"Damon's Alaskan Frontier," a one-hour, narrated, fast-paced humorous production highlighting some of the state's interesting facts and oddities is performed at 5 and 7 p.m. daily at Kenai Landing behind Sockeye's Restaurant. The show is presented by Damon Bowen, who has been employed as a state and federal field-research biologist doing work in remote areas of the western United States. Tickets are $10 and available at Sockeye's and the front desk at Kenai Landing. Tickets for youths under 18 are $5. See story, this page.
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's Fourth of July celebration events begin with a Rotary breakfast at 8 a.m., vendor booths open at 10 a.m. and the parade, with the theme "The Spirit of Dipnetting on the Kenai" starts at 11 a.m. Other entertainment begins at 1 p.m., including fire department water games, a petting zoo, face painting and performances by the Dixieland Bad, Na Manu Olu and Aeko Hule Dancers, Kenai Swinging Golden Girls, All-American Dance and More, bagpiper Tony Barrett, Chantell Guerra's Mexican folkloric dance, Anita's Piano and Voice, Robert Peterson's "Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance," Cannettic Energy Dance Academy, Bunny Swan Gease, Kenaitze Drummers, David Edward-Smith and Turk and the Tim Sturm Band. Parade awards will be announced at 3 p.m.
Events and Exhibits
There will be a fly-in barbecue at the Nikiski Airport on Saturday, including hamburgers and hot dogs for $5. For more information, call 776-3500.
Art Works in Soldotna has "Illustration," a show by artist and illustrator Chris Jenness on display through July.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Rhon Lyons as its artist of the month, a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and a cribbage club that meets from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has "Alaska 2005 Native Arts Now" on display. The free summer interpretive program includes a guided tour of Old Town Kenai at 3 p.m. Friday and a presentation on framing and protecting fine art by Marty Hapeman, owner of Art Works gallery in Soldotna, at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The center also has natural history mounts, a historic area and Native Alaska artifacts on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 283-1991.
Saturday markets are held at the bus turnaround at the corner of Corral Street and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna and outside at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Items offered from vendors include art, crafts and produce.
The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every day and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-0822.
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. The center is on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road has natural history mounts, including the world-record king salmon on display, and a boardwalk along the Kenai River. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, call 262-1337.
Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has a folk jam from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, an open mic night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and live music by Katie Skhra from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Sonny Ogle and Adam Segura from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has live music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
BJ's in Soldotna has live music by Hobo Jim, Alaska's Balladeer, at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Kenai Joe's in Kenai has live music by Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday with the band's CD release party also Saturday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live music by Matt, Mark and Dave from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has live music by the Music Rebel Blues on Sunday and Monday.
VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.
The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.
The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.
First Thursday events July 7 include an opening reception for a display of drawings by Nathan Nash at Already Read Books in Kenai from 6 to 7 p.m., a performance by the Tim Sturm Band at Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and receptions with refreshments at the Jim Evenson and other galleries at Kenai Landing until 9 p.m.
The Deep Creek Music Festival will begin at 6 p.m. July 8 at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds with food, vendors, camping, a beer garden and live music by Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller at 8 p.m. July 8 and Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Three-Legged Mule, Ciento Nova, Butch Leman, Worth Many Cattle and Zachary James starting at noon July 9.
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
Square dancing is held at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. The caller and instructor is Lenora Regeon. For more information, call (907) 567-1004 or 252-6420.
Daniel Nelson, author of "Northern Landscapes: The Struggle for Wilderness Alaska," will tour Alaska to share stories of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act's passage and its legacy across the state. He will speak in Anchorage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Title Wave Books, 1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd., and in Homer at 7 p.m. July 9 at the Islands and Oceans Visitors Center, 95 Sterling Highway.
DJ's Wheelhouse in Seward has live music by 9 Spine on Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 20.
Picture Alaska gallery, 448 E. Pioneer Ave. in Homer, has "Wildlife Alaska," a show by Nikiski artist and illustrator Chris Jenness, on display through June.
The Matt Lewis Band from Salt Lake City will perform at the Yukon Bar in Seward on Friday, Saturday and Monday. For more information on the band, visit the Web site at www.mattlewisband.com.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display "Light Motifs: American Impressionist Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art" through Sept. 5, "The Shamans: Spirit Guides of Siberia" through Sept. 18, "Points of View VI: Defiant Objects," which juxtaposes selections from the museum's collection of contemporary arts and crafts with items in its ethnographic collection, through Sept. 11 and "Spot the Dog," the annual children's gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
To submit information, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.
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