What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2001

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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 Decanter Inn in Kasilof will have a Memorial Day weekend barbecue at 5 p.m. Sunday with music by the Mic Hoggers. Kids karaoke starts at 6 p.m., adults are at 8 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

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 Kenai Fine Arts Center presents a watercolor exhibition by members of the Kenai Fine Arts 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.

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.

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 Loni Galloway's stained glass, Kris Wisher's folk and antique doorknob coat racks, Star McCloud's folk art characters, Claudette Barber's sewing and silk arrangements, Loraine Larsen's Alaska jewelry and fur work, Stephanie Wortham's Alaska folk art furniture and wood pieces, Kerry Cline's hand-painted silk scarves, Dorothy Bush's birch bark baskets and Dean Talley's diamond willow canes.

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.


Mykel's Restaurant will present dinner music by Dave Unruh on acoustic guitar and Barney Wilborg on upright bass on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Decanter Inn features country western music by Bubba and Sue Friday at 9 p.m.

The Vagabond Inn presents music by Ice Box at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers will have music by Richard Kidd from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Katmai has music by The Dangling Wrangler at 9 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Friday's music will be by Blues on Tap at 9 p.m. On Sunday, karaoke with Sherri begins at 6 p.m.

George's Casino has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Pier One Theatre will present "Syd," directed by Lance Petersen. The play will be held June 7 through 9 and Aug. 2 through 4. 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 will present an Alaska film series every day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 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.

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