The 23rd annual Moose River Raft and co-ed Canoe Races will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Izaak Walton dock in Sterling. The canoe race is first, with the river raft following at Pooler's Landing in Sterling. Registration is at 10 a.m. at Millie's Bar in Sterling. The registration fee for each event is $15. Canoe race participants must be 18 or older and have valid identification. Two people can paddle in each canoe, with one additional person acting as a ballast. Participants must provide their own canoes and paddles.
For the river raft, all rafts must be homemade with no nails or anything sharp used in the construction, and no motors, mechanical devices, boats, canoes or airplane floats incorporated into the raft. No pushing or shoving another raft or canoe is allowed in either event. Participants in both events must wear a flotation device. A $300, $200 and $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winners of the canoe race, and six awards will be given in the river raft. A party and awards ceremony will follow the event at 6 p.m. at Millie's Bar with music by Turk, Gypsy, The Big Spanker and Lee. For more information, call Millie's Bar at 260-4933.
The Funny River Festival 2002 will be Friday through Sunday at the Funny River Community Center, Mile 11 of Funny River Road. There will be cribbage and nickels tournaments at 7 p.m. Friday. A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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."
Events and Exhibits
First Thursday events today in Soldotna include an artist's reception at 6 p.m. at Art Works, a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, an art display by Sarah May Glaves at Mykel's, and a children's book-making workshop with Michael Bania, author of "Kumak's House," at 6 p.m. at River City Books.
The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold a tour of Victor Holm's cabin in Kasilof from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cabin, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1890. Several of Holm's possessions, including 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 Nikiski Summer Jazz Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Nikiski Middle-High School auditorium. Performers include Joe Rizzo, J.D. Uponen, Woody McCubbins, Mario Bird, Rosemary Bird, Elena Bird, Zak Hall, Zach Womack, Lindsy Glaze, Bryan Brooks, Brad Burck and Sovala Kisena-Swearingen. The program includes jazz and pop hits from Chicago, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, the Nylons and more. There is no admission charge. For more information, call 776-5898.
A 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 John Winters as its artist of the month.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents Sarah May Glaves 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.
Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 7 p.m. today.
Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Midlife Crisis featuring Karen Strash and Loretta Spalding at 7 p.m. Friday.
The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai presents music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets at 9 p.m. Friday.
Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof presents music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6 p.m. Sunday.
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.
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.
The Kenai Watershed Forum will present a mushroom identification program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10. Participants should bring a cardboard box with a flat bottom and meet at River City Books in Soldotna. After collecting mushrooms, the afternoon will be spent identifying them at River City Books. To register, or for more information, call the the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449 or visit its Web site at www.kenaiwatershed.org. This program is free and open to the public.
World Music for the Kenai presents an outdoor concert featuring Australia's pop music sensation, Fruit, Aug. 10, at the Morgan Stage off Mile 107 Sterling Highway in Kasilof. Area musicians J.D. Uponen, Dave Wartinbee, Rich King, The Flaming Bawls of Love, Katie Skrha, and Mike Morgan and Baked Alaskans will kick off the show at 4 p.m., with Fruit appearing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, with discounts for kids and families. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the show, which will go on rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and sun tan oil. Call or e-mail Mike Morgan by Aug. 9 at 262-6548 or email@example.com for more information and directions to the concert site.
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
Ptarmigan Arts Studios and Gallery presents a "New Paintings" exhibit by Erica Miller, her first solo show, Friday through Sept. 4, with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Fireweed Gallery presents an exhibit of recent oil paintings by James P. Bunack opening with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 4.
Pier One Theatre presents "The Matchmaker," by Thornton Wilder, a turn-of-the-century comedy upon which the musical "Hello Dolly" was based, Friday through Aug. 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 Friday. A prefestival concert featuring the DeVere Quartet, guest clinicians for the strings festival workshop, will be Friday, 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. Sunday. 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 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. Led 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 a historic harbor walking tour from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The tour features local history, a memorable array of local characters, boats of all types and fresh seafood products. The tour begins at the Pratt Museum wheelhouse booth, next to the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit. Tickets are $5 and are available at the museum or from the tour guide at the wheelhouse booth.
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.
Tickets for the celebrated and provocative play, "The Vagina Monologues," by Eve Ensler, are on sale 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 Providence Extended Care at 10 a.m. today, Providence Horizon House at 2 p.m. Friday and at the Saturday Market in downtown Anchorage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
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