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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007

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* World Music for the Kenai in conjunction with Kenai Peninsula College MultiCultural Consortium and KDLL will present Canadian quartet PO' GIRL (www.pogirl.net) and its folksy, bluesy, jazzy, style of soul and song at 7:30 p.m. today at Peninsula Grace Auditorium, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Tickets available only at the door. General admission price is $23; KDLL, seniors and students for $20; and there will be discounts for families and teens. For more information, call 262-6548 or e-mail mjmorgan@gci.net.

* Sterling Senior Center hosts Friday night at the movies through the winter. This weeks movie will be "The Ballad of Little Jo" starting at 7 p.m. A special snack consisting of freshly smoked turkey and ham prepared at the Sterling Senior Center, with all the trimmings needed to make all you can eat sandwiches will be available at 6 p.m. Popcorn and coffee is free. For more information, e-mail csponsel@acsalaska.net.

* Peninsula Awareness Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Peninsula Olier's clubhouse at 817 Cook Avenue in Kenai. Psychic readers, intuitive artists, body works and energetic healers, peninsula artists and lectures and workshops are planned. Festival admission is $5. On Saturday at 6:30 p.m. the Grandmother Drum, an intertribal drum performance will be held. Drum performance prices are $20 at the door and children ages 15 and under admitted free. Advance tickets are available for $15 by calling Body Mind and Spirit at 283-4200, Pye Wackets at 260-7800 or Something to Believe In at (907) 235-5433.

Events and Exhibits

* Frames and Things Artist of the Month is Laura Faeo. Original paintings and sculptures will be on display.

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Emily Grossman as its Artist of the Month.

* The Kenai Fine Arts Center have "Self," an experimental art exhibit, through October. The exhibit is sponsored by the Kenai River Council on the Arts. "Self" is an individual exploration of the sense of each artist's identity demonstrated through personal artistic media and expression. Participating artists include Celia Carl Anderson, Joy Falls, Doug Field, Clarice Kipp, John Lagoutaris, Gaye LaRane, Maryanne Phillips, Tracie Stang, Connie Tarbox, Zirrus VanDevere, Lauren Marshall Wakefield and Carol Walkiewicz. For more information call, the center at 283-7040 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center is located at 816 Cook St. in Kenai.

* 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. It will host "Inheritance", a solo exhibit by Sandy Gillespie through October. The center will hold an opening reception for the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild Group Exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Area photographers will display scenic landscapes, to wildlife, to contemporary photos through November. For more information, call 283-1991.

* The Kenai Potters Guild will host potters Ida Cockroft and Peggy Gill Thompson in a partnership clay show at the Kenai Fine Arts Center Nov. 1 through 30. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1. The guild will sell pottery at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Clay Exhibition expense and potters studio equipment.

* 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 .5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

* Mykel's Lounge's Artist of the Month is Pam Mersch.

Entertainment

* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

* Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will host a blue grass jam at 6:30 p.m. today.

* The Crossing in Soldotna will have Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

* The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* 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 in Soldotna has live music with Mailorder Brides from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Tyler Schlung from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

* Mykel's' has music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 Friday and Saturday through November.

* The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Bob Mabrey at 10 p.m. Wednesdays through October.

* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai has open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; and Robert and Christian Pepper, blues and folk music at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

* Grace Lutheran Church and School harvest festival featuring carnival games, costume parade, soup cook off and cheesecake competition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school. Families are asked to donate a bag of candy for prizes. For more information, call Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551 or visit www.gracelutherankenai.com.

* Our Lady of Perpetual Help's Halloween carnival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Games, activities and refreshments will take place in the old Catholic Church at 222 W. Redoubt in Soldotna. The church also will host an Octoberfest bingo for quilts from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Barbecue pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, assorted pies and desserts and coffee and hot cider will be served. For more information, call 262-7801.

* Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host Halloween movies, cupcake walk and craft activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 283-1991 or e-mail www.artskenai.com.

* A Halloween extravaganza to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the north end of the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Games prizes, crazy hair, pictures, treats and a fortuneteller are planned. Attendees donating canned food will receive tickets for carnival booths. Proceeds from purchased tickets and canned food will be donated to the food bank. For more information, call 262-2678 or 262-3111.

* The Whirling Rainbow Foundation will hold an evening of interactive drumming, primal rhythms, prayer, dance and celebration for the family with the Grandmother Drum Prayerformance on Sunday at the Peninsula Oilers Club, Bingo Hall, 817 Cook Avenue in Old Towne Kenai. The Grandmother Drum is an intertribal drum and was built in Alaska in 2001 with input from native elders. It is 7 feet in diameter and 5 feet deep and has travelled around the world as a symbol of peace. Ticket prices are $15 for advance, $20 dollars at the door and children under 16 are admitted free. Limited Space. For tickets call (907) 299-5433 or 260-7800. For information on the foundation visit www.whirlingrainbow.com or call (907) 745-5636.

* Musicians and composers Jim and Jean Strathdee will be in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church as part of a tour of eight Alaska communities. The Strathdees are well known in the United Methodist Church and beyond for their ministry of music They have written over 400 songs, hymns and choral pieces. These works are published and have sang on six continents. Two of their best known hymns are "What Does The Lord Require of You" and "I Am the Light of the World." Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and Love INC. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors, youth and military. A family ticket for adults and all children is $25. Tickets are available from the Soldotna United Methodist Church at 262-4657 or at the door. For more information, call 262-4757.

