What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

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This Hope, a contemporary gospel group with singers who are originally from the Kenai Peninsula, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai Central High School.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's seventh annual Soup Supper and Auction will be Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Events and Exhibits

First Thursday events in Soldotna today are an opening reception for featured artist of the month Chris Jenness from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works and a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has "The Journey or the Memory," a mixed media show by Paula Dickey, on display through Sept. 20. Dickey will give a lecture and slide presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the college in room 132.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," featuring 76 original paintings by 44 world-renowned artists,on display through Saturday. The cost to view the exhibit is $3 for adults and free for students and children. The center's hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The center's winter hours begin Monday and are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends. For more information, call 283-1991.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Emily Grossman as its featured art of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant has Pat Foster as its artist of the month.

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, 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.


Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan at 8 p.m. today and Saturday.

Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling presents karaoke at 9 p.m. today and music by Kindred at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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 Joe Reinhardt from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has music by Butch Leman at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.

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

Author and former Kenai resident Hal Thornton will visit the central Kenai Peninsula to promote his new book "Alaska Odyssey" in September. He will have book signings at the Kenai Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11, Kenai Senior Citizens Center at noon Sept. 12 and Alaska Gift and Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

World Music for the Kenai presents Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at 7:30 pm. Sept. 11 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Guthrie and Irion are carrying on the folk music tradition of Guthrie's father, Arlo, and grandfather, Woody Guthrie. This will be the couple's only full-length concert in Alaska. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Admission for children under 12 is free. Family discounts also are available. Tickets will be sold only at the door. Contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@ gci.net or 262-6548 for more information.


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

The Pratt Museum presents "Fire and Ice," a thematic exhibition about Alaska's glaciers and volcanoes with photographs by Carmen Field and fiber arts pieces by Kenai Peninsula artists, on display through Sept. 21. Also on display is "Eight Stars of Gold the Story of Alaska's Flag," a historic collection of schoolchildren's designs that tell the story of Alaska and how the winning flag design supported the campaign for statehood, in the museum's mezzanine and lower levels. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, is on display in the museum's lower level. The museum's "SeeBirdCam" is operational through September, allowing patrons to control a live video camera on Gull Island from the museum's Marine Room. Films about Alaska grizzly bears, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and longtime pioneers are shown in the lower level of the museum at 11 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. every day. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Eskimo Drawings," featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, on display through Sept. 14. Also on display is "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," through Sept. 21 and "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May 2004. Every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 11, the museum hosts Jazz After Hours events where participants can view the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections while listening to jazz music.

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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