n Soldotna Progress Days will be held in Soldotna on Saturday and Sunday. A parade will start Saturday at 11 a.m. at Marydale and Aspen and a barbecue will be held in the Soldotna Senior Center parking lot at noon. A fair will be held 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Peninsula Center Mall and the Progress Days Rodeo will be held Saturday at the rodeo grounds on Kalifornsky Beach Road.
The Kenai Recreation Center will host a Kids Carnival on Saturday. Events begin at at noon in the center's gym.
Events and Exhibits
The Alaskan Gift and Gallery Artist of the Month is Dottie Sanders of Nikiski. The show includes some of her selected watercolors.
"Alaska 2000: A Celebration of Wildlife Art" is on display through July 31 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The exhibit includes more than 75 original paintings of Alaska wildlife by 28 artists from Alaska and other parts of North America. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 283-1991.
The Soldotna Animal Hospital is featuring shell wreaths and sculptures by Liz Chase through July.
Kaladi Brothers is featuring the artwork of Dennis Wilbert through the month of July.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yup'ik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Admission is $3. For more information, call 283-1991.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The center is located on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7021.
Birch Tree Gallery offers several watercolors by Anchor Point artist Peggy Hunt; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Nancy Engle and Kathleen Logan; spruce burl furniture by Bob Kuiper; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Kim Hyde and Pat Morrison; fox-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Neering; pottery by Libby Berezin, Elizabeth West and Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.
Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.
Some of Soldotna's earliest homestead cabins, the Territorial School and wildlife exhibits can be seen at the Soldotna Historical Society's Homestead Museum on Kalifornsky Beach Road Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
BJ's Lounge will present Hobo Jim on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
The Vagabond presents music by Ice Box on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
George's Casino features music by a DJ starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The Maverick Club presents karaoke Mondays and Thursdays at 9 p.m.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music with the Mabrey Brothers Band every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
The Old Town Village Restaurant will feature Mike Morgan at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
The Tustumena Lodge will feature music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans on Saturday at 10 p.m.
Kaladi Brothers presents the music of Kris Riley on Saturday starting at 5 p.m.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
The Kenai-Soldotna Shrine Club will feature a benefit concert with Hobo Jim on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium.
Lasting Stitches will host Sew Saturday at The Old Town Village Restaurant at 9 a.m. Aug. 12. Bring a sewing machine, project and supplies. Space is limited; call 283-9470 for reservations. The cost is $15 for morning snack and lunch.
Winged Sprint Cars from Kenai, Soldotna, Wasilla, Palmer, Fairbanks, North Pole and Delta Junction will be featured Aug. 18 at the Alaska Sprint Tour at Twin City Raceway.
Writing in the Wilderness will be held Aug. 21-29. It is a creative writing workshop that takes place on a trip down the Copper River. The teacher is University of Alaska Anchorage creative writing instructor Marybeth Holleman, a nationally published nature writer and author of "Alaska's Prince William Sound." For more information, call (800) 349-0064.
Down the Road
The Homer Council on the Arts will present the 10th annual Summer Street Fair on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. on the Homer High School grounds. Local entertainment and vendor booths will be on hand. For more information, call Jody Rose (907) 235-4288 or 235-9382.
The Pier One Theater presents "Moliere's Tartuffe," directed by Lance Petersen, through Sunday. The show times are Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. and Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $11 with discounts for seniors and children.
The Pratt Museum presents its 21st exhibition of the Juried Art Show. The show is open to the public. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Public radio station KBBI-AM 890 Homer will celebrate its 20th year on the air July 30 with a concert on the lawn, featuring acoustic and electric music starting at 1 p.m. July 29, KBBI's Backyard Boogie dance party will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The William Henry Gallery presents an outdoor "Saturday Art a-Fair" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday throughout the summer. Artists will paint and display work for sale on the deck and grounds in front of the gallery.
The Pratt Museum presents "River of Bears," which will run through summer.
The Newseum's NewsCapade mobile exhibit will arrive downtown on Fifth Avenue, between B and C streets Friday. The exhibit will be in town through Thursday, offering guests of all ages the opportunity to be a reporter for a day. Admission is free.
The Imaginarium is a science discovery center located at 737 W. Fifth Ave. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 276-3179.
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, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. You also may fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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