What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2006

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· The Liberty Quartet, a southern gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sterling Baptist Church, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene in Homer, 11 a.m. Sunday at the Lighthouse Community Church in Nikiski and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Diamond M Ranch in Soldotna. There is no admission charge for any of the shows, but a free will donation will be collected. For more information, visit www.libertyquartet.com.

· The Alaska Homegrown Summer Splash concert will start at 3 p.m. Sunday at Moose Pasture at Mile 107.3 Sterling Highway in Kasilof. The show will include music from Melissa Mitchell, Evans and Bouchard, The Bumping Uglys, “Banjo” Paul Johnson and Katy and the Couzins. Tickets, available only at the door, are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors, students and KDLL members and $15 for teens accompanied by an adult. Children 12 and under get in free. For more information, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or e-mail him at mjmorgan@gci.net.

Events and Exhibits

· The Kenai Writers’ Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the conference room of the Kenai Community Library.

· “Fish On,” an informational comedy show about fishing on the Kenai Peninsula, runs at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. For more information, call 953-7262.

· Artworks in Soldotna has the work of painter Chris Wakefield on display through July.

· Frames and Things in Soldotna has originals and prints from painter Bruce W. Nelson through July. The gallery, in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is featuring Dominique Collett through July.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. It has historical displays and 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 or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.

· 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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has “The Kenai Experience,” which features art in many mediums, on display through August. It also has animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.

· Farmers’ markets with locally produced crafts and produce run Saturdays at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center’s parking lot in Kenai and the bus turnaround on Coral Street in Soldotna.

· The Kenai Fine Arts Center has teapots and wallhangings by Ida Cockroft and watercolors from Pam Mersch through July.


· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and a folk jam on the deck at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, 9spine at 10 p.m. Friday, a 1970s party with a costume contest and music from 9spine at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dan Sullivan at 7 p.m. Sundays, The Free Beer Band at 10 p.m. Mondays, 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

· The King’s Inn has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays ad Mondays.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

n Kenai Joe’s has Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and poker at 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays.

· Sockeye’s Restaurant in Kenai Landing has the Rocking G Band at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, local musicians at 8 p.m. Saturdays, Jay C. Smith from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and an open mic, hosted by Morgan, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

· Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna has Dave Unruh at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Katie Evans at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

· George’s Casino has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Upcoming Events

· The Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center will have the following events at 11 a.m. over the next two weeks: “Concretions: Freaks & Stones,” a presentation with Mike Carlson on Friday and July 26, “Leave No Trace: Outdoor Skills and Ethics” with Natasha Ala on Monday, musician David Edwards-Smith on July 28, “Digital Photography: Get with the Flow” with Bill Heath on July 31, “Volcanos of the Cook Inlet” with Jennifer Adleman on Aug. 2 and “Caring for your Catch” with Dave Atcheson on Aug. 4. All the programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 283-1991.

· The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival will take place from July 31 through Aug. 12 at various times and locations in Kenai, Soldotna and Homer. The formal events include performances by the DeVere Quartet and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in Homer, a Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin event at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge in Homer and a Gala Concert with Laura Koenig at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Kenai Central High School and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Homer High School. Tickets for Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin are $100; all other formal events are $15. Free luncheon concerts, beginning at noon, will be held daily from July 31 through Aug. 11 at various locations. For more information, visit http://kpoalaska.org.


· 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

· The Pratt Museum has fish feedings at 4 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays and remote bear viewing cameras open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

· Gallery Turquoise in Cooper Landing has the work of Spelman Evans Downer and David Mollett through Aug. 5. An opening reception will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. with multimedia presentations from 10 p.m. to midnight. The museum, at Mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway, is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (907) 595-1434.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “Hunters of the Sky: An Exhibition on Birds of Prey” and “Southwest Alaska: A World of National Parks and Wildlife Refuges at the Crossroads” though Sept. 17. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

· The Begich/Boggs Visitors Center in Portage has “Inspirations from the Forest” through July 30. The exhibit is a Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage traveling exhibit on how natural forests and landscapes can inspire artistic and musical expression. The Center will host a program called “A Celebration of Culture and Art” at 4 p.m. Sunday. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (907) 783-2326 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach.

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