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Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2002

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Fourth of July events are scheduled in Kenai, Homer, Seward and Seldovia. For a complete listing, see the related story on this page.

Events and Exhibits

Willow expert Dominique Collet will conduct a flora mountain walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 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.

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 center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents Emily Steele as its artist of the month.

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.

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 many 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 fiddler Sue Biggs and guitarist Jack Will at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kenai Joe's in Kenai presents music by 10-Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Whitey and the Blue Moon Revue at 8 p.m. Friday, Holly Wiley and Lois Holleman at 8 p.m. Saturday, and Mike Morgan at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof presents music by Tuff Enuff at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

River City Books in Soldotna will host a reading and book-signing for Glendon Brunk and his new book, "Yearning Wild: Exploring the Last Frontier and the Landscape of the Heart," from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11. Brunk will be in Homer at The Bookstore at 7 p.m. July 12.

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host a tour of the Andrew Berg homestead cabin July 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. To register or for more information, call 260-5449. The tour is free.

World Music for the Kenai presents an outdoor concert at Morgan Stage in Kasilof July 18. Area artists will kick off the event at 4 p.m., and the Bill Hilly Band from Vancouver, B.C., will headline the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, with discounts for kids and families. Call or e-mail Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net before July 16 for information and directions. Tickets will be sold only at the door.

Films

See our movies page for weekly show times and listings.

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 Theatre presents "Nunsense," written by Dan Groggin and directed by Arthur Griffith, about the Little Sisters of Hoboken rehearsing a fund-raiser for their order. The play runs Thursday through July 21. Performance times are 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Tickets are $12 and available at the Etude Music Studio, The Bookstore in Homer or by calling 235-7333.

First Friday events in Homer include "Selections for the Kenai Peninsula College Monotype and Landscape Painting Workshop" with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Council Building.

The Fireweed Gallery presents "... The clouds should know me by now ...," a collaborative collage by Susan Phillips Cushing and Zakary Phillips Cushing. The exhibition opens Friday with a reception at 5 p.m. and will be on display through July 31.

The Homer Council on the Arts presents an Art for Kids summer session Monday through July 18 for kindergarten through sixth-grade students. For more information, call 235-4288.

Pier One Theatre presents "Invisible Ink," with area writers reading their works, centering on the Alaska experience. Tickets are $9 and available at the door only. For more information, call 235-7333.

A summer street fair will be held at Homer High School from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20. For more information, call 235-4288.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's Summer Strings Festival is Aug. 1 through 11.

"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.

"Facing the Elements," an annual outdoor art exhibition along the Forest Ecology Trail at the Pratt Museum, is on display until Sept. 15.

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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