ Kenai’s Saturday Market is now accepting applications for its summer market that runs May 25 to Sept. 14. The market is held at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rates as low as $20 per day. For more information call 283-1991.
■ A fundraiser bazaar to benefit the LeeShore Center will take place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 25 and 26 at Aspen Hotel in Soldotna and Hope Community Resource Recreation Center on Princeton Ave. off Kalifornsky Beach Road. There will be many vendors, including cotton candy, ice cream and home consultants. For booth availability call Amanda McFarland-Jicha at 907-764-7240.
■ The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area is accepting applications from local food and craft vendors, school organizations, athletic organizations, local artists, churches, information and educational groups and any other interested parties to reserve booth space at the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Event on June 15 at the NPRSA facilities in Nikiski. Interested vendors are encouraged to contact North Pen Rec early. The deadline to apply is May 31. Applications are available online at www.northpenrec.com or can be picked up at the Nikiski Pool or Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For more information or application details call Rachel at 776-8800.
■ Farmers Fresh Market will open to the public on Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m., starting June 4 and continuing into September. Farmers Fresh Market specializes in local produce and benefits the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The market is located on Community College Drive in the Food Bank parking lot. For information, call Bonnie at 262-3111.
■ The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmer’s Market is seeking vendors for the 2013 season. The market that features Grown in Alaska and Made in Alaska products, will open on June 1 and run until September 28. Market hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday. Market is located at the corner of Corral Street and the Kenai Spur Highway at the bus “turn-around.” Call Carolyn at 262-7502 for more information.
■ Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.
■ Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.
Down the Road
■ The Pratt Museum in Homer has winter hours, Tuesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org.
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