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Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2006

Best Bet

· The Kenai Performers and KDLL will present “The Mariner’s Revenge” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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.

Events and Exhibits

· Frames and Things in Soldotna will host a reception today at 4 p.m. for its artist of the month for June, Sharon Freeman.

· 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. There is a market with Alaska Grown produce and products from 30 vendors open in the center’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.


· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Stephanie Bouchard 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 Tuff ’E ’Nuff 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 Nancy Anderson 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 Guthrie Family Legacy Tour, featuring Arlo Guthrie and openers Beau Soleil, will appear at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. June 9. Ticket prices are $38 for members of KBBI and KDLL radio, $45 for nonmembers and $25 for ages 4-16. Tickets are available at Sugar Magnolia’s in Soldotna, Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai or online at www.inticketing.com.

· 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.


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

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

· Kenai Landing’s dinner theater will screen the following films at 4 p.m. next week: “A Fist Full of Dollars” today; “Forrest Gump” Friday; “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Saturday; “Some Like It Hot” Sunday; “Batman Begins” Monday; “Chicken Run” Tuesday; and “The Green Mile” Wednesday. The following films will be screened at 7 p.m.: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” today; “Titanic” Friday; “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” Saturday; “Pirates of the Caribbean” Monday; “The Lion King” Tuesday; and “The Sixth Sense” Wednesday. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Down the Road

· Land’s End Resort will host the annual “Mad Hatters” tea party Saturday. Tickets for the event are $10 for council members and $15 for general admission.

· Readings from winners of the Kenai Peninsula Writers Conference’s adult categories will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Winners from the youth categories will read at 7 p.m. June 8 at the council.

Anchorage Events

· The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour featuring Arlo Guthrie and openers Beau Soleil will appear in Atwood Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. June 8. Tickets are between $25 and $35 and are available by calling (907) 263-2787, (907) 488-0556 or by visiting www.CenterTix.net or www.acousticadventures.com.

· 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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

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