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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009

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* The eighth annual KDLL Summer Solstice Music Festival will be held Friday and Saturday at the Diamond M Ranch Resort on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Bridge Access Road. Musical offerings include blues, bluegrass, rock, country and folk from 19 different bands. Festivities begin Friday at 4 p.m. with live music continuing until 10 p.m. On Saturday Alaska's Official Balladeer Hobo Jim will kick off a full day of music at noon. Included in the line up are local bands and bands from across the state. Festivities end at midnight. In addition to the music, numerous vendors will provide food, drink, art, and fun games for the kids. For more information, call KDLL at 283-8433.

* The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will host a kids triathlon of inner-tubing, biking, and running for kids ages 12 and under at the Summer Solstice Music Festival at the Diamond M Ranch, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The race for children ages 8 years old and under will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and for ages 12 years old and under at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Practice heats for all ages will be held Friday. An above ground pool has been constructed for the festival. Participants are required to bring their own suit, towel, bike and helmet and running gear. Cost for the practice heats is $2, cost for the race is $3. Winners will receive a small gift certificate. For more information, call Polly Crawford 283-5307 or e-mail pcrawford@acsalaska.net.

* The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will host the Summer Solstice Art and Music Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Diamond M Ranch Resort at Mile 16.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Featured music will be Christian contemporary and gospel rock by area musicians. Opening guest will be Hobo Jim. A brunch will be available and fathers can eat free with the purchase of one paid meal. Raffles for plane tickets, fishing trips and flight seeing trips planned, also arts and crafts, activities and games for kids will be available. The cost is $5 for adults and youth ages 12 years old and under are free.

* Jaime Michaels will give a concert benefitting the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank at 7 p.m. Monday the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Based in Sante Fe, New Mexico, began his solo career in the early 1990s. Prior to that, he was the lead singer for the Truly Dangerous Swamp Band, which toured all over the U.S. With the Truly Dangerous Swamp Band Michaels opened shows for Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Poco, Roseanne Cash and Vince Gill among others. Tickets are $10 general admission, or 10 pounds of food. For more information about the food bank and its programs call 262-3111. For more information and listening samples from Jaime Michaels, visit www.jaimemichaels.com.

Events and Exhibits

* Artists Without Borders group show, "Color Me Blue" is on display upstairs in the 4D Building on the corner of Marydale and the Spur Highway in Soldotna.

* Kaladi Brothers Coffee Artists of the Month for its Kobuk store are Connie Goltz, Jay Goltz, and Dick and Loretta Hann the Retired Hands; and its artist of the month for its Sterling Highway store is Annette Beck.

* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays, and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai Fine Art Center's June exhibit is "Reflections: Sunrise to Sunset." A three person exhibit featuring the dolls of Karen Fogarty, the fiber art of Ann Lillian Schell and the photography of Dale Otcheck. The center is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

* The Kenai Performers have created a four season Poetry Tree in the library where everyone is invited to share a favorite poem with the community. Ask a staff member to attach your poem to the Poetry Tree. For more information, call Julie Niederhauser at 283-4378.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna has films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. For more information and complete program listings, call 262-7021.

Entertainment

* AMVETS Post No. 4 holds blind draw darts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Texas Hold 'Em at 7 p.m. Fridays and 4 p.m. Sundays; and Steak Night and karaoke with Mary and Jack at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

* BJ's in Soldotna will host Alaska's balladeer Hobo Jim Friday and Saturday and June 26 and 27; July 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31; and Aug. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.

* Bluegrass jam sessions are at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Sessions on the first Thursday of the month are at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights; karaoke Wednesday nights; 150 Grit on Thursday nights; and live music Friday and Saturday nights.

* Kenai Joe's will host live music with Ten Cent Zen Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 15. There will be a going away party for Roger and Terry Turnes at 6 p.m. Saturday with music beginning at 8 p.m.

* Rainbow Bar in Kenai has karaoke at 10 p.m. Sundays; free Texas Hold 'Em at 7 p.m. Tuesdays; and live music with Tuff E Nuff from 10:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* St. Elias Brewing Company will host an outdoor Summer Solstice Festival from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

* The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* The Riverside House in Soldotna hosts the After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays with Rock Star DJ Service. Dancing until 5 a.m. On Friday and Saturday Ninespine will play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

* Veronica's in Kenai will host open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Friday; Saturday, live music with Kelsey Shields and friends at 6:30 p.m. On June 27, "The Music Festival" will be held from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bands will include Worth Many Cattle, The North Road Rizzos, Kelsey Shields and Derek Poppin, The Good Kind, The Band Next Door, Katie Darling, Sarah Superman, Juicy Lucy and The Pebble Mind and others.

* The 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Films

* Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.

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

Upcoming events

* The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday. The festival's musical headliners will be Celtic artists Mary Jane Lamond with Wendy MacIsaac. Physical comedian, dancer, juggler and actor Robert Post emcees. Jams, song circles, workshops and two evenings of performances are planned. Visit www.seldoviamusicfestival.wordpress.com for more information.

* The Moose Pass Sportsmen's Club will host a Summer Solstice festival Saturday and Sunday. Call Dawn Campbell at 907-288-3616.

* Fish Follies, a musical comedy, is being presented by the Sterling Senior Center to kick off its salmon classic event. It will be held June 27. The ticket price is $20 and includes the performance and dinner.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. The matinee will be June 28 at 2 p.m. The ticket price is $10 and includes dessert. Tickets for performances are available at the senior center.

For more information, call 262-6808.

Down the Road

* Gallery Turquoise at Mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment by calling the owner at 907-595-1434.

* The Pratt Museum in Homer is located at 3779 Bartlett St. For more information, call 907-235-8635 or e-mail the museum director at info@pratt-museum.org.

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