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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2006

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· The Kachemak Kayak Fest will take place Friday through Sunday at various locations in Homer. Events include beginning to advanced on-the-water instruction in paddling technique, rescue, safety and wildlife viewing, evening talks, slide shows and equipment demonstrations. For more information, visit www.kachemakkayakfest.com or call (907) 235-7740.

· Kenai’s Saturday Market opens Saturday, and will be open again on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. The market will feature more than 30 vendors offering Alaska Grown produce and made in Alaska silver and hand items.

Events and Exhibits

· Orchestra students from Kenai, Soldotna, Ninilchik and Homer will offer a public performance at 7 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and 7 p.m. Saturday in Homer High School’s Mariner Theater of pieces used in a May 6 Performing Arts Society competition. The students learned one movement from a standard concerto for the competition, the winners of which will perform with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra in November. Friday and Saturday’s performances will feature 10 of the competitors. Admission is $5.

· The Peninsula Fight Challenge will take place Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first fight scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 for general admission, and $25 for floor seats for those 21 and older. See related story.

· The Fireweed Gallery in Kenai has work from Homer’s Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society and “Peninsula Landscapes,” an exhibit of pencil drawings by Anchor Point’s Karol Miller, on display through May.

· Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna has art from Libby Berezin through May.

· Winners of the Arctic Winter Games “Release the Spirit Within” quilt art challenge are on display at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and the Aspen Hotel, Robin Place Fabrics, Hutchings Chevrolet, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Mykel’s Restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank and Raven’s Roost in Soldotna.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. It has historical displays and 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, call 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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has “The Kenai Experience,” which features art in many mediums, on display through August. It also has animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.

· Soldotna Animal Hospital at 42479 Sterling Highway has original paintings, prints and photos from botany and wildlife artist Dominique Collet on display through May.

Entertainment

· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has 150 Grit at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Emily Grosman at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and a folk jam on the deck at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, live music from 9spine and DJ Divahippygirl at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dan Sullivan at 8 p.m. Sundays, The Free Beer Band at 10 p.m. Mondays, 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and poker at 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays.

· Sockeye’s Restaurant in Kenai Landing has an open mic at 9 p.m. Wednesdays, live country and western at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Mike Morgan and Friends at 9 p.m. Fridays and live Rock and Roll or Jazz at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna has Dave Unruh at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

· George’s Casino has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Upcoming Events

· The Kenai Performers and KDLL will present “The Mariner’s Revenge” at 8 p.m. June 2 and 3 at Kenai Landing. The musical, a fundraiser for KDLL and the Kenai Performers, will include Celtic music from fiddlers and flautists, dancing mermaids and singing pirates. Tickets are $8 for students, $12 for adults and $20 for families and are available at Veronica’s in Kenai, the Dragonfly Gallery in Soldotna or at the door. For more information, call Nelson at 398-2959.

· The Kachemak Bay Writers Conference will take place June 9-15 at the Land’s End Resort in Homer. The conference will feature 22 nationally recognized authors, editors and agents who will conduct workshops, do readings and present panels on fiction, nonfiction, children’s writing, nature writing poetry and the business of writing. An registration fee of $300 must be paid in advance. For more information, visit http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

· The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival will take place at various times June 16 and 17 at the Susan B. English School in Seldovia. The festival will feature performances from more than 15 musicians, comedians, poets and dance groups, as well as workshops on songwriting, vocal harmony, guitar, flute and Irish dance. Tickets are $20 per performance, $10 per workshops or $35 for an all festival pass. For more information, visit www.xyz.net/~selarts or call the Seldovia Arts Council at (907) 234-7614.

· The Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 17 and noon to 5 p.m. June 18 in downtown Moose Pass. On June 17, the festival will feature music from Sticky Wicket, Backstrap, Caines Head, Alderbash and a pie baking contest. On June 18, there will be a raffle drawing and auction. Both days will have food booths, bake sale items, vendors and games for children.

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

· The Homer Council on the Arts gallery has “Winged Arts,” a multimedia show, on display through May.

· Pier One Theatre has “An Evening of Marionette Theatre: Don Giovanni, Petrushka and Pagliacci,” at 8:15 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (907) 235-7333.

· Land’s End Resort will host the annual “Mad Hatters” tea party June 3. Hat makeover entries need to be turned in to the Homer Council on the Arts by May 26. Tickets for the event are $10 for council members and $15 for general admission.

Anchorage Events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “Hunters of the Sky: An Exhibition on Birds of Prey” and “Southwest Alaska: A World of National Parks and Wildlife Refuges at the Crossroads” though Sept. 17; and “Spot the Dog,” the annual children’s gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays..



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