What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004

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The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a community dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday 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 potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will hold its 11th annual Hippie Olympics with potluck food and live music by Sticky Wickett at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has the "All-Alaska Juried Art Exhibit" on display.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has wood relief sculpture by Sandy Stolle on display through Friday. Starting Tuesday the gallery will have paintings by Asia Freeman on display until Nov. 12.

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 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 Emily Steele Grossman as its artist 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.


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

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

George's Casino in Kenai presents music by country music recording artists group Highway 101 at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission $20.00 at the door.

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

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 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

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

Karen Hollingsworth, nationally recognized nature photographer, will present "Let's Go Wild" on Oct. 21 and 22. The multimedia presentation set to music will showcase the wildlife of America's National Wildlife Refuges. Hollingsworth will give the presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer and at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in Kenai at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is free.

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.

Professional actor Brad Sherrill will perform the entire "Gospel of John" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The performance is presented theatrically and is not meant to be evangelical or political. A video sample of the two-hour performance is available from Dale Kelley at Soldotna United Methodist Church. A $10 donation will benefit international children's relief through Church Women United, the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Council of Anchorage, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage and the United Methodist Alaska Missionary Conference. The performance is not suggested for children under 10.

The Kenai Performers will present the play "The Uninvited," a classic thriller about a brother and sister who buy an abandoned house with a chilling history and seemingly evil presence. Performances will be Oct. 29, 30 and 31 and Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at the Old Town Playhouse at the other end of the Malston's building in Kenai. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Charlotte' Coffee Roasters, River City Books and M&M Market. Refreshments will be available during intermission.


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.

Author Amy Bloom will do a reading and discussion at 8 p.m. Sunday and discuss "Fiction, Non-Fiction and Just Plain Lying" at 7:30 p.m. Monday 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 Saturday.

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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