River City Books in Soldotna will host Nancy Lord from Homer, author of "Green Alaska," "The Man Who Swam With Beavers" and "Fish Camp," at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Alaska State Fair begins Friday and runs through Sept. 3 at the Palmer Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.alaskastatefair.org.
Events and Exhibits
The Soldotna Animal Hospital gallery is featuring a handcrafted mosaic table by Jan and Judy Odhner of Moose Pass and watercolors by Marian Bowser through Aug. 31.
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.
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward features new work by Karla Morreira, an artist from Chugiak. For more information, contact Lynn Nappi at (907) 224-6301.
Members of the North Kenai Baptist Church will do quilting and crafts 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.
Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling will have a "going away" party for Turk starting at 9 p.m. Friday. There will be a barbecue.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents Mike Morgan playing acoustic classics Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents the Mabrey Brothers every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri on Fridays at 9 p.m. The Danglin' Wrangler performs music at 9 p.m. Saturday. Ladies night karaoke is Tuesdays.
George's Casino in Kenai 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 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 Soldotna Senior Center will hold its annual fall roundup chuck wagon-style dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8. with live music, clogging, square dancing, a precision horse team, pony and carriage rides, line dancing, door prizes and tall tales. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Funds will help build a vehicle shelter. Tickets can be purchased at 197 W. Park Ave. in Soldotna or by calling 262-2322.
Down the Road
Pier One Theater will present "Frankenstein the Musical," loosely adapted by Rodney Dobbs from the novel by Mary Shelley. It is directed by Lance Petersen. The play will run today through Sunday, and Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. For more information, call (907) 235-7333.
The Pratt Museum presents "Facing the Elements," outdoor art along the forest trail. See birds, live on camera from gull Island, and bears, live on camera from McNeil River Sanctuary, throughout the month of August. For more information, call (907) 235-8635.
"In the Pink," paintings by Shirley Timmreck, will be featured at the Fireweed Gallery Friday through Sept. 17.
The Pratt Museum presents "Bead International," a juried art exhibit from around the world, through Sept. 20. Creations using anything pierced as the media are displayed in the museum's changing exhibits gallery.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will feature Jazz Night with Melissa Bledsoe Fischer at 7 tonight.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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