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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007

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· The Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed Friday and Saturday and April 6 and 7 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School with guest performances by the SoHi Star Sensations, Peninsula Artists in Motion and Encore Dance Studio. Presale tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids 18 and under, available at the Bear Paw Cafe in Nikiski, Charlotte’s in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. Tickets at the door will be $10 and $8. See story, this page.

· The Funny River Performers will stage “Hallelujah Heart,” a “foot-stomping, hand-clapping, knee-slappin’, praise-raisin’ hallelujah hoedown” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Funny River Bible Church. A chili cook-off starts at 6 p.m., and participants should bring in a crock pot of their concoction. The event is free. For more information, call Jill at 262-6148 or Linda at 260-9328.

Events and Exhibits

· The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai will host its annual free Easter dinner for seniors at 5 p.m. today. Anyone interested should R.S.V.P. by calling 283-3222.

· Claudette’s at the “Y” in Soldotna will hold a spring fashion show at 6:30 p.m. today.

· “Barn to be Wild,” the Kenai Peninsula State Fair’s second annual celebrity waiter fundraiser, will be held Saturday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Chef Paul Warner and Anchor Point Seafood will provide a four-course meal. Celebrity waiters include Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams, Loren Leman, Joe Gallagher with HEA, Argent Kvasnikoff with the Ninilchik Native Association, Claude Bondy with Marathon Oil, Dr. Brandi Heath with Phormation Chiropractic and Day Spa, Keith Presley with Chinook Tesoro, Cindy Schnabl with Lindsey’s Coffee, Kristie Babcock with State Farm, McKibben Jackinsky with the Ninilchik Native Descendents, Lori Evans with the Homer News, Doug Blossom with the Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund, Mike Chihuly with Chihuly Charters and Ninilchik Emergency Services, and Kathy Gensel with Wells Fargo Bank. Tickets are $30 or $55 for a couple, available at Sweeney’s Clothing, Ninilchik General Store and the Kenai Peninsula State Fair office.

· The Kenai Art Guild annual kids’ show will be on display Sunday through April 28 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, on Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Josh Anchonak and Daryll Krevn as its artists of the month.

· Kenai Peninsula College’s beginning photography digital and film classes from fall semester 2006 present an exhibit of student works through Friday at Coffee Roasters in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 22, on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has the “Kenai Fiber Art Exhibition 2007” on display through March. The center also displays 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.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and 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 or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.

· Artists Without Borders presents “Unhinged”, featuring works done on doors or windows. Opening reception wil be from 5 to 8 p.m. April 5 in the upstairs conference room in the 4D Professional Building on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Marydale in Soldotna. Refreshments will be provided. The show will hang for the month of April. For more information, call Susan at 262-3958.


· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Duo at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Katie Evans and Vicki Tinker at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 9” DJ oldies and country rock dance music Thursday nights, and “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.

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

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

· Moosequito’s in Sterling has a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.

· The King’s Inn in Kenai has karaoke Monday nights.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Melissa Kay from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Jake Zufelt from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, 150 Grit on Thursdays, and music this weekend.

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

· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, pool league on Tuesdays and darts Wednesdays.

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

· The Crossing in Soldotna has folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 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.

Upcoming Events

· KPC Showcase will hold a comedy showcase at 7:30 p.m. April 7 featuring Kyle Dunnigan and an opening set by Mark Muro, from Anchorage. Dunnigan’s comedy credits include the shows “Reno 911,” “Cedric the Entertainer,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Jim Breuer Show” and “Premium Blend,” and he’s performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.

· The Nikiski Drama, Debate and Forensics team will perform “The Maltese Salmon” dinner theater at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. The show is a mystery spoof with local satire that finds Sam Spade on the trail of the elusive Maltese Salmon. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at the Nikiski senior center and Nikiski Middle-Senior High School. For more information, call Carla Jenness at 776-3456.

· Moose Jaw Seims, aka A.J. Seims, will perform his one-man storytelling play “Yarns of Alaska” at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Seims wrote and performs the single-evening show, full of tales any sourdough would be proud of. Tickets are $10, available at the Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall and at the door. For more information, call (907) 953-7262.

· The “Twin Cities Quiz Bowl,” a lighthearted trivia challenge pitting the mayors of Kenai and Soldotna and their teams against each other, will be held April 28 at Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Tickets are $10, available at the door and in advance at the Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall. For more information, call Joe Rizzo at 283-6109.

· Cook Inlet Academy will hold its annual spring carnival at 6 p.m. April 10 in the school’s parking lot. Proceeds will benefit playground equipment and paving the schools parking lot. Food, games and prizes are planned as well as a jumping house. Students are selling raffle tickets for mega prizes. Tickets also are available at the schools office. For more information, call Kerri Nelson at 262-9642.


· 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

· Ball in the House, an a cappella singing group from Boston, will perform with members of the Homer High School choir at 7 p.m. April 11 at Mariner Theatre at Homer High School. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for HCOA members and $12 for youth 18 and under, available at River City Books in Soldotna and the Bookstore, Etude Studios and Homer Council on the Arts office in Homer.

· The Pratt Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Currently on display is “Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place,” and “Southwest Alaska: A World of Parks and Wildlife Refuges at the Crossroads.”

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Symphony will host the Symphony of Wines event at 7 p.m. today at the Hotel Captain Cook. There will be wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction. Dress is business casual and tickets are $60. For tickets, call (907) 274-8668 or visit Brown Jug Liquors Warehouse.

· Sandra Sterling, of Soldotna, has a photography essay “Stainless Steel to Sterling Silver — Cafe’s Across America” on display at Cafe del Mundo during April.

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “ The Creative Process,” the 34th annual Anchorage School District Exhibition through April 15; “The Collection of Father Jules Jette, S.J., through April 29; and the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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