* Kenai New Life Assembly of God's harvest carnival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 209 Princess St. The carnival is for children ages 3 to 11. Games, a donkey ride, food, candy, prizes and a jumping balloon castle are planned. For more information, call 283-7752.

* Abundant Life Church will host a glow in the dark fall harvest carnival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church at Mile 81.5 of the Sterling Highway. There will be no charge for games, food and candy. For more information, call 262-7266.

* Trunk-or-Treat from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sterling Elementary School.

* Kenai Elks Spooktakular will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Booths will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A costume contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. The lodge is located on Barnacle Way (by the post office). The annual youth event is free to the public for indoor "trick or treating" on Halloween. Costume contest by age groups. Hot dogs and macaroni served for the kids. For more information, call April Bower or Mary Jackson at 283-7776 after 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

* The fifth annual Trunk-or-Treat event at the Tustumena Elementary School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

* Strut Your Mutt 2007 Howl'oween Dog costume contest will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Dogs must be people and dog friendly and on a leash at all times. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.

* Kenai Boys and Girls Club will hold a Trunk-or-Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. For more information or to donate candy, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

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.

Upcoming Events

* The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will hold its annual fall bazaar, craft sale and art show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3. Arts, crafts, jewelry and a variety of baked goods, sandwiches, chili, hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 262-2322.

* The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will host a free celebration of national American Indian Heritage Month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at 9583 Kenai Spur Highway. The day-long celebration will have cultural performances and demonstrations, arts and crafts and a youth career and post-secondary education fair. Alaska musical group Pamyua will perform at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under. Proceeds will help support the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's youth programs. For more information, call Michael Bernard at 283-3633.

* Peninsula Artists in Motion dance company will hold its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Artists will include Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, Nikiski High School Dance Company and Encore Dance Academy. Choreography will be by Chris Morin and Rick Langley. Live music will be provided by The North Road Pounders. General admission is $10, students and seniors $8 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at Encore Dance Academy and Charlotte's in Kenai and at River City Books in Soldotna.

Down the Road

* The Pratt Museum in Homer live remote Wildlife Cameras: View the seabird rookery at Gull Island. The SeeBird Cam is visitor-controlled and always on. The Bear Cam is done for the season but there is pre-recorded bear footage to view on the museum big screen. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Current exhibits include "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place"; and "Facing the Elements" Poets, writers, musicians, dancers, performance artists and actors have been invited to participate in exhibit, along with visual artists, on the Pratt Museum's Forest Ecology Trail. Also the museum's fundraiser Chez RITZ 2007 with works of art and adventure packages may be viewed at the Pratt Museum through October in the Museum's special exhibits gallery. Winter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at 3779 Bartlett St. Homer.

* Fireweed Gallery will present fiber artist Ann-Lillian Schell's "InVESTments for all Seasons", wearable art for every month of the year along with the work of many area artists exhibiting seasonally themed works in bead and fiber will be showcased through October. The gallery is located at 475 E Pioneer Avenue, Homer. For more information, call 235-3411.

Anchorage Events

* Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will hold a lunch and learn from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the Loussac Library conference room. Maestro Fleischer will give a lecture on the music of the ASO's "Synergy: Jazz Meets Classical", including an inside look at "Spontaneous Combustion", a new violin concerto by jazz master Chris Brubeck.

* Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will host words on music at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Atwood Concert Hall. Susan Wingrove, ASO's education consultant will give a preconcert lectures on the personalities and music of "Synergy: Jazz Meets Classical."

* Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will present "Synergy: Jazz Meets Classical" at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Atwood Concert Hall. The lively colors of jazz converge with the power and drama of the symphony. Violinist Nicolas Kendall joins the ASO to premiere "Spontaneous Combustion", a new work by jazz master Chris Brubeck. Also on the program will be Bernstein's "On the Town" and Gershwin's "An Amercian In Paris." For more information on ASO events call (907) 263-2787 or visit www.centertix.net.

* A free artful violins debut will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Artique Ltd, 314 G Street. Twenty-two renowned Alaskan artists have transformed beautiful violins into works of art. They'll be auctioned at a gala in February. Artful Violins is a collaboration of Artique, Ltd., the Anchorage Symphony League and the Anchorage Symphony. Proceeds will benefit the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.

* Rat-a-tat-a Halloween The Anchorage Symphony holds its 13th annual Halloween Family Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday the Atwood Concert Hall. The concert's theme is Rat-a-tat-a Halloween, and audience members can expect a show with a silly story line appropriate for all ages. The concert's story line is top secret, but there may be a rat involved. Special guests have appeared in every Halloween concert, Alaska Dance Theatre and morning show radio personality April Powers. The costumed orchestra musicians perform music from many genres including pop and classical. Audience members are encouraged were a costume. After the 50-minute concert, trick-or-treating is provided for the children on all floors of the Harrison Lobby. Nearly 30 local businesses, individuals and organizations have sponsored treat tables and more than 40 volunteers will be on hand to pass out treats.

Tickets prices are youth and senior tickets $10 and adult tickets range in price from $11 to $19. Tickets are available by calling 263-2787, by logging on to www.CenterTix.net, or by visiting the CenterTix box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.



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