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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2005

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A family Halloween celebration and pumpkin carving contest will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. One hundred and fifty pumpkins will be available (one per family) to carve. Templates will be available. Participants are asked to bring carving tools. Face painting, candy and other Halloween activities also are planned. Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. There is no charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers to help in all areas are needed. Face painting artists also are sought. Nonprofit organizations interested in hosting bake sales may call Dana at 283-1991.

World Music for the Kenai, KDLL and the KPC Multicultural Center present a concert by 2005 Juno award winners the Wailin' Jennys at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Peninsula Grace Church Auditorium, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The band is a trio of singer-songwriters from Canada who unite classic and contemporary folk, alternative pop music, Celtic and country influences in three-part harmonies. Tickets will be available only at the door on the day of the show for $23 for general admission, $20 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $15 for teens accompanied by an adult and free for children under 12. Family discounts will be available. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548. For more information on the band, visit its Web site, www.thewailinjennys.com.

Events and Exhibits

Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna has an open mic night from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in the KPC commons. Admission is two boxes or cans of food to be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

The Nikiski Drama Debate and Forensics team will hold a haunted house from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday at the Triumvirate Theatre across from Subway in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The cost is $2 per person, per night.

The Lettermen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School as a fund-raiser put on by the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers. The group is known for its songs "The Way You Look Tonight," "When I fall in Love," "That's My Desire" and "The Things We Did Last Summer." Advance tickets are $29 at Zumwalt's Music. Tickets also are available at the door.

Teen night is planned from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Activities will include open gym, foosball, pool, pingpong, video games and movies. Ages 13 to 18 are eligible to attend. The cost of admission is $2 per participant. For more information, call 776-8800.

The Soldotna Sports Center has a "Fright Night" public skate from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday with games and a costume contest for all ages. Admission is $4 and skate rental is $3.

Planned Parenthood of Alaska's Soldotna Clinic will hold a benefit gala with auctions, tropical drinks, finger foods and desserts from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. Tickets are $45 each or two for $60 in advance or $40 at the door. proceeds go to the clinic. For more information, call 262-2622.

"The Big Boo Review" Halloween variety show will be performed by the Kenai Performers' Travelin' Tales storytelling troupe at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Community Library. Treats will be provided for children in attendance. Costumes are encouraged.

A country jamboree will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Solid Rock Bible Camp on the Sterling Highway. A hay maze, bonfire, hot dogs, singing, hayrides and "trunk-or-treating" are some of the planned activities. The cost of admission is $2 per person and the hay maze is an additional $3. For more information, call Carmen at 262-6442.

A community Halloween party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Elks Lodge, between the Post Office and the Kenai Recreation Center. Prizes, costume contests, a dinner buffet, cake walk, games, candy and a fortune teller are some of the planned activities. For more information, call Sabrina at 283-2708.

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof will host its third annual Haunted Swamp Halloween celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the RV park. Volunteers are needed to create spooky spaces and hand out treats to children. Free hot dogs and soda will be available after the event in the Decanter Inn's Cafe. For more information or to reserve a space, call 262-5917.

The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase program presents a reading and question-and-answer session by Alaska poet Anne Coray, author of "Bone Strings" and "Soon the Wind" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the KPC commons.

The 17th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition put on by the Kenai Potters Guild will go on display Tuesday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. An opening reception will be held Nov. 3, a First Thursday event.

Already Read used book store in Kenai has Marty Hapeman as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has Sue Caswell as its artist of the month.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has watercolor marine artist Brenda Schwartz as its artist of the month.

The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna has an exhibition of photography by Hal Gage titled "Ice" on display until Nov. 11.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai, has paintings from the Watercolor Group on display.

Mykel's in Soldotna has Sierra Ball as its artist of the month for October.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has "Alaska Wild," a statewide photography exhibit, on display. The center also has animal mounts, historic items and Native Alaska artifacts on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every day and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-0822.

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 and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.


AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has a Halloween costume parts Saturday with food from 6 to 8 p.m. for $5 per person. It also has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

The Big T bar in the Tustumena Lodge has live music from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof has live music by Something Else and a Halloween party Saturday night.

The 4-Lands Bar in Nikiski has a Halloween party with live music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets, a costume contest and designated drivers starting at 10 p.m. Saturday with a midnight potluck.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday followed by a DJ.

Author and poet Steve Schoonmaker will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Local Expressions radio show on KWGJ, 91.5 FM, in Kasilof.

The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

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

Moosequito's in Sterling has live music by Sweet and Simple on Friday and Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Halloween costume parts Saturday night with cash prizes in a costume contest.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music by Caines Head and a Halloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday with costume prizes and designated drivers.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has open mic music at 6:30 p.m. today and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Robert Pepper, Doug McAuliffe and friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

Upcoming events

Kenai Performers will stage "Black Comedy," a Peter Shaffer farce about how a struggling artist's shining moment turns dark when a power outage forces him and his party to shed light on hidden truths at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5, 3 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. The show will be followed by a dance performance by Lucas Anderson and Linsey Krueger of All American Dance'N More and dessert offerings by Charlotte's Restaurant. Tickets are $10 for general audiences and $8 for Kenai Performers members. A $1 refund will be given at the door for those who show a ticket stub from October's performance of "Fathers and Sons." Tickets are available at Charlotte's in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna, M&M Market in Nikiski and at the door.

An arts and crafts fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at Soldotna High School. For more information, call 260-7570.


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

Vocalist Jerami Youngblood and other musicians present a classical concert: "Il Concerto Dolce" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer. Tickets are $25 and available at the gallery. Selections include "No. 5 Habenera" from "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, "Va Pensiero" from "Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi and "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl. Ticket sales provide start-up money for a scholarship program for young people wishing to take music lessons. For more information, call Jerami at 299-1525.

Damon McLay has digital art and photography on display at the Homer Council on the Arts building on Pioneer Street in Homer through October.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "Winter Light" oil paintings by Sharon Nichols on display through Wednesday.

Homer's "Artrageous" weekend will be held Nov. 4, 5 and 6 at various locations in Homer. The weekend includes First Friday gallery openings, the Pratt Museum's annual "Putting on the Ritz" gala art and adventure auction, artist demonstrations and workshops, food, a marimba concert and travel, lodging and shopping deals. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.homeralaska.org. or call (907) 235-7740.

The Homer Council on the Arts will host a holiday gift store featuring work by 17 Homer-area artists opening 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 with live music. The store will stay open through November and December.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Symphony will perform is annual Halloween family concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $8 for youths and seniors, and range from $11 to $19 for adults. Babies in arms get in for free. Tickets are available at www.centertix.net, center box office and by calling (907) 263-ARTS.

The Anchorage Symphony will perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and premiere of cellist David Teie's "Cello Concerto" at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Atwood Concert Hall in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets range from $20 to $42 with discounts for youth and seniors and are available at www.centertix.net, the center box office and by calling (907) 263-ARTS.

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