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Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2004

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First Thursday events today include a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9 p.m. At Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, an artists reception for the "All Alaska Juried Art Exhibit" from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors And Cultural Center in Kenai and an art display by Ram Meir at Mykel's Lounge in Soldotna.

The Stars of the Moscow State Circus will perform its new-aged, animal free circus at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The circus features Russian acrobats, clowns and aerialists.

Events and Exhibits

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has wood relief sculpture by Sandy Stolle on display through Oct. 15.

The gallery at Soldotna Animal Hospital is exhibiting photography and computer art by Kenai Peninsula College art students through October. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna has the Junior Duck Stamp competition on display through October. The annual art contest asks kindergarten through 12th-graders to create a duck stamp. The 2004 best in show winner for Alaska was Aurora Firth from Anchor Point. Other Kenai Peninsula winners in various categories were Barnabas Firth, Anchor Point, second place; Josiah Firth, Anchor Point, third; Sarah Firth, Anchor Point, third; Silas Firth, Anchor Point, honorable mention; Marie Johnson, Soldotna, first; Alex Martushev, Homer, second; David Martushev, Homer, honorable mention; Elena Martushev, Homer, third; and Joe Martushev, Homer, first. The refuge also has an educational kit available for school groups to check out, including curriculum, brochures and supplies. For more information, call Nicole Johnson, education specialist, at 262-7021.

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 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.

Mykel's Lounge in Soldotna has Ram Meir as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has Ed Tussey 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; Beluga Lookout Gifts, 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.


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

Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai presents blues, classic rock and Hawaiian folk music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents music by Sweet and Simple from Seward at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday with music to follow.

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

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will hold the 11th annual Hippie Olympics with live music by Sticky Wickett at 9 p.m. Oct. 16.

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 children's activities and the Safety Bear Reflector Program. For more information, call Leo Siefner at 283-9302.

World Music for the Kenai presents a double bill concert with David Mallett and Bill Staines at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Peninsula Grace Auditorium on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Tickets are $23 for general admission, $20 for students, seniors and KDLL members and $15 for teens accompanied by an adult. Family and teen discounts are available. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net.

The Performing Arts Society presents a duet piano concert by husband and wife Tim and Rumi Smith titled "Four Hands, One Piano" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Kenai Peninsula College. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Born in Japan, Rumi Smith received her bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance and music education from the Miyagi National University in Sendai, Japan. She has performed extensively in Japan and in Anchorage, where she is a private piano teacher and an adjunct piano teacher at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Tim Smith is a piano professor and head of piano studies at UAA. He has his master's and doctorate degrees in music. He has performed extensively in Asia and has won several performance awards.


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 Fireweed Gallery in Homer has a solo show by Nikiski artist Chris Jenness called "Flight and Other Diversions" on display through October.

Todd Snider will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer. The opening act is Stephan Smith.

Author Amy Bloom will do a reading and discussion at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and discuss "Fiction, Non-Fiction and Just Plain Lying" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Bunnell St. Gallery in Homer. Bloom is the author of the novel "Love Invents Us" and two collections of stories, "Come to Me," nominated for a National Book Award, and "A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You," nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award.

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.

Anchorage Events

On display at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art is "Rarefied Light," an annual statewide juried photographic exhibition showcasing the work of Alaska photographers, through Oct. 17.

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@peninsulaclarion.com.

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

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