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What's Happening

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2001

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The annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Friday and Saturday at Kenai Central High School. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be lots of old favorites and some new venders, ranging from Fairbanks to Homer. The fair is sponsored by the Kenai Art Guild. Proceeds go toward the guild's scholarship program. For more information, call Lauren Wakefield at 776-8408.

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Christmas Comes to Kenai on Friday. Santa will arrive at the chamber cabin via fire truck at 11:30 a.m. Children are invited to bring their wish-lists and sit on Santa's lap. Cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate will be provided. The Electric Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m., with the Christmas tree lighting to follow. The bonfire and fireworks will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 283-7989.

Events and Exhibits

A Ten Thousand Villages sale, put on by the Soldotna United Methodist Women, will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley.

Central Peninsula Mall will have its second annual local crafts and products fair Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. The mall will continue to have the crafts and products fair every weekend through Dec. 23.

The 14th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition is on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital Gallery presents oil paintings by Corrie Fairchild and watercolors by Marian Bowser through the end of November.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents Chelline Larson as its artist of the month.

The Kenai Performers present "Hot Times, Cold Read Theatre Thursdays" where actors do a cold read-through of plays at River City Books in Soldotna every Thursday, excluding Thanksgiving and First Thursday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 13.

Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed and purchased at the following area businesses: Art works, Birch Tree Gallery, Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Fireweed Herb Garden in Kenai and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.

Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.

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.

Entertainment

Kaladi Brothers presents Mike Morgan and Friends from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

King's Inn in Kenai presents music by Butch Leman at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays, The Danglin' Wrangler performs country music at 9 p.m. Saturdays, and ladies' night karaoke is Tuesdays.

George's Casino in Kenai has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is live music.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

Upcoming Events

A slide presentation and narrative account by Jill Fredston, author of "Rowing to Latitude," will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at River City Books in Soldotna.

The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase program presents the College-Community Choir in a "'Fibber McGee and Molly' Christmas Show -- Fibber Paints a Christmas Tree," Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Brockel Building. The program invites a studio audience to enjoy music and jokes for the radio show that was last heard in December 1945.

Films

See our movies page for local show times and listings

Call Orca 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 Bunnell Street Gallery presents An Evening of Turkish Arts, with music, dance and visual arts, Saturday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662.

The AIDS Awareness Ball will be held Saturday. Location and time will be announced. For more information, call Kachemak Bay Family Planning at 235-3436.

The Fireweed Gallery presents a holiday arts and crafts fair Saturday from 10 to 6 p.m. with artful gifts, demonstrations, music and refreshments.

The Pratt Museum presents a stocking stuffer party Saturday with fun for kids, including cookie decorating, graham cracker houses, art activities, storytelling, musicians and Santa Claus. For more information, call 235-8635.

"Homer for the Holidays" will be Nov. 30 with a Santa parade and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. On Dec. 1, Homer businesses will hold open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 235-7740.

The Fireweed Gallery presents "Between the Spaces," a collage by Judith Hoesting, through Nov. 30.

The Pratt Museum presents a free WHIZ KIDS family activity program. Workshops will be held Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the lower level of the Pratt Museum from 3 to 5 p.m. On these days, kids ages 5 to 95 may drop in at the museum to participate in hands-on arts and crafts activities that explore the history, art and cross-cultural connections in the museum's exhibits and collections. For more information, call (907) 235-8635.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum presents the 13th annual crafts weekend and the ninth annual ReadAlaska book fair Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"Quilt national" is at the Anchorage Museum through Dec. 31.

The "The Nutcracker Ballet," performed by Ballet West, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and local dancers coordinated by Alaska Dance Theatre, will be performed Friday through Sunday at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Carrs locations, the box office, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328.

The Anchorage Museum presents a Dolls and Toys show Tuesday through Dec. 31 and holiday concert every Sunday starting Dec. 2. A visit with Santa will be from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents "Footloose -- The Musical" at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall Dec. 4 through 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 9 at 3 p.m.

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, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

Deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.



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