What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2006

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· The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will hold its second summer festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday at the center. The event includes food and craft vendors, a flea market and live music. For more information, call 776-7654.

Events and Exhibits

· The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival will take place 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. Friday 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. Sunday 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://kpoalaska.org.

· A Christian comedy night, featuring Jimmie Sue Woelke and Lorraine O’Neal, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday 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.

· The Peninsula Art Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The meeting is open to the public.

· “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.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is featuring Kevin Harding through August.

· 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. The center also has “Caring for your Catch” with Dave Atcheson at 11 a.m. Friday. The program is free and open to the public. 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.

Entertainment

· Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna has a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. today.

· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6 p.m. today, Sue Biggs, Jack Will and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday, The Tim Sturm Band 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 and a jam night at 9 p.m. Friday.

· The Crossing Restaurant in Soldotna has Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.

· The Soldotna Sports Center has Savant at 10 p.m. Saturday.

· 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, Mike Morgan 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 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 Dave Edwards-Smith 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.

Upcoming Events

· The Tim Sturm Band will play a farewell concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Kenai Central High School. The band will move to Portland, Ore. this fall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

· Kenai Peninsula College will host a gallery opening and barbecue for to open the fall season in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the college. The work of fiber artist Fran Reed will be on display.

Films

· 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 Fireweed Gallery will host an opening reception for Homer ceramic artist Ahna Iredale from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

· The Sea Lion Gallery on the Homer Spit has the work of marine artist Robert Lyn Nelson through August. 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, 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 on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (907) 595-1434.

Anchorage events

· 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. For more information, call (907) 783-2326.

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