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Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2000

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"Alaska 2000: A Celebration of Wildlife Art" is on display through July 31 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The exhibit includes more than 75 original paintings of Alaska wildlife by 28 artists from Alaska and other parts of North America. A grand opening reception will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 283-1991.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is today through Sunday. In conjunction with that event, an amateur photo contest will be held through May 14 at NOMAR.

The Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 will sponsor a free public skating party at Alaska Great Skate Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Door prizes and games will be available.

Events and Exhibits

Kaladi Brothers features a two an mixed media show by Ben Hastings and Steve Hileman for the month of May.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital is featuring the watercolor paintings of Marian Bowser for the month of May.

Basket weaver, Virginia Stephens, will be at Alaskan Gift Gallery (now next to the Kenai Merit Inn) from 1 to 3 p.m. doing demos for her "Attu Baskets" today and Friday. Other artists on display are Jim Evenson, stone lithography; Paula Dickey, watercolor; Francis Blatchford, oil works; Helen Brown, silk paintings; wood bowls by Al Janonis, Sonnie Miller and Jesse Playle; stained glass by Noel Widmayer; etched glass by Rob Jolly; pottery by Karen Ottenbreit; and jade putters by Tom Wagoner.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yupik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Complimentary Alaska videos are available for viewing. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-1991.

Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The center is located on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7021.

Birch Tree Gallery has artwork, including pottery by Libby Berezin, Peggy Thompson and Emily Berezin; jewelry by Tami Marsters and Tuesday Logan Twohy; slippers by Stephanie Neering; vests by Lila Krohn; stained glass by Lisa Carlon, Joyce Getchell and Rob Jolly; scarves and mittens by Kathleen Logan; baskets by Pat Morrison and Kim Hyde; and burl furniture by Bob Kuiper.


George's Casino features music by a DJ starting at 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The Maverick Club presents karaoke Mondays and Thursdays at 9 p.m.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music with the Mabrey Brothers Band every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

The Clam Shell Lodge presents Full Tilt Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Kaladi Brothers presents Mike Morgan on Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Veronica's Coffee House will feature the music of Mike Morgan Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Highway 101 will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kenai Central Auditorium as a part of their Big Sky tour. Tickets will be available at the door.

Upcoming Events

Clave Music of Homer will present music by Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman on May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. Tickets will be available at the Old Town Village Restaurant and River City Books. Prices are $14 or $16 at the door.

Down the Road

"In the details," watercolor paintings by Leslie Klaar, opens Friday at the William Henry Gallery, with a reception starting at 5 p.m.

The Pratt Museum presents "Public Art" in the main gallery through June 4. The lower gallery will feature a "River of Bears," which will run through summer. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Anchorage Events

The Federal Aviation Administration will host its fourth annual Spring Symposium at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of Alaska Anchorage Aviation Complex at Merrill Field. Food and refreshments will be provided.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Canadian Brass, a brass quintet, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available by calling (907) 263-ARTS or (800) GRT-SEAT, at all Carrs Tix outlets and the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

The 12th annual Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium will be held May 12-14 on the campus of the Alaska Pacific University.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents "A Fine and Pleasant Misery," starring Tim Behrens, May 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Discovery Theater. Tickets are available by calling (907) 263-ARTS or (800) GRT-SEAT, at all Carrs Tix outlets and the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Will Triplett will perform at 8 p.m. May 25 at the Fourth Avenue Theater. Rank Strangers and Ken Peltier also will perform. Ticket prices are $20 in advance or $23 at the door or call (907) 263-ARTS.

The Imaginarium is a science discovery center located at 737 W. Fifth Ave. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 276-3179.


The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge features free wildlife films on Saturday and Sunday hourly from noon to 4 p.m. The film showing this week is "The Toothwalkers." Visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to For questions, call 283-7551. Information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m.

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