Soldotna will celebrate its ninth annual St. Patrick's Day celebration Friday with a parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. An Irish dinner will be held at the Soldotna Sports Center at 6:30 p.m. followed by an Irish auction and a fireworks display at the Soldotna Little League Fields.
The Soldotna, Kenai and Cook Inlet Lions are hosting a fish fry auction at the Kenai Elks on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Events and Exhibits
A Sew Saturday will be held Saturday at Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai at 9 a.m. The fee is $20. To reserve a space, call 283-9470.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a community contra dance at 7 p.m. at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School on Saturday. For more information, call 283-9227.
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery presents the photographs, drawings and mixed media of Dan Stevens. The exhibition runs through April 7. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
The Cook Inlet Lions seventh annual Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament continues at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nikiski Senior Center. The tournament is held each Sunday through April 16. The cost is $10 per session.
Kaladi Brothers features pencil drawings by Emily Steele through March.
The Soldotna Animal Hospital is featuring quilts by Linda Vroman through March.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yupik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Complimentary Alaska videos are available for viewing. 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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The center is located on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna. Movies are shown every hour Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 262-7021.
Birch Tree Gallery has artwork, including pottery by Libby Berezin, Peggy Thompson and Emily Berezin; jewelry by Tami Marsters and Tuesday Logan Twohy; slippers by Stephanie Neering; vests by Lila Krohn; stained glass by Lisa Carlon, Joyce Getchell and Rob Jolly; scarves and mittens by Kathleen Logan; baskets by Pat Morrison and Kim Hyde; and burl furniture by Bob Kuiper.
George's Casino in Kenai special music and events each night of the week: Monday is Latino and country night; Tuesday is singles night; Wednesday is karaoke at 9 p.m. with cash prizes; Thursdays is '60s and '70s night; and Fridays and Saturdays there's a DJ starting at 9 p.m.
Veronica's Coffeehouse has open mike jam sessions on Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Maverick Club presents karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.
The Vagabond presents Mark and Gypsy at 9 p.m. Friday for St. Patrick's Day.
Ducks Unlimited will hold a banquet at the Kenai Senior Center on March 25. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Prices are $75 per couple or $50 for singles.
The Soldotna Senior Center will have a dinner Italiana fund-raiser on March 25 at 5:30 p.m. to raise funds to help pay for its new van. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door.
Country star Trace Adkins will perform at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Carrs TIX.
Down the Road
The Kachemak Bay Campus presents "Explore the Elements of Wildlife Painting" workshop with Judi Rideout on March 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., and April 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $111.50 and early registration is required by March 27 by calling (907) 235-7743.
The Pratt Museum presents "Public Art" in the main gallery through June 4. The lower gallery will feature a display of quilts from the museum collection during March and the "River of Bears" exhibit will run through summer. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
The Bunnell Street Gallery will display the paintings and stone lithographs of Jim Evenson through March 30.
The Homer Public Library is accepting submissions for the 2000 Top Drawer Collection. Submissions of manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, 50 pages or more will be accepted. Manuscripts need to have a title page and cover design. Submissions will be sent to a commercial binder and displayed in the Homer Public Library. The deadline is March 31. Call Joy Griffin at (907) 235-8562 for more information.
"We Bead It," the annual public exhibit of contemporary beadwork continues through April 4 at the William Henry Gallery.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents "Macbeth" on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $24 to $34. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix or call (800) GR8-SEAT or (907) 263-ARTS.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Australian Chamber Orchestra on March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $16 to $24. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix or call (800) GR8-SEAT or (907) 263-ARTS.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center features teaching artists at the center every Saturday and Sunday through April. Call (907) 330-8056 for more information.
n The Anchorage Concert Association presents The Acting Company of New York City. The Acting Company will be in Anchorage for two school performances. "Merry Wives of Windsor" will be presented March 22 at 10 a.m. and noon. "Macbeth" will be performed March 23 at 10 a.m. Public performances of "Macbeth" will be March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Challenge Alaska's bachelor and bachelorette auction will be held April 1 in the Alyeska Prince Hotel Columbia Ballroom at 7 p.m. Date packages include fly-in fishing trips, dinners for two and a heli-ski trip. A silent auction also will be part of the evening. Tickets are $25, sold at Challenge Alaska, Dooley's, The Moose's Tooth, Haute Stuff or at the door. For more information, call (907) 344-7399.
The 12th annual Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium will be held May 12-14 on the campus of the Alaska Pacific University.
The Imaginarium is a science discovery center located at 737 W. Fifth Ave. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 276-3179.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
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, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. You also may fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, call 283-7551. To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m.
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