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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2005

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Saturday Markets begin this weekend at the bus turnaround at the corner of Corral and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna and at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Items offered from vendors include arts, crafts and produce.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has "Small Shots," an open exhibition of small, two-dimensional work, on display through Saturday. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna hosts a cribbage club rom 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 Keeley Boyle and Nelson Kempf at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has live music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sockeye's Restaurant at Kenai Landing on Cannery Road in Kenai has live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock acoustic music at 9 p.m. Friday

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof has live music by Totem at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by Ten Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday nights.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock-acoustic music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has live music by Sticky Wicket at 9 p.m. 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. The show begins at 5:30 p.m. with Katie Skhra, Nancy Anderson and other local artists opening for Muldaur, who will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the show. General admission is $24; admission for seniors, students and KDLL members is $22; teens with an are adult $15; children under 10 are free; and family discounts are available. For more information, call or e-mail Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net. 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 and other musicians. For more information on Muldaur, visit his Web site at www.geoffmuldaur.com.

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre will perform "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Kenai Green Strip Park at 5:30 p.m. June 11 and 12 as part of the Kenai River Festival.

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 presets a Bearfoot Bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Land's End Resort in Homer. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $12 for members and $8 for youth and available at the Homer Bookstore, the arts council and by calling (907) 235-4288.

The Matt Lewis Band from Salt Lake City will perform at Duggan's Waterfront Pub in Homer on June 18 and at the Yukon Bar in Seward on July 1, 2 and 4. For more information on the band, visit the Web site www.mattlewisband.com.

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.



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