What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2001

What's Happening

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The Peninsula Winter Games 2001 activities will take place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 10 and 17. Events include a youth hockey tournament, snowmachine safety classes for kids, scavenger hunt, snowshoe softball, kids carnival, snowmachine drag races, kids and dogs weight pulling contest, Monopoly, broomball, bowling, darts and kids basketball tournaments, demonstrations in Native Youth Olympics, martial arts, skating and dancing, a roller skating party and ice sculpting displays. Most of the events are scheduled at the Soldotna Sports Center. For more information, contact the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council at 283-3850.

The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club will sponsor A Taste of Art, a beer tasting, art and outdoor adventures fund-raising auction at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are $25 per person and available at River City Books or at the door. For more information, call 262-7675.

The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase will feature Steve Okkonen with a lecture-slide presentation about his trip under the Arctic ice in a nuclear submarine. The presentation will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Brockel Building. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.

Events and Exhibits

The annual Kids Art Show is on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai through Feb. 10. Teacher Dottie Sanders will provide a workshop for young artists at 2 p.m. Feb. 10. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit, "Original Quilt Art," Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai.

River City Books presents stories for kids with Kathy Wartinbee on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and flute and guitar music by Alan Avery at 7 p.m.

The eighth annual Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament will begin Sunday at the Nikiski Senior Center at 3 p.m. For more information, call Bob Harrison at 776-5339.

Works by area artists are on display and for sale at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai, including pottery, paintings and jewelry. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-7040.

Birch Tree Gallery offers watercolors by Alaska artists Jean Shadrach and Mary Ann Dunham; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Vivian McCain and Kathleen Logan; bead-weaving broaches and barrettes by Laurine Maxwell-Evens; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Pat Morrison; fur-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Carroll; pottery by Libby Berezin and Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.

Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables in Soldotna features works from area artisans. This month's featured artist is Stephanie Wortham, who does Alaska folk art furniture and wooden decorations. Other works include Dorthy Bush's birch bark baskets, Star McCloud's whimsical folk art characters, Claudette Barber's fabric pieces and Kris Wisher's antique fork shelves and old door knob coat racks.

Malfunction Junction Gifts at the "Y" in Soldotna offers handcrafted originals by area artists, including fur hats, gloves and slippers by Lee Martin; fused and slumped glass window art, lamps and "hippie candles" by Jana Coffey; carved masks and "spirit dancers" by David Hendron; sea grass baskets by Pat Morrison; pottery by Laura Faeo; and salmon rod holders by Bob Condon.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yupik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-1991.

Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.

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 begins 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.


The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by the Maybrey Brothers every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

George's Casino has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

J-Bar-B, six miles south of Soldotna, presents karaoke by the Mic Hoggers on Friday nights.

The Vagabond presents music by Edgeville Exit at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler on Friday and Saturday nights at 9.

The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

Kaladi Brothers presents music by Joe Reinhardt at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

In the Future

The Performing Arts Society will present the Sitka Summer Music Festival musicians Feb. 8 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at 7:30 p.m. The musicians include Paul Rosenthal on violin, Evan Drachman on cello and Richard Dowling on piano. The society also will present classical violinist Helena Emery and her piano accompanist Loran Olsen on Feb. 24 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at 7:30 p.m. Emery and Olsen also will present master classes and lessons for beginning through advanced string and piano students on Feb. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna. Fees are $8 per student.

Dr. John Schoen of the National Audubon Society will give a presentation on Kenai Peninsula brown bears Feb. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. Dessert and coffee will be available. There is no admission charge.

The Ninilchik community will have a Heart to Heart gathering Feb. 14 at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. The gathering will give residents an opportunity to honor someone who has made a difference in their life. A potluck will be served at 6 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own plates and eating utensils with a favorite dish. For more information, call Terri at (907) 567-3370 or 567-3965.

The Kenai Performers and Twin Cities Productions present "The Music Man" at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium on Feb. 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, March 2, 3 and 4. Sunday performances are at 3 p.m., all others are at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $5 to $12 and are available at Malston's, the Merit Inn, Halcyon Spalon, Charlotte's, Zumwalt's Music Shoppe, The Music Box, River City Books and Sweeney's. For more information, call 283-2133.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a community contra dance at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. There will be homemade goodies in a nonalcohol, smoke-free environment. Cost is $5; those 16 and under are free with an adult. For more information, call 283-9227.

The fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night will be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai on March 15.

Down the Road

Nashville singer and songwriter Todd Snider will perform at Alice's Champagne Palace on Pioneer Avenue today at 7:30 p.m. Snider performs alternative country with an edge. For ticket information, call (907) 235-1921.

The William Henry Gallery presents "Pen, Ink and Intaglio," an exhibit by Nina Struthers of Houston. The exhibit opens Friday. There will be refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (907) 235-3411.

The Pratt Museum will reopen to the public Tuesday at noon. There will be a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m., an annual business meeting at 6:30 and a show, "Brown Bears of the Kenai; A Population Risk" at 7. The museum has half-price admission rates through the winter months. The cost is $3 for adults, $2.75 for seniors and $1.50 for children. For more information, call (907) 235-8635.

The Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College will feature Minnesota poet and professor Orval Lund Feb. 9 as a part of its Visiting Writers Program. He will conduct a reading of his work at 8 p.m. at the Bunnell Street Gallery. He also will hold a writing workshop at the college campus Feb. 8-11. Registration for the workshop is at the campus.

Folk music artists Peter Mulvey and Jennifer Kimball will play at Alice's Champagne Palace on Pioneer Avenue on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (907) 235-1921.

The Lazer Vaudeville Circus is coming to the Mariner Theater on March 31. For more information, call the Homer Council on the Arts at (907) 235-4288.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Concert Association will present the Korean folk art group SamulNori. The percussion ensemble will perform Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will present Alaska Design Forum lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the museum, with Raymond Moriyama, a Japanese-Canadian architect.

The 66th annual Anchorage Fur Rendezvous will take place Feb. 9 through 18. The event features outhouse races, snowshoe softball and ice bowling. For more information, call (907) 274-1177 or visit www.furrondy.net on the Web.

The Anchorage Concert Association will present the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.


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

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

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, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.

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