What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2006

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

· The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will take place Friday through Sunday in Ninilchik. A wide variety of events and exhibits are planned. For more information, call Lara at (907) 567-3670.

Events and Exhibits

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is featuring art by 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. 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.


· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Saturday night.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dan Sullivan at 7 p.m. Sundays, Bill and Grady at 10 p.m. Mondays, 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· The King’s Inn has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 8 p.m. Thursday, and music by Tuff-E-Nuff Friday and Saturday nights.

· Sockeye’s Restaurant in Kenai Landing has the Rocking G Band at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and an open mic night, hosted by Morgan, at 7:30 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.

· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Worth Many Cattle at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and a folk jam on the deck at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

· Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna has music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· 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 Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has acoustic blues, folk and classic rock by Mike Morgan at 6:30 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.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

· The Crossing has acoustic blues, folk and classic rock by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Upcoming Events

· Kenai Peninsula College will host a gallery opening to open the fall season in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the college. A free community barbecue also will be held Aug. 24. Fiber artist Fran Reed will deliver a slide show lecture titled “Fishskin Baskets and Indigenous Architecture.”

· The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s 10th annual soup supper and auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Kenai Central High School cafeteria. Tickets are available at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank for $40. For more information or to volunteer, call 262-3111.

Down the Road

· Pier One Theatre in Homer presents “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring. The play centers on two elderly sisters who are famous for their numerous acts of charity, and who also populate their cellar with the bodies of lonely old men they have “helped find peace.” Opening weekend performances will be at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For ticket reservations and more information, visit www.pieronetheatre.org or call (907) 235-7333.

· Duggan’s Pub has the Bay Area-based Flying Other Brothers, with G.E. Smith on guitar, on Friday.

· The Fireweed Gallery has the work of Homer ceramic artist Ahna Iredale on display through August.

· The Sea Lion Gallery on the Homer Spit has the work of marine artist Robert Lyn Nelson on display 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 also will host an opening reception for a display called “The Sami: Reindeer People of Alaska” at 6 p.m. Friday. The museum, at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


· Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

· Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

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.

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