The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual Fourth of July celebration in Kenai. See related story, this section.
First Thursday events include an opening reception for artist Alice Thaggard from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna, a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and a reception for artist Thor Evenson at 4 p.m. at Veronica's Coffee house in Kenai.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," featuring 76 original paintings by 44 world-renowned artists, through Sept. 6. The cost to view the exhibit is $3 for adults and free for students and children. The center's hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 283-1991.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Melinda Hershberger as its artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Mykel's restaurant has photographer Bill Heath as its artist of the month.
The Soldotna Animal Hospital has a photography display from students who were enrolled in spring art classes at Kenai Peninsula College. The show includes black-and-white landscape photography, hand-colored photography, night photography, computer-generated art and mixed media with computer drawing techniques. The show will be on display through July.
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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center 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. 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.
Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai presents an open mic night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and music by Don Weller and J. D. Uponen at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling presents karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and music by Turk at 9 p.m. Saturday. A shuttle service is available.
The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai presents oldies music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets on Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Simply Sleek from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents acoustic blues, Hawaiian, and folk music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.
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.
American Dance Force national touring workshops will be held at the North Star Dance Studio in the Superstructure building in Soldotna on Aug. 2. Flamenco dancer Antonio Vargas will give intensive, 90-minute Flamenco workshops designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Workshops cost $45. For more information or to register, contact American Dance Force by phone at (877) 500-2544, by e-mail at email@example.com or its Web site at www.americandanceforce.com.
Also see http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/movies.shtml for the latest listings and times.
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
Seldovia will host Independence Day activities on Friday. Events start at 7 a.m. with a blueberry pancake breakfast, followed by a 5-kilometer salmon shuttle foot race at 9 a.m. The parade, with a theme of "Seldovia, just another day in paradise," begins on Main Street at 11 a.m. Grand stand activities following the parade will be the singing of the national anthem, the raising of the flag, entertainment by the Chiles Family Celtic Dancers from Anchorage, a cake and pie auction, other parade awards and the Old Crab award, which will be given to former Alaska governor Jay Hammond. There will be a cooking demonstration at 1 p.m., adult and childrens' games at 1:30 p.m., a rubber duckie race at 3 p.m., canoe jousting, a log roll and blind man's kayak race at 4 p.m. and a men's annual baseball game to end to the day.
Timeless Toys in Homer will host a Renaissance Fair at 3657 Main Street from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Homer. The Wild Rovers will put on a gypsy fair, with improvisational theater, fortune telling, kids' games, hair braiding, face painting, music, folk dance lessons, singing, stage combat and food. Admission is free, with individual fees for services.
Pier One Theater in Homer presents "Nunsense II, the Second Coming" by Dan Goggin from Friday through July 26. For reservations or more information, call (907) 235-7333.
The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents an opening reception for Alaska artist Dot Tideman from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Tideman's watercolor, acrylic and 3-D show will be on display at the gallery through July.
The Pratt Museum presents "Wetlands: Going with the Flow," an invitational art exhibition in collaboration with a scientific exhibit presented by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Cook Inlet Keeper, through Sunday. "Quilter's Glory," a collection of community quilts, is on display throughout the museum's galleries through Sunday. "Eight Stars of Gold the Story of Alaska's Flag," a historic collection of schoolchildren's designs that tell the story of Alaska and how the winning flag design supported the campaign for statehood, is on display in the museum's mezzanine and lower levels. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, also is on display in the museum's lower level. The museum's "SeeBirdCam" is operational through September, allowing patrons to control a live video camera on Gull Island from the museum's Marine Room. Films about Alaska grizzly bears, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and longtime pioneers are shown in the lower level of the museum at 11 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. every day. Historic harbor guided walking tours are given from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at the museum's wheelhouse booth on the Homer Spit for $5. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Eskimo Drawings," featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, on display through Sept. 14. Also on display is "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," through Sept. 21 and "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May 2004. Every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 11, the museum hosts Jazz After Hours events where participants can view the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections while listening to jazz music. At 3 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, the museum will show the film "Pathfinder," about a 16-year-old who is spared from slaughter by a hunting trip.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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