Central Peninsula Master Gardeners will kick off its winter lecture series with "Hydroponics for the Home Gardener," with Clayton Hillhouse, Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. A $2 donation is requested. Refreshments will be available.
Lasting Stitches will host Sew Saturday, Saturday at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. To make reservations, call Pauline at 283-9470.
Events and Exhibits
"Guys Love Tools: Works in Wood" is on exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center through Jan. 27. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
River City Books in Soldotna has stories for kids with Kathy Wartinbee at 11:15 a.m. Saturday; Jean Brockel and Jerry McDonnell will read "Cape Cod," a prize-winning play from the Valdez Theatre Conference, at 7 p.m. Saturday; and Mike Morgan will explore "Why Poets, Why Poetry?" Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, call 260-7722.
Works by area artists are on display and for sale at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai, including pottery, paintings and jewelry. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-7040.
The Kaladi Brothers artist of the month is Ben Phoenix.
Birch Tree Gallery offers watercolors by Alaska artists Jean Shadrach and Mary Ann Dunham; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Vivian McCain and Kathleen Logan; bead-weaving broaches and barrettes by Laurine Maxwell-Evens; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Pat Morrison; fur-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Carroll; pottery by Libby Berezin and Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.
Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables in Soldotna features works from area artisans. Loni Galloway is the featured artist this month with her stained glass. Other works include Dorthy Bush's birch bark baskets, Marianne Hyman's picket fence furniture, Claudette Barber's fabric pieces, Kris Wisher's antique fork shelves and old door knob coat racks; and Alaska folk art furniture and wooden items by Stephanie Wortham.
Malfunction Junction Gifts at the "Y" in Soldotna offers handcrafted originals by area artists, including fur hats, gloves and slippers by Lee Martin; fused and slumped glass window art, lamps and "hippie candles" by Jana Coffey; carved masks and "spirit dancers" by David Hendron; sea grass baskets by Pat Morrison; pottery by Laura Faeo; and salmon rod holders by Bob Condon.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yup'ik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-1991.
Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.
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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begins near the center. 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.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by the Maybrey Brothers on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
George's Casino has karaoke with Dee every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
J-Bar-B, six miles south of Soldotna, presents karaoke by the Mic Hoggers on Friday nights.
The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler on Friday and Saturday nights at 9.
The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
The Vagabond Inn will have classic rock and blues music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
Kaladi Brothers will feature the music of Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Lighthouse Inn in Nikiski presents the music of the Milburn Elks Band at 9 p.m. Saturday.
In the Future
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a family and community contra dance at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. There will be live music and homemade goodies in a nonalcohol, smoke-free environment. Cost is $5; those 16 and under are free with an adult. For more information, call 283-9227.
The 2001 Shining Stars Talent Show will be held Jan. 20 at Soldotna High School. Those interested can pick up a registration packet at any high school office. Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded.
Twin Cities Productions will present country musician Ty Herndon in concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix outlets or by calling (800) 260-ARTS.
Down the Road
The William Henry Gallery will host "Solar Max #23," an exhibit of work by local aurora photographer Dennis Anderson. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. For more information, call (907) 235-3411.
The Amadeus Trio will lead a master class for strings at 6 p.m. Monday at the Homer Council on the Arts building. The cost is $10. Participants are urged to bring their instruments. For more information or to register for the class, call (907) 235-4288.
The Amadeus Trio will perform at the Homer High School Mariner Theatre on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for Homer Council on the Arts members and seniors, $8 for youths ages 13 to 18. Children under 12 will be admitted free with a ticketed parent.
Out North Contemporary Art House will present Under 30 featuring new performances created by Alaskans through Saturday at 7 p.m. each day. Each performance is "under 30" minutes long. The cost is $15 in advance or $16.50 at the door. For tickets, call (907) 279-8200.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," Tuesday through Jan. 21 at the Discovery Theater. Ticket prices range from $19 to $45. For more information, call (907) 272-1471.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Famous People Players on Jan. 21 at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets range from $11 to $24. For more information, call (907) 272-1471.
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Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to email@example.com. To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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