Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007

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· The Peninsula Winter Games will be held Saturday through Jan. 28, including Native Youth Olympics, hockey, table tennis, soccer and snowshoe softball tournaments, a kids’ carnival, Monopoly tournament, an ice sculpting competition, dog weight pulls and figure skating, among other events. For a list of activities, visit on the Web.

· The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will have a fundraiser dinner concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Crossing. Ticket price includes a five-course meal with five different wines, dessert and champagne. Performances will be by Sue Biggs and Jack Will, folk guitar and vocals; Kent Peterson, acoustic guitar; Jean Brockel and Maria Allison, Gershwin show tunes; the Kalgin Island Quartet, light and classical chamber music; Erin Southwick and Maria Allison, flute and piano classical music; and The Jan and Tonics, woodwind trio. Tickets are $95 per person, available only in advance at The Crossing in Soldotna and Etude Music Studio in Homer.

Events and Exhibits

· The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Theresa Holland at 260-4171.

· Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at the Kenai River Campus of Kenai Peninsula College has “Rarefied Light 2006,” a statewide touring photography exhibition, on display through Feb. 7.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has “Four Visions,” work by Traci Knutson, Todd Marshall-Closson, Kathleen Freeman and Eric Dabney, on display through January.

· The Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town has mixed media prints and watercolors by Homer artist Gaye Wolfe on display through Jan. 27. The center is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.

· 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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has “Mush On: The T-200” exhibit on the history, mushers, athletes and volunteers of the annual sled dog race; “Triad; two sourdoughs and a cheechako,” a group exhibition featuring paintings by Shirley Lennox-Hillyer and Steve Hillyer along with images by William Heath; and animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.


· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 Saturday.

· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

· The Tustumena Lodge hosts a cribbage club at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Yearly dues are $15 and the suggested weekly donation is $10. Proceeds benefit the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. For more information, call Cliff Bond at 262-1939.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 9” DJ oldies and country rock dance music Thursday nights, and “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and pool league on Tuesdays.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

· Moosequito’s in Sterling has bar bingo Tuesday nights, Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, open mic night with Pete Jackson at 8 p.m. today, and a “Madd Hatter Party” with music by 150 Grit on Friday night.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· The King’s Inn in Kenai has karaoke Monday nights.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Jake Zufelt from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, 150 Grit on Thursdays, and music by Tuff-e-Nuff this Friday and Saturday.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Fridays, pool league on Tuesdays and darts Wednesdays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

· The Crossing in Soldotna has music by Mike Morgan from 6-8 p.m. today, Jack Will and Sue Biggs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and the Maria Allison from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

· The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai hosts the 14th annual Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament at 3 p.m. Saturdays through March. It is open to the public.

Upcoming events

· A “Shorts Throwdown,” a screening of short films made by Kenai Peninsula filmmakers, will be held Feb. 3 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Call 283-1991 for more information.

· The Sitka Festival Musicians will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Paul Rosenthal, violinist and founder of the Sitka Music Festival, will perform along with colleagues Armen Ksajikian, cellist, and Doris Stevenson, pianist. On the program are works by Chopin, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss and Brahms. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for youths, available at Already Read Books and Veronica’s in Kenai, and River City Books and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-4084.

· Hospice of the Central Peninsula’s 11th annual Hospice Auction and Wine Tasting will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Gourmet appetizers and specialty wines will be served. A silent auction, live auction and variety of instant purchases are some of the planned activities. For tickets, call the hospice office at 262-0453.

· The fourth annual Peninsula Reading Carnival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Soldotna Middle School gym.


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

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

Down the Road

· Homer High School’s Drama Debate and Forensics team will host a community performance at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre, showcasing students from Homer, Skyview, Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski high schools. The show will include drama, mystery, comedy and pantomime. Admission is for $3 students and $5 for adults. Proceeds to benefit peninsulawide DDF teams.

· The Pratt Museum is closed during January.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra presents “Triumph,” a theatrical fusion of art forms with the symphony performing a piece by Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, the Jones Benally Family Navajo Dancers and modern dancers, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 to $42 for adults, and $7.50 to $21 for youths and seniors and are available by calling (907) 263-2787, and online at

· The Kenai Kennel Club will hold a conformation dog show at 9 a.m. Jan. 27 at Egan Center.

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “Alaska Positive” through Feb. 4; “Ken Gray, Communications Engineer: A Retrospective,” through Feb. 11; “Of Time and Place: Contemporary Expressions in Fishkin” Fran Reed solo exhibition, from Sunday through Feb. 25; “Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVI,” from Sunday through March 4; “Sharing Knowledge: Alaska Native People and the Smithsonian Collections” through March 26; and the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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