* The Ripple Effect Film Series, an ongoing event the second Thursday of each month, will be showing tonight at Kenai Peninsula College at 7:15 p.m. in room 115. Sometimes controversial, always thought provoking films that explore the connection to and impact on the planet. For more information, call Dave Atcheson at 262-0346
* Cook Inlet Academy will host a spring carnival at 6 p.m. April 9. Face painting, crazy hair, jumping house, cake walk, sponge toss, bottle toss, coin toss, fish pond, silent auction, and bucket prizes donated by local businesses are some of the planned activities. Raffle tickets cost $10 each and include approximately eight chances to win prizes.
* Showin' Off the Kids is scheduled for April 10, 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Showin' Off the Kids is a lip synch and choreography contest, sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools, for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. This is our 25th anniversary of providing "G-rated, family entertainment" and giving kids a chance to shine on stage! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information, call Carmen at 262-3151 ext 24.
* The movie "Nacho Libre" will be shown for middle school and high school students from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church Youth Center on K-Beach Road, with a nacho buffet and a luchador, or Mexican wrestler, costume contest. Admission is $5.
* "Celebrate" a non-rant invitational exhibit to honor the steps forward that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community is on display at the Art Works Gallery throughout April.
* Artists without Borders has its monthly art exhibit in the 4D Professional Building conference room on the corner of Marydale and the Spur Highway in Soldotna.
* Dragonfly Gallery in Soldotna is exhibiting new and original art quilts by Ann-Lillian Schell. The work will be on display through April. For more information, call 260-4636.
* Middle School art will be showing at the Funky Monkey Coffee house in Kenai during the month of April. Students will be featured from Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski middle schools.
* 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 on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-5125.
* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna has films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. For more information and complete program listing, call 262-7021.
* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center holds blind draw darts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Texas Hold 'Em at 7 p.m. Fridays and 4 p.m. Sundays; and open house and dinner at 6 p.m. and karaoke with Mary and Jack at 8 p.m. Saturdays.
* Rainbow Bar in Kenai has free Texas Hold 'Em at 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; live music with Acoustic Rhythm Machine from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and pool leagues Tuesday; and live music with the Maybrey Brothers Thursday through Saturday.
* The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
* The Riverside House in Soldotna hosts; the After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays with Rock Star DJ Service. Dancing until 5 a.m. and at 6 p.m. free Poker Night with Texas Hold"em Tournaments hosted by Kenai Peninsula Poker Association.
* The 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
* Mugz Coffee Lounge in The Blazy Mall will host local musicians from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays.
* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai, will host open mic from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; and Jack Will and Sue Biggs will perform Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
* Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.
* Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.
* KPC Showcase Series presents a talk by Dr. Jane Haigh, who recently joined the faculty at KPC as Assistant Professor of History, on Political Power, Patronage and Protection Rackets and Con men and Political Corruption in Denver: 1889-1894 on April 15 at 7 p.m. in the KPC Commons. Call Dave at 262-0346 for more information.
* Peninsula Take-a-Break will hold a ladies' dessert night, for teens to seniors, at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at Alaska Christian College, with dinner, a fashion show from Curtain Call consignment boutique, Cookie Lee Jewelry for sale, music by Riverside Harmony and a presentation on "Finding Treasures in Unexpected Places" by Gigi Campbell. Admission $4. Reservations are required by April 15. Call Susan at 335-6789.
* World Music for the Kenai and Love Life Music present Alaskan Women Singer/Songwriters For Peace concert on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Grace auditorium on K-Beach Rd. between Soldotna and Kenai. Melissa Mitchell, Shawn Zuke, Katie Emerick, and Caressa will perform. Tickets are $25, $22 for students and seniors. Part of the proceeds and cd sales will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Haven House, an Alaska women's shelter. For more information contact Mike Morgan at 252-8223 or go to www.lovelifemusic.com/akwomencd.html
n Nikiski High will be presenting the Broadway hit, Guys and Dolls, April 23 and 24 and April 30 and May 1. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Nikiski High Auditorium. Advance Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and are available at Nikiski High front office and Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall.
Tickets will also be for sale at the door for $12.00.
* The gala grand opening reception for the Russian icon exhibit, "Sacred Space: Sacred Time" will be held April 23 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center.
* The Pratt Museum in Homer is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday's through Sundays. Admission is free on Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.prattmuseum.org.
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