What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2002

Best Bet

The Sterling Winter Fun Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Swanson River Road and the Sterling Highway at the Log Cabin. There will be fireworks, food and lots of fun.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Performers present "The Sound of Music" today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kenai Central High School Renee Henderson Auditorium. Tickets are available in Kenai at Charlotte's, Malston's, Kenai Merit Inn, Halcyon Spalon and Alaskan Gift and Gallery, and in Soldotna at River City Books, The Music Box and Sweeney's. For more information, call 776-8308.

River City Books in Soldotna presents stories for kids with Kari Mohn at 11:15 a.m. and a presentation about women who homesteaded in the area in 1948 with Dolly Farnsworth, Marge Mullen and Nina Robinson at 7 p.m. Sunday.

"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. 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.

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 peninsula communities through the 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 Vagabond Inn presents music by Ten Cent Zen at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Holly Lela 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

Showin' Off the Kids, a lip sync contest, will be held at 6 p.m. March 2 in the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Profits from the show go toward Soldotna Community School summer youth programs. For more information, call 262-6768.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, as part of the First Thursday event on March 7, will feature short independent and historic Alaska films at 5 p.m. at the center. Bob Curtis-Johnson, of the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association, will screen "Out 20th Century," a showing of footage covering the decades from 1900 to 2000 in Alaska. After an intermission, Curtis-Johnson will premier "Bob's Shorts In Public: 60 Minutes of Alaska's Wildest Short Films." Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jay Barrett at 283-1991.

The Kenai Peninsula college Sunday Showcase presents "Cultural Contrasts," an afternoon of classical piano, spanning the globe from Russia to Argentina, performed by Maria Allison, at 3 p.m. March 10 in the Brockel Building at the college.

The fifth annual Central Peninsula Writers Night, a showcase of work created by central peninsula authors, will be held March 15 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. For more information, contact Jay Barrett at 283-1991.

The Nikiski Cook Inlet Lions will host "Putting on the Ritz" at 6 p.m. March 15 at the American Legion Bingo Hall. Area men will be judged on beauty, talent and a question-and-answer session. A prime rib dinner will be served. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 776-7652.

Films

See our movies page for local 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.

"Quilts of Alaska: A Textile Album of the Last Frontier" will be on display at the Pratt Museum through March 8. The show features historic quilts from Alaska's past.

The Pratt Museum presents Whiz Kids, an after-school family activity program, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the lower level of the museum. Kids ages 5 to 95 are invited to participate in hands-on arts and crafts activities that explore the history, art, science and cross-cultural connections in the museum's exhibits and collections.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Ailey II dance company led by Sylvia Waters at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents Trio Voronezh, classical, folk and contemporary musicians, at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at all Carrs Tix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the performing Arts, at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Ticket prices range from $15 to $29. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling 272-1471.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents Natalie MacMaster, fiddler, April 5 at the Atwood Concert Hall. MacMaster recently was named the 2002 "Entertainer of the Year" by the East Coast Music Association. For more information, call Denise Brown at 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.



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