■ Celebrate Progress Days Saturday and Sunday in Soldotna. The Progress Days parade steps off Saturday at 11 a.m. Festivities continue at the Soldotna Little League fields and rodeo grounds. For more information, go to visitsoldotna.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.
■ Two exhibitions are on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai: “(Mostly) Shallow Art” by Joe Kashi; and “Precious Cargo: A Year in Ar(k)etypical Assemblage” by Kathryn Zerbe. Art Center hours are noon-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
■ Erin Micciche’s August fiber art exhibit will be hanging and on display during a free noon concert featuring jazz with Just We Too at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on July 29. The opening reception for the fiber art exhibit will be on Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m.
Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival
■ Noontime Tunes (free concerts)
July 29 — “Just We Too” (Barbara Anderson and Lee Johnson) at Kenai Fine Arts Center
July 30 — “Smith Road String Trio” (Mellisa Nill, Josee Roetto, Mary Broderick) at Corner Cafe
July 31 — Kent Peterson, Jeanne Duhan at Kaladi’s on Kobuk St.
Aug 1 — “The Madison String Quartet” at Kenai Community Library
Aug 2 — Sue Biggs, Jack Will, Vern Miller, Lee Johnson at Veronica’s Cafe
August 5 — Myke Ables, Tony Prior at Fine Thyme Cafe at River City Books
August 6 — TBA at Charlotte’s Restaurant
August 7 — TBA at Soldotna Public Library
August 8 — Hayden Sterling, Maria Allison at Odie’s Deli
August 9 — Mi’shell and Rodney French, Jack Will, Sue Biggs at Kenai Visitor Center
July 29 — TBA at Lands End
July 30 — Hobo Jim at A.J.’s
July 31 — Jack Will & Sue Biggs at Duncan House
August 1 — TBA at Don Jose’s
August 2 — TBA at Two Sisters
August 5 — Horn Ensemble at Homer Public Library
August 6 — Mark Wolbers at Bunnell Street Gallery
August 7 — Madison String Quartet at A.J.’s
August 8 — Rudy Multz at Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery
August 9 — TBA at Pratt Museum
■ The Madison String Quartet & Friends have a performance at the Soldotna Methodist Church Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $12 senior/youth/member. Tickets available at River City Books in Soldotna and the Homer Bookstore.
■ The Madison String Quartet “Strings at Sunset” performance in Seldovia is Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket includes a ride on the fast ferry, fine food, drinks, and a classical music concert. Cost is $85 per person. Tickets available at River City Books in Soldotna and the Homer Bookstore.
■ The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s gala concerts will take place on Aug. 9 in the Homer Mariner Theater in Homer, and Aug. 10 at the Renee C. Henderson auditorium in Kenai. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Works include the William Tell Overture, an aria from Tosca, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite no. 1, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.
■ Hobo Jim will perform a free live concert today at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors Center.
■ 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.
■ Singer-songwriter Hurricane Dave will be performing on the Kenai Peninsula Aug. 2-3. Performances will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 2, in Soldotna at the Diamond M Ranch Resort’s Friday night bonfire, and Aug. 3 at Salmonstock in Ninilchik at 12:25 p.m., and Veronica’s Café in Kenai from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
■ Sackett’s Restaurant presents live music by Mike Morgan and Friends on July 30 and 31, and August 6, 7 and 13, 14, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
■ St. Elias Brewing Co. presents live music by Mike Morgan and Friends on August 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
■ Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic Friday at 6:30 p.m. and live music with Barb Anderson Saturday 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.
■ 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 KJ Natalia, Thursday acoustic music with Dustin and Friends and Keeley & Nelson, and live music and dancing with 9Spine Friday and Saturday.
Markets, Fairs and Bazaars
■ Kenai’s Saturday Market runs Saturdays through Sept. 14. The market is held at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 283-1991.
■ Farmers Fresh Market is open to the public on Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. 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 features Grown in Alaska and Made in Alaska products, is open on Saturdays until September 28. Market hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.
Down the Road
■ 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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