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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008

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* The 15th annual Quilting on the Kenai will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna and the gala finale Art-to-Wear Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Christian Center. The price of admission is $8 per person, with a discount offered for a three-day pass. For more information, call Pat Reese at 262-5438.

* Frontier Community Services will hold its annual World Series Baseball event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna Little League fields. A barbecue, potluck, grilled fresh salmon and Hawaiian shaved ice are planned. The Clown Lady will provide entertainment, and face painting and crazy hairstyles will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call Kathy Kenner at 262-6331.

* "Fish Follies," a musical comedy, will be presented by the Sterling Senior Center at 5 p.m. Saturday at the center. It is a kick-off event for its annual Salmon Classic. Tickets are $20 and include the performance and dinner. There also will be a matinee at 2 p.m. June 29. A matinee ticket is $10 and includes the performance and dessert. Tickets for both performances are available at the senior center. For more information, call 262-8608.

Events and Exhibits

* The Triumvirate Theatre's third annual fishing extravaganza show "Fish On" continues at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the theatre at Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The hour-long show will have fiddling, comedy and insider information. Two local performers will teach where the big fish are, how to catch them, the history of the river and how to stay safe while going after the fish of your dreams. For more information, show times and other locations, visit www.triumviratetheatre.org.

* Kenai Performer's Summer in the Playhouse drama camp students will perform the "Rosies: Women and WWII," an upbeat look at era with big band music at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kenai Playhouse in Old Town Kenai. General admission is $10 or $8 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the door, Charlotte's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. For more information, call 398-7571.

* Artist Without Borders will have a group art show upstairs at the 4-D Interiors conference room on the corner of Marydale and the Kenai Spur Highway. Sixteen artists are represented, with 37 works in a variety of mediums, including photography, fiber, watercolor, oil, acrylic, fused glass, colored pencil and encaustic. For more information, call Susan at 262-3958.

* Kaladi Brothers Artist of the Month is Richard Bornengo.

* 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 Arts Center at 816 Cook St. will host the work of Marlene Thiel Pearson and Erin E. Micciche through the end of June. Their work, titled "A Natural Beauty," is a collection of couture gowns and mixed media celebrating femininity. For more information, call the center at 283-7040.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway summer art show "Alaskan Light: Mystery Revealed," more than 50 works of art that range in media, will be on display through Sept. 9. The center also displays 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.

Admission to events is included with the cost of admission to the museum -- $3 for adults and children are admitted free of charge. For more information, call 283-1991.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna will host the following events: films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.; a guided fitness walk will be held at 2 p.m. today on the Keen Eye and Centennial trails. The walk will last 1 1/2 hours. Preregister by calling Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839. For more information and complete program listings, call 262-7021.


* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

* BJ's Lounge in Soldotna will host Hobo Jim at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna will host Russ Bacou and Gabriel Van Zee from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday; and Tyler Schlung from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

* Mugz Coffee Lounge in the Blazy Mall has acoustic music from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday with Jay C. Smith; and Melissa Kay and Kelsey Shields Saturday.

* Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna will host music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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

* The Clam Shell Lodge at Mile 118.5 of the Sterling Highway will hold the Clam Jam Friday through Sunday. For more information, call Patty at 398-4139.

* The Crossing will host Mike Morgan playing folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic songs at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

* The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has Monday night poker; pool leagues Tuesdays; and live music from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

* The Riverside House in Soldotna hosts the After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays.

* Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai will have open mic at 6:30 p.m. today; Vicki Tinker and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday; Scott Merry at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; and Folk Jam on the Deck at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

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


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

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

Upcoming events

* The 2008 Kenai Peninsula Watercolor Juried Exhibition will run through the month of July. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 3 at Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook Street in Old Town Kenai were exhibit winners names will be announced. The exhibit is sponsored by the watercolor group of the Peninsula Art Guild features adult water media artists. The jury panel is made up of peninsula artists Sandra Lewis, Stephanie Cox and Natasha Ala. For more information, call the Kenai Fine Arts Center at 283-7040 during regular business hours from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

* The Kenai Kennel Club's annual conformation shows and agility trials will be held July 11-13 at Skyview High School. Events start at 8 a.m. each day. Evening events will include demonstrations on earth dog and lure coursing. For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, call 335-2552.

* World Music for the Kenai presents "Alaska Homegrown Summer Splash '08," featuring Boston singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson with Caleb Aronson, Linda Thiele, Travis "B" Barnes, Sean Hoskins, Katie Evans and Vickie Tinker, The Eriksson Brothers Band and more from 3 to 11 p.m. July 13 at The Moose Pasture in Kasilof, near Mile 107.3 of the Sterling Highway. Follow signs on the day of the show. Ticket are $20 to $23 and available only at the door. The concert will go on rain or shine. Tarps will be up in case of downpour. Barbecue grills and charcoal will be available for cookouts. No food will be sold at the site. For more information, call 252-8223 or e-mail mjmorgan@gci.net.

Down the Road

* Fireweed Gallery in Homer will present "Serendipity," acrylic paintings by Jerilyn Krause in the main gallery at 475 E. Pioneer Ave. For more information, call 235-3411 or e-mail fireweedgallery.com.

* The Alaska SeaLife Center in celebration of the center's 10th anniversary will offer Alaskans free admission to the center the 10th day of each month through December. An Alaska ID is required. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 301 Railway Ave. in Seward. For more information, call 800-224-2525, 907-224-6312 or visit www.alaskasealife.org.n The Pratt Museum in Homer will host "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place," a redesign of the museum's main galleries, with Phase I completed in 2004. Community-based videos, photo essays, computer interactives, and visitor-controlled remote video technology will take visitors beyond the museum walls to historic and contemporary life around Kachemak Bay, providing a means of understanding people and place; and free forest ecology trail walks will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays. A museum volunteer will lead a walk around the trail and highlight some of the things that make the Forest Ecology Trail one of downtown Homer's best short hikes. The museum is at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer. For more information, call 907-235-8635 or e-mail info@pratt-museum.org.

Anchorage and Beyond

* The Alaska State Fair concert series line up will be: Aug. 21, Alaska Rocks! Featuring the Sanders Band and Joey Fender and the 55s; Aug. 22, Mayday Parade; Aug. 23, Tracy Lawrence; Aug. 24, Kansas; Aug. 25, Emerson Drive; Aug. 26, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys; Aug. 27, Terry Fator; Aug. 28, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees; Aug. 29, Sean Kingston; Aug. 30, Charlie Daniels Band; Aug. 31, Gin Blossoms and The Rembrandts; and Sept. 1, Hobo Jim and his Nashville All-Star Band. All shows are held rain or shine at the Borealis Theatre, the fair's main stage. Tickets go on sale to the general public July 1, and when purchased prior to the day of the concert, include fair admission. Visit www.alaskastatefair.org for more information.

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