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Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2004

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The Kenai Art Guild's annual arts and crafts fair will be held Friday and Saturday at Kenai Central High School. Handmade and handcrafted items will be sold by more than 100 vendors. The event is a fund-raiser for the guild's high school and college art scholarship program.

Activities for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Christmas Comes to Kenai family celebration on Friday will take place as follows: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa will visit the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center; 6 p.m. is the Electric Light Parade, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree by the chamber cabin, Victorian carolers and a bonfire sing-along; and at 8 p.m., a fireworks display will be held at the ballpark on the green strip. For more information, call 283-7989.

Events and Exhibits

The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4.

The Kenai Potters Guild has the16th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 815 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai across from the Oilers' bingo hall, until the end of the month.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska WILD '03," a traveling exhibit of the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers on display.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends and weekend hours may be extended. The cabin is at Mile .5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has artwork by KPC faculty on display until Dec. 17.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Melinda Hersberger as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club at noon every Sunday.

Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge in Soldotna has Kevin Harding as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has work by Thor Evenson on display until Jan. 5.

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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Beluga Lookout Gifts, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai; and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.

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. For more information, call 262-7021.

Entertainment

Veronica's in Kenai presents acoustic guitar and vocals by Bill Larned and Lisa Kent at 7 p.m. Friday and blues, classic rock, folk and Hawaiian slack key music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents acoustic folk music by Nancy Anderson and the Anderchix from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents Jammin' with Turk and Jer at 9 p.m. Saturday and a potluck. They also have a free disc golf course open for all ages. For more information, call 262-4211.

The Vagabond Inn has music by the Danglin' Wrangler, Mark LaBrelle, at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

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

The AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

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

Upcoming Events

An ugly truck contest and Chinese auction fund-raiser will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai. The event is to raise money for Kenai Central High School's choir's trips to All-State Choir and Europe. Donations for the auction are being accepted in advance at The Place.

Vergine's Dance Studio will present "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $15 and are available at Charlotte's, River City Books, Halcyon Spalon and at the studio in Soldotna.

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

Nikiski artist Chris Jenness has an art show on display at Ptarmigan Gallery in Homer called "Illustration." The show is on display until the end of December and an opening reception will be held Dec. 3.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place" exhibit, a "SeeBirdCam" broadcasting live video of nesting shorebirds from Gull Island and "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Concert Association will stage "The Nutcracker," choreographed by Val Caniparoli, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Ballet, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and Alaska Dance Theatre, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Atwood Concert Hall.

To submit information for the InSide section, send it to the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to news@peninsulaclarion.com. The deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jenny Neyman 283-7551.



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