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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2002

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Irish Musicians Johnny B. Connolly and Aidan Brennan will perform at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center at 7:30 p.m. today for 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 Saturday 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.

Events and Exhibits

First Thursday happens today at area businesses. Activities include a Dada party at Art Works in Soldotna; open mike with Lois Holleman at Mykel's in Soldotna, which also will feature visual artist Suuqiina all month; Cambodian travel stories, slides and music at River City Books in Soldotna; and jewelry maker Loraine Larsen will be at Claudette's in Soldotna. All events are occurring after hours. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 262-1777 or 283-1991.

"Quilts of Alaska: A Textile Album of the Last Frontier" is on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center through March 8. The show features historic quilts from Alaska's past. There will be an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today. 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.

River City Books presents stories for kids Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and Jackie Pels, publisher of "Kachemak Bay Years," talks about publishing at 7 p.m.

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 presents Amanda Brail as its artist of the month.

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

The Chat Room in the Papa Murphy's mini-mall presents Mike Morgan from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

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

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

The Kenai Performers present "The Sound of Music" Feb. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 at the Kenai Central High School Renee Henderson Auditorium. A sing-along pick-up rehearsal will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets are available in Homer at The Music Box; in Kenai at Charlotte's, Malston's, Kenai Merit Inn, Halcyon Salon and Alaskan Gift and Galley; and in Soldotna at River City Books, The Music Box and Sweeney's. For more information, call 776-8308.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a community contra dance with live music by the Contra BanD from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. No experience is necessary, and an instructional session will be held at 7 p.m. Clean, nonmarking shoes are required, and potluck refreshments are encouraged. Admission is $5 or free for children under 16 with an adult. For more information, call 283-9227.

Films

See our movies page for weekly show times and listings.

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 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 Saturday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix locations, at tickets.com or by calling (800) GR8-SEAT. For more information, call (907) 279-2557.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Turtle Island String Quartet with three-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera at 7:30 p.m. Friday 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 Friday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at all Carrs Tix locations, 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. Monday.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents Vladimir Spivakov, preeminent violinist and director of the Moscow Virtuosi, at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at all Carrs Tix locations, at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling 272-1471.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Ailey II dance company led by Sylvia Waters at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at all Carrs Tix location, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling 272-1471.

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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