middot; The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday from Bailey’s Furniture to the Y along the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. At 5:30 p.m. is a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the Soldotna Sports Center with the SpruceWinds Cloggers, the Balloon Lady and the Oilers mascot Scoop. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under with raffles. At 7 p.m. is a St. Baldrick’s cancer research fundraiser and free family ice skating at the sports center. There will be fireworks at 9 p.m. at the sports center.
middot; The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Theresa Holland at 260-4171.
Events and Exhibits
middot; Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Josh Anchende and Daryll Moonin as its artists of the month.
middot; Kenai Peninsula College’s beginning photography digital and film classes from fall semester 2006 present an exhibit of student works through March 30 at Coffee Roasters in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 22, on Kalifornsky Beach Road.
middot; The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has the “Kenai Fiber Art Exhibition 2007” on display through March. The center also displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.
middot; The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.
middot; Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, music by Supersaurus Sarah Superman, Katie Evans and Jeni Tolliver at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Robert and Chris Pepper and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
middot; The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
middot; The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 9” DJ oldies and country rock dance music Thursday nights, and “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.
middot; The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and pool league on Tuesdays.
middot; The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
middot; Moosequito’s in Sterling has an open mic night with Pete Jackson and friends tonight, “luck of the Irish night” with music by 150 Grit on Saturday and a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
middot; The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.
middot; The King’s Inn in Kenai has karaoke Monday nights.
middot; Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Emily Grossman and Any Irishman from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
middot; The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.
middot; Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, 150 Grit on Thursdays, and music by 9 Spine this weekend.
middot; George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.
middot; The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, pool league on Tuesdays and darts Wednesdays.
middot; The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
middot; The Crossing in Soldotna has folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
middot; AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
middot; The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai will host its annual free Easter dinner for seniors at 5 p.m. March 29. Anyone interested should R.S.V.P. by calling 283-3222.
middot; The Nikiski High School dance concert will be March 30 and 31 in the Nikiski High auditorium and April 6 and 7 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School with guest performers the SoHi Star Sensations, Peninsula Artists in Motion and Encore Dance Studio. Presale tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids 18 and under, available at the Bear Paw Cafe in Nikiski, Charlotte’s in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. Tickets at the door will be $10 and $8.
middot; The Kenai Art Guild annual kids’ show will be on display April 1 through 28 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, on Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai.
middot; Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
middot; Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
Down the Road
middot; The Pratt Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Currently on display is “Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place,” and “Southwest Alaska: A World of Parks and Wildlife Refuges at the Crossroads.”
middot; The Anchorage Symphony will host the Symphony of Wines event at 7 p.m. March 29 at the Hotel Captain Cook. There will be wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction. Dress is business casual and tickets are $60. For tickets, call (907) 274-8668 or visit Brown Jug Liquors Warehouse.
middot; Sandra Sterling, of Soldotna, has a photography essay “Stainless Steel to Sterling Silver Cafe’s Across America” on display at Cafe del Mundo during April.
middot; The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “Sharing Knowledge: Alaska Native People and the Smithsonian Collections” through March 26; and the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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