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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2007

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· The Kenai Performers will stage “The Dining Room,” a comedy by A.R. Gurney, directed by Laura Forbes, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and May 18, 19 and 20 at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors and available at Charlotte’s in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna and at the door. The show is rated PG-13. See story, this page.

· Engage Youth Movement will host a free Reality Night 2007 for youth in grades six through 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Kenai Middle School. Activities will include inflatable boxing, a bungee run, sumo suits and free food. Door prizes will be drawn. A Battle of the Bands competition also will be held and is open to youth bands. For more information or to enter a band, call Ryan at 283-7752 or visit www.engageyouth.org.

Events and Exhibits

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has the grand opening of its summer show “Sticks and Stones, Alaska Structure” from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday with refreshments and “cohoritas.” The center also displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.

· Already Read Books in Kenai has river art by Mrs. Carter’s Montessori School students on display this month.

· The Dragon Fly Gallery in Soldotna has painter and mosaic artist Tracy Kemp as its artist of the month.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Melinda Hershberger as its artist of the month.

· The Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai has “Small Shots” on display this month.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and 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 or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.

Entertainment

· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 today; flute, jigs and reels music with Sarah Glaves and Emily Grosman at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and folk and bluegrass music with Sue Biggs and Jack Will at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Mark Davis and Friends from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by 150 Grit at 5 p.m. Sunday and Thursdays and live music Friday and Saturday nights. Hooligans also has music by the Free Beer Band on Tuesdays and karaoke Wednesdays.

· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

· The Crossing in Soldotna has folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

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.

Upcoming Events

· The Kenai Shorebird Celebration will be held Wednesday and 19 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. This two-day event for beginner and experienced birders is designed to showcase and celebrate area birds. Discussions will include how other folks along the Pacific Flyway celebrate their shorebirds, tips from local photographers on how to best photograph a subject, and the migration story of Bar-tailed Godwits and Bristle-thighed Curlews that travel across the Pacific. There also are field excursions. For more information and a list of activities, visit www.kenaiwatershed.org/shorebird.html.

Down the Road

· The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival runs today through Sunday in Homer. For information on activities, visit www.homeralaska.org.

· Dean Littlepage will give a sideshow program about his book, “Stellar’s Island: Adventures of a Pioneer Naturalist in Alaska” at 3 p.m. May 19 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. The book is a tale of exploration in the era of sailing ships. There is no charge.

· The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s annual spring show of members’ work on display to the end of May.

· The Pratt Museum in Homer is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Currently on display is “Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place,” and “Beauty and the Bug.”

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles” through May; “Points of View VII: Con-Census” through Sept. 2; “Inuniunniq aqvunniagun — A Way of Life through Whaling” through Sept. 16; and “Gift of the Whale: Photographs by Bill Hess” through Sept. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.



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