The fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers Night will be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai tonight with hors d'oeuvres at 6 and readings at 7. For more information, call the visitors center at 283-1991.
The city of Soldotna will celebrate St. Patrick's Day Saturday with a 5 kilometer run at 12:15 p.m. starting at Bailey's Furniture, then a parade at 1 p.m. from Bailey's to the "Y." At 5:30 p.m. there will be a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage at the Soldotna Sports Center, Chinese, Irish, balloon and live auctions and entertainment by Vergine's Dance Studio, Steve Adams on bagpipes and the Irish Barbershop. At 9:30 p.m., fireworks will ignite from the Soldotna Little League fields. Best viewing is from the sports center.
Events and Exhibits
There will be a basic holiday vest class at 6 p.m. today and at 9 a.m. Saturday at the J and H Sewing and Vacuum Center, 222 N. Binkley in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-6363.
River City Books will present stories for kids with Tom Anderson at 11 a.m. Saturday, and Mary LeFever will sing songs of Ireland at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Food for the Soul will perform at 2 p.m. as part of its Women's History Month celebration. There also will be readings. For more information, call 260-7722.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046 in Soldotna will have a St. Patrick's Day dinner and dance Saturday to honor its Korean veterans. This is free to members and one guest. Providing music will be the Alaska Swing Co. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. The dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight. Those planning to attend should stop by the post at 134 Birch St., to sign up in order for the post to know how many to cook for. For more information, call 262-2722.
The Peninsula Art Guild will sponsor a star accordion bookmaking workshop with Kacky Wells at the Kenai Fine Arts Center Saturday. For more information, call 283-7040.
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau presents "Images of Katmai," a solo photography exhibit by Gary Freeburg through April 14.
The Kenai Fine Arts Center presents the Kenai Juried Exhibit through March 31 at its gallery at 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 283-7040.
The eighth annual Cook Inlet Lions Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament will be held Sunday at the Nikiski Senior Center at 3 p.m. The tournament takes place each Sunday through May 6. For more information, call Bob Harrison at 776-5339.
The Soldotna Animal Hospital Art Gallery will feature watercolors by Marian Bowser throughout the month of March.
Kaladi Brothers will display art by Redoubt Elementary School students throughout March.
Alaskan Gift and Gallery has artwork by Jim Evenson, Dottie Sanders, Tom Willard, Francis Blatchford on display, as well as prints by James Morris, Roy Mullin, Candy Hoskins, Fran Jones and Sharon Freeman; silk scarves and clay masks by Helen Brown; dolls by Suzanne Wardlow; and books from the Kenai Historical Society, D. Friebrock, A.E. Poynor, Ron Walden, Tom Willard and B. Pennington.
Birch Tree Gallery offers watercolors by Alaska artists Jean Shadrach and Mary Ann Dunham; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Vivian McCain and Kathleen Logan; bead-weaving broaches and barrettes by Laurine Maxwell-Evens; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Pat Morrison; fur-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Carroll; pottery by Libby Berezin and Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.
Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables in Soldotna features works from area artisans, including Stephanie Wortham's Alaska folk art furniture and wooden decorations, Dorthy Bush's birch bark baskets, Star McCloud's whimsical folk art characters, Loni Galloway's stained glass, Claudette Barber's fabric pieces and Kris Wisher's antique fork shelves and old door knob coat racks.
Malfunction Junction Gifts at the "Y" in Soldotna offers handcrafted originals by area artists, including fur hats, gloves and slippers by Lee Martin; fused and slumped glass window art, lamps and "hippie candles" by Jana Coffey; carved masks and "spirit dancers" by David Hendron; sea grass baskets by Pat Morrison; pottery by Laura Faeo; and salmon rod holders by Bob Condon.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yupik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. 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 weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begins 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.
Hoot's Hideaway in Sterling will have music by Tung-n-Groove at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be food and prizes Saturday for St. Patrick's Day.
BJ's Lounge will have music by Baked Alaska at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Kaladi Brothers will have music by Kris Riley from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by the Maybrey Brothers every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
George's Casino has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
J-Bar-B, six miles south of Soldotna, presents karaoke by the Mic Hoggers on Friday nights.
The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler on Friday and Saturday nights at 9.
The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
In the Future
The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase's next feature will be "Celebration of the Arts" on April 22. Additional information will be announced later.
Down the Road
The Pratt Museum's WHIZ Kids program will be held throughout March. Programs will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the lower level of the museum, including hands-on arts and crafts activities that explore the history, art and cross-cultural connections in the museum's exhibits and collection. The program is open to the public and free.
"Rarefied Light," an exhibit of fine art photography from the Alaska Photographic Center, will be at the Pratt Museum through April 15.
Alice's Champagne Palace presents folk and country performer Cheryl Wheeler on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (907) 235-1921.
The Lazer Vaudeville Circus is coming to the Mariner Theater on March 31. For more information, call the Homer Council on the Arts at (907) 235-4288.
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will host a performance April 1 by classical guitarist Matt Yaki. Tickets for both are $25 and available at Etude Studio or by calling (907) 235-7579.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present violinist Kyung Wha Chung, accompanied by Itamar Golan, pianist, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present "Comedy of Errors," March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Concert Hall. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present pianist Andre Watts, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Concert Hall. For tickets, call (800) GRT-SEAT.
Check out our online movies page for current listings and show times.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
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