The 2001 Shining Stars Talent Show will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and can be purchased at the door. There will be door prizes. All proceeds go to Central Peninsula General Hospital.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a community contra dance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. The dance will feature guest caller Rich Kleinleder and live music by The Contra BanD. There will be 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.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery presents Rarefied Light 2000 through Jan. 31. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
River City Books in Soldotna presents stories for kids with Kari Mohn at 11:15 a.m. At 7 p.m., members of the Central Peninsula Writers Group will read their works.
"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.
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. This month's featured artist is Stephanie Wortham, who does Alaska folk art furniture and wooden decorations. Other works include Dorthy Bush's birch bark baskets, Star McCloud's whimsical folk art characters, 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 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.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Paul and Jer at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends on Saturday at 7 p.m.
In the Future
Kevin Schrier and Robert Ruffner will present a slide show and discussion of their kayaking adventure from Seward to Homer at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Kenai River Center, Mile 1.5 of Funny River Road. A $5 donation goes to the Kenai Watershed Forum. For more information, call 260-5449.
Twin Cities Productions will present country singer 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.
River City Books in Soldotna will have stories for kids with Suze Brown at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 27. At 7 p.m. local poets will recite their works.
The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase will feature Steve Okkonen with a lecture-slide presentation about his trip under the Arctic ice in a nuclear submarine. The presentation will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in the KPC Brockel Building. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.
The fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night will be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai on March 15.
Down the Road
The William Henry Gallery in Homer will host "Solar Max #23," an exhibit of work by local aurora photographer Dennis Anderson through Jan. 31. For more information, call (907) 235-3411.
The Pratt Museum will reopen to the public Feb. 6 at noon. There will be a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m., an annual business meeting at 6:30 and a show, "Brown Bears of the Kenai; A Population Risk" at 7. The museum has half-price admission rates through the winter months. The cost is $3 for adults, $2.75 for seniors and $1.50 for children. For more information, call (907) 235-8635.
The Lazer Vaudeville Circus is coming to the Mariner Theater on March 31. For more information, call the Homer Council on the Arts at (907) 235-4288.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," at the Discovery Theater this weekend. The shows are Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $19 to $45. For more information, call (907) 272-1471.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Famous People Players on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets range from $11 to $24. For more information, call (907) 272-1471.
Out North will hold a taste of African American film and video, Flav'a Fest, today and Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (907) 279-8200.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present the Korean folk art group SamulNori. The percussion ensemble will perform Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.
The 66th annual Anchorage Fur Rendezvous will take place Feb. 9 through 18. The event features outhouse races, snowshoe softball and ice bowling. For more information, call (907) 274-1177 or visit www.furrondy.net on the Web.
For local times and listings go to our movie pages
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
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