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Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008

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* Tickets are available for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's 12th annual Soup Supper and Auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Central High School. This Empty Bowl event features pottery bowls created by Kenai Potter's Guild members and other local potters for each ticket holder. Soups will be provided by local restaurants and chefs, chocolate fountain desserts and Coldstone Creamery items will be available.

For more information call 262-3111 or stop by the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna.

Events and Exhibits

* Funky Monkey in the C Plaza in Kenai featured artist is Metal Magic.

* Kaladi Brothers Kobuk store in Soldotna artist of the month is Melinda Herschberger; and the artist of the month at its Sterling Highway store is Kathy Matta.

* The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery host an exhibit of alternative process photography by California artist and photographer Kerik Kouklis. A meet the artist and closing reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18. Kouklis will give a workshop on the platinum and palladium process Sept. 20 and 21 at Kenai Peninsula College. Call Jayne Jones at 262-0374 or Celia Anderson 262-0361 for information.

* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook St. will display works created by guild members for its annual Harvest Art Exhibition and auction. The exhibit and auction will include photography, paintings in acrylic, watercolor and oil, works in stone, ceramic and fiber. The art will be on display through the end of the month. The auction will be held Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. with an art preview, music and refreshments. The outcry auction begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds, including a $20 admission donation will go to support the center, it's exhibitions and workshops. For more information, call 283-7040 from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission to events is included with the cost of admission to the museum -- $3 for adults and children are admitted free of charge. Parties interested in bringing a large group to events are asked to call the center in advance. For more information, call 283-1991.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna will host the following events: films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. For more information and complete program listings, call 262-7021.

* The Soldotna Historical Society Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays on Centennial Park Road. The museum includes historic homestead buildings, displays and natural science exhibits. The society also has restored Soldotna's first post office on the Kenai Spur Highway and Corral Street. It is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays during the Farmers Market. For more information, call 262-3832.


* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road will host Jam with Nita and Chris from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and karaoke at 10 p.m. today; blind darts and a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; and chicken dumpling dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. and karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday.

* Bluegrass jam sessions are at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Sessions on the first Thursday of the month are at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights; karaoke Wednesday nights; 150 Grit on Thursday nights; and live music Friday and Saturday nights.

* Kasilof Eagles Aerie No. 4317 on the corner of North Cohoe Road and Jason will hold community nights from 6 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month. The cost is $10 for dinner and beverage. White elephant sales, games of chance and door prizes are planned.

* Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna will host music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

* The Crossing will host Mike Morgan playing folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic songs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

* The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has Monday night poker, pool leagues Tuesdays and live music from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

* The Riverside House in Soldotna hosts the After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays.

* Veronica's Cafe in Old Towne Kenai will have open mic at 6:30 p.m. today; and Dan Pascucci at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

* 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Upcoming events

* Juice Newton and Gary Puckett will put on a concert fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The proceeds will benefit Safety Bear, CSI Forensic Science Camp, children's DNA identification kits and youth sports on the Kenai Peninsula. The price of admission is $33 per person. For more information and tickets, call 283-9302.


* 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 fifth annual Homer Documentary Film Festival will show the seven documentary films produced around the world Sept. 18 through 25 at the Homer Theatre on the corner of Pioneer and Main Street in Homer. For more information and show times, call Jamie Sutton 415-456-1960 or 415-298-1960.

This year's films will be:

"Stranded: I Come From a Plane that Crashed in the Andes" -- In October 1972, a rugby team from Uruguay boarded a plane for a game that they would never play. Their plane crashed and, miraculously, 16 of the original 45 passengers managed to defy nature and stay alive for 72 days on a frozen glacier, despite brutal conditions. How they did it became a story that shocked the world, and the movie. Survival stories told by the survivors and crafted by their childhood friend and filmmaker, Gonzalo Arijon.

"Man on Wire" -- Young Frenchman Philippe Petit walked a high wire stretched between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center weeks before it opened in 1974. The film was the winner of the Audience and the Grand Jury Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

"Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" -- Johnny Depp serves as narrator of the film about the inventor of the brash, irreverent brand of journalism called "Gonzo" in which the writer becomes a central part of the story. By 2007 Oscar-winning director Alex Gigney.

"Young@heart" -- Not an ordinary singing chorus, because they sing rock, punk, disco, and the average age is 81 with the oldest being 92 year old Eileen Hall. For kids, teens and anyone eager for a story that is "joyous and brimming with life."

"The Singing Revolution" -- Even under the suppression by Hitler, Stalin and the Soviets, more than 25,000 would gather every five years for the Estonian Song Festival. The emotions swell when Estonians defy their occupiers by singing nationalist songs. This bold act sets the stage for increasingly daring rebellion and ultimate freedom.

"American Teen" -- The 2008 Sundance winner provides a close up of the whirl of hormones, high hopes and hysterical drama that is high school. It's a look at Warsaw (Indiana) High School and why growing up is so hard to do.

"Up the Yantze" -- The Three Gorges Dam - contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle -- provides the backdrop for a dramatic and personal film by Yung Chang about the life inside modern China, not shown during the Olympics. The largest hydroelectric power station in the world will displace more than a million residents, destroy numerous cultural and archaeological sites and change the personal lives of many.

"CSNY: Dj vu" -- Neil Young waited for song writers to voice opposition to the Iraq war, but when those voices failed to rise, he mounted a "Freedom of Speech Tour" and his "Living With War" CD. This film is "a mix of music and politics, outrage and respect, past and present that is both thoroughly entertaining and reflective."

* Gallery Turquoise at Mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment by calling 907-595-1434.

* The Alaska SeaLife Center in celebration of the center's 10th anniversary will offer Alaskans free admission to the center the 10th day of each month through December. An Alaska ID is required. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 301 Railway Ave. in Seward. For more information, call 800-224-2525, 907-224-6312 or visit www.alaskasealife.org.

* The Pratt Museum in Homer is accepting donations for its annual RITZ fundraiser, the 23rd annual Art and Adventure Auction through 5 p.m. Sept. 19. The theme is "Cirque du Ritz" and will be held Nov. 1. Funds raised support the museum's educational exhibits and programs. The museum is at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer. For more information, call 907-235-8635 or e-mail info@pratt-museum.org.

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