What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2003

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The Kenai Writers Group is organizing a fund-raiser for Heather Faeo, 14, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Faeo has suffered severe head trauma and has had two brain surgeries after being hit by a car in Kenai on May 17. The fund-raiser will include food, auctions, prose and poetry, and live music from Lou Heite, Joe Ray Skrha, Kenai River Early Music Ensemble, Food for the Soul, Vedran Jukic, Nancy Anderson, the Chillbillies, Blue Moon Revue, J D Uponen, Joe Rinehardt, Dave Brown, Nikiski High School alumni quartet a capella vocalists and Absinthe. Donations will be accepted at the door. To contribute items for the auctions, drop them off at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. There is an account set up for donations to the Faeos at First National Bank in Kenai. Cards and flowers can be sent to Heather Faeo, Providence Hospital, Intensive Care Room 302, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508. For more information on the fund-raiser, call Jay Barrett at 283-1991.

First Thursday events in Soldotna include an artist reception for painter Chris Wakefield from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works, a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church and the opening of a photography exhibit by Bill Heath at Mykel's.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," featuring 76 original paintings by 44 world-renowned artists, through Sept. 6. The cost to view the exhibit after Memorial Day will be $3 for adults and free for students and children. The center's hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 283-1991.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kevin Harding as its artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital has a photography display from students who were enrolled in spring art classes at Kenai Peninsula College. The show includes black and white landscape photography, hand-colored photography, night photography, computer generated art and mixed media with computer drawing techniques. The show will be on display through July.

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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center 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. 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.

Entertainment

Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai presents an open mic night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today with no cover charge.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans, featuring Kurt Eriksson and Bill Zumwalt, at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Peel from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents music by Guitar Wally at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Moosequitos Bar in Sterling presents music by Mo Betta Blues at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Petal Pushers in Kenai presents piano music by Remarkable Ralph at 3 p.m. every Thursday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.

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

The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold its 5-kilometer Run for the River on June 14, coinciding with the 2003 Kenai River Festival at the festival grounds at the city of Kenai's Green Strip Park on Main Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on race day; the race starts at 10 a.m. Preregistration is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. Registration on race day is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. To register, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449 or download a registration form online at www.kenaiwatershed.org. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14 and 15. There will be a children's hands-on science tent, artisan booths, fish model painting, face painting, puppet shows, fishing clinics and casting practice, salmon and burrito dinners, environmental exhibits and live music.

The Sterling Senior Citizens Center will host a barbeque from 4 to 8 p.m. June 14. There will be dinner of ribs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, beverages and dessert, as well as door prizes and entertainment. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and $30 for families of up to two adults and four children.

The Peninsula Promenaders will have square dances at 7 p.m. June 14 and 28 at North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691 or Betty at 262-9387.

World Music for the Kenai presents a performance by songwriter, storyteller and master of the autoharp Bryan Bowers at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and Kenai Peninsula College students. Admission for children under 10 is free. Family discounts are available. Tickets will be sold only at the door. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548.

The KDLL Art and Music Festival will be noon to midnight June 21 at the Diamond-M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Featured musicians will be the Chillbillies, Drive By Body Pierce, English Bay Band, Mabrey Brothers, Mo Betta Blues, Spur Highway Spankers, Synthesesia, 10 Cent Zen, Katie and Joe Ray Skrha, Penny Gottsche and Hay Belly, T.S. Scream and Matt Yaki. Admission prices for KDLL members is free for kids ages 1 to 5, $5 for kids ages 6 to 14, $15 for adults ages 15 to 59, $10 for seniors 60 or over and $45 for families of up to two adults and three kids. Admission prices for non-KDLL members is free for kids ages 1 to 5, $8 for kids ages 6 to 14, $18 for adults ages 15 to 59, $12 for seniors ages 60 and over and $55 for families of two adults and three kids.

