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Visitors Center Hosts Cultural Events

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is hosting a variety of free events and activities this week, celebrating the Arctic Winter Games and life in the North.

Events include films, lectures, storytelling, performers, and a magic show. In addition, the exhibit, presented by the Alaska State Museum and curated by George Smith, is open throughout the month. It represents a comprehensive history of the Games, said Natasha Ala, administrative specialist for the Visitors Center.

According to Dana Woodard, the Museum Services Manager at the Visitors Center, the activities mostly target families. “We want to include things kids can do, not just for adults.” However, she is hoping that “the athletes will drop by on their off-days and enjoy some cultural activities.” Also, daily performances from noon-1 p.m. coincide with lunch breaks so people can come in and watch the Chugiak Swing Choir, or the Minot Dancers, or one of the other shows.

Woodard said mornings will be filled with interpretive lectures, such as “The Liquid Natural Gas Magic Show” put on by Conoco-Philips, or storytelling, language, and songs with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. Then, from noon-1 p.m. will be performers, and at 1 p.m. the Kenai International Film Festival begins.

The films celebrate many aspects of Arctic life, according to Woodard. Among the films is To Play the Games, a look at the tradition and competition of Alaska Native Games, as well as several films examining Native life in the North.

Times of activities and events vary from day to day, so for information about activities at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, call 283-1991, or visit www.visitkenai.com.

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