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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2005

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There will be a fund-raiser for Kenai resident David Goggia, who was burned in a fire and transported to Seattle for treatment, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Admission is a donation of $5 or more. There will be entertainment by the Drop of A Hat Players, a theater troop of current and former Nikiski High School drama, debate and forensics team members directed by Joe Rizzo that performs readers theaters and other pieces from "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor and other sources. There also will be a baked goods auction. For more information, call Joe Rizzo at 283-6109.

The Soldotna Safety Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fred Meyer parking lot. There will be drawings, a puppet show, performances by Cannettic Energy and Peninsula Martial Arts, a 911 simulator, a robot, safety demonstrations, motocross off-road racing and other live entertainment.

Events and Exhibits

The Boys and Girls Club Teen Center will host a senior night farewell party and dance in honor of the class of 2005 from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. All high school students are invited. Admission is $4 for members or $5 for nonmembers. There is no fee for graduating seniors who bring a student identification.

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. See story, this page.

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. 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 folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock acoustic music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Moosequito's in Sterling was live music by Tuff-e-Nuff from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has live music by Sweet and Simple at 9 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.

The Homer Council on the Arts presents a concert of new-age piano improvisations by Damon McLay at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for members and $3 for youth and available at the arts council. For more information, call (907) 235-4288.

The Homer Council on the Arts, Mary Langham and friends present Mary Langham in Fusion Flaudeville at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Council on the Arts building, an evening of live entertainment billed as "provocative, sensual and compelling for the more mature audience." Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for members and $3 for youth and available at the arts council. For more information, call (907) 235-4288.

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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