The Salvation Army will hold its fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at 203 N. Forest Drive in Kenai. Anyone needing a ride to the event, wishing to volunteer or who would like to request delivery of food may call 283-3879. Leftovers will be given away following the dinner's conclusion.
Christmas Comes to Kenai will be celebrated in Kenai on Friday. Events begin with Santa's arrival at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce cabin at 11:30 a.m. with cookies and hot chocolate. The Electric Light Parade begins in front of Paradisos on Frontage Road at 6 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree, a bonfire and fireworks. For more information, call the chamber at 283-7989.
The Kenai Art Guild Craft Fair will be held at Kenai Central High School on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 140 booths are scheduled. Admission is free.
Events and Exhibits
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League and AAL Branch No. 7310 will hold a Christmas bazaar at the Star of the North Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Kenai Potters Guild 13th annual Juried Clay Exhibition is showing at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through Nov. 30. The center's hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Peggy Gill Thompson at 283-7827.
The Soldotna Animal Hospital is featuring Tanya Clark for the month of November. Clark is displaying a variety of oil paintings.
Alaskan Gift and Gallery is featuring artwork by area author and artist Tom Willard this month.
The artist of the month at Kaladi Brothers is Chelline Larson.
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 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.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai will hold a Thanksgiving celebration at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Maybrey Brothers will play at 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Twin Cities Productions present country music artists Gary Allan and Andy Griggs at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Carrs or by calling (800) 263-ARTS.
J-Bar-B, six miles south of Soldotna, presents karaoke by Mic Hoggers on Friday nights.
Kaladi Brothers presents the Midnight Sun String Trio at 3 p.m. Friday. J.D. Uponen will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler Friday and Saturday nights at 9.
AMVETS Post No. 4 presents Mike Morgan at 9 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to the public.
George's Casino has karaoke with Dee every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In the future
Skyview High School will present an interdisciplinary entertainment special Nov. 30 on the "Roaring Twenties" at 6 p.m. The show is a dessert special. Cost is $5 each. Tickets are available at the school office.
The third annual Ninilchik Native Descendants Christmas Bazaar will be held at Ninilchik School on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information or to reserve tables, contact Sheri Liebenthal at 567-3603.
Toyz for Totz will be held at the Goodnight Lounge Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. For more information, call 776-4065.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a family and community folk dance Dec. 9 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. There also will be live music and food in a nonsmoking and nonalcoholic environment. Admission is $5; it's free for those under 16 with an adult. For more information, call 283-9227.
Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase presents "Winter Wind," a recital by the College Community Chorus at 3 p.m. in the KPC Brockel Building on Dec. 10. Admission is free, and a reception will follow the recital.
Down the Road
The William Henry Gallery presents an exhibit, "Love and Mountains," wood engravings and etchings by Rebecca Poulson of Sitka, through Nov. 29. For more information, call (907) 235-3411.
The Pratt Museum will hold an annual Stocking Stuffer on Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This free holiday event includes cookie decorating, children's art activities and ginger bread house making and live holiday music. For more information, call the Pratt Museum at (907) 235-8635.
The Homer Council on the Arts will present the 12th annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 2, 3, 8 and 9, with Saturday evening shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. For more information, or tickets, call (907) 235-4288.
The annual Nutcracker Arts and Crafts Faire will be in conjunction with the first performance on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be 100 booths full of handcrafted items as well as food and fun photos with Santa.
The Nutcracker Ballet will be performed Friday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are available by calling 263-ARTS or (800) GRT-SEAT.
The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts will present MOMIX Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 263-ARTS or (800) GRT-SEAT.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
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