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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2005

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The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council will be host the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival at noon Saturday at Soldotna Middle School, 426 W. Redoubt Ave. There will be booths including free bingo for books, crafts, food, a book fair and a Fun Jump Dinosaur. Storyteller Carol Ford will do a reading performance on the main stage at 12:30 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has photography by William Heath on display through March 4 and the annual Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild show through Feb. 25.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has the statewide photography show "Rarefied Light" on display through Saturday.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has the Kenai Art Guild's 13th annual Kids Show on display through January. From Feb. 3 to 27, "Freeform," with work by artists Erika Bronson, Sherri Sather and Ann C. Wilson will be on display. The center is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mary Lane as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club at noon every Sunday.

Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge in Soldotna has May Oehlert as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has multimedia work by Theresa Napolitano on display.

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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Beluga Lookout Gifts, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, the Kenai Fine Arts Center and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center 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. 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.


Veronica's Cafe in Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, live music by Sue Biggs and Jack Will at 6:30 Friday and Robert Pepper and Doug McCaullough at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

MooseQuitos in Sterling has live music by 9 Spine from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has live music by Tuff-E-Nuff at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

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

Upcoming events

The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase program presents a performance by comedian and hypnotist Daniel James from Las Vegas and an award-winning comedy-magic duo, Spike and Hammer, known for their card tricks, con games and sleight-of-hand antics, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. in the Brockel Building. Tickets will be available in the KPC Bookstore next week. For more information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail at indaa@uaa.alaska.edu.

The Alaska Junior Miss competition will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and a silent auction.

Peninsula women of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the Tsalteshi She Can Ski 5-kilometer race on the trails behind Skyview High School on Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. for classic skiers and 1:30 p.m. for skate skiers. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna and at 9 a.m. on race day. There is a suggested donation of $25 to participate. Women may ski as individuals or as partners. Festive attire is encouraged, and there will be a drawing for the skiers who come dressed up. The Skyview High School ski team will wax skis for racers from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 for a small donation. The event will include free refreshments and music. It is a fund-raiser for the LeeShore Center and Tsalteshi Trails Association.

Skyview High School will present "Godspell," the musical based on the gospel of St. Matthew, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 12 at the Skyview auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults.

The Sitka Summer Festival Musicians will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church at the "Y" in Soldotna. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids up to age 18 and are available at River City Books and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Already Read Books in Kenai and at the door. The program will include pieces by Wolfgang Mozart and Richard Strauss.

The Nikiski High School Community Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Nikiski High School Auditorium. Tickets are $4 for students and senior citizens, $6 for adults and $18 for the immediate families.


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 Council on the Arts presents a performance by the Jazzline Dancers and Guests with choreographer Jocelyn Shiro-Westphal at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for council members and $8 for youth 18 and under. Ticket are available at HCOA, Home Bookstore and Etude Studio. To charge by phone, call (907) 235-4288.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art an exhibit of multimedia work by Anchorage artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs through Feb. 27; "Earth, Fire and Fibre," a biennial statewide craft exhibition through March 13; and "The Blue Guitar: An Exhibition of Music in Art" in the children's gallery through May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera present Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," a ghostly tale of love and redemption,Saturday.

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