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Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008

Spookiest Bets

The following events are scheduled for the celebration of fall harvest and Halloween:

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will hold the carving of the Alaska State Fair grand champion pumpkin (907 pounds) grown by J.D. Megchelsen of Nikiski from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center. Free pumpkins will be given away to the first 50 families attending the carving. Tlingit carver Benjamin Schliefman of Juneau will do the preliminary mapping and design work today and Friday. The pumpkin is on display at the Kenai Safeway. For more information, call 283-1991.

* Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna will hold its fourth annual Halloween carnival from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Redemptorist Center, 222 West Redoubt Ave. Games are planned for young people and families may join in on barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, assorted pies and other desserts, coffee and hot apple cider. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Other Oktoberfest activities will be ongoing in O'Neill Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday including bingo for 20 quilts. Bingo games begin at 6:30. Food will be available in the Redemptorist Center and in O'Neill Hall.

* The Soldotna Community Schools and Skyview High School National Honor Society will host a make-it and take-it craft fair for kids kindergarten through sixth grade from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna Middle School. Kids will have the opportunity to create Halloween and fall crafts. Admission is free.

* A Halloween carnival and craft fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the C Plaza in Kenai by the Funky Monkey. Youth ages 12 years old and under may attend. For more information, call Michelle Klaben at 283-3691.

* Nikiski North Star Elementary will hold its 32nd annual fall carnival from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Silent auction, themed baskets, booths, cake walk, trick or treat alley and costumes are planned. Concessions $1 or less, game tickets .25 cents. For more information, call 776-2668.

* The Soldotna Public Library annual pumpkin carving-painting contest continues through Wednesday. Entries must represent a fictional book character. One prize will be awarded for elementary, teen and family categories. Painted pumpkins may be dropped off through Wednesday. Carved pumpkins may be dropped off through Wednesday. Judging and awards will be given Oct. 30. For more information and contest guidelines stop by the library or visit www.ci.soldotna.ak.us and click on the library link.

* The Nikiski Community Rec Center is holding a Howl'oween dog costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be multiple prize categories. Dogs must be both people and dog friendly and on a leash at all times. Door prizes, doggie cake walk and refreshments are planned. The cost is a $5 entry fee per dog.

* The Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425 will hold a Halloween party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. It is open to public. There will be a pumpkin carving contest, and children may bring a carved pumpkins for judging. There also will be a costume contest. For more information, call Mary Macrander at 283-7776.

* The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its annual trunk-or-treat event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 (vehicles will have to remain until the road reopens.) Set up begins at 5 p.m. For more information, call Kim Dent at 283-2682 or Shauna Thornton at 598-1171.

* The Sterling Elementary School is seeking donations of candy for the PTA's annual Trunk or Treat event. Candy will be accepted at the office. Community members interested in having a car at Trunk or Treat should call the office. The event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 Oct. 31 in the school parking lot.

* The Sterling Senior Center will host a Halloween party for Sterling families from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the center. Games, prizes, treats and a cake walk are planned. Costume are encouraged. Volunteers are needed to help set up games, decorate, bake cookies, greeters and clean up crew. For more information, call 262-2943.

* The Kenai Christian Church will host a trunk-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 104 McKinley Street in Kenai. Live music, candy prizes, hotdogs and macaroni and cheese will be provided while it lasts. For more information, call Adam Meyers at 283-4559.

* Grace Lutheran School and Church on Ciechanski Road, one block off Kalifornsky Beach Road will sponsor its annual October Fest from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. It is open to the public. Food, fellowship in a German setting are planned. "The Black Forest Hunter," "The Nutcracker Race," "The Pretzel Throw" and many other carnival-like games also are planned. There will be candy prizes. Fun but non-scary costumes are encouraged. There will be a soup and dessert cook off for adults to enter. Each family is asked to donate a bag of candy for game prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Pastor Tom Schmidt at 283-9551.

