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Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2004

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First Thursday events today in Soldotna include a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and an artist reception for Ed Tussey, who will exhibit original works until November, at Art Works from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Peninsula Art Guild will exhibit its fourth annual Harvest Art Show at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai from Wednesday through the end of September.

Events and Exhibits

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has watercolor paintings by Gary Mealor on display through Sept. 17.

"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 Connie Goltz and Retired Hands as its artists of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club at noon every Sunday.

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.


The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Mark Lebrelle, the Danglin' Wrangler, at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents blues, classic rock and Hawaiian folk music by Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. today and music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents fiddler Sue Biggs and guitarist Jack Will from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will have a Labor Day party Monday around 9 p.m. including karaoke, food and a raffle for a cooler in the shape of a car.

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

Hooligan's in Soldotna presents a performance by the "World's Top All-Male Revue" in a Las Vegas-style production at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23.

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.

The Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers will hold its annual fund-raising concert featuring '60s rock and roll music by Paul Revere and the Raiders and Michael Johnson on Oct. 22 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai Central High School. The primary use of the funds raised will be to continue the work of the FOAST Charity Corp. with childrens' activities and the Safety Bear Reflector Program. For more information, call Leo Siefner at 283-9302.


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

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

Down the Road

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 Sunday; 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@peninsula clarion.com.

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

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