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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007

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· The Peninsula Winter Games are ongoing through Sunday. For a list of activities, visit on the Web.

Events and Exhibits

· 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 Saturday. 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 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 on display. 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.


· 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.

· 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 Crossing will have Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the Bob Ramponi Trio on Saturday.

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

· 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.

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

· 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.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

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

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

· Moosequito’s in Sterling has a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, open mic night with Pete Jackson at 9 p.m. today, and a barnyard party with a bonfire and country music Saturday night.

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

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

· 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 Sarah Superman aka Chaz Nixon at 6:30 Saturday.

Upcoming events

· “Disappearing Act,” a fiber arts show with work by Kenai Peninsula College surface design students, will open with a reception at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The chow will be on display through February.

· 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 Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a family winter fun day Feb. 3 at the Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. Activities from 10 a.m. to noon include outdoor games and indoor crafts. Starting at 1 p.m. two guided snowshoe hikes will be offered, one for kids 9 and up, the other for 16 and up. Preregistration to snowshoe hike is required and space is limited. Snowshoes will be provided. All activities are free. To register or for more information, contact Michelle Ostrowski at 262-7021.

· 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

· The Homer Family Theater will show “Freedom Writers,” starring Hilary Swank, with a portion of the proceeds going to Pier One Youth Theatre. For 20 minutes prior to the show the theater will screen a selection of short films created by students in Pier One’s Digital Video Production Camp. The show is at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 9.

· The Pratt Museum is closed during January.

Anchorage events

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

· The Miners and Trappers Charity Ball will be from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Egan Center, with live music, Cajun food and beard and costume contests. Tickets are $45, available at Dooley’s on East 15th, Party World on Arctic and Ticket Masters outlets. Proceeds go to charity. You must be 21 to attend. For more information, call (907) 349-2255.

· 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.

What’s Happening submissions may be e-mailed to, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion office at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Mondays.

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