The Funny River Festival will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the community center at Mile 12 of Funny River Road. There will be a cribbage tournament Friday at 7 p.m., a parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, as well as a horseshoe tournament and other games. The evening will end with a dinner and dance with music by Turk. Sunday activities include a church service at 9 a.m. and a pancake breakfast, auction, quilt raffle drawing, sidewalk art, pioneer picnic, salmon bake-off and golf tournament. All proceeds of the festival will benefit the community center. For more information, call Don Marsh at 262-8456 or the center at 262-0879.
Sterling Community Day is Saturday at the corner of Sterling Highway and Swanson River Road. There will be a 5- and 10-kilometer run-walk. Entry fee is $10 or $15 with T-shirt. A barbecue and entertainment will be provided throughout the day, along with free games such as a bubble blowing contest, tug-o-war, coloring contest, water balloon throw, scavenger hunt and egg toss. There will be a pie auction at 4 p.m. and the benefit auction will start at 4:30 p.m. A bike race for ages 2 to 6 will take place in the Sterling Elementary parking lot at 3 p.m. The bike race for ages 7 to 15 will take place on the path next to the Sterling Highway. The fee for the race is $5 and all entrants will receive a medal.
Events and Exhibits
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.
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: Artworks, 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.
The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will present live music by The Rockwells at 9 p.m. Friday.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Mike Morgan and The Baked Alaskans at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Rainbow Bar presents the Mabrey Brothers every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present the Summer String Festival in Homer today through Aug. 12. The week will be filled with concerts. (See related story page B-1.) For more information, call 235-6318.
The Pratt Museum is featuring a solo exhibition by Ron Senungetuk, "Isami," through Sunday.
The fifth annual We Bead exhibit of beadwork art will be featured at the William Henry Gallery Friday through Aug. 30. An opening reception will be held Friday at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.
Pier One Theater will present "Libby," a play written by David Edgecomb and directed by Elizabeth Ware and David Edgecomb. The play will run Wednesday through Aug. 11 in Homer. For more information, call (907) 235-7333.
"In the Pink," paintings by Shirley Timmreck, will be featured at the Fireweed Gallery Aug. 10 through Sept. 17. An opening reception will be held Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.
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 Anchorage Museum of History and Art will feature Jazz Night with Melissa Bledsoe Fischer at 7 tonight.
The Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival will be held today through Sunday at Mile 102 of the Parks Highway. Alaska bands will play 20 out of 24 hours each day. Showers and RV hookups are available. For more information, call (907) 495-6718.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will hold a family night with angles and curves in Alaska Native art from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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 Alaska State Fair will be held Aug. 24 through Sept. 3 at the Palmer Fair Grounds in Palmer. For more information, visit www.alaskastatefair.org.
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 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 email@example.com.
Information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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