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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

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The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a contra dance Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School with easy-to-learn circles, squares, contras and waltzes and live music by the Contra BanD. Admission is $5 or free if under 16 with an adult. Bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck refreshments. No experience is necessary. For more information, call 283-9227.

Events and Exhibits

There will be a beginning square dancing class at 7 p.m. today at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. The cost is $3. For more information, call Betty at 262-937 or Dee at 283-5602.

River City Books presents stories for kids with Kari Mohn at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. There will be an open mike music session at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Peninsula Art Guild will have its annual organizational meeting at noon Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. For more information, call 262-1777.

"Lights, Camera, Alaska," a photography exhibition put on by the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild, is on display through Jan. 25 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. 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. Admission is free during the winter.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is featuring artist Rube Tikka in January.

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 Collectables, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Fireweed Herb Garden 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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begin 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.

Entertainment

The Decanter Inn presents music by Butch Leman at 9 p.m. Friday.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Lois Holleman from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday,

The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays, The Danglin' Wrangler performs country music at 9 p.m. Saturdays, and ladies' night karaoke is Tuesdays.

George's Casino in Kenai has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is live music.

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

Upcoming Events

The Nikiski Middle-Senior High School drama department presents "An Evening Without Sinatra," a musical production written and directed by Nikiski drama teacher Joe Rizzo, Jan. 25, 26, Feb. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. at Nikiski High School's theater. Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance and are available at Charlotte's, Good Books and More, The Music Box, M and M Market and The Bear Paw. For more information, call 776-3456.

The Performing Arts Society presents the Sitka Summer Music Festival Musicians at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. Paul Rosenthal, violin, and Arnulf von Arnim, piano, will present an evening of music from the Romantic period. Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens and $15 for general admission. Tickets are available at Northcountry Fair and River City Books in Soldotna, Alaska Gift and Gallery in Kenai and at the door.

Hospice of the Central Peninsula has tickets available for its annual auction and wine tasting scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. Six wines will be served with complimentary appetizers. Tickets are $75 per couple or $37.50 per person and are available by contacting hospice at 262-0453.

Films

See our movies page for weekly show times and listings.

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

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

Down the Road

The Pratt Museum will be closed for maintenance until Feb. 5. The business office will remain open. For information about upcoming events, call (907) 235-8635.

The Pratt Museum will present a seven series program of community conversations on the third Friday of each month. These conversations are an attempt to foster understanding and tolerance through diversity of opinion. They will offer a comfortable setting in which to discuss a variety of topics. Participants are asked to bring a finger food dish to share during the discussion. For more information, call Michelle Bayes at 235-8635, ext. 25.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art presents "The True History Behind the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act" today at 7:30 p.m. The program is free.

The Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Egan Convention Center. Admission is $25 per person, which includes a 6 ounce commemorative glass, 30 samples, identification band and official program. Designated drivers can get in for $5 and receive free soft drinks and other nonalcoholic beverages. There also will be live music, light fare and special appearances by Stephen Beaumont, beer expert and author, and Thomas E. Dalldorf, editor-publisher of the Celebrator Beer News.

Diavolo Dance Theater will perform Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at all Carrs location, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Ticket prices range from $17 to $34.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Turtle Island String Quartet with three-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

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, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.



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