What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

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Soldotna Progress Days will be held Saturday at Parker Park with a parade, booths, community dinner, rodeo, dance, games and live entertainment. For more information, call 262-9814.

A Poetry Slam will be held Saturday at the Kenai Elks Club. The sign-in time for poets is 6 p.m. and the readings begin at 7. Admission is $7 for the performance and $5 for hors d'oeuvres. 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, but not compete for 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 are available at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Kenai Community Library, River City Books and Dean's Peninsula Printing. The event is sponsored by the Kenai Writers Group. For more information, contact Barbara Waters in the evening at 283-3216.

Events and Exhibits

Kenai Peninsula ABATE will hold a motorcycle rodeo Friday and Saturday at the Decanter Inn in Kasilof. There will be live music by Jughead, motorcycle games and awards, food, drinks, a 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes. Admission is $10 per day or $25 for both days with children under 12 free. For more information, call 283-1655 or 262-1910.

The second annual Soldotna Creek Celebration will be Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. at Soldotna Creek Park with food, music, activities for children and Alaska artists selling their wares. For more information, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449.

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, 816 Cook St. in Kenai. Original art and pottery for sale by area artists is on display in the front gallery. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, 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

Buster's Coffeehouse in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 7 p.m. today. Call 260-5208 for more information.

The Cabin at Timberwolf Lodge in Soldotna presents acoustic guitar music by Eric Allen at 7:30 p.m., today, Friday and Saturday.

Buster's Coffeehouse in Kenai presents music by fiddler Sue Biggs and guitarist Jack Will, known as Rusty Spur, at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 8 p.m. Friday. Call 260-5208 for more information and directions.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by the Tone Bros. at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

The Kenai Grill on Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing presents music by Rusty Spur at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof presents music by Ten Cent Zen 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

The Funny River Festival 2002 will be Aug. 2-4 at the Funny River Community Center, Mile 11 of Funny River Road. There will be cribbage and nickels tournaments at 7 p.m. Aug. 2.

A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3, followed by an opening ceremony at 11:15 a.m., food booths, a table auction, games, a cake walk, and drawings for button prizes begin at 11:30 a.m., a beanbag toss at noon, horseshoes at 1 p.m., a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., winners of the table auction announced at 8 p.m., and a dance with KSRM disc jockeys at 8:30 p.m.

There will be music by the Funny River Bluegrass Gospel Band and games throughout the day Aug. 4, with a pancake breakfast starting the festivities at 10 a.m., followed by a golf tournament at 11:30 a.m., a bicycle poker run at noon, a sidewalk art contest and an auction at 1 p.m., a quilt raffle at 3 p.m., a salmon bake off at 3:30 p.m., a picnic at 4 p.m., awards presented at 4:30 p.m. and a closing ceremony at 5 p.m. The theme of this year's festival is "Welcome Home, Buster."

The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold a tour of Victor Holm's cabin in Kasilof from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 3. The cabin, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1890.

Several of Holm's possessions, like handmade items, journals and news clippings, remain. Participants should meet at Kasilof Mercantile. To register of get more information, call the forum at 260-549 or visit its Web site at www.kenaiwatershed.org. The tour is free and open to anyone.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will hold a gala concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna as part of its Summer Strings Festival. Festival workshop participants will perform in the concert.

Tickets are $15 with discounts available. For more information or reservations, call Laura Norton at 235-6318 or visit www.xyz.net/~smokybay/festival.html.

Films

See our movies page for weekly 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

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 Wednesday.

Pier One Theatre presents the Youth Theatre Skills Camp Show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, an original performance written and presented by the participants at a children's theater camp. Tickets are $7 with discounts available for children and seniors and are available in advance at the Etude Music Studio, The Bookstore in Homer or by calling 235-7333.

The Seldovia Arts Council presents acoustic rock music by Andy Baker at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Seldovia Village Tribe Tent in Seldovia. Baker is a high energy performer who has played extensively in Anchorage and San Diego.

His original songs are inspired by travels from Zambia to New Zealand. He comes to Seldovia during his Summer 2002 tour that includes performances in Kodiak, Cordova, Talkeetna and Girdwood. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, call Susan Mumma at 234-7614.

Ptarmigan Arts Studios and Gallery will host a "New Paintings" exhibition by Erica Miller, her first solo show, Aug. 2 through Sept. 4, with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Aug. 2.

Pier One Theatre presents "The Matchmaker," by Thornton Wilder, a turn-of-the-century comedy upon which the musical "Hello Dolly" was based, Aug. 2-12. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays. Tickets are $12 and are available at Etude Music Studio, The Bookstore and by calling 235-7333.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's Summer String Festival performances will begin Aug. 2. A prefestival concert featuring the DeVere Quartet, guest clinicians for the strings festival workshop, will be Aug. 2, with a location to be announced.

A Tutka Bay concert cruise, "Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin a la Tutka," will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4. Tickets are $75. A gala concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Mariner Theatre.

Strings festival participants will perform in this concert. Tickets are $15 with discounts available. The final concert, featuring the Devere Quartet, will be Aug. 11 at the Bunnell Street Gallery.

Tickets are $12. Space is limited for all the concerts, early reservations are encouraged. For more information or reservations, call Laura Norton at 235-6318 or visit www.xyz.net/~smokybay/festival.html.

The Seldovia Arts Council presents music by the Australian acoustic pop band Fruit on at 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Seldovia Village Tribe Tent in Seldovia. This five-piece band's vibrant tunes invoke elements of funk, blues, rock and groove.

Lead by three female songwriter/vocalists, Fruit's tremendous appeal is based on the strength of their vocals and hard-hitting harmony backed up with horn, electric and acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, call Susan Mumma at 234-7614.

"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.

Anchorage Events

Tickets for the celebrated and provocative play, "The Vagina Monologues," by Eve Ensler, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts box office, tickets.com, any Carrs Tix location and by calling (800) GR8-SEAT.

The play will run Sept. 12-15 at the Discovery Theatre. The play raises money to stop violence against women and girls and help those who are survivors of violence. Money raised from the play is donated to local charities where it is performed.

Grandma's Hope Notes will perform at the Anchorage Pioneer and Veterans Home at 2 p.m. Tuesday, "Music in the Park" event in downtown Anchorage at noon Wednesday, Providence Extended Care at 10 a.m. Aug. 1, Providence Horizon House at 2 p.m. Aug. 2 and at the Saturday Market in downtown Anchorage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3.

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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