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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2005

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North Star Dance Studio will present "Sleeping Beauty," a ballet, at 7 p.m. Saturday and April 23 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors at the door.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Theresa Holland at 260-4171.

Kenai Peninsula College will host its annual Celebration of the Arts at 3 p.m. Sunday. The event will include an opening reception for the Student Art Show in the Gary L. Freeburg Galley and a display by fiber art students in the lobby, performances by student musicians and literary arts students and the debut of the 2005 Driftwood magazine.

Events and Exhibits

Mo-Trans Dance Company, the University of Montana's professional dance troupe, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Sears Elementary School. The troupe is in residence at Sears and the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences through April 21. The performance will be "Math Moves," a modern dance designed for elementary students that integrates math principles with dance and storytelling. Admission is $3 per person or $10 per family.

The Kenai Elks Lodge is hosting a fund-raising comedy event celebrating the end of tax season at 7 p.m. Saturday with a halibut dinner, open mic comedy emceed by Wayne Floyd, door prizes and a split-the-pot raffle. Tickets are $10 and available after 4 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the lodge, on Barnacle Street by the Kenai Post Office. Proceeds will benefit Kenai Elks youth activities.

The Kenai Community Library will host a Poetry Safari Party in honor of National Poetry Month at 1 p.m. Sunday with performances by director and storyteller Carol Ford and other members of the Kenai Performers, film clips and treats. The event is free and family oriented.

The KPC Multicultural Consortium will host a lecture on Dena'ina language revitalization from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the KPC commons.

On display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is "Acrylics on Paper," a solo exhibit of abstract paintings by Nikiski artist Jim Evenson, through Saturday.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has a Kenai Peninsula Borough Student Exhibit on display through April. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

On display in the Gary L. Freeburg gallery at Kenai Peninsula College is the annual Student Art Show, a display of artworks by the college's art students.

Art Works in Soldotna has an exhibit by egg tempera artist Andy Hehnlin on display.

Frames and Things in Soldotna has photographer Kevin Harding as its artist of the month. His work will be on display through April.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday 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. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Beluga Lookout Gifts, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, the Kenai Fine Arts Center 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. 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.


Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Que'ana Bar at Mile 122.5 of the Sterling Highway, south of Clam Gulch, has live music by LuLu Smith at 7 p.m. Friday. Camping space is available.

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof will host an "after taxes luau" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a potluck and live music by Totem from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Area musicians Kate Veh, Sandee Simons, Diane Haupt and Sue Biggs will perform bluegrass and original jams from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Local Expressions radio show on KWGJ, 91.5 FM in Kasilof.

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

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

Upcoming Events

Kenai Peninsula College will host an open mic night and Earth Day celebration at 7 p.m. April 22.


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 Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer has "Disquietude," an exhibit of large acrylic paintings by Kenai Peninsula College art professor Celia Carl Anderson, on display through May 4.

Square dancing is held at 7 p.m. Saturdays at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. Lessons will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting April 21. The caller and instructor is Lenora Regeon. For more information, call (907) 567-1004 or 252-6420.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "Bead and Fiber 2005," an annual exhibit of bead and fiber art by local and statewide artists, on display. The show runs through May 4.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "A Cultural Kaleidoscope," an exhibition from Anchorage School District students, on display through Sunday; "Arctic Transformation," the jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace, on display through June 12; and "The Blue Guitar: An Exhibition of Music in Art" in the children's gallery through May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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