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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2006

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

· A benefit concert for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the Kenai Peninsula will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Original music from rock groups 9Spine and Sentio and folk musician Sarah Jane Superman will be featured. Tickets are $10, and are available at Old Town Music in Kenai or at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the all ages event, and the venue is smoke and alcohol free.

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, area 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 at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the Tim Sturm Band 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 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 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Mondays, karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays, an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, live music at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· Moosequitos in Sterling has Tuff ‘E ‘Nuff at 9 p.m. Friday and 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.

Upcoming Events

· Kenai Community Library and the Kenai Performers will present free classic folk and fairy tales at 1 p.m. April 2 at the library. It is open to the public.

· The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host contra dance musician’s workshop from 1 to 10 p.m. April 15 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Players of all instruments are welcome. There will be youth and adult workshops, a potluck dinner and a community contra dance that evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Early registration is required by April 1, and the cost is $15. For more information, call Treesa Holland at 260-4171. To register, e-mail your name, age (if under 18), instrument and level of experience to Heidi at chay@alaska.net.

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.

· Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay campus will host a literary reading from essayist Sherry Simpson on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the new campus commons at the East Campus on Pioneer Street. Simpson teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage and her essay collection, “The Way Winter Comes,” won the Chinook Literary Prize from Sasquatch Books. The reading is free and open to the public.

· The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will take place May 4 through 7 at various locations around Homer. Events will include speakers, live bird presentations, open shorebird viewing stations, guided bird walks, wildlife tours and a nature film festival. For more information, visit www.homeralaska.org or call (907) 235-7740.

· The Kachemak Kayak Fest will take place May 26 through 28 at various locations in Homer. Events include beginning to advanced on-the-water instruction in paddling technique, rescue, safety and wildlife viewing, evening talks, slide shows and equipment demonstrations. For more information, visit www.kachemakkayakfest.com or call (907) 235-7740.

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.

· Anchorage East High School will host the Poetry Out Loud Anchorage finals at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium. Competitors from Bartlett, Eagle River, Chugiak, Highland Tech and Colony high schools will compete for the chance to go on to the statewide competition in Juneau on April 11. Winners in Juneau move on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded. The event is free and open to the public.

· The Anchorage Concert Association will host “Cats,” the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, for eight shows at various times from April 4 through April 9 at 430 W. 7th Ave., Suite 200, in Anchorage. For more information, visit www.anchorageconcerts.org or call (907) 272-1417.



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