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Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2005

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First Thursday events today are a reception for potters exhibiting at Frames and Things in Soldotna from 4 to 6 p.m., a reception for photographer Mary Hayes from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai, a reception for multimedia artist Theresa Napolitano from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna, piano music by Maria Allison from 6 to 7 p.m. at Already Read used book store in Kenai, a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, and music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. at Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai.

Events and Exhibits

The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "From the Woodpile," an exhibit by Homer artists Deb Lowney and Dave Brann on display through Friday. The exhibit shows the versatility, beauty and functionality of wood as an artistic medium. Also on display is a collection of Alaska photographs by Mary Hayes through Jan. 21 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends and weekend hours may be extended. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College will have the statewide photography show "Rarefied Light" on display through Jan. 29.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mary Lane as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club at noon every Sunday.

Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge in Soldotna has May Oehlert as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has multimedia work by Theresa Napolitano on display with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed and purchased at the following area businesses: Art Works, Birch Tree Gallery, Claudette's Folk Art and Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Beluga Lookout Gifts, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai; and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7021.

Entertainment

Already Read used book store in Kenai has piano music by Maria Allison from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

There will be a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai has live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. today and Friday and music by Nancy Anderson at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live music by Mary K. Smith from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

Films

Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "The Art of Gold," an exhibit of artwork by goldsmiths, on display through Jan. 9; an exhibit of multimedia work by Anchorage artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs from Jan. 16 through Feb. 27; "Earth, Fire and Fibre," a biennial statewide craft exhibition, from Jan. 16 through March 13; and "The Blue Guitar: An Exhibition of Music in Art" in the children's gallery through May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera present Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," a ghostly tale of love and redemption, Jan. 21, 23 and 29.



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