· The Independence Day celebration in Kenai begins Wednesday with the annual Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m. Afterward, there will be music, food and games for all ages from noon until 4 p.m. at the Kenai green strip.
Events and Exhibits
· The Soldotna Wednesday Market is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every week until Sept. 26 at Soldotna Creek Park along the Sterling Highway, with a variety of food and crafts vendors. For more information, contact Annette Villa at 252-7264. The Kenai Saturday Market is held Saturday afternoons in the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center parking lot. See related story on this page.
· Artists Without Borders has its June show on display at the 4D Professional Building in Soldotna.
· Art Works in Soldotna has work by Kathy Matta on display this month.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Libby Berezin as its artist of the month for June.
·n Mykel’s in Soldotna has Zirrus VanDevere as its artist of the month. The artist for July is Nathan Nash.
· The Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai has a dual show on display through June with clay sculpture, pottery and paintings by Laura Faeo and traditionally worked birch bark vessels by Regina McAbee.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has “The Journals of Captain Cook” and the summer show, “Sticks and Stones, Alaska Structure.” 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. For more information, call 283-1991.
· 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 .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.
· The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
· 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.
· The Crossing in Soldotna has music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights, 150 Grit on Tuesday nights, karaoke Wednesday nights, Alter Ego on Thursday nights, and Tuff-E-Nuff on Friday and Saturday nights.
· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Emily Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Stephanie Bouchard and Melissa Kay from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.
· Moosequitos in Sterling has a Texas hold ’em poker tournament every Wednesday night, open mic night with Pete Jackson today and karaoke with Jason on Friday night.
· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.
· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.
· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has a folk music jam on the deck at 6 p.m. Tuesdays; open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; live music by Sue Biggs and Jack Will at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
· Call Orca Theaters 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 in Homer presents “Never Say Never,” a collection of scenes showcasing the talents of the students of the Youth Theatre Skills Conservatory. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information and reservations, call (907) 235-7333 or visit www.pieronetheatre.org.
· Homer author Nancy Lord will present a PowerPoint program concerning the research for her book, “Beluga Days: Tracking the Endangered White Whale,” and the latest science, threats and chance for recovery of the small Cook Inlet beluga population at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.
· The Pratt Museum in Homer has “Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place,” and “Kachemak Perspectives,” an exhibit of art depicting various aspects of the bay area, through June. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and historic harbor walking tours are at 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for $5 starting at the Pratt Museum wheelhouse booth on the Homer Spit. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
· First Thursday art events July 5 include an a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, open mic from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Veronica’s in Kenai and artwork by Nathan Nash at Mykel’s in Soldotna.
· BeauSoleil will perform at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik on Aug. 17. Tickets are on sale at The Buzz Cafe in Ninilchik, Homer Bookstore and online at inticketing.com. For more information, call (907) 567-3670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “Points of View VII: Con-Census” through Sept. 2; “Inuniunniq aqvunniagun A Way of Life through Whaling” through Sept. 16; “Gift of the Whale,” photographs by Bill Hess through Sept. 16; “Arctic Spirit,” Inuit art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum through Sept. 16; “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2,” contemporary Native North American art from the West, Northwest and Pacific through Sept. 16; and “Out of the Ordinary,” the children’s gallery exhibit, through May 2008. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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