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Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2005

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First Thursday events today include a sneak preview from 5 to 7 p.m. of "Alaska 2005 — Native Arts Now," the summer art show at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center; a talent show and other activities with the After the Bell 4-H Music Club at the Soldotna Elementary School gym from 5 to 6 p.m.; a fly tying presentation with Greg Harrington at Already Read books in Kenai from 6 to 7 p.m.; a reception for "Small Shots," an open exhibition at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, from 6 to 8 p.m.; live music by Lee Johnson and Brian and Robert Zinck starting at 6:30 p.m. at Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai; and a bluegrass jam at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna from 6:30 to at least 9:30 p.m.

The Kenai Performers will present "On Edge," a show of four one-act plays with edgy content meant for adults at the Old Town Playhouse, behind the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee is 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 Performing Arts Society presents a cabaret concert with the Melissa Jazzmom Fischer Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Merit Inn. Tickets are $40 and include hors d'oeuvres. There also will be a no-host beer and wine bar. Tickets are available at River City Books, Northcountry Fair and Sweeney's in Soldotna and Already Read Books, Charlotte's and the Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai.

Events and Exhibits

The 4-H music club at Soldotna Elementary School's After the Bell program will host a talent show from 5 to 6 p.m. today in the school gym as a First Thursday event. There will be a skit by the After the Bell drama club, an art show and a bake sale fund-raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank with items made by the After the Bell 4-H cooking club.

Concordia University's Christi Crux Vocal Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Star of the North Lutheran Church on 216 N. Forest Drive in Kenai and at the Sunday morning worship service at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. The tour, "A Legacy of Faith," includes musical selections from a wide range of styles. There is no charge for admission; a free-will offering will be taken to offset the costs of the tour. For more information, call Star of the North Lutheran Church at 283-4153.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has "Small Shots," an open exhibition of small, two-dimensional work, on display through May. 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 a cribbage club meets from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays and a chess club meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has "Alaska 2005 — Native Arts Now" on display with a First Thursday opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today and a gala opening from 5 to 9 p.m. May 13. The center also 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 live music by Brian and Robert Zinck and Lee Johnson at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Keeley Boyle and Nelson Kempf at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Moosequito's in Sterling has live music by 9 Spine from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

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.

A benefit for Soldotna resident Russell McLaren will be held at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Food, entertainment, a raffle and auction are some of the planned activities. Proceeds will help defray the cost of his cancer treatments. A raffle for a nonguided caribou hunt is in progress and will be drawn at the dinner. The cost for the benefit is $15 per person at the door. For more information, call 262-1468. An account also has been set up at the Wells Fargo Bank under the name "Russell A. McLaren benefit."

World Music for the Kenai presents a concert by blues singer and instrumentalist Geoff Muldaur with opening acts by local musicians June 9 at Mike Morgan's Moose Pasture, near Mile 107 of the Sterling Highway in Kasilof. In addition to his solo work, Muldaur is a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Paul Butterfield's Better Days group and has collaborated with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia, John Cale, David Lindley, Loudon Wainwright III and Van Dyke Parks. For more information on Muldaur, visit his Web site at www.geoffmuldaur.com.


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 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will be today through Sunday. 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 Friday 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 Saturday 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 Sunday, 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.

Events for the Celebration of Peace and Reconciliation festival commemorating 30 years of peace between the United States and Vietnam will be held May 13 through 18 in Homer. There will be opening ceremonies at the Homer Council on the Arts building on May 13, followed by other activities the rest of the weekend. For more information, call Mike LeMay at (907) 235-4728 or visit the Web site, www.copr2005.org.

Anchorage events

The 2005 Alaska State High School Solo and Ensemble Festival for high school musicians will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Alaska Anchorage Fine Arts Building. In addition to an awarding ratings, festival adjudicators select several outstanding young performers to showcase their talents in a grand finale command performance from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus, Building K. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

The central Kenai Peninsula rock band Clench will perform at Bitoz on 4th Avenue in Anchorage at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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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