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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2006

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· Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will host soprano Mari Hahn and pianist Dean Epperson in a concert called “On Wings of Song: Music for the Spring,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hahn is a music professor and head of the voice division at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and available at River City Books, Northcountry Fair and Sweeney’s in Soldotna, Already Read Bookstore, Veronica’s and Charlotte’s in Kenai or at the door. See related story.

· 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 recommended by Saturday, 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.

Events and Exhibits

· Already Read Books in Kenai has an opening reception for comic book artist Tim Dahl at 5 p.m. today. Dahl’s work will be on display through April.

· Artworks in Soldotna will host an opening reception for poet and watercolor artist Gaye LaRane at 6 p.m. today. LaRane’s work will be on display through April.

· The Nikiski High School speech and debate team will present “Encore, Encore,” a series of skits, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

· Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Sterling has “Stations of the Cross” on display starting Sunday. The exhibit features works portraying the “Passion of the Christ” by area artists and will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through April 16.

· A lecture on the Shroud of Turin will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School Little Theater on Wednesday. The lecture will be given by Nikiski High School history teacher Robert M. Bird.

· 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, Hutchings Chevrolet, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Mykel’s Restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank and Raven’s Roost in Soldotna.

· 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.

· Mykel’s Lounge has watercolors from Dominique Collet through April.

· Kaladi Brothers at 315 S. Kobuk St. in Soldotna has work from Soldotna artist Jan Wallace through April.

· 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

· Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna has a bluegrass jam session at 6:30 p.m. today.

· 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 150 Grit at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, live music from Tuff ‘E’ Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· 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.

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

· 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.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mike Morgan at 6:30 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.

· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has Jammin with Jer and Tony Rean at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

· 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

· The Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna has the Tim Sturm Band and Sue Biggs at 8 p.m. April 15. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and available at Veronica’s in Kenai and the Triumvirate Theatre.

· The Kenai Performers will present William Inge’s “Bus Stop” on April 21-22, 28-29 and May 4-6 at 7 p.m. and April 23, 30 and May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and available at Charlotte’s Restaurant in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

· The Nikiski High School Auditorium will play host to a talent show at 7 p.m. April 22. Local performers will compete for prizes. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 776-8669.

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 work from Renee Janke’s “Art For Kids” classes through April. An opening reception will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with live music from Hallie Hudson.

· “Jubilee,” the Spring youth variety show, will take place at 3 and 7 p.m. April 22 at the Homer Council on the Arts. Tickets are $15 and available at the council, Etude Studio and the Homer Bookstore in Homer.

· 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.

· The Anchorage Concert Association will host “Cats,” the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, for eight shows at various times through Sunday 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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