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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2005

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The Kenai Performers will present "Two Weeks o' One-Acts" at the Old Town Playhouse, behind the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. The first weekend's performances, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 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.

The Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

An "in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo" craft fair will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room at Soldotna Middle School. The Soldotna Community Schools adult band will perform and concessions, including coffee and snacks, will be available for purchase. A variety of craft projects for kids grades kindergarten through sixth will be available, as well as Spanish language games and Latin dance lessons. Admission is free. For more information, call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Events and Exhibits

Singer and guitarist Mike Morgan of Kasilof, who is the artist in residence at Sterling Elementary School as part of the Artist in Schools program, will put on a musical program at 2 p.m. Friday in the school gym. The program is free and open to the public and will feature songs and chants composed by students in all grade levels at Sterling Elementary, as well as a display of musical instruments invented by the students by recycling household objects.

The Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2716 will host a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the lodge. There is no cost. Prizes will be awarded. It is limited to 150 people. For more information or to register, call 262-27806.

The Encore Academy will hold its spring dance performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. General admission is $6.

Vergine's Dance Studio will hold a performance by its Aurora Dance Company at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Guest performances will be by Dance Spectrum from Anchorage, Classical Ballet Academy from Anchorage and Sonja's Dance Studio from Wasilla. Vocal performers will be Christy Bradford, Adam Nath and Sharon O'Hara. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under and are sold at Vergine's and River City Books in Soldotna and at the door.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has a Kenai Peninsula Borough Student Exhibit on display through Saturday. 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 artwork 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.

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.

Entertainment

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 and Sue Biggs and Jack Will at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by Ten Cent Zen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents live blues, Hawaiian and classic rock acoustic music by Mike Morgan and Friends from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Homer artist and instrument maker Bill Kitzmiller will play some of his homemade instruments 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 March of Dimes WalkAmerica will host its annual walk at 10 a.m. May 7 at the Home Depot parking lot in Kenai. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Community members interested in participating can register at walkamerica.org, pick up a form at Tesoro Alaska or call (800) 478-5245.

The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will host a carnival fund-raiser with Golden Wheel Amusements rides, games and vendors from May 12 through 15 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik.

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

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

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 Wednesday.

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 is on display through Wednesday.

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.

Gail Baker Artmaker's Backdoor Studio Gallery under the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer, will open May 6 with a demonstration of leather mask making from 5 to 8 p.m.

Joe Tye will give a value-based life and leadership skills workshop from 9 a.m. to noon May 7 at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College in Homer. The topic, "12 core action values," will focus on learning to cultivate a more positive and productive workplace and life. Tye is the author of six books and dozens of audio programs based on personal, career and business success. For more information, visit the Web site www.joetye.net. To register, call Julie at the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740.

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 a 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.

To submit information, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to news@peninsulaclarion.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.



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