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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2002

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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, Friday, Saturday, 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 Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold a fun day Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the refuge. Events will include a snowshoe walk for adults and kids age 10 and over, winter crafts for kids of all ages, igloo building and a presentation on winter life in the 1920s. The event is free to the public. For more information, call the refuge at 262-7021.

Events and Exhibits

There will be a fireworks display Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kenai softball fields in Kenai. Afterward, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce presents the 25th Town and Gown Ball and awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. The theme is "A Salute to Our Unsung Hometown Heroes." Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling 283-7989.

"Lights, Camera, Alaska," a photography exhibition put on by the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild, is on display through Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. The next exhibit planned at the center will be a traveling quilt show. It will open in early February. 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.

The Cook Inlet Lions Club presents the Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament at 3 p.m. every Saturday through March 23 at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. The entry fee is $10 per Saturday and there is a 60 percent payback to participants. All profits will be returned to to peninsula communities through the Cook Inlet Lions Eyesight Program.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is featuring artists Rube Tikka and Dottie Sanders.

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

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Joe Reinhardt and Barney Wilborg of Synthesesia from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

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

Area author Sharon Hackleman will have a book-signing for her book, "Marion the Magnet's First Mission," from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at River City Books. Copies of the book will be on sale.

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.

Irish Musicians Johnny B. Connolly and Aidan Brennan will perform at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. This is a First Thursday. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15, general admission, and $10 for Kenai Peninsula College students, senior citizens and children under age 10. For more information, call 262-6548.

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 available by contacting hospice at 262-0453.

Films

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 Tuesday. 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 Opera presents "Homecoming," a one-woman show featuring Evelyn de la Rosa, Feb. 1, 3, 6, and 9 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix locations, on the Internet at tickets.com and by calling (800) GR8-SEAT.

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.

Scenes from Benjamin Britten's 1954 chamber opera, "The Turn of the Screw," will be performed by a group of Anchorage artists Feb. 8 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at all Carrs Tix locations, on the Internet at www.tickets.com or by calling (800) GR8-SEAT. As a follow-up of this performance, the film version of "The Innocents" will be presented at the Bear Tooth Grill and Theater Pub at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Feb. 11.

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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