What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2005

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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 with appetizers, drinks and music will be held for these items at 6 p.m. Saturday for $20 admission.

Nick Jans, author of "The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears" will hold a book reading and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Community Library.

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 has a display of paintings and mixed media work by Spelman Evans Downer on display through Oct. 13.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has Katzenberger pottery and traditional handmade birch baskets by Regina McAbee through September.

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 Saturday. 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.

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.


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

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

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has Mic Hoggers at 8 p.m. today and Jammin with Jer at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by Ten Cent Zen at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday followed by a DJ.

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

Mykel's in Soldotna has live music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Keeley Boyle 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

An Evening of Classics Concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Admission is $10. The concert is a fund-raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. Musicians involved are the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Tammy Vollom-Matturro, the Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra directed by Mellisa Nill and soloists and ensembles including Bill Larned, guitar; Erin Southwick, flute; Siri Larson, soprano vocalist; Sue Biggs, violin; Natasha Vaissenberg, piano; Phillip Hart, piano; the Amanita Trio; and the Kalgin Island Quartet. There will be a guest appearance by former Mrs. Alaska, Charlissa Magen.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house to dedicate its new Environmental Education Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1 with food, activities and prizes. It is open to the public and there is no charge.


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 2005 Seward Music and Arts Festival will be held Friday to Sunday in the Alaska Railroad Seward Cruise ship terminal building with proceeds going to the Seward band and choir booster programs. The event will include Seward's "Mural in a Day" project, live music, a community art show, food, kids' activities, art vendors, artist demonstrations and a beer garden.

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 through Sept. 30.

The Anchorage Symphony will perform Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony, Ode to Joy" at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Atwood Concert Hall in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at www.centertix.net, the CenterTix box office and by calling (907) 263-ARTS.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "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.neyman@peninsulaclarion.com.

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