The fifth annual Central Peninsula Writers Night, a showcase of work created by central Kenai Peninsula authors, will be held Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. Thirteen writers will read 17 pieces, including memoirs, adult and children's poems, fiction, commentary and essays. Refreshments will be served and dozens of door prizes will be given away. For more information, contact Jay Barrett at 283-1991.
Cook Inlet Lions Club presents "Putting on the Ritz," a beauty pageant for men dressed as women, will be held Friday at the American Legion Club in Kenai. A prime rib dinner will be held at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit the Lions' eye care programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 776-7652 or 283-3309.
Events and Exhibits
River City Books presents stories for kids with Linda Kent at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. At 7 p.m., Mary LaFever will perform a St. Patrick's Day sing-along.
The Cook Inlet Lions Club presents the Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. The entry fee is $10 per Saturday; there is a 60 percent payback to participants. All profits will be returned to peninsula communities through the Lions Eyesight Program. March 23 will be the final tournament.
"Roadside Alaska," a landscape photography show by Hal Gage, will be on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center Wednesday through April 12. An artist's reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 4 at the center.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents Soldotna Elementary School students as its artists 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.
Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Lois and Holly at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Vagabond Inn in Kasilof presents music by Love Tap featuring Frannie Prue on saxophone at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Joe Reinhardt at 6:30 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.
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
Alice's Champagne Palace presents music by the Danny Godinez Band on Friday. For more information, call 235-7650.
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.
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.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents Trio Voronezh, classical, folk and contemporary musicians, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at 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 opera season will end with Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)." Performances will be Saturday, Wednesday, March 22 and 24 at the Discovery Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $20 to $75 and are available at Carrs Tix locations, www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. For more information, call (907) 279-2557.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents an Oscar Night Gala at 5:30 p.m. March 24 at the Hotel Captain Cook. For more information, contact Marsha Miesch at 272-1471 or email@example.com.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents Natalie MacMaster, fiddler, April 5 at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. MacMaster recently was named the 2002 Entertainer of the Year by the East Coast Music Association. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Ticket prices range from $17 to $32.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents "Titanic -- The Musical" on April 30 through May 5 at 7:30 p.m., and May 4 and 5 at 3 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Ticket prices range from $26 to $61.
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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