What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

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The Soldotna Progress Days will be held Friday through Sunday. Events include a craft and antique display and bake sale at the senior center, rodeo, parade, air fair barbecue and dedication at the Soldotna Airport, a car and bike show, food and entertainment. For more information, call the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at 262-9814.

The Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center will present Carol Sturgulewski, one of the writers of "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul." She will discuss the creation of the book Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. A book signing and sale will follow the discussion. She also will be at River City Books and Charlotte's Cafe in Soldotna Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Boys and Girls Club is holding a read-in Friday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the club in Kenai. Snacks will be provided and there also will be a costume contest for those who wish to dress as their favorite book character.

The Soldotna Senior Center will hold a summer bazaar Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. Homemade crafts, a bake sale and a quilt show will top the festivities. For more information, call 262-2322.

Fireweed Herb Garden in Kenai will have a book signing by Ann Berg, author of the cookbook "Cookin' on the Woodstove," from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Peninsula Promenaders will hold a mainstream square dance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the North Star Dance Studio at Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691 or Betty at 262-9387 or 252-1398.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center presents "2001:A Fish Odyssey" through Sept. 3. The show features original artwork from more than 100 artists. Media include basketry, carving, fiber, painting, photography, quilting, scrimshaw and sculpture. Admission is $3 for adults and students and children are free. For more information, call 283-1991.

Members of the North Kenai Baptist Church will do quilting and crafts on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the church. It is open to the public. For more information, call 776-8234.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is featuring photographs by John Toppenberg through Tuesday.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital upstairs gallery is featuring paintings and wreaths by Liz Chase during July.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed and purchased at the following area businesses: Birch Tree Gallery, Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Fireweed Herb Garden in Kenai and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.

Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.

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 begins 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.


Daniel Houglum, a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School, will give a piano recital at 7 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. It will feature his some of his own compositions as well as those of other composers. For more information, call 262-7578.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing will present music by Mike Morgan Friday at 9 p.m.

The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof presents music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers will present Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Mykel's Restaurant will present dinner music by Dave Unruh on acoustic guitar and Barney Wilborg on upright bass from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn will present the music of Love Tap at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar presents Eric Ray as Elvis at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Rainbow and $15 at the door. The Mabrey Brothers play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except this week) at 10 p.m.

The Katmai presents karaoke with Sherri on Fridays at 9 p.m. The Danglin' Wrangler performs music at 9 p.m. Saturday.

George's Casino has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is live music.

The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

Down the Road

A beading workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Pratt Museum. The workshop will be presented by Kate Boyan and Susan Anniskett. The cost for the two-day workshop is $50, including most materials. For more information, call the museum at (907) 235-2764.

The Pratt Museum is featuring a solo exhibition by Ron Senungetuk titled, "Isami," through Aug. 5.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present the Summer String Festival in Homer Aug. 2-12. The week will be filled with concerts. For more information, call 235-6318.

Pier One Theater will present "Libby," a play written by David Edgecomb and directed by Elizabeth Ware and David Edgecomb. The play will run Aug. 8-11 in Homer. For more information, call (907) 235-7333.

Anchorage Events

"That Infinite and Unfathomable Thing: Rockwell Kent's Alaska Wilderness" lecture will be held at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will present an Alaska film series every day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call (907) 343-4326.

The Saturday Market, featuring area produce and hand crafts, will be held every Saturday through September on Third Avenue and E Street. For more information, call (907) 276-7207.

The Anchorage Concert Association will present "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," Sept. 21-27 at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. For more information, call (907) 272-1471.


Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

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

If you have an event to include in our 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. Deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 283-7551.

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