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Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2005

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

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

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will have its annual Funny River Road ladies' biscuit and gravy fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with a Funny River Quilters raffle and the unveiling and dedication of a mural designed, painted and assembled by Celia Anderson's intermediate painting students from Kenai Peninsula College at 12:30 p.m.

The Safari Club will hold its 14th annual Midnight Sun Dinner and Auction fund-raiser at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Auction items include hunts, optics and artwork. There also will be a photo contest with a chance to win a digital photo printer. Proceeds will benefit wildlife conservation, humanitarian efforts and protection of hunting heritage. Tickets are available at American Trophy Taxidermy, Homestead Jewelers, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 260-9266.

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.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Retired Hands as its artist of the month, a cribbage club meets from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays and a chess club meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

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 Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has natural history mounts and historic area and Native Alaska artifacts on display. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 283-1991.

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. For more information, all 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 near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road, has natural history mounts, including the world-record king salmon on display, and a boardwalk along the Kenai River. Winter hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 262-1337.


Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today and live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock acoustic music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Robert and Chris Pepper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Moosequito's in Sterling will have live music by Ten Cent Zen at 9 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents live acoustic folk music by Nancy Anderson and The Anderchix from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will have live music by Lu Lu at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kenai Joe's will have live music by Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Area musicians Dave Edwards-Smith and Larry Turk will perform slap-bass and drums music from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Local Expressions radio show on KWGJ, 91.5 FM, in Kasilof.

The VFW Post No. 10046 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

The Kenai Performers will present "Two Weeks o' One-Acts" at the Old Town Playhouse, in the old Gary King's store in Kenai. The first weekend's performances, April 29 and 30 and May 1, is called "4 Fun" and consists of four comedy one-act plays appropriate for families. The second weekend, May 6, 7 and 8, called "On Edge," has four plays with edgy content meant for adults. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. General admission is $10 and the member price is $8. Tickets are available at Charlotte's in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna and at the door. Seating is limited. For more information, call 776-8308.

The Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. April 30 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Admission is free and donations will be appreciated.


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 Mikado," Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous and popular comic operetta of the 19th century, will be presented by Homer High School's performing arts department, in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and Pier One Theatre, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre in Homer. Advance tickets are available at Etude Music Studio, The Bookstore and Solstice Music in Homer. For reservations, call (907) 235-7579.

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. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. Lessons will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting today. 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.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will be May 5-8. Festival activities include keynote speaker Scott Weidensaul, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and bird enthusiast; music by Richie Havens; an arts and education fair with kids' activities and family fun; and free birding workshops, field trips and boat tours at special festival fares. For more information, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740. The festival program and registration form are available online at www.homeralaska.org.

Saltry Restaurant in Halibut Cove will host a Mother's Day brunch under the theme "For our Kids, For our Town, and For our Future," on May 8, in conjunction with the Shorebird Festival. Tickets are $75 a person and $35 for children under 18 and includes a shorebird-themed brunch, a treasure hunt, music by Sally Wills and Dave Gerrard and a boat trip across Kachemak Bay. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust at (907) 235-5263 or e-mail marie@kachemaklandtrust.org. Participants should dress appropriately for boat ride and outdoor activities and meet in the Homer harbor at the bottom of the Salty Dawg ramp at 11 a.m. Return to harbor will be around 3 p.m.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Arctic Transformation," the jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace, on display through June 12; "The Blue Guitar: An Exhibition of Music in Art" in the children's gallery through May; and "Points of View VI: Defiant Objects," which juxtaposes selections from the museum's collection of contemporary arts and crafts with items in its ethnographic collection, through Sept. 11. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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