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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

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The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre will perform "Hamlet" at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road at 3 p.m. Sunday. The performance is a fund-raiser for the group's trip to an arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shelter will be provided in the event of rain. Patrons can bring blankets to sit on and snacks. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and free for anyone 18 and younger. Tickets are available at Charlotte's, River City Books and at the gate.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra presents its annual Gala String Festival from Friday through Aug. 8. Members of the orchestra and other musicians will perform free luncheon concerts at noon at several locations in the Kenai-Soldotna area. On Friday, Mike Morgan will perform at River City Books; the Midnight Sun Trio will perform Monday at Wings Airport Cafe and Tuesday at Charlotte's; the Brass Quintet will perform Tuesday at Kaladi Brothers; the Kalgin Island Quartet will perform Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and Thursday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center; Bill Larned will perform Thursday at Mykel's Restaurant; Sue Biggs and Jack Will will perform Aug. 8 at Don Jose's in Kenai; and the DeVere Trio will perform Aug. 8 at Kaladi Brothers. Also on Friday, members of the DeVere Quartet will perform with Mark Wolbers and Maria Allison at 7:30 p.m. at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. Admission is $12 with discounts. On Sunday, a Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin a la Tutka cruise in Kachemak Bay will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. for $75. The orchestra's gala concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Kenai Central High School and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Homer High School with preconcert lectures starting at 6:45 in both locations. The featured pianist is Dean Epperson. Tickets are available at River City Books, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, at the door and at the luncheon concerts. Tickets are $15 with discounts. On Aug. 10, members of the DeVere Quartet will perform with JulieAnn Smith at the Homer Bunnell Street Gallery at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 with discounts.

Events and Exhibits

The 24th annual Moose River Canoe Races and Raft Parade will be Saturday on the Moose River in Sterling. The men's canoe race is at 9 a.m. and the coed race is at 10 a.m. Races begin at the Izaak Walton State Recreation Area dock, proceed under the Moose River bridge toward Pooler's Landing and end back at the dock. The entry fee is $10 per canoe and each canoe can have only two people. A first-place prize of $300 and second-place prize of $200 will be awarded in each race. The raft parade begins at 6 p.m. at Pooler's Landing and continues toward the Moose River bridge. Trophies will be awarded for best of show, most unusual and most community spirit. The entry fee is $20 per raft. Each entrant in the races or parade must be 16 or older and will get a Moose River Raft T-shirt. Each participant must wear a flotation device. An award ceremony will follow the raft parade at Moosequito's Bar in Sterling.

American Dance Force national touring workshops will be held at the North Star Dance Studio in the Superstructure building in Soldotna on Saturday. 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 info@americandanceforce.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. Saturday 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 Saturday and Sunday at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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.

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, pilot and artist Steve Hillyer will speak about the art and history of early Alaska aviation. 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.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan at 8 p.m. today.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by the Tone Brothers from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents acoustic blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 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.

Upcoming Events

The play "The Doll Collection," written and directed by local playwright Joe Rizzo, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 16 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Admission is $5. This is a suspenseful play with special effects and is not recommended for small children.

World Music for the Kenai presents an evening of Irish music, featuring fiddler Tony DeMarco and flutist, piper and singer Linda Hickman, along with many Alaska musicians at Mike Morgan's Moose Pasture in Kasilof (watch for signs at Mile 107 Sterling Highway) at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Tickets are $20 general admission and $17 for seniors and students, with family discounts available. Patrons can bring chairs, blankets, coolers and food. For more information and directions, call or e-mail Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net before Aug. 11.

Hand-painted silk artist Chelline Larsen will have a studio show Aug. 16, open to the public. Her studio is at 28300 Robinson Loop Road, about 1.6 miles down on the left.


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 today. On Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., the gallery will host an opening reception for an oil landscaped show by David Rosenthal on display through Sept. 3.

Pier One Youth Theater presents "Cookies and Queen An Alien Adventure on Earth," written and performed by the participants of the Pier One Youth Theater Skills Camp, at 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $ 6 for seniors and Ravens, $4 for students and children, $18 for families and $15 for youth theater families. 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.

Anchorage Events

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 "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors," a Soviet sound cinema film about a doomed love between a couple belonging to feuding families.

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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