The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host the sixth annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night as a First Thursday Art After Hours event at 7 p.m. tonight. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is $20, which includes a booklet of the works selected for the show.
The Nikiski High School Drama, Debate and Forensics team presents "Encore! Encore!" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Kenai Little Theater at Kenai Central High School and at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
Events and Exhibits
First Thursday Art After Hours events tonight in Soldotna are a panel painting party at Art Works in Soldotna from 6 to 8 p.m. and a blue-grass jam at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at 6:30 p.m.
The Skyview Swing Choir's third annual dinner show will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at Grace Brethren Church. Admission is $20 per person. There will be a gourmet dinner, entertainment including songs, dances and humor and an auction of goods and services. Tickets can be purchased from Mim McKay, the choir director, or any Swing Choir member.
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has "Dysfunctional Ware," a ceramics show by Libby Berezin, on display through Friday. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Cooper Landing School on Bean Creek Road in Cooper Landing as part of the Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce Spring Festival. The event will be smoke- and alcohol-free and healthy fun for all ages. There will be easy-to-learn circles, squares, contras and waltzes and live music provided by the Contra BanD with caller Phil North. Participants should bring clean, non-marking shoes. The easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171.
The Peninsula Promenaders Squaredance Club will hold dances at 7 p.m. Saturday and March 22 at the North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Betty at 262-9387, Dudley at 260-2691 or Don at 776-8781.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has the Kenai Quilt Exhibition and "Mystery in a Common Place," a photography exhibit by KPC professor Jayne Marie Jones on display until Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The Kenai Fine Arts Center has its Juried Fine Art Exhibit 2003 on display. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School students as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at noon.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Theresa Napolitano 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, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center 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.
Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents open mic night hosted by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. today and music by Blue Moon Review from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. There is a $1.50 cover charge per person.
Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic blues and folk music by Mike Morgan at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Decanter Inn in Kasilof presents music by Butch Leman and Steve Durr at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Moosequito's in Sterling presents music by Wishbone Creek at 9 p.m. Friday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Fearless Leader from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.
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.
The Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed at 7 p.m. March 28 and 29 at the Nikiski Middle-High School auditorium and April 4 and 5 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Advance tickets will be available at the door.
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 has Robert Ketchum's photography exhibit, "Arctic" on display through April 6. Whiz Kids workshops are held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the lower level of the museum.
The University of Alaska, Anchorage music faculty member Mari Hahn will perform a song recital in the Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission will be from $10 to $12.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents "Cabaret" in the Atwood Concert Hall tonight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.tickets.com, or by calling (800) 478-SEAT. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling (907) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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