What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

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The Kenai Watershed Forum will present a mushroom identification program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.

The Kenai Kennel Club will host an American Kennel Club Agility Trial this weekend at the Kenai Little League Field on Spruce Street in Kenai. More than 100 dogs are scheduled to compete -- from Chihuahuas to Great Danes -- in running obstacle courses that include jumps, tunnels, an A-frame, teeter-totter and poles for weaving through. Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday and generally are finished by mid-afternoon. It is free and open to the public. Spectators planning to attend should bring something to sit on and be prepared for any weather. There will be a food wagon.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council -- the union of all area unions -- will sponsor a Labor Day picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Monday on the green strip in Kenai. The event will include music, booths and a chicken and hot dog picnic lunch. There also will be a raffle. Tthe picnic is free.

Kenai Peninsula College has a Graham Dane exhibit on display through Sept. 21 in its art gallery. Dane will give a lecture on his work from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20. There will be a closing reception for the exhibit immediately after the lecture. He will do a one day workshop on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., titled "Collage and Abstraction." There will be a limit of 20 participants and the workshop fee will be $25.

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.


Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan and friends at 7 p.m. today. Nancy Anderson will play at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music by JD Uponen and friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets will be the featured entertainment at the Labor Day picnic Monday from noon to 4 p.m.on the Kenai green strip park.

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

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Soup Supper and Auction will be Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Central Peninsula Sports Center. Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 for a trip for two to Hawaii. For more information, call 262-3111.


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 "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 today through Sunday. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday and at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be a post-show discussion today 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. One of the scenes contains brief nudity.

The "Tamamta Katuhlutta -- A Gathering of Native Tradition 2002" celebration will happen Friday through Sunday at the Pratt Museum, at the Mariner Theaterin Homer High School and at the beach behind Pier 1 Theatre. The opening event Friday is a reception and exhibition with a program by the key figures in the creation of the "Looking Both Ways" exhibit at the museum. Saturday morning, a ceremony on the beach will symbolize the arrival of visitors and returning hunters. Participants will then proceed to a community potluck. Diners are asked to bring foods that represent their own cultural backgrounds. The potluck and following Native skills demonstrations and displays will take place in the outdoor areas at the museum. An evening of Native dance will complete the Saturday activities. Sunday morning, demonstrations, exhibits, storytelling, plays and healing walks with traditional bearers will continue in and around the museum. For more information, call Gale Parsons at 235-8635.

Bunnell Street Gallery presents Anchorage artist Katherine Coons as its exhibiting artist for September. Coons will exhibit abstract paintings in her "Chance Operations on the Stick" exhibit. On Sept. 5, modern metal smith Susan Kingsley will lecture on her work exploring issues in fashion and fetish. The suggested donation is $6 for general admission and $5 for gallery members. Kingsly will present a workshop called "Post Modern Metalsmith" at the Homer branch of UAA Sept. 7 and 8. On Sept. 21, nationally recognized pianist Scott Cossu will perform with flutist Ann Lindquist.

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

The Fireweed Gallery presents an exhibit of recent oil paintings by James P. Bunack through Wednesday. On Friday, a Beth Blankenship "Jewels of Summer" oil painting exhibit will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gordon Rowland, Mary Wright and Matt Yaki will perform a "Three Guitars" concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Mariner Theater. The acoustic guitar program will include original compositions by Rowland, classical and popular selections and jazz improvisations. The concert is a benefit for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for center members and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies office on Lake Street, Solstice Music, the Bookstore, Etude Music Studio and at the door. For more information, call the center at 235-6667.

"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 tour 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

Adrienne Rich, author of 17 volumes of poetry and four of prose and winner of several prestigious poetry awards, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Following the reading will be a reception and book signing. For more information, call 786-4330.

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. The participating actors will be Edie McClurg, the school secretary in the film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and New York actors Rhonda Ross and Glynis Bell.

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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