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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

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The Alaska Alliance for Arts Education presents six performances Tuesday through Thursday at Kenai Peninsula College. The performances are a part of the fifth annual Arts Education Academy, a weeklong series of classes and performance. 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.

First Thursday events scheduled for today are an artist's reception for Ed Tussey at 6 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna, a book signing with author Lisa Augustine at 6 p.m. at River City Books in Soldotna, a display of Nantucket-style baskets by Wild Iris at 6 p.m. at Claudette's in Soldotna, open mic music with Lois Holleman at 7 p.m. at Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna and a bluegrass jam at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Community Library will hold its annual book sale today through June 15 at the library. The sale opens to Friends of the Library at 5 p.m. Thursday. It opens to the public June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is accepting donated books and volunteer help. To volunteer, contact Megan O'Neill at 283-8462.

The Moose River in will have a spaghetti feed dinner for $5 a plate at 8 p.m. Saturday to benefit Big Tim, who lost his cabin in a fire.

Ben Histand will perform a solo piano recital at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley Street. Histand is a 2002 graduate of Soldotna High School. The recital is free, open to the public and will include music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin. A reception will follow.

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 what 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.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Libby Berezin as its artist of the month.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Jay Barrett as its artist 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. Nancy Anderson will play Friday at 7 p.m.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Mike Morgan at 7 p.m. Friday.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents dinner music by Dave Unruh on acoustic guitar and Barney Wilborg on upright bass at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Gypsy and Big Spanker at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music from Two Cent Syndicate at 6:30 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. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is live music.

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 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).

Seldovia's second annual Folk Music Festival will be held on solstice weekend, June 21 and 22. Musicians include local acts as well as nationally acclaimed artists, such as Muriel Anderson, Tracy Grammer and Dave Carter. Festival performances begin at 7 p.m. June 21 and 22, and there will be dance and music workshops and a craft fair on June 22. Tickets for the festival are $25 and are available in advance from the Seldovia Arts Council and various Seldovia businesses. Tickets for individual events at non-package prices also are available at the door. For more information on the festival, contact Susan Mumma at 234-7614 or seldarts@yahoo.com, or visit the Seldovia Arts Council Web site at www.xyz.net/~seldarts.

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 9-9:45 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.


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

Pier One Theatre presents "Love Letters," by A.R. Gurney Jr., featuring Arthur and Mary Griffith Friday and Saturday. 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.

The Fireweed Gallery will hold an opening reception for Homer artist Sharlene Packer on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Packer's show, "Chinese Brush Painting," depicts birds and flowers in traditional Chinese presentation. The show is on display through July 3. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

"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 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 Manm-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.

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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