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Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2000

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A "Back to the '40s" community swing dance will be held Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai. Admission is $6 for singles, $10 for couples and $15 for families. The event will feature songs from the Big Band Era. Food and refreshments will be served. The event is open to everyone and is sponsored by the Nikiski Hockey Boosters Club. For more information, call 776-3456 or 776-5898.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center presents AlaskaWild 2000, a photography exhibit, through Nov. 18. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

The National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters Inc. will offer a free painting lesson from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to anyone age 16 and older. For reservations and more information, call 262-9353.

River City Books will have stories for kids with Tom Anderson on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. At 6 p.m., Soldotna High School drama students will tell not too scary stories. For more information, call 260-7722.

The 13th annual Introduction to Christmas at Donna's in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be door prizes and refreshments. For more information, call 262-9254.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center presents Connie Goltz of Soldotna and her fiber art collection, "Aussie Illusions in Sync," through Tuesday. 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 more information, call 262-0370.

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, with 10 percent of the proceeds going toward Kenai River conservation efforts.

The Kenai Potters Guild 13th Annual Juried Clay Exhibition opens Wednesday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center with a reception Nov. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. and an awards presentation at 3 p.m. It will run through Nov. 30.

The Kenai Community Library presents Prime Time Family Reading Time, a nationwide program that brings families and storytellers together in libraries, on Monday. 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 Tuesday.

Kaladi Brothers is featuring artwork by Libby Berezin through Tuesday.

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.

Entertainment

The Riverside House presents a Halloween costume party as part of the "After 10" dance party on Saturday night. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m. There will a cash prize for the best costume. The regular After 10 party will be held Friday night.

The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m.

Mike Morgan and Matt Boyle will be at the Big T Tustumena Lodge on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Millie's Moose River Inn presents Turk on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Also on Friday, Millie's will feature a costume party with prizes.

Alan Avery will play at Kaladi Brothers from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

River City Books presents Mike Morgan with "Blues All Over" Sunday at 2 p.m.

George's Casino has 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.

Upcoming Events

The Kenai Performers will present "The Foreigner" Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19 at the Old Town Restaurant in Kenai. Tickets for the dinner theater Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 are $25 per person; matinees on Nov. 12 and 19 are $10. They are available at Old Town, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and River City Books. For more information, call 776-8308.

Down the Road

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery will present "Quotidian Eccentrics," mixed media drawings by Ellen Chamber, through Wednesday.

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.

Anchorage Events

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet teams with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu for an evening of Mozart, Jolivet and Poulenc Friday 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 Saturday 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's garage Friday and Saturday. 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.

Films

See our movie listings for the latest time and what's playing.

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 clarion@alaska.net.

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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