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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

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World Music for the Kenai presents an outdoor concert at Morgan Stage in Kasilof July 18. Area musicians, including J.D. Uponen, Dr. Dave Wartinbee, The Flaming Bawls of Love, Katie Skrha and Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans, 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 for information and directions, or follow the signs at Mile 106.5 Sterling Highway. Tickets will be sold only at the door.

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host an informational tour about the last major glaciation and the cutting of the Kenai River Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Geology expert Dick Reger will take participants on an unforgettable tour through time when this area was covered in ice. Participants should meet at the Soldotna Visitors Center with a bag lunch. The tour is free and car pooling arrangements will be made to tour the five different lecture sites. To register or get more information, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449 or visit www.kenaiwatershed.org.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Writers Group will hold an open microphone night Friday at Buster's Coffee House in Kenai. All authors are welcome to share their works. It can be prose or poetry, but in the interest of allowing everyone a chance to read, nothing too long, please.

Tammy's Flower Factory and Gift Gallery will host a book signing event for Dj Blatchford, Kasilof author of "Just Like That" Alaska-inspired poems, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

An summer-long art exhibit by the participants of the Summer Arts Institute for Kids is on display in the back gallery of the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Original art and pottery for sale by area artists is on display in the front gallery.

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 Coffee in Soldotna has Sarah Glaves as its artist of the month.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents portrait photography by Jay Barrett 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.

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

The Clamshell lodge in clam Gulch presents music by Ten cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music by Mike Morgan and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Tustumena Lodge presents music by Tuff Enuff at 10 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.

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

A Poetry Slam will be held July 27 at the Kenai Elk's Club. The sign-in time for poets is 6 p.m. and the readings begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 for the performance and $5 for hors d'oeuvres, catered by Lori Chase of The Chase is Over. An open cash bar will be available. Competitors will only have to pay for food and the bar. All Slam poets on the peninsula are invited to attend, but only 12 participants can compete. They should come prepared with three poems, each no longer than three minutes. A cash prize will be awarded to the first three places. Members of team Alaska will be featured poets, although they will not be competing for the prizes. Proceeds from the door will go to help the team attend the National Poetry Slam in August (further information can be found

at the Alaska Poetry League Web site at www.alaskapoetry.org). Tickets for the Kenai Poetry Slam may be purchased at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Kenai Library, River City Books, and Dean's Peninsula Printing. The event is sponsored by the Kenai Writers Group. For further information, contact Barbara Waters in the evening at 283-3216.

Films

See our movies page for 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 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.

The Fireweed Gallery presents "... The clouds should know me by now ...," a collaborative collage by Susan Phillips Cushing and Zakary Phillips Cushing. The exhibition will be on display through July 31.

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

Pier One Theatre presents the Youth Theatre Skills Camp Show at 8:15 p.m. July 26 and 27, an original performance written and presented by the participants at a children's theater camp. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Etude Music Studio, The Bookstore in Homer or by calling 235-7333.

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

"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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