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Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2004

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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 Friday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Central High School fall band concert is at 7 p.m. today at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS. Admission is free.

Karen Hollingsworth, nationally recognized nature photographer, will present "Let's Go Wild" today and Friday. 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. today at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer and at 7 p.m. Friday in Kenai at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is free.

The Kenai Potters Guild will host a juror's critique with Terry McBee, retired art instructor from Soldotna Middle School, of the 16th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. The opening reception for the exhibition is from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. The exhibition is on display from Nov. 1 to the end of the month.

The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers will have a season kick-off party at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai National Guard Armory in Kenai. The event includes a potluck dinner, no-host bar, door prizes and a snowmachine raffle. Donations will be taken at the door.

The Skyview High School band and choir will perform a "Broadway and Beyond" concert Monday with the band performing at 6:30 p.m. and the choir at 8 p.m. There will be an ice cream social at intermission.

Professional actor Brad Sherrill will perform the entire "Gospel of John" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The performance is presented theatrically and 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. The performance is not suggested for children under 10.

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 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.

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 in Old Town Kenai presents an open mix night at 6:30 p.m. today and music by Sarah Superman at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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

Hooligan's Saloon in Soldotna has music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 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

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.

Planned Parenthood of Alaska Soldotna Center will hold a masquerade ball fund-raiser from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Masquerade attire is optional but appreciated. The event includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine and desserts and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $30 each, two for $55 and $35 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Planned Parenthood of Alaska Soldotna Center and River City Books in Soldotna.

Former central Kenai Peninsula resident and author Lani Diane Rich will have a book reading and signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at River City Books in Soldotna. Her book, "Time Off for Good Behavior," follows Wanda as she navigates mid-life's troubles in her case dealing with an alternately apologetic and raging ex-husband in Alaska, finding a good job, patching a relationship with her parents, opening her heart and ridding her mind of an annoyingly unrecognizable song.

The Kenai Peninsula College showcase program presents a performance by comedian Ben Bailey, who has appeared at more than 200 colleges throughout the nation, as well as in a variety of feature films, including "Spiderman 2," at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at KPC. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 or students, staff and seniors, and are available at the KPC Bookstore, River City Books in Soldotna and Old Town Music in Kenai. This event may contain mature subject matter and is intended for an adult audience.


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.

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

The third annual Rock and Mineral Show will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 on the second floor of the Sheraton Hotel, 401 E. 6th Avenue, in Anchorage. The show will include rock, mineral, jewelry and natural crafts vendors; rock and mineral displays; movies; and kids' activities. Admission is free. For more information, call (907) 563-9229.

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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