American Dance Force national touring workshops will be held at the North Star Dance Studio in the Superstructure building in Soldotna on Aug. 2. Flamenco dancer Antonio Vargas will give intensive, 90-minute Flamenco workshops designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Workshops cost $45. For more information or to register, contact American Dance Force by phone at (877) 500-2544, by e-mail at info@americandanceforce.com or its Web site at www.american danceforce.com.

Films

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

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer will host an opening reception for Outdoor Art 2003, a mixed media show of felt, fiber, metal stone and wood, at 5 p.m. Friday. The show will be on display through July 2.

Downward Dog Productions presents a concert by Flow Motion at 10 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer. This Seattle band combines rock, funk, jazz and bluegrass with traditional African and Latin influences. This show will be a benefit for Kindness Without Borders. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to a self-sulstaining orphanage in Nepal that the group is building entirely with funds it generates. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at Solstice Music, Alice's and The Bookstore in Homer, by phone by calling (907) 235-1921 or online at Ticketweb.com. For more information on the band, visit the Web site www.Flowmotion.net.

Youth Appreciation Week in Homer will be Monday through June 13. There will be a carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Homer High School parking lot, a beach party at Bishop's Beach with a sand sculpture contest and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Boys and Girls Club open house and skate park exhibitions at the skate park from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, a fish for fun event from 2 to 5 p.m. at the reservoir and barbecue and pool party from 6 to 8 p.m. at Homer High School on June 12, and a wilderness hike and scavenger hunt from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pratt Museum and street dance and barbecue at Point of View Plaza from 8 to 11 p.m. June 13. All events are free and prizes will be awarded.

The Pratt Museum presents "Wetlands: Going with the Flow," an invitational art exhibition in collaboration with a scientific exhibit presented by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Cook Inlet Keeper, through July 6. "Eight Stars of Gold the Story of Alaska's Flag," a historic collection of schoolchildren's designs that tell the story of Alaska and how the winning flag design supported the campaign for statehood, is on display in the museum's mezzanine and lower levels. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, also is on display in the museum's lower level. The museum's "SeeBirdCam" is operational through September, allowing patrons to control a live video camera on Gull Island from the museum's Marine Room. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Seldovia Arts Council presents its third annual Summer Solstice Folk Music Festival on June 20 and 21. Headline performers are blues musician "Hawkeye" Herman and mountain dulcimer player Mark Nelson. Hawkeye, winner of the Blues Foundation's 1998 "Keeping the Blues Alive" award, performs a wide variety of traditional blues, ballads, swing and original tunes on six-string and 12-string guitars and plays the slide guitar and slide mandolin. Nelson is one of the nation's foremost mountain dulcimer players, with a repertoire ranging from soulful Celtic airs to lightning fast fiddle tunes. He also is accomplished on many other instruments and is a composer and author of several Mel Bay books on the dulcimer. Also performing will be Robin Hopper, Mike Campbell, Rick Brooks and The Matanuska Thunder Pluckers, Seldovia's own Looney Creek, Radoslav Lorkovic, Dan McElrath, Midnight Starlight, Esther Golton, Larry Zarella, Anna Stange, Patric Doyle and Earl and Alice Mullins. Festival performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with additional performances at 1 p.m. Saturday. Workshops in beginning guitar, the blues, slack key guitar, and east African folk songs and stories will be offered. Music jams will happen periodically around town, along with a local craft. Tickets for the event are $25 for a festival pass and $15 for a daily pass. Children's prices are $15 for a festival pass and $10 for a daily pass. For more information on the festival or to inquire about performing, contact Susan Mumma at (907) 234-7614 or seldarts@yahoo.com, or visit the Arts Council's Web site at www.xyz.net/~seldarts. For information on getting to Seldovia and its accommodations and attractions, visit www.seldovia.com or call the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce at (907) 234-7612.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Eskimo Drawings," featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, on display through Sept. 14. Also on display is "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," through Sept. 21. At 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the museum will show "The Circle," a film set in Tehran, Iran, where women's lives are restricted by numerous laws and women can only travel if accompanied by a man.

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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