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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2006

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· KDLL public radio will hold an open mic music fundraiser at Veronica’s Cafe in Old Town Kenai from 6 to 10 p.m. today. Musicians will donate their time, talent and tips to KDLL. Proceeds from the sale of food and drink will benefit KDLL. For more information, call 283-2725.

· The Kenai Performers will perform Mike Druce’s latest murder-mystery farce “Murder Ahoy” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. It is a dinner theater performance with an extended dinner menu and no-host bar. Tickets are available at River City Books in Soldotna and the Kenai senior center. Only 150 tickets will be sold for each night. See story, page B-2.

· The World of Folk, an evening of traditional Russian and international folk music, theater and dance with the Russian American Colony Singers, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at River City Books, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and the KPC Bookstore. See story, this page.

Events and Exhibits

· A winter kickoff and trail lighting ceremony will be held Friday at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School. Preregistration for a scavenger hunt is at 5 p.m. with the hunt starting at 6 p.m. Soup, snacks and a ski movie will be held in the Skyview commons after the event.

· The Sterling Senior Center is offering free movies twice a month, with free popcorn and coffee and other refreshments for purchase. The next movie is “Friendly Persuasion” at 7 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 262-6808.

· The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. Dances are held the third Saturday of the month.

· The Peninsula Moose Family Center in Kenai will host a dance night at 8 p.m. Saturday with music by Mark Lebrell.

· The 18th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition is on display until Nov. 30 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

· Kaladi Brothers has the Kenai Watercolorists as its artists of the month.

· 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 at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.

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

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native 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.

Entertainment

· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trip at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Dan Spencer, Kate Veh and Bill Larned at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

· The Tustumena Lodge hosts a cribbage club at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Yearly dues are $15 and the suggested weekly donation is $10. Proceeds benefit the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. For more information, call Cliff Bond at 262-1939.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

· Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna has music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

· Moosequitoes in Sterling has an open mic night Thursday and music by Lu Lu Small with a “hot hiney” contest at 9 p.m. Saturday.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by Dan Sullivan Thursday nights.

· The King’s Inn in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Friday, pool league on Tuesdays and darts Wednesdays.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Abbotron from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, music by 150 Grit Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff on Friday and Saturday.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

· The Crossing Restaurant in Soldotna has acoustic folk, blues and Hawaiian music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 pm. Friday and Bob Ramponi Trio with dancing Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Saturday night.

· BJ’s in Soldotna has live music by Hobo Jim at 9 p.m. today.

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

Upcoming Events

· The annual Christmas Comes to Kenai event with a visit from Santa Claus, the Electric Light Parade, bonfire and fireworks will be held Nov. 24 in Kenai. For more information, call the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989.

· The Peninsula Art Guild will hold its annual arts and crafts fair at Kenai Central High School on Nov. 24 and 25. Vendor applications are available at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. For more information, call 283-7040.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna will host a speed dating event for single professionals Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 39-49 and 8:30 p.m. for ages 29-42. Register online at www.Cupid.com/PreDating.

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

· The third annual Professional and Student Dessert Contest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Edgewater Hotel in Seward. The event features regional wine tasting, dessert contests, featuring German and Austrian delicacies and a selection of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. The dessert contest is divided into a professional category Friday and a student category Saturday evening. For more information, call Louise Butler at (907) 786-1487.

· The Pratt Museum has fish feedings at 4 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays; and “Kachemak Heritage Land Trust — For The Love of the Land,” a photographic exhibit featuring some of the first donors of conservation land in Alaska, on display through Dec. 30 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The museum, at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer, is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection” through Dec. 3; “Inuit, Inupiq and Siberian Prints” through Jan. 7; “Sharing Knowledge: Alaska Native People and the Smithsonian Collections” through March 26; and the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.



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