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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2002

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The Ninilchik State Fair takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, see schedule this page.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents a Summerstack music festival at noon Saturday. The featured musician will be Danny Estocado, "Maui's Hawaiian Cowboy." Other performers will be Mike Morgan and the baked Alaskans, the Tone Bros. with a guest appearance by Dr. Z, and many more. There will be food, a beer garden, pony rides and fun for the kids, a bonfire and arts and crafts vendors. Participants should bring chairs and blankets, but no outside food or beverages are allowed. Tickets are $20 and are available at Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling, The Shrew's Nest in Cooper Landing, Sugar Magnolia's in Soldotna.

Events and Exhibits

The Straight Inn Lodge, 15.5 Oilwell Road in Ninilchik, will host the second annual Bluegrass Classic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be music by Ginger Boatwright, Deb Wessler, Atz Kilcher, 3-Legged Mule and more, as well as camping, food and fun for the whole family. For more information, call 567-7443.

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.

Entertainment

Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Midlife Crisis, featuring Karen Strash and Loretta Spalding, at 7 tonight, and Nancy Anderson at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff on Friday.

Moosequito's Bar in Sterling presents music by Mo Better Blues at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Moose Lodge in Kenai presents western hoe-down music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Upcoming Events

There will be a mainstream square dance at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Northstar Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. For more information, call Betty at 262-9387 or 252-1398, Dudley at 260-2691, or Dee at 283-5602.

The Kenai Watershed Forum will present a mushroom identification program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 (delayed due to dry weather). 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.

Films

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

Pier One Theatre presents "The Laramie Project" by Moises Kaufman, directed by Raniece Sutton. The play is a chronicle of life in the town of Laramie, Wyo., in the year after the murder of Mathew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student at the University of Wyoming. Performances are today at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Parental discretion is advised, as there is volatile subject matter and strong language. Tickets are $12 with discounts available. Advanced tickets are available at the Etude Music Studio, The Bookstore in Homer and at the door. Ticket reservations can be made by calling 235-7333.

Pier One Theatre presents "W;T," by Margaret Edson, an intense play about a women with ovarian cancer undergoing a radical experimental treatment. The play is directed by Kathleen Balsemo and won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

It runs Aug. 23 through Sept. 1. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be two post-show discussion evenings, Aug. 24 with hospice and Aug. 29 with Karen Wessel.

Tickets are $12 with discounts available. Advanced tickets are available at the Etude Music Studio, The Bookstore in Homer and at the door. Ticket reservations can be made by calling 235-7333.

Ptarmigan Arts Studios and Gallery presents a "New Paintings" exhibit by Erica Miller, her first solo show, through Sept. 4.

The Fireweed Gallery presents an exhibit of recent oil paintings by James P. Bunack through Sept. 4.

"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 tout 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.

Anchorage Events

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.

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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