What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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The 21st annual Snug Harbor Snail-a-thon begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at the St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Cooper Landing. There also will be a potluck picnic at the Snail-a-thon Beach, six miles up Snug Harbor Road from the Sterling Highway junction.

The Ninilchik Tribal Council is hosting a potlatch Saturday at the educational fish site on Ninilchik beach. Nets will be set at noon and fish that are caught will be baked. The potlatch is at 1 p.m. Hot dogs and the trimmings will be served. Side dishes are welcome.

North Star Dance Studio's Recital "Dancing Around the World" will be held Saturday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Events and Exhibits

River City Books will have stories for children with Connie Tarbox at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. At 7 p.m., Steve Okkonen will talk about his adventures in the Arctic waters aboard the USS Hawkbill. On Sunday, Food for the Soul will perform at 2 p.m.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center present "2001:A Fish Odyssey" through Sept. 3. The show features original artwork from more than 100 artists. Media include basketry, carving, fiber, painting, photography, quilting, scrimshaw and sculpture. Admission is $3 for adults and students and children are free. For more information, call 283-1991.

The Central Peninsula Writers Group will meet at the Kenai Community Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room. Anyone interested in writing for pleasure or profit is invited to attend.

The Kenai Peninsula Carvers meet on the first and third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. If you are a carver or are interested in learning to carve, you are invited to join them or contact Del Otter at 260-3324 for more information.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center presents a watercolor exhibition by members of the guild. The show will run throughout May. The gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kaladi Brothers is featuring artist Melinda Hershberger in May.

Members of the North Kenai Baptist Church will do quilting and crafts on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the church. It is open to the public. For more information, call 776-8234.

Alaskan Gift and Gallery in Kenai is displaying award-winning dolls and masks by Suzanne (Panruq) Wardlow of Nikiski. The faces of the dolls and masks are carved from basswood and sometimes ivory. She uses many of the techniques she learned as a Yup'ik child in Bethel. Also, Jim Evenson's latest lithograph, "Wilderness Experience," is on display.

Northcountry Fair in Soldotna offers pottery by Libby Berezin; silver jewelry by Judie Gumm; aluminum clocks by Andy Kirsch; painted ceramics by Jeannie Shirk; ceramic fish drawer pulls by Shawnee Kinney; and switch plate covers by Judy Winn.

Birch Tree Gallery offers watercolors by Alaska artists Jean Shadrach and Mary Ann Dunham; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Vivian McCain and Kathleen Logan; bead-weaving broaches and barrettes by Laurine Maxwell-Evens; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Pat Morrison; fur-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Carroll; pottery by Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.

Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables in Soldotna features works from area artisans, including Stephanie Wortham's Alaska folk art furniture and wooden decorations, Dorthy Bush's birch bark baskets, Star McCloud's whimsical folk art characters, Loni Galloway's stained glass, Claudette Barber's fabric pieces and Kris Wisher's antique fork shelves and doorknob coat racks.

Malfunction Junction Gifts at the "Y" in Soldotna offers handcrafted originals by area artists, including fur hats, gloves and slippers by Lee Martin, fused and slumped glass window art, lamps and "hippie candles" by Jana Coffey, carved masks and "spirit dancers" by David Hendron, pottery by Laura Faeo and salmon rod holders by Bob Condon.

Peninsula Furs Inc. at Mile 80 of Bing's Landing State Park Road features Native arts and ivory by area artists, including Michael Sausedo, Joe Blachford, John Morris, Doug Linstrand and Sonny Miller.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yupik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-1991.

Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.

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 begins 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.


The Vagabond Inn will present Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskan's Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Kaladi Brothers will feature Joe Reinhardt at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Katmai has music by The Dangling Wrangler at 9 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Friday's music will be provided by Blues on Tap at 9 p.m. Sunday Karaoke with Sherri will begin at 6 p.m.

through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is live music.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by the Mabrey Brothers every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

J-Bar-B, six miles south of Soldotna, presents karaoke by the Mic Hoggers on Friday nights.

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

In the Future

Lasting Stitches will host Sew Saturday at 9 a.m. June 9 at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, a 24-hour relay will be held June 1 starting at 6 p.m. until June 2 at 6 p.m. Team members sign up for a one-hour slot or more on the Skyview High School track. There will be food, live music and entertainment, as well as middle-of-the-night activities like costume contests and tent competitions. For more information, call Kathy Lopeman at 283-7602 or Corbi Aaronson at 262-7711.

The seventh annual Jeff Ransom Memorial Fun Run will be June 23 at the Johnson Lake picnic area in Kasilof. The run starts at 10 a.m., followed by a family barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548.

Down the Road

The Pratt Museum is featuring a solo exhibition by Ron Senungetuk titled, "Isami," through July 15.

The Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society presents "2001: An Art Odyssey," through June 6 at the William Henry Gallery.

The Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College presents a multimedia exhibit including the work of this year's art students in photography, ceramics, jewelry, drawing, painting and sculpture. The art show will run through Saturday.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery presents "Have I Got a Story for You," beadwork by Barbara Cordy, through May 30. For more information, call (907) 235-5345.

Pier One Theatre and Homer High School will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" starting today through June 3. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (907) 235-7333.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present the Summer String Festival in Homer Aug. 2-12. The week will be filled with concerts. Call (907) 235-6318 for more information.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art the Cook Inlet Historical Society present "Archaeology at Sitka's Castle Hill: New Perspectives on Daily Life and Industries at the New Russian-American Company Settlement of New Archangel," with Dave McMahan at 7:30 p.m. today.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art presents behind-the-scene tours of the museum at noon, 1 and 5 p.m.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will present an Alaska film series, "Russian-America: The Forgotten Frontier" and "Heaven on Earth: Orthodox Treasures of Siberia and North America" both at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Other films are featured daily. For more information, call (907) 343-4326.

Saturday Market featuring local produce and hand crafts will be held every Saturday through September on Third Avenue and E Street. For more information, call (907) 276-7207.

The Irish Music and Cultural Festival will be held June 1-3, featuring a Celtic celebration of food, music and dance. For more information, call (907) 566-2028.


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

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

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.

To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.

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