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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2002

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"A Substantial Risk," a courtroom drama written by Nikiski drama teacher Joe Rizzo and presented by the Kenai Youth Court program, will play in the courtroom in the old courthouse in Kenai next to the Kenai Community Library at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. In the play, a student body president is on trial for trying to bring about awareness of school safety by staging a phony shooting. Tickets are $5 and available at the Dollar Store in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna and at Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai.

Join biologist Ted Bailey at 6 p.m. today and be one of the first people to blaze the way on a new trail in the Upper Skilak Campground area. The hike will include breathtaking views, possible viewing of Skilak wildlife and information about biological work like radio tracking bears. Participants should meet at Upper Skilak Landing by the footbridge across and unnamed creek. To register or get more information, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449 or visit its Web site at www.kenaiwatershed.org.

Events and Exhibits

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 that will benefit area art scholarships.

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 photographer 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 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.

Entertainment

Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan at 7 p.m. today and music by Dave Unruh on acoustic guitar and Barney Wilborg on upright bass at 7 p.m. Friday.

Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai presents open mic music with J.D. and Don at 7 p.m. Friday and music by Sammy Broussard at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Clamshell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents music by 10-Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn in Kasilof presents music by Lovetap at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music by Anne Stange at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Cooper Landing presents music by Synthesesia at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Mike Morgan at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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

Willow expert Dominique Collet will conduct a flora mountain walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 in the Cooper Landing area. Interested participants should meet in the parking lot at the trail head of the Russian Lakes Trail at 10 a.m. with a bag lunch and plant guides. To register or get more information, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449 or visit its Web site at www.kenaiwatershed.org.

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

Pier One Youth Theatre presents "The Search for Odysseus," written by Charles Way and directed by Laura Forbes, today at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:15 p.m. and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. The play chronicles the adventures of Telemachus, son of Odysseus, and the gods, monsters and mortals he meets as he searches for his father in the years after the Trojan War. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Etude Music Studio and The Bookstore in Homer.

The Fireweed Gallery presents "Chinese Brush Painting," an art show by Homer artist Sharlene Packer, on display through Wednesday. The show depicts birds and flowers in traditional Chinese presentation. 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 Man-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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