Local authors will read from their books, answer questions about their writing and autograph books on Local Authors Day, Saturday at River City Books. Susan Welsh-Smith, author of "Andy," speaks at noon; Dr. Donna Peterson reads from her book "Appearing Competent When Your World is Falling Apart," at 1 p.m.; Clarion humorist Alan Poynor will read from his book, "Of Moose and Men," at 2 p.m.; Ron Walden will read from "Cinch Knot, a Mystery Thriller of Pigs, Politics and Petroleum" at 3 p.m.; and Homer resident Nancy Lord, a University of Alaska Anchorage writing teacher, will read from "Fish Camp," a story of her summers across Cook Inlet, at 4 p.m. Lord's latest book is "Green Alaska, Dreams from the Far Coast." Musician J.D. Uponen will play at 7 p.m.
Joy Falls and Brandy Washburn are teaching a Halloween mask making workshop at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Saturday for ages 13 to adult from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; cost is $20. Participants should dress in old clothing and bring extra decorations. For more information or to sign up, call Joy at 283-5028 or Brandy at 283-0907.
Events and Exhibits
John Toppenberg's original wildlife photographs are on display at the combined offices of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, Kenai Watershed Forum and The Nature Conservancy. The groups' offices are on the second floor of the Blazy Mall in Soldotna. All photographs on display are for sale, and 10 percent of the proceeds will go toward Kenai River conservation efforts. For more information, call 260-1999.
The Kenai Fine Arts Center presents Connie Goltz of Soldotna and her fiber art collection, "Aussie Illusions in Sync," through October. The show includes not only fiber art, but quilting, beaded work, buttons and other items. Center hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery presents an exhibit by Jim Evenson of Nikiski through Nov. 10. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. For further information, call 262-0370.
The All-Alaska Juried Art Show, the oldest juried show in the state, will run through Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is free. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 283-1991.
The Kenai Community Library presents Prime Time Family Reading Time, a nationwide program that brings families and storytellers together in libraries, every Monday night through Oct. 30. Area storyteller Carol Ford will be featured. For more information, call 262-6548.
The Soldotna Animal Hospital features the watercolor collection of Marian Bowser through October.
n Kaladi Brothers is featuring artwork by Libby Berezin in October.
Alaskan Gift and Gallery is featuring artwork by area author and artist Tom Willard.
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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begins near the center. 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.
Birch Tree Gallery offers several watercolors by Alaska artists Jean Shadrach and Mary Ann Dunham; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Vivian McCain and Kathleen Logan; bead-weaving broaches and barrettes by Laurine Maxwell-Evens; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Pat Morrison; fur-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Carroll; pottery by Libby Berezin and Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yup'ik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-1991.
Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.
George's Casino will present Tuff-e-Nuff Thursday through Saturday. There also is karaoke with Dee every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and live music by Sucker Punch at 10:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
BJ's presents music by Edgeville Exit on Friday and Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m.
The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m.
Kaladi Brothers features Kris Riley Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters Inc. will offer a free painting lesson from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 28. The event is open to anyone age 16 and older. For reservations and more information, call 262-9353.
The Nikiski Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association's fall carnival will be held Oct. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the school. It is open to the public and people are encouraged to come in costume. No gory costumes, please. Volunteers are needed, too. If you can help, call 776-4132.
The Kenai Potters Guild annual Juried Clay Exhibition will run from Nov. 1 through 30 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.
Down the Road
Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery will present "Quotidian Eccentrics," mixed media drawings by Ellen Chamber. It runs through Nov. 1.
The Pratt Museum presents the "Ritz 2000 Art Show" through Nov. 2. A gala and auction will take place at the museum Nov. 4. For more information, call 235-8635.
Art for Kids has moved to the Homer Council on the Arts building. The fall session for kindergartners through second-graders meets Monday. The session for third through sixth grade meets Wednesday. For more information, call 235-4288.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Sydney Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices range from $18 to $28 and can be purchased by calling (800) GRT-SEAT.
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet teams with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu for an evening of Mozart, Jolivet, Poulenc and more Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) GRT-SEAT.
An evening of storytelling and music will be held at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) GRT-SEAT.
The Imaginarium presents its annual Trick or Treat Town at the Alaska Communications System garage Oct. 27 and 28. For more information, call 274-1643 or 243-8543.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present "La Bottine Souriante" on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) GRT-SEAT.
See local times and listings on our movie page
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
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, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to email@example.com.
To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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