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Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2005

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The Kenai Elks will hold its sixth annual Oktoberfest fund-raiser for KDLL public radio at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Elks Lodge. Bratwurst, sauerkraut, apple cake, coffee and juice will be served. Live music will be provided by Alaska Blaskapelle, a nine-piece "oom-pah" band from Anchorage. For tickets or more information, call 283-7776.

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will host its annual fall roundup fund-raiser at 5 p.m. Saturday at the center. Smoked prime rib dinner and a raffle for a hand-carved goose are planned. Entertainment will be provided by the Spur Highway Spankers and the Northstar cloggers and line dancers. Door prizes will be available. Admission prices are $16 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. For more information or to make reservations, call 262-2322.

Events and Exhibits

Artist Tim Fowler has work on display at Already Read Books in Kenai.

The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna is hosting an exhibition of paintings by longtime Alaska artist Alex Combs. The exhibition runs through Sept. 16. See story, this page.

The Peninsula Art Guild is holding its annual Harvest Artwork display and auction at the Kenai Fine Arts Center during September. Donated works are on display from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai. A gala and auction fund-raiser will be held for these items at 6 p.m. Sept. 24.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has work by Alaska artists Bruce W. Nelson, an oil painter, and Regina McAbee, who makes traditional handmade birch baskets.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has "Alaska 2005 — Native Arts Now" on display through Sept. 17. The center also has natural history mounts, a historic area and Native Alaska artifacts on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.

Saturday markets are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bus turnaround at the corner of Corral Street and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center until Sept. 17. Items offered from vendors include art, crafts and produce.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every day and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-0822.

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 and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road has natural history mounts, including the world-record king salmon, on display and a boardwalk along the Kenai River. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, call 262-1337.

Entertainment

AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays for members and guests.

BJ's in Soldotna has live music by Hobo Jim, "Alaska's balladeer," this weekend.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kenai Joe's has live music by Ten Cent Zen at 9 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Saturday.

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

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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

Sockeye's Restaurant at Kenai Landing has live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Big T bar in the Tustumena Lodge has live music from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has live music by Sue Biggs and Jack Will and the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

Upcoming events

Veterans picnics will be held at three locations around the Kenai Peninsula Sept. 18. Picnics will be held in Kenai at American Legion Post 20; in Ninilchik at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center; and in Homer at American Legion Post 16. Music, games, door prizes and food will be available. All three picnics will run from noon until 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Darlene Sheldon at (907) 235-6789 or Dave at 260-7640.

World Music for the Kenai and the KPC Multicultural Center present Celtic 12-string guitaristAndy White and cajun-blues piano and accordion player Radoslav Lorkovic at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18. The location will be announced. Irish-born singer-songwriter Whitehas worked with Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor. Lorkovic will make his fourth visit to the central Kenai Peninsula. Tickets will be available at the door for $23 for general admission, $20 for seniors, students and KDLL members,$15 for teens with an adult and free for kids 12 and under. Family discounts will be available. For more information on the concert, contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548. For more information of the performers, view their Web sites at www.andywhite.com and www.radoslavlorkovic.com.

Films

Call Orca Theaters 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 Fireweed Gallery, 475 E. Pioneer Ave. in Homer, has a "mad hatter" photography exhibition called "Just Ask Alice" by Homer artist Aleda Yourdon on display through Oct. 5.

Square dancing is held at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. The caller and instructor is Lenora Regeon. For more information, call (907) 567-1004 or 252-6420.

Anchorage events

Nikiski artist Jim Evenson is exhibiting paintings and stone lithographs in a solo show at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage through Sept. 30.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display "Points of View VI: Defiant Objects," which juxtaposes selections from the museum's collection of contemporary arts and crafts with items in its ethnographic collection, through Sunday, "The Shamans: Spirit Guides of Siberia" through Sept. 18, and "Spot the Dog," the annual children's gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

What's Happening submissions can be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion's Kenai office. The deadline s 5 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551 or e-mail jennifer.ney man@peninsulaclarion.com.



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