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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2005

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"The Rebels of Comedy" will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at George's Casino in Kenai. Admission is $10.

The Tustumena Lodge will celebrate its 16th year under the ownership of John and Suzie Cook from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. There will be prizes, tacos and music from an eight-year reunion of the central Kenai Peninsula band Men With No Pride — Ray Bacon, brothers Matt and Dave Boyle, George Halder and Mike Morgan.

Events and Exhibits

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

Cannettic Energy's Fitness Haven and Dance Academy along with All American Dance 'N More will hold a dance, fitness and entertainment recital at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Admission is free.

A benefit for Soldotna resident Russell McLaren will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday 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."

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has "Small Shots," an open exhibition of small, two-dimensional work, on display through May 28. 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 that 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 gala opening from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. The center also has natural history mounts, a historic area and Native Alaska artifacts on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 283-1991.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has painter Katie Lee Painter as its artist of the month.

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. 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 Nancy Anderson at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by Tuff-e-Nuff on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has live music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

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.

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.

Events for the Celebration of Peace and Reconciliation festival commemorating 30 years of peace between the United States and Vietnam will be held Friday through Wednesday 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.copr 2005.org

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. 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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