The city of Soldotna and the Kenai Watershed Forum will celebrate Progress Days on Saturday with a parade at 11 a.m., a picnic, games and vendors at Soldotna Creek Park from noon to 5 p.m. and music by the U.S. Air Force Band from 1 to 3 p.m. The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will sponsor its third annual car and bike show immediately following the Progress Days parade Saturday at West Park Avenue next to the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The public is invited and there is no fee.
Author Gunnar Pedersen will have a book signing at River City Books from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for his newest book, "Highway Angler IV."
Events and Exhibits
The Soldotna Animal Hospital has a photography display from students who were enrolled in spring art classes at Kenai Peninsula College. The show includes black-and-white landscape photography, hand-colored photography, night photography, computer-generated art and mixed media with computer drawing techniques. The show will be on display through July.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," featuring 76 original paintings by 44 world-renowned artists, through Sept. 6. The cost to view the exhibit is $3 for adults and free for students and children. On Friday, for Alaska Heritage Day, Joe McCullough with Alaska State Parks will discuss boating safety. Summer interpretive programs begin at 3 p.m. and are free. The center's hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 283-1991.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Melinda Hershberger as its artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Mykel's restaurant has photographer Bill Heath as its artist of the month.
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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center 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. 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.
Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai presents open mic music night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today.
Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling presents karaoke at 9 p.m. today and Friday and music by Turk at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Moosequito's in Sterling presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.
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.
American Dance Force national touring workshops will be held at the North Star Dance Studio in the Superstructure building in Soldotna on Aug. 2. Flamenco dancer Antonio Vargas will give intensive, 90-minute Flamenco workshops designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Workshops cost $45. For more information or to register, contact American Dance Force by phone at (877) 500-2544, by e-mail at email@example.com or its Web site at www.americandanceforce.com.
The Kenai and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuges are hosting a Centennial celebration of the refuge systems from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. There is no fee for this event. The public is invited to attend. Some activities planned are live music, speakers and exhibits. Food will be provided by Unocal and Marathon oil companies. For more information, call Bill at 262-7021.
The Kenai Peninsula 4-H district horse Show will be Aug. 2 and 3 at the Ninilchik Fair grounds. Classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 2 with gymkhana games in the evening. Sunday's classes will begin at 10 a.m. for the English disciplines. The public is welcome to attend. There is no cost. Refreshments will be available at the Trailblazers snack shack.
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
The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents a watercolor, acrylic and 3-D show by Alaska artist Dot Tideman through July.
Pier One Theater in Homer presents "Nunsense II, the Second Coming," by Dan Goggin, through Saturday. For reservations or more information, call (907) 235-7333.
The Pratt Museum presents "Fire and Ice," a thematic exhibition about Alaska's glaciers and volcanoes with photographs by Carmen Field and fiber arts pieces by Kenai Peninsula artists, on display through Sept. 21. Also on display is "Eight Stars of Gold the Story of Alaska's Flag," a historic collection of schoolchildren's designs that tell the story of Alaska and how the winning flag design supported the campaign for statehood, in the museum's mezzanine and lower levels. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, is on display in the museum's lower level. The museum's "SeeBirdCam" is operational through September, allowing patrons to control a live video camera on Gull Island from the museum's Marine Room. Films about Alaska grizzly bears, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and longtime pioneers are shown in the lower level of the museum at 11 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. every day. Historic harbor guided walking tours are given from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at the museum's wheelhouse booth on the Homer Spit for $5. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Eskimo Drawings," featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, on display through Sept. 14. Also on display is "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," through Sept. 21 and "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May 2004. Every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 11, the museum hosts Jazz After Hours events where participants can view the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections while listening to jazz music. At 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, the museum will show the film "Map of the Human Heart," a story of race and romance focusing on a white Inuit boy in an arctic Canadian settlement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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