What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010

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* "From the Great Gate of Kiev to a Night in Moscow," a narrated concert exploring Russian composers from sacred to secular, folk music to classical, will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, performed by Maria Allison, Sue Biggs, Natasha Weissenberg, the Kalgin Island Quartet, Kent Peterson, Audra Faris and other guests.

* River City Books in Soldotna will host a poetry reading by Mary Mullen, reading from her debut collection, "Zephyr," Friday at 7 p.m.

* Progress Days, Soldotna's community festival, will be held Friday to Sunday at various locations around town. Events include an arts and craft bazaar at the Soldotna Senior Center, an Alaska State Dutch Oven Championship, vendors, a parade, live entertainment, weenie dog races, a library book sale, and a picnic. For more information call the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at 262-9814.

Events and Exhibits

* Debbie Harris, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District art specialist, will give a workshop on making and swapping trading card-sized works of art, great for youth and adult artists and crafters, at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission to exhibits and programs is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children.

* "Paint the Artist Chair" is being offered by Connie Tarbox on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center located in Old Towne Kenai. Bring a small chair, table, stool, etc. to paint, drawing on inspiration from a modern work of art. Art books to peruse and limited supplies will be available, but bring paint brushes and color favorites for backup. Ages 12 to 92 welcome. For more information, call 283-7040.

* Artists Without Borders Exhibit has their monthly exhibit at the 4D Interior building in Soldotna

* The Kenai Fine Arts Center has an exhibit by Elizabeth Sage, Theresa Napolitano and Zirrus VanDevere throughout July

* The Dragonfly Gallery in Soldotna will have local artist Melinda Hershberger's first solo watercolor exhibit on display throughout July

* Life Drawing Sessions will be held at the Kenai Fine Arts Center today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 fee per person, 18 years and above. Call Charlotte at 252-4829 or Will 252-7303.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will hold a summer interpretive film series this week about the "Sacred Space, Sacred Time" exhibit, dog sledding, Bush pilots and Alaska natural history daily at 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. through Saturday. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for seniors and free for students. Call 283-1991 for more information.

* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until Labor Day, or by appointment. It has historical displays, and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-2999 or 252-2777.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna has films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. For more information and complete program listing, call 262-7021.


* The annual Funny River Festival will be held July 30, 31 and Aug. 1, with tournaments July 30; a parade, booths, games, dinner, children's theater and bingo on July 31; and a pancake breakfast, kids entertainment, an auction and a quilt raffle drawing on Aug. 1.


* St. Elias Brewing Company has music by Thumper's Credo tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. and live music by Caribbean Slim Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

* The Funky Monkey Cafe in Kenai will have live music Saturdays throughout the summer from 6 to 8 p.m.

* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai will have an open mic Friday at 6:00 p.m. and live music by Jack Will and Sue Biggs Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

* The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road will have an open jam session on Friday starting at 8 p.m.

* The J-Bar B located at mile 101 Sterling Highway hosts Blind Draw Doubles Horseshoe Tournament every Thursday starting at 6 p.m.

* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center holds blind draw darts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Texas Hold 'em at 7 p.m. Fridays and 4 p.m. Sundays; and open house and dinner at 6 p.m. and karaoke with Mary and Jack at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

* The Bow in Kenai has free Texas Hold 'em at 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; live music with Acoustic Rhythm Machine from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and pool leagues Tuesday; and live music with the Maybrey Brothers Thursday through Saturday.

* Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has poker Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday nights.

* The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* The Riverside House in Soldotna hosts the After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays with Rock Star DJ Service and dancing until 5 a.m. On Saturdays starting at 6 p.m. there is a free Poker Night with Texas Hold 'em Tournaments hosted by Kenai Peninsula Poker Association. Hobo Jim will play at the Riverside Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer from 8 to 11 p.m.

* The 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

* Mugz Coffee Lounge in The Blazy Mall will host local musicians from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays.

* Mykel's in Soldotna has live music by Bob Ramponi Saturdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


* Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.

* Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.

Down the road

* The Pratt Museum in Homer is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday's through Sundays. Admission is free on Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.prattmuseum.org.

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