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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2003

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The Peninsula Promenaders Squaredance Club will hold a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Betty at 262-9387, Dudley at 260-2691 or Don at 776-8781.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has its 2003 Juried Fine Art Exhibit on display through March. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

Marcella Bremond and LuAnn Wendt will have book signing for their children's book "God Went With Me" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Master's Vineyard in Soldotna and March 29 at River City Books in Soldotna.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has a juried Kenai Watershed Forum photography show through April 11. The theme is "The Many Landscapes of the Kenai Watershed -- Micro to Macro." Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has two solo photography exhibitions by William Green and George Sabo through April 12. Green's exhibit, "Durable Breath," consists of graphic representations of Peter Kalifornsky's writing in both Dena'ina and English. Sabo's "Millennial Faces" exhibit combines formal portraits of Natives of all ages with elements of their environment in striking montages. "Mystery in a Common Place," a photography exhibit by Kenai peninsula College instructor Jayne Jones will remain on display in the Conference Room Gallery until April 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School students as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at noon.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Theresa Napolitano as its artist 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, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center 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.

Entertainment

Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents acoustic blues and folk music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, open mic night hosted by Joe Reinhardt from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday and bluegrass music by Rusty Spur, featuring guitarist Jack Will and fiddler Sue Biggs, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Gypsy and the Night Owls on Friday and Saturday nights.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents acoustic blues and folk music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.

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.

Upcoming Events

The Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 at the Nikiski Middle-High School auditorium and April 4 and 5 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $10 general admission at the door. Advance tickets for $7 are available at Alaska Gift and Gallery in Kenai, Bear Paw Coffee and Deli in Nikiski and River City books in Soldotna.

World Music for the Kenai and Buster's Coffee House presents an evening of local music at 7 p.m. March 28 at Buster's Coffee House on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Performers include Rusty Spur, PEEL, Blue Moon Revue, Synthesesia, Absynthe, Midlife Crisis, Katie & Joe Skrha, 2 Cent Syndicate, Nancy Anderson, Louise Heite, and Mike Morgan. A Chinese auction will be held to raise funds for a highway sign for Buster's. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early. Tickets are $10 and are available at Zumwalkt's Music in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road ant at Buster's.

World Music for the Kenai presents The Burns Sisters at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The Burns Sisters -- Annie, Jeannie and Marie -- hail from Ithaca, N.Y., and are renowned for their crafty songwriting and seamless harmonies. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for seniors and students and will be available at the door. Admission for children under 10 is free. For more information on the show, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or e-mail him at mjmorgan@gci.net. For more information on The Burns Sister, visit www.burnssisters.com.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present several concerts in conjunction with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. These joint concerts are the first time that the two groups have merged. The conductors are Mark Robinson of Homer and Karl Pasch of Anchorage. The program will include Antonin Dvorak's ninth symphony, "From the New World," Edward Elgar's "Elegy for Strings," Aaron Copland's "Shaker Variations," J. S. Bach's "Little Fugue in G minor," and Modest Mussorgsky's "Great Gate of Kiev." Concerts will be performed at Homer High School Mariner Theater at 5 p.m. April 5, Kenai Central High School at 3 p.m. April 6, Seward High School at 5 p.m. April 12 and at the Discovery Theater in Anchorage at 3 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information, call 235-7579.

There will be a "Fun Raiser" banquet for the Kenai Peninsula State Fair on April 5 in the Carol Bock Hall at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. The evening will include entertainment, unique raffles, games and an auction. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a no-host bar and entertainment and dinner is served at 7 p.m. The dinner features herb-crusted New York steak, prawns and vegetable-kabobs, twice-baked potatoes, dinner rolls, Caesar salad and an ice cream bar with a dessert recipe contest. Tickets are $30 per person, $55 per couple and are available at the Ninilchik General Store and Deep Creek Sport Shop in Ninilchik, Kasilof Mercantile in Kasilof, Homer Bookstore in Homer, Kristie Leif State Farm Agency in Kenai and Beemun's in Soldotna. All proceeds will be used for new and improved seating at the fairgrounds. For more information, or to donate something for the event, call Mary at the fair office at (907) 567-3670.

The Performing Arts Society presents a performance by Timothy Smith, professor of piano and head of piano studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Kenai Peninsula College. He will perform "Silam Inua" by Alaska composer Craig Coray, Beethoven's "Appassionata," Schumann's "Carnival" and two pieces by Liszt. Tickets are $12 for youths and $15 general admission and are available at the door, at Alaska Gift and Gallery and Already Read Books in Kenai and Northcountry Fair and River City Books in Soldotna.

Films

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

The fifth annual Alaska Bear Festival will be March 28 and 29 in Homer. The Premiere Alaska Bear Film Festival will be shown at 7 p.m. March 28 and 29 in the Mariner Theater in Homer High School. A different set of bear-related films will shown each evening. Tickets are $6 per show and $10 for both shows for adults. Tickets for children and students are $3 per show. Tickets will be available at the Pratt Museum starting March 21. On March 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a forum at the Mariner Theater that addresses Alaska's rapidly growing interest in bear viewing. Admission is free. The Pratt Museum will have a family free day March 29 where admission is free. There will be films and a fun and instructional program for families growing up in bear country from 1 to 2 p.m. at the museum.

The Pratt Museum has Robert Ketchum's photography exhibit, "Arctic" on display through April 6. Whiz Kids workshops are held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the lower level of the museum.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Concert Association presents Operatic Highlights on Saturday in the Discovery Theatre. On Sunday, the association will present its eight annual Oscar Night Gala fund-raiser at 5:30 p.m. at the Captain Cook Hotel. The event includes a viewing of the Academy Awards on a giant screen with no commercials, live and silent auctions, entertainment, an elegant dinner and the presentation of the 2003 Alaskan Filmmaker of the Year award. For more information, contact Ivy Soihnholz at (907) 272-1471 or ivy@anchorageconcerts.org. On April 4, there will be a piano performance by Lang Lang in the Discovery Theatre. Tickets are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.tickets.com, or by calling (800) 478-SEAT.

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 clarion@alaska.net.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.



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