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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2003

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The second annual Peninsula Stallion Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the rodeo grounds on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. Stallions from all over the state will be featured. This year's events will feature a horse sale starting at noon and vendors selling equine-related items. For more information, call the Flying M Ranch at 262-5568 or Marie Payfer at 262-3143.

The Kenai River Council on the Arts will have a free May Faire renaissance fair fund-raiser from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai. The fair will include artisan booths, entertainment and revelry. There will be a pub area inside for adults and lots of family entertainment on the grounds. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a five-course, catered meal by Mykel's of Soldotna for $50 each. Dinner includes entertainment by the Mud-Bay Madrigal Society, a Chinese auction and a complimentary, handmade ceramic tankard.

Events and Exhibits

Free square dance lessons will be given at 7 p.m. today at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center.

The local AMVETS post and auxiliary will present a Spring Fling dinner and karaoke night Saturday at its post in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Dinner will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with music following. The cost is $10 per plate.

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will have a Trash and Treasure Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tables can be rented for $10. Baked goods and a limited food menu will be available. For more information or for a table reservation, call 262-2322 for go to the center at 197 W. Park Ave. in Soldotna.

North Star Dance Studio presents "That's Entertainment! Then and Now" at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. There will be line dancing, ballet, clogging, tap, Highland and Irish varieties. There is no charge.

A junior theater group consisting of home-school students will present a "Winnie-The-Pooh" musical at 3 p.m. Sunday and at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School Little Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for anyone 18 and under. Tickets are available at River City Books in Soldotna, Coffee Roasters on Kalifornsky Beach Road and Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai. There is limited seating so advanced purchase of tickets is recommended.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," featuring 76 original paintings by 44 world-renowned artists, through Sept. 6. The cost to view the exhibit after Memorial Day will be $3 for adults and free for students and children. The center's hours after Memorial Day will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 283-1991.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center, on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai, has an exhibit by the Kenai Peninsula Photography Guild through May. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anchorage artist Graham Dane is the artist in residence at Sears Elementary School through Friday. On Friday, there will be a reception for Dane from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school that will celebrate the instillation of Dane's mural.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Penny McClain and Deaglan Vann as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Dawn Nixon as its artist of the month.

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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begin near the center. 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.


Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents a song circle acoustic jam session from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, acoustic blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays for a $2 cover charge and open mic night from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays for a $2 cover charge.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursday and music by Kindred at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Moosequitos in Sterling presents music by Jughead at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

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

The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

Upcoming Events

The band Fearless Leader will headline a concert at 8 p.m. May 22 at the Soldotna Sports Center in celebration of the last day of school. Tickets are $6 and available in advance at Bruce's Street and Skate in the Soldotna Mall.

The Peninsula Promenaders will have square dances at 7 p.m. May 31, June 14 and 28 at North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691 or Betty at 262-9387.

The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold its 5-kilometer Run for the River on June 14, coinciding with the 2003 Kenai River Festival at the festival grounds at the city of Kenai's Green Strip Park on Willow Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on race day; the race starts at 10 a.m. Preregistration is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. Registration on race day is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. For more information, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449 or download a registration form online at www.kenaiwatershed.org.

American Dance Force national touring workshops will be held at the North Star Dance Studio in the Superstructure building in Soldotna on Aug. 2. Flamenco dancer Antonio Vargas will give intensive, 90-minute Flamenco workshops designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Workshops cost $45. For more information or to register, contact American Dance Force by phone at (877) 500-2544, by e-mail at info@americandanceforce.com. or its Web site at www.american danceforce.com.


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

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

Down the Road

A community conversation titled "Private Property" will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Museum. The discussion will be facilitated by Deland Anderson and discuss issues surrounding private property in Alaska.

There will be a Tidal Festival and celebration for International Museum Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Bishop's Beach in Homer to coincide with the lowest tide of the year minus 5.8 feet at 10:07 a.m. sponsored by the Bunnell Street Gallery, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Cook Inlet Keeper and the Pratt Museum.

The documentary film, "Rivers and Tides," will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and May 22 at the Homer Family Theater as a fund-raiser for the Pratt Museum, Bunnell Street Gallery, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Cook Inlet Keeper. Regular theater admission prices apply.

The Pratt Museum presents "Wetlands: Going with the Flow," an invitational art exhibition in collaboration with a scientific exhibit presented by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Cook Inlet Keeper, through July 6. "Eight Stars of Gold the Story of Alaska's Flag," a historic collection of schoolchildren's designs that tell the story of Alaska and how the winning flag design supported the campaign for statehood, is on display in the museum's mezzanine and lower levels. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, also is on display in the museum's lower level. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Fireweed Gallery has "Wetlands and Beyond," "Don Henry, found object metal sculpture," and "Karen Austen Watercolors" on display through June 4. For more information, call 235-3411.

The Seldovia Arts Council presents its third annual Summer Solstice Folk Music Festival on June 20 and 21. Headline performers are blues musician "Hawkeye" Herman and mountain dulcimer player Mark Nelson. Hawkeye, winner of the Blues Foundation's 1998 "Keeping the Blue's Alive" award, performs a wide variety of traditional blues, ballads, swing and original tunes on six-string and 12-string guitars and plays the slide guitar and slide mandolin. Nelson is one of the nation's foremost mountain dulcimer players, with a repertoire ranging from soulful Celtic airs to lightning fast fiddle tunes. He also is accomplished on many other instruments and is a composer and author of several Mel Bay books on the dulcimer. Also performing will be Alaska musicians Robin Hopper, Mike Campbell, Rick Brooks and The Matanuska Thunder Pluckers; Seldovia's own Looney Creek; Radoslav Lorkovic, who has been heard on "A Prairie Home Companion;" and Dan McElrath, Midnight Starlight, Esther Golton, Larry Zarella, Anna Stange, Patric Doyle and Earl and Alice Mullins. Festival performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with additional performances at 1 p.m. Saturday. Workshops in beginning guitar, the blues, slack key guitar, and east African folk songs and stories will be offered. Music jams will happen periodically around town, along with a local craft. Tickets for the event are $25 for a festival pass and $15 for a daily pass. Children's prices are $15 for a festival pass and $10 for a daily pass. For more information on the festival or to inquire about performing, contact Susan Mumma at (907) 234-7614 or seldarts@yahoo.com, or visit the Arts Council's Web site at www.xyz.net/~seldarts. For information on getting to Seldovia and its accommodations and attractions, visit www.seldovia.com or call the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce at (907) 234-7612.

Anchorage Events

The University of Alaska Anchorage Mainstage program will present "Otogibanashi: Legends of Japan," written by Wayne Mitchell, UAA's education director, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Tickets are $6. The show is recommended for ages 6 and up.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will celebrate International Museum Day with a free day at the museum Sunday. On display at the museum is "Eskimo Drawings," featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, through Sept. 14. On Monday, "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," an exhibit about aviation in Alaska, opens and will be on display through Sept. 21. At 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the museum will show "El Crimen Del Padre Amaro," a Mexican film about a young priest assigned to a small rural Mexican village who falls in love with a teen-age girl who then becomes pregnant.

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, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

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

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