What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2006

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· The Kenai Performers Travelin’ Tales Storytelling Troupe will perform “Tales of the Frozen North” at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday at Kenai Community Library. Family storytime is free.

· The Soldotna High Jazz Band presents its annual jazz band dessert concert at 7 p.m. today. It is open to the public.

Events and Exhibits

· North Peninsula Recreation is offering Teen Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Teen Night is open to ages 13 to 18 and costs $2 per participant.

· There will be a health fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula Center Mall.

· Art Works in Soldotna has photography, fiber work and stained glass by Sondra Hecht on display in January.

· Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has art by Brenda Schwartz of Wrangell and Bruce Nelson of Kodiak.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science as its artist of the month and a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

· The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at KPC has the statewide juried photography exhibit “Rarefied” Light on display through Friday.

· Mykel’s restaurant has Andy Hehnlin with egg tempera paintings as its artist of the month.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. 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, call 262-0822.

· 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 animal mounts, historic items and Native Alaska 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.


· 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.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has live folk and rock music by Caleb Aronson of Fairbanks at 9 p.m. Saturday and a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session Thursdays at 10 p.m. and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live acoustic folk music by Nancy Anderson and the Anderchix from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

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

· The Riverside House in Soldotna presents “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and poker at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Sundays.

· Veronica’s in Kenai has an open mic at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, The Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Upcoming events

· Peninsula Artists in Motion is holding a winter ball event at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. The event is black tie optional with catered hors d’oeuvres, live music, a no-host bar and a silent art auction. It is a fundraiser for PAM, a nonprofit organization. Tickets are $50 each, available from PAM members and by calling 283-1683. For more information, call 283-1683.

· The Sitka Summer Music Festival’s Winter Tour will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Violinist Paul Rosenthal and pianist Arnulf Von Arnim will perform. Tickets are available at Already Read book store, Charlotte’s and Veronica’s Coffee House in Kenai and Northcountry Fair, River City Books and Sweeney’s Clothing in Soldotna.

· South Africa musician and ATO recording artist Vusi Mahlasela will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Ward Building at Kenai Peninsula College, a KPC Showcase and KPC Multi-Cultural Consortium performance. Mahlasela is a guitarist and composer who contributed guest vocals on the title track of the Dave Matthews Band’s multi-platinum album “Everyday.” Tickets are available only at the door for $15 general admission and $13 for students, staff and seniors. For more information, visit the Web site www.imnworld.com/IMN/artist_view/48.

· The ninth annual Central Peninsula Writers’ Production with readings and a dessert buffet will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

· Pamyua, the Native American Music Awards 2003 Record of the Year winner, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Ward Building at KPC in honor of the Arctic Winter Games. Pamyua (which means “encore” in the Yup’ik language) has been described as a mix of Inuit and African rhythms. Tickets go on sale in February at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna and the KPC Bookstore on the Soldotna campus.


· 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 Youth String Orchestra Club presents a performance by the Emeralds, a group of young Alaska musicians who specialize in instrumental bluegrass and jazz, at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Land’s End Quarter Deck. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for Raven’s Club members, $9 for seniors, $5 for students and $25 for families and available at the Homer Book Store, Etude Studio, the Homer Council of the Arts office and the door. A workshop for string students with at least two years experience will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at Homer Middle School The cost is $5 per student.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has “All Alaska Juried XXXI,” a biennial exhibition for Alaska artists, through March 5; a solo exhibition by Anchorage artist Susan Joy Share through March 12; and “Spot the Dog,” the annual children’s gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

What’s Happening submissions can be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion’s Kenai office. The deadline s 5 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call 283-7551.

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