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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2001

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The Kenai Fine Arts Center presents the Kenai Juried Exhibit through March 31 at its gallery at 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 283-7040.

The annual Nikiski Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. Talent of all ages will perform. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors or $18 per family. All proceeds benefit the Nikiski High music program. For more information, call 776-3456.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Performers and Twin Cities Productions present "The Music Man" at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 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.

Peninsula Ice Racers will hold its annual youth ice fishing contest Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Decanter Inn. There will be three age groups with prizes in all groups. For more information, call 262-5917.

The "Original Quilt Art" exhibit is at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center through March 10. 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.

There will be a creative spirit class at 3 p.m. Saturday at the J and H Sewing and Vacuum Center, 222 N. Binkley in Soldotna, with Sheri Jackson. There also will be a lined child's hooded fleece cap class with Lesley Gordon Monday at either noon or 6 p.m. The fee is $30 for the cap class. For more information, call 262-6363.

The eighth annual Cook Inlet Lions Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament will be held Sunday at the Nikiski Senior Center at 3 p.m. The tournament takes place each Sunday through May 6. For more information, call Bob Harrison at 776-5339.

Kaladi Brothers will display art by Redoubt Elementary School students throughout March.

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, including Stephanie Wortham's Alaska folk art furniture and wooden decorations, Dorthy Bush's birch bark baskets, Star McCloud's whimsical folk art characters, Loni Galloway's stained glass, 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.

Entertainment

The Vagabond Inn presents music by Love Tap at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers presents music by Joe Reinhardt from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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 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.

In the Future

Kenai Central High School students will present a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" March 8 through 11 at the KCHS Auditorium. Thursday and Friday performances start at 7 p.m., Saturday's show starts at 6 p.m. and Sunday's matinee is at 3 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call the school at 283-7524.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a community contra dance at 7 p.m. March 10 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.

Lasting Stitches will host Sew Saturday at 9 a.m. March 10 at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. Bring supplies and machines. To make a reservation, call Pauline at 283-9470.

BJ's Lounge will feature music by Hobo Jim at 9 p.m. March 10.

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

The Peninsula Art Guild will sponsor a star accordion bookmaking workshop with Kacky Wells at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on March 17. For more information, call 283-7040.

Down the Road

The Pratt Museum's WHIZ Kids program will be held through March. Programs will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the lower level of the museum, including hands-on arts and crafts activities that explore the history, art and cross-cultural connections in the museum's exhibits and collection. The program is open to the public and free.

"Rarefied Light," an exhibit of fine art photography from the Alaska Photographic Center, will be at the Pratt Museum through April 15.

Alice's Champagne Palace presents folk and country performer Cheryl Wheeler on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (907) 235-1921.

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

Anchorage Events

The International Ice Carving Competition will be held through today in the town square. For more information, call (907) 276-5015.

The Anchorage Concert Association will present violinist Kyung Wha Chung accompanied by Itamar Golan, pianist, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.

The Anchorage Concert Association will present "Chicago," the musical, May 9 through 13 at 7:30 p.m. and May 10, 12 and 13 matinees at 3 p.m. at the Evangeline Concert Hall. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.

Films

See our movie listings for more information.

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

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



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