What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2002

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The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be held Friday and Saturday at the Skyview High School track. The relay is an overnight event. Each team tries to have one member on the track for the whole 24 hours. There are team contests and lots of music and entertainment. For more information, call Corbi at 262-7711.

BJ's Lounge in Sterling will host a spaghetti feed from 5-7 p.m. and a Chinese auction at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is a fund-raiser sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Dart Association to raise money for cancer victim Margaret Benson. Dinner will be $5 a plate. All proceeds go to Margaret and Raymond Benson.

Events and Exhibits

Soldotna Little League Bingo presents a "Summer Mystery Giveaway," including fun prizes between $200 and $1,600. Bingo sessions are Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with $5,000 given out in each session. Players receive an entry for the giveaway each time they attend bingo. The give-away drawing will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. Entrants must be present to win.

The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof will hold a Guinness World Record Hat Party on Saturday with prizes given out for some of the donated hats and music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans.

A Francis Meeks memorial exhibit is on display at the Kenai Community Library. Her work also is on sale at Kenai Fine Arts Center for a memorial donation that will benefit area art scholarships. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center presents "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape," an Alaska art show, through Sept. 8. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. There is a one-time fee of $3 to see the show.

Mykel's in Soldotna presents Mark Anderson as its artist of the month.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Steve Hileman and Patience Urinko as its artists of the month.

Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed and purchased at the following area businesses: Art Works, Birch Tree Gallery, Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.

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 begin 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.


Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan at 7 p.m. today and guitar music and singing by Nancy Anderson at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents dinner music by Dave Unruh, acoustic guitar, and Barney Wilborg, upright bass, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kenai Joe's presents music by at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by the Tone Brothers at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music by Two Cent Syndicate at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Tustumena Lodge presents music by the Baked Alaskans at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays, The Danglin' Wrangler performs country music at 9 p.m. Saturdays, and ladies' night karaoke is Tuesdays.

George's Casino in Kenai has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. There is live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday .

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

Upcoming Events

First Thursday Art After Hours at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Thursday will feature a scavenger hunt among the artwork in the summer-long exhibition "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape."

The hunt is patterned after art activities designed for students that tour the show while on class field trips. Participants will be given a list of shapes, colors and items incorporated into the 95 pieces of art and charged with finding them before the night is over. Participants can hunt in small teams or on their own. Prizes will be awarded to those that compile the most accurate and complete lists in the timeliest manner.

The event begins at 5 p.m. Thursday. Children, accompanied by a parent, are welcome. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jay Barrett at 283-1991.

The Alaska Alliance for Arts Education presents six performances June 11-13 at Kenai Peninsula College. The performances are a part of the fifth annual Arts Education Institute, a week-long series of classes and performances for Alaska educators. The theme this year is "Integrate the Arts With Integrity," and the focus is "Making Connections: Cross-Cultural Literacy Through the Arts." The performances include music, poetry and visual arts. They are free and open to the public.

The eighth annual quilt extravaganza, Quilting on the Kenai, will be held June 20-22 at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna and feature artist Diane Ericson. There will be vendors, demonstrations and lectures each day. On Saturday evening, there will be a wearable arts fashion show with the Hoffman Challenge, RAGS 10th anniversary Challenge, a Diane Ericson Trunk Show, Linda McGeehee Trunk Show and Australian Trunk Show. For more information, contact Robin Place Fabrics (262-5438).

The eighth annual Jeff Ransom Memorial Fun Run will be held on June 22 at the Johnson Lake Day Picnic Area on Johnson Lake and Crooked Creek Roads in Kasilof. The 5 kilometer (3.2 mile) family-style run, roll, walk, bike or crawl fun run will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a barbecue picnic from noon to 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony for all runners, and three hours of live music. Registration will be held at the race site from 9 to 9:45 a.m., and donations will be accepted in lieu of a registration fee. All proceeds will be donated to the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. For more information, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548.


See our movies page for weekly show times and listings.

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

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

Down the Road

"Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People," an exhibit reflecting the traditional lifestyle and rich cultural history of Alaska's Alutiiq people, is on display at the Pratt Museum through September.

The Pratt Museum also presents "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit that tells stories of promise and loss in the region, in the museum's lower level. Topics include "Nature's Hand: Our Falling Forest," "Brown Bears of the Kenai: A Population at Risk," "A Sanctuary for Bears: The River of Bears," and "A Man-Made Disaster: Darkened Waters -- A Profile of an Oil Spill."

Public viewing of fish feedings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. at the museum.

The Fireweed Gallery presents the following events: The Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society's 2002 Spring Show will be on display through Thursday. Seldovia's Living Dreams Studio, Eliz Olivella and Jorge Pablo present "Dos Tierras," a sculptural pottery and tile show on display through Thursday.

Pier One Theatre presents "Love Letters," by A.R. Gurney Jr., featuring Arthur and Mary Griffith June 7 and 8. A staged reading, which portrays a couple's relationship through the reading of their letters to each other from childhood to the end of their lives.

Pier One Theater presents "Dance Theatre North's Alice in America," original dance concert June 14-22.

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.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.

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