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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

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· Twin Cities Dance Club offers country dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sundays at its club at the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. Couple and line dancing is taught Tuesdays, couple dancing is taught Thursdays and swing dancing is taught Sundays. Community dances are held every other Saturday. For more information, call Joe Soares at 398-8234.

Events and Exhibits

· The Kenai Art Guild's annual holiday craft fair will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

· 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 with live music 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 the age of 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. The dances are held the third Saturday of each month through April. For more information, call 260-4171.

· Already Read used book store in Kenai has David Edwards-Smith as its artist of the month.

· Art Works in Soldotna has William Heath as its artist of the month.

· Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has handcrafted Alaska dolls by Norma Daniels, handcrafted gourd and sea grass baskets by Sharon Blades and traditional birch baskets by Regina McAbee on display in November.

· The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna has a KPC faculty art show on display until Dec. 15.

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

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays 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 Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai, has the 17th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition put on by the Kenai Potters Guild on display through November. Hours at the center are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

· 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 a “Lily, Iris, Iris, Rose” painting exhibit by K. N. Goodrich on display until Dec. 10, as well as 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.

Entertainment

· 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.

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

· The Vagabond Inn has live music with LuLu and Trish at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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

· 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.

· 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.

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

· Veronica’s Cafe in Old Town Kenai has live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Stefane Bouchard 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.

· Clam Shell Lodge has live music by Something Else at 9 p.m.

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.

Upcoming events

· The Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall across from Teriyaki Express will have a grand opening celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 with live music, dance performances, free food, a tour of the theater and door prizes. In conjunction with the opening, the Alaska Children’s Institute for the Performing Arts will perform Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at the theater. For more information, call Joe Rizzo at 283-6109 or visit the Web site, www.triumviratetheatre.org.

Down the Road

· The Ninilchik Traditional Council will sponsor a public partner dance following a swing dance demonstration given by Lorraine Haas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Subsistence Building on the Sterling Highway across from the Ninilchik School. Singles and couples are welcome. Admission is $5. For more information, call Charlene or Kristie at (907) 567-3370.

· The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents "Looking Back," a show of paintings, drawing, weaving and sculpture by Michael and Martha Murray that reflects the experiences and interpretations of life in rural southwest Alaska as experienced by the artists.The show is on display through Wednesday. The gallery also will host "Alaska Metal Arts", metal based compositions: steel to copper, sculpture to jewelry. Exhibiting artists: Cindy Shake, Don Henry, Brenda Milan, Tarri Thurman, Tom Byrnes, Rick Potter, Maynard Linder, Walt Swearingen, Turid Senungetuk, Judy Winn, Meriam Deutschle, and others. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2. The show runs through Dec. 31.

· The annual “Nutcracker Faire” will be held from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Homer High School.

· The Homer Council on the Arts has a holiday gift store, featuring work by area artists through November and December.



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