What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2003

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The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, featuring the Midnight Sun String Trio, will present a movie tunes concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and at 3 p.m. Sunday 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," 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. Sunday 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 mjmorgan @gci.net or 262-6548. For more information on McKeown, visit the Web site www.erinmckeown.com.

Events and Exhibits

Writer Henry Kroll, author of "Gold of the Gods," will lecture and sign books from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the commons at Kenai Peninsula College.

The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers Snowmachine Club will hold a snowmachine kick-off party at 7 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Kenai. There will be a potluck dinner, door prizes, a no-host bar and a snowmachine drawing. Monetary donations will be accepted at the door. Club members or anyone interested in joining the club are invited to attend.

The Peninsula Promenaders Square Dance Club will host a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday at North Star Dance Studio in Sterling. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691 or Betty at 262-9387.

Kenai Peninsula College will host "Tamba! Marimba," an eight-piece marimba band from Homer, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Brockel Building.

Kenai Peninsula College will host Linda McCarriston, professor of creative writing and literary arts at UAA, National Book Award finalist and author of three highly acclaimed collections of poetry, who will read and discuss writing at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Brockel Building at KPC.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Earth, Fire and Fiber," a traveling exhibition with art made from natural mediums, on display through Friday. 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 book and box structures and sculptures exhibit by Susan Share on display Nov. 14. 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.


Veronica's in Old Town Kenai presents music by William Cook at 6:30 p.m. today.

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.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents music by Don Weller and J.D. Uponen at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Jughead from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Common Ground in Kenai presents music by local bands 3/4 Bound and Rock Bottom at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Moose Lodge will hold an adult Halloween party with music by Bull Don on Saturday night.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents blues, Hawaiian and folk music music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 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.

Upcoming Events

The Soldotna Inn and Mykel's Restaurant will host a free haunted house from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. The entrance will be the Soldotna Inn lobby. For more information, call 262-9169.

Common Ground will sponsor a Halloween event at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Soldotna Sports Center. There will be live music by Anchorage band Makeshift and local bands Dissension and Fearless Leader, a $200 giveaway for the best costume and door prizes donated by local businesses. The event is drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free and is appropriate all ages. There will be adult supervision and a weapons check at the door. All proceeds will go to support Common Ground. Tickets are $10 and available at the door and at Old Town Music in Kenai and Bruce's Street and Skate in Soldotna. For more information, call 283-1416 or 335-1013.

Tlen-Huicani from the capital city of Veracruz, Jalapa, will perform traditional Latin American folk music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $10 for teens with a parent and free for children under 12.

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 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.

Anchorage Events

The Alaska Native Heritage Center will host its fourth annual All-Alaska Native Juried Art Show through Nov. 11. Exhibit hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Tlen-Huicani from the capital city of Veracruz, Jalapa, will perform traditional Latin American folk music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $14 to $29.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May.

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 clarion@alaska.net.

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

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