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Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2004

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The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has watercolor paintings by Gary Mealor on display today through Sept. 17 with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today in conjunction with KPC's welcome back barbecue.

World Music for the Kenai and KDLL 91.9 FM present singer-songwriter Stacey Earle, sister of Steve Earle, and instrumentalist Mark Stuart at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Tickets will be available only at the door for $20 general admission, $18 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $15 for teens accompanied by a parent and free for children 12 and under. Family discounts will be available. For more information, call or e-mail Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmor gan@gci.net.

George's Casino in Kenai presents stand-up comedy by Miss Gayle at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. For more information, call 283-6646.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center's upcoming summer interpretive programs include a presentation on the history on the Kenaitze with Sasha Lindgren at 3 p.m. Friday and a presentation about volcanoes of Cook Inlet by Tom Miller at 3 p.m. Monday. Programs are free and open to the public.

"Wild Alaska: Bounty of the Sea," including artwork by 75 Alaska artists, is on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is $3 for adults and free for students. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center hosts square dancing at 7 p.m. every Thursday. The event is casual dress and there will be a caller and instructor.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mary Krull as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Beluga Lookout Gifts, The Cover Gallery at Kenai Landing, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center 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. 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

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic blues, classic rock and Hawaiian folk music by Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in August.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents music by Seward band Sweet and Simple at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Sockeye's Restaurant at Kenai Landing presents acoustic blues, classic rock and Hawaiian folk music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in August.

Hooligans in Soldotna presents the Alaska Dinner Show, starring Hobo Jim and the Klondike Girls. Show times are Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. The price, which includes dinner and the show but not gratuity, is $42 for general admission, $39 for seniors 62 and over, $35 for children under 12 and free for children under 2 and seniors over 80. For reservations, call 262-9951.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

The AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

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

Upcoming Events

A Fox Island dinner cruise fund-raiser for the Kenai Peninsula United Way will be held Sept. 12. Check in for the cruise is 1:30 p.m. at the Seward dock; the ship leaves at 2 p.m. and returns at 9 p.m. The cruise includes dinner and entertainment by Kenai classic rock and roll band Tuff-e-Nuff. An outcry and bucket auction also will be available. Tickets are $50. Tickets and more information can be obtained from Amy at 283-9500, Dana at (907) 244-5604 and Melissa at (907) 224-5257.

The Seward Music and Arts Festival will be held Sept. 18 and 19 at the Alaska Railroad Seward cruise ship terminal. The event will include food vendors, a beer garden, live music and fine arts.

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

Downward Dog productions presents a performance by Stacey Earle with Mark Stuart, Tim Easton and Rosevelt at 7 p.m. Saturday in Homer. For more information and the venue location, call (907) 235-1921.

Pier One Theatre in Homer presents "Louisa," by Homer's Shirley Timmreck, with music by Ann Griffin and directed by Barbara Petersen. "Louisa" follows the adventures of four independent ladies in a retirement home. They are supported by a down-to-earth couple, Carter and Clarice, who work at the home and care for the ladies, protecting them from the business-minded administrator. Louisa shows the other ladies that getting older can really be more fun and interesting than they realized. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today, 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13 for general admission with discounts for seniors, students, families and Raven's Club members. Advance tickets can be purchased at The Homer Bookstore. For reservations and more information, call (907) 235-7333.

The Rookery Restaurant at the Otter Cove Resort will hold an Encore on Eldred Passage fund-raiser for the Homer Council on the Arts on Sunday. A boat departs Homer at 5 p.m. from the ramp below the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit and returns around 9 p.m. The event includes a boat ride across the bay to the Otter Cove Resort, dinner at The Rookery Restaurant, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $75. For more information, call HCOA at (907) 235-4288.

Ptarmigan Arts Studios and Gallery in Homer has pastels by Erica Miller on display through Sept. 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "CHI," a show of textured collage wall art by Ninilchik artist Susan Welsh-Smith, on display through Sept. 1.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place" exhibit, a "SeeBirdCam" broadcasting live video of nesting shorebirds from Gull Island and "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Historic Harbor Walking Tours on the Homer Spit will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. during the summer. Tickets are $5 and tours start at the Pratt Museum's wheelhouse booth next to the Salty Dawg on the spit.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and guest vocalists Sal Viviano and Jan Horvath will perform Gershwin favorites for the Anchorage Symphony League's 2004 Champagne POPS gala fund-raiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The black-tie optional event includes hors d'oeuvres, champagne, dessert and coffee and a baton drawing for the honor of conducting the ASO in "Stars and Stripes Forever." Tickets are $125. For reservations or information, call Tina fell at (907) 245-4421.

On display at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art is contemporary Alaska Native art through Sept. 5; a retrospective exhibit of Alaska artist Fred Machetanz featuring 150 of his oil paintings, drawings and prints, through Sept. 12; and "Points of View V" where a guest curator chooses work from the collections department to be displayed in the galleries through Sept. 25.

If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information to the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

The deadline for information is Tuesday at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.



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