The Performing Arts Society presents "Strings and Stories," a combination of favorite children's stories, classical music and mime, with violinist Linda Rosenthal and actor Bill Blush at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are available at Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Already Read Books in Kenai and Northcountry Fair and River City Books in Soldotna and at the door. Tickets are $5 for youths up to age 18 and $10 for adults.
The Peninsula Promenaders Square Dance Club will host dances at 7 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 25 at North Star Dance Studio in Sterling. Dance classes will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691 or Betty at 262-9387.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Earth, Fire and Fiber," a traveling exhibition with art made from natural mediums, on display through Oct. 24. Admission is $3. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has a three-dimensional mixed media painting exhibit by Jo Going on display until Oct. 17. The gallery's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Rube Tikka, Pam Mersch and Dottie Sanders as its featured artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Mykel's Restaurant has video stills for its art 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.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will hold its 10th annual Hippy Olympics at 8 p.m. Saturday with games and live music by Yukon Ryder.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 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.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and snacks to share. No partners are required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171 or 283-9382.
Kenai Peninsula College will have a writers' night at River City Books in Soldotna at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.
Kenai Peninsula College will host "Books and Beyond," a slide lecture by artist Susan Share at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Brockel Building at KPC to coincide with her mixed media show opening in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery, with a reception to follow.
Kenai Peninsula College will host Linda McCarriston, UAA instructor, National Book Award finalist and author of three highly acclaimed collections of poetry, who will read and discuss writing at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Brockel Building at KPC.
Kenai Peninsula College will host "Tamba! Marimba," an eight-piece marimba band from Homer, at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Brockel Building at KPC.
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra featuring the MidNight Sun String Trio will present a movie tunes concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Mariner Theater at Homer High School. The program includes themes from "Harry Potter," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Wizard of Oz," "Star Wars" and "Titanic" movies, Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Alfred Hitchock theme. Tickets are $5 for general admission and admission for children 12 and under is free. Tickets are available at River City Books in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery in Kenai and Etude Music Studio and The Homer Bookstore in Homer. For more information, call 283-7603 or (907) 235-7579.
World Music for the Kenai presents acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist Erin McKeown at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the auditorium in Peninsula Grace Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Tickets will be sold only at the door. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors, students and KDLL members. Admission for children under 12 is free. Family discounts are available. For more information on the concert, contact Mike Morgan at email@example.com or 262-6548. For more information on McKeown, visit the Web site www.erinmckeown.com.
Down the Road
The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Ritz 2003" a display of work from Southcentral artists who have donated their art for the museum's auction fund-raiser on Nov. 8. The exhibit includes photographs, sculptures, watercolors, monoprints, jewelry, fiber arts, oil paintings, encaustic paintings and ceramic pieces. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, is on display in the museum's lower level. Films about Alaska grizzly bears and the Exxon Valdez oil spill are shown in the lower level of the museum at 1 and 3 p.m. every day. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents a photograph and watercolor show titled "Alaskan images: Portraits of Nature," by Homer artists Steve and MaryBee Kaufman through Nov. 5.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents a performance by Lila Downs with music from Central America at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Atwood Concert Hall. The American Indian Dance Theatre will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets for both performances are available at all Carrs-Safeway locations, www.anchorageconcerts.org and by calling (800) 478-SEATS. For more ticket information, call (907) 272-1471. For more information on Lila Downs and the American Indian Dance Theatre, visit the Web site www.anchorageconcerts.org.
The second annual Alaska Rock and Mineral Show will be held Nov. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 pm at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. 6th Ave., on the second floor. Vendors, displays and kids' activities will be held Saturday. Admission is free. To rent table space or for more information, call Sharon at (907) 563-9229.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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