What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2004

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River City Books will host book readings and signings with Rachel King, author of "Don't Kill In Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty," and Bill Pelke, author of "Journey of Hope ... From Violence to Healing," from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today.

Taste of the Kenai, a food and beverage show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The event will include more than 130 exhibitor booths, door prizes, raffles, entertainment, culinary demonstrations and training seminars.

Events and Exhibits

Area river guide and birder Ken Marlow will host a birding on the flats presentation on behalf of the Kenai Watershed Forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. Participants should meet at the viewing platform on Bridge Access Road and bring binoculars and-or spotting scopes and appropriate clothing. The program is free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 260-5449.

Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna will host a book signing for Letitia Hutchings and her book "The Spirit of Christmas" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

"Wild Alaska: Bounty of the Sea," including artwork by 75 Alaska artists, is on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is $3 for adults and free for students. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai has "Small Shots," a photography exhibition, on display. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Works in Soldotna has an "Artist as Jester" self-portraits exhibit on display.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Chelline Larson as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club every Sunday at noon.

Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed and purchased at the following area businesses: Art Works, Birch Tree Gallery, Claudette's Folk Art and Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai; and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.

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. For more information, call 262-7021.

Entertainment

The Vagabond on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Jughead at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents Alaska blues and dance music by the Sport'N'Woodies from 10 p.m. to closing Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

George's Casino in Kenai presents a nine ball pool tournament Sunday with giveaways, T-shirts and cash prizes; karaoke with Steve Holloway on Monday and Friday; open mic night Thursday; and music with DJ Jazzy Jake on Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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.

The King's Inn Lounge in Kenai has karaoke Thursdays, western dance lessons at 7 p.m. Saturdays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

The 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.

Films

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

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

Upcoming Events

River City Books in Soldotna will host a book signing, slide show and discussion with Mary Barry, author of "History of Mining on the Kenai Peninsula," at 7 p.m. May 22.

Down the Road

Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer presents music by the Sport'N'Woodies from 10 p.m. until closing Friday.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents the "Juried Art Show 2004" on display through June 6 and "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

"100 Years of Broadway," a celebration of America's unique contribution to theater -- the musical -- will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the University of Alaska Anchorage Williamson Auditorium. The show is recommended for adults and children of all ages and will feature performers familiar to the Anchorage musical theater community. Songs include such classics as "Give My Regards To Broadway," "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" and the modern sounds of "Greased Lightnin'," "Do You Hear The People Sing" and "One." Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students, military and seniors. Thursday and Friday matinees are available for schools and large groups. For more information and school reservations, call the UAA Theatre for Young People at (907) 786-6883.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" on display through Sunday, a display of contemporary Alaska Native art through Sept. 5, and "Points of View V" -- where a guest curator chooses work from the collections department to be displayed in the galleries -- on display through Sept. 25. Museum winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A Classic Poetry Slam will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fly By Night Club on Spenard Road. There will be new material as well as classic poetry presented in a competition for cash prizes. Admission is $15 and reservations are recommended.

If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information to the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.



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