Events and Exhibits

* BJ's in Soldotna will host Alaska's Balladeer Hobo Jim at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at 8:30.

* Funky Monkey in the C Plaza in Kenai featured artist is Pamela Mersch.

* Kaladi Brothers Kobuk store in Soldotna artist of the month is Emily Grossman; and the artist of the month at its Sterling Highway store in Soldotna is Amy Jo Warfle.

* Nikiski Community Rec Center will hold arts and crafts class from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Fridays at the center. Youth in grades first through sixth may participate. Preregistration is not required. The cost is $3 a class. For more information, call 776-8800.

* The Kenai Community Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alaska Statehood, "The Reflections of Statehood Reading" will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the library. Local readers will share original selections or favorite poems that offer their impressions of Alaska's past and future. Refreshments are scheduled during the intermission; and a book making class will be taught by Karen Dorcas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants will need to go to the library to register and pay $20 to purchase a materials kit which they will use to make their own books. For more information, call 283-4378.

* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook St. will display an experimental exhibit "Outside the Bag." For more information, call 283-7040 from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission to events is included with the cost of admission to the museum -- $3 for adults and children are admitted free of charge. Parties interested in bringing a large group to events are asked to call the center in advance. For more information, call 283-1991.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna has films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. For more information and complete program listings, call 262-7021.

* Veronica's Cafe in Old Towne Kenai will host a photo exhibit by Joe Kashi of photographs of Veronica's Cafe through the seasons.

Entertainment

* Bluegrass jam sessions are at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Sessions on the first Thursday of the month are at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights; karaoke Wednesday nights; 150 Grit on Thursday nights; and live music Friday and Saturday nights.

* Kaladi Brothers Kobuk store in Soldotna will host live music with Chris Burns from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday; and Tyler Schlung from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

* Kasilof Eagles Aerie No. 4317 on the corner of North Cohoe Road and Jason will hold community nights from 6 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month. White elephant sales, games of chance and door prizes and dinner are planned. The cost for dinner is a suggested donation.

* Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna will host music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

* Rainbow Bar in Kenai has Monday night poker, pool leagues Tuesdays and live music from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

* The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* The Riverside House in Soldotna hosts Sean and Travis B. at 9 p.m. Thursday; the After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays with Ian's DJ Service. Dancing until 4 a.m.

* Vagabond on Kalifornsky Beach Road will host AK Fuel on Halloween beginning at 9 p.m. Costume prizes and designated drivers are planned.

* Veronica's Cafe in Old Towne Kenai will host open mic at 6:30 p.m. today; and Diggin' Roots at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

* 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Upcoming events

* Juice Newton and Gary Puckett will put on a concert fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The proceeds will benefit Safety Bear, CSI Forensic Science Camp, children's DNA identification kits and youth sports on the Kenai Peninsula. The price of admission is $33 per person. For more information and tickets, call 283-9302.

* The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Yaghanen youth programs will host Pamyua at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Yaghanen youth will open for the group. Tickets are $15 at Charlotte's Restaurant, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center or the Funkey Monkey in Kenai and Artworks and River City Books in Soldotna. For more information, call Michael Bernard at 907-398-1510.

Films

* Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

* Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Down the Road

* Gallery Turquoise at Mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment by calling 907-595-1434.

* The Alaska SeaLife Center in celebration of the center's 10th anniversary will offer Alaskans free admission to the center the 10th day of each month through December. An Alaska ID is required. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 301 Railway Ave. in Seward. For more information, call 800-224-2525, 907-224-6312 or visit www.alaskasealife.org.

* The Pratt Museum in Homer annual RITZ fundraiser, the 23rd annual Art and Adventure Auction, "Cirque du Ritz" will be held Nov. 1. Funds raised support the museum's educational exhibits and programs. The museum is at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer. For more information, call 907-235-8635 or e-mail info@pratt-museum.org.

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