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What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006

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· The Moody Symphonic Band, conducted by David Gauger II of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Soldotna Bible Chapel. The concert is free.

· 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 age 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. Dances are held the third Saturday of the month, through April. For more information, call Theresa Holland at 260-4171.

Events and Exhibits

· Winners of the Arctic Winter Games “Release the Spirit Within” quilt art challenge are on display at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and the Aspen Hotel, Robin Place Fabrics, Hutching Chevrolet, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Mykel’s Restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank and the Raven’s Roost in Soldotna.

· Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has work by doll designer Norma Daniels, Alaska birch bark artist Regina McAbee, local photographer John Ferguson and painter Ed Tussey on display through March.

· Art Works, at 35019 Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna, has “Fair Days,” an exhibit of photos from the Ninilchik State Fair by Kenai photographer Natasha Ala on display through March 26.

· The G.L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has “Arctic Dreaming,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists from Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Anchorage who have lived in Alaska for at least 20 years.

· The Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook Ave. has the Peninsula Art Guild’s Biennial Judged Exhibit on display through March.

· Mykel’s Lounge has self-portrait photographs by former Kenai Alternative High School students paired with student writings through March. The portraits and writings come from students taught by photography instructor Kevin Harding.

· Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co. at 315 S. Kobuk St. in Soldotna has work from Soldotna artist Rhon Lyons through March.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. 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, call 262-0822.

· 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. The center is on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has “Arctic Winter Games,” an exhibit on the history of the Games, through April 15, as well as 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.

Entertainment

· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz trio with special guest Randy Sherer at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Bill Larned at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

· Kenai Peninsula College has an open mic in the Ward Building at 7 p.m. Friday.

· Kenai Joe’s in Kenai has the Couzins band at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, live music by 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Friday, a DJ at 10 p.m. on Saturday and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· The Vagabond Inn has Tuff ‘E‘Nuff on Friday and Saturday.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Sonny Ogle at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has Lu Lu Small at 9 p.m. Saturday.

· Moosequitos in Sterling has Paul Davis at 9 p.m. Saturday.

· 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.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and poker at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Sundays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

· VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

Films

· Call Orca Theaters 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 Homer Council on the Arts gallery has “Squared2,” a series of mixed media works by Homer artist Heather Feaga, on display through March.

· A My Word Against Yours Scrabble tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Land’s End Resort in Homer, hosted by the Friends of the Homer Library. There are several divisions, with prizes awarded in each. For more information, visit www.friendshomerlibrary.org or call (907) 235-9042.

· The Kachemak Bay Science Conference will take place March 24-26 at Homer High School, with a field trip to the newly renovated Kasitsna Bay Lab on March 26 in the afternoon and a presentation from keynote speaker Dave Rugh of the National Marine Mammals Lab at 7 p.m. March 25 among the events planned. For more information, call (907) 235-6667.

Anchorage Events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “From Canvas to Steel,” an exhibit about Ed Crittenden and the architecture of Anchorage through April 30; “Twice Told Tales,” a solo exhibition by painter Daniel Deroux from Sunday through April 30; and “Spot the Dog,” the annual children’s gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

· The Anchorage Symphony will present “Celebrating the Masters” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Atwood Concert Hall in Anchorage. The program will include performances of Mozart’s work, as 2006 is the 250th anniversary of his birth. For ticket information, visit www.centertix.com or call (877) ARTS-TIX.

What’s Happening submissions can be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion’s Kenai office. The deadline s 5 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call 283-7551.



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