· The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival will take place Monday through Aug. 12 at various times and locations in Kenai, Soldotna and Homer. The DeVere Quartet and Friends will perform 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 dinner and concert will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge in Homer; and a Gala Concert with Laura Koenig, with the premiere of Adrienne Albert’s “In the Beginning” will take place 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 Monday through Aug. 11 at various locations. For more information, visit http://kpo alaska.org.
Events and Exhibits
· The Peninsula Fight Challenge, a mixed martial arts competition, will take place at 7:30 tonight at Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $26 for floor seating. Attendees must be 21 to purchase floor seats.
· The Amazing Race, a Christian concert with local musicians, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.
· Kenai Peninsula College will host “Soul Medicine: Awakening Your Inner Blueprint for Abundant Health and Energy” with author C. Norman Shealy at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the commons. For more information, call Bonnie at 262-9630.
· “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 Monday.
· Frames & Things in Soldotna has the originals and prints from painter Bruce W. Nelson through Monday. The gallery is in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is featuring Dominique Collett through Monday.
· Winners of the Arctic Winter Games “Release the Spirit Within” quilt art challenge are on display at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and the Aspen Hotel, Robin Place Fabrics, Hutchings Chevrolet, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Mykel’s Restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank and Raven’s Roost in Soldotna.
· 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 wall hangings 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, 150 Grit 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 and 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 and Mondays.
· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.
· 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, Borchard and Evans at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 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 Mike 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 Mike Morgan 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.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will have the following events at 11 a.m. over the next two weeks: musician David Edwards-Smith on Friday, “Digital Photography: Get with the Flow” with Bill Heath on Monday, “Volcanoes of the Cook Inlet” with Jennifer Adleman on Wednesday 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 Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will hold its second summer festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3-5 at the center. The event includes food and craft vendors, a flea market and live music. For more information, call 776-7654.
· A Christian comedy night, featuring Jimme Sue Woelke and Lorraine O’Neal, will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 in O’Neal Hall in Soldotna. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be collected. For more information, call Audrey at 283-5220.
· 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 Sea Lion Gallery on the Homer Spit will host world renowned marine artist Robert Lyn Nelson at 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. In support of the Homer salmon restocking program for the Fishing Hole Lagoon, Nelson will sign copies of his poster “From Sea to Shining Sea” for donations. For more information, call (907) 235-0104.
· 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 and Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. The museum, located at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer, 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. The museum, located at Mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway, is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (907) 595-1434.
· 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 Monday. 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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