■ The Kenai River Festival is Friday through Sunday at Soldotna Creek Park. Admission is free. The event includes music, food, activities for the family and vendors. For more information, including a detailed festival schedule, visit www.KenaiWatershed.org.
■ Meet photographer Laurie Johnson from 4-6 p.m. for a First Thursday artist reception for her Nature in Focus Photography exhibition at Kaladi Brothers on Kobuk Street in Soldotna, sign up to win a free framed print and vote for your favorite photos.
■ First Thursday at the new C Cups Café inside Already Read Books, the big purple building next to Alaska USA in Kenai, will feature art by Natasha Ala and ragtime piano music by Maria Allison, decadent treats, champagne, and specialty coffees, from 5-7 p.m.
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.
■ Kenai Performers presents “SUDS, The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera,” directed by Paul Morin. Created and written by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson and Bryan Scott. Musical and vocal arrangements by Steve Gunderson. Come enjoy popular music from the 1960’s, set in a laundromat full of suds and surprises! Presented as dinner theater catered by Kenai Catering June 21, 22, 28, and 29 at the Kenai Merit Inn, 260 South Willow, Kenai. Dinner served at 7 p.m., and reservations highly recommended. Tickets available at River City Books, Charlotte’s, Coffee Roasters, and Curtain Call Consignment. Ticket price $40. For more information call Mary at 398-2931.
■ Nature in Focus Photography at Kaladi Brothers on Kobuk Street in Soldotna: Local photographer, Laurie Johnson will be hanging photos from the local area for the month of June. Meet the artist on June 6, from 4-6 p.m. for the First Thursday artist reception, sign up to win a free framed print and vote for your favorite photos.
■ Triumvirate Theatre is proud to invite the public to an Open House at its new Triumvirate North Facility on June 17 from 4-7 p.m., to celebrate the completion of an amazing new mural from acclaimed artist James Adcox. The Triumvirate North building is a work-in-progress and has benefitted from amazing community support. Triumvirate North is located at 42715 Kenai Spur Highway, just north of CH2M HILL.
■ 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.
■ St. Elias Brewing Company presents live music by Mike Morgan on Thursday, June 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.
■ Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic Friday at 6:30 p.m. and live music Saturday with Daniel Mangione at 6:30 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. Main Street welcomes the “California Wild Boyz” male review Saturday from 8-10 p.m.
Markets, Fairs and Bazaars
■ Kenai’s Saturday Market is now accepting applications for its summer market that runs Saturdays through 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. For more information call 283-1991.
■ 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.
■ A Flea Market will be held in the Sterling Senior Center parking lot 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Vendors may rent an outdoor space that comes with one table for $10. Spaces may be reserved by calling the center at 907-262-6808. The Flea Market will be held each Friday through the end of August. For further information call the center.
■ Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.
■ Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.
■ The Pratt Museum in Homer is open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org.
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