The Soldotna United Methodist Women will host a Ten Thousand Villages sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley Street. Hand crafts from around the world and Divine Chocolate will be available for purchase and the proceeds will be returned to the program, which provides income for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. For more information, call Susan Smalley at 283-7469.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "AlaskaWILD: 2003," an annual traveling exhibit of the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photography, on display in the gallery through Friday. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Kenai Potters Guild has a Clay Art Show on display through Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Kenai. Visitors are asked to vote on their favorite pieces, and three awards will be given to the winners. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has an oil pastels painting show by Kes Woodward of Fairbanks on display through Dec. 20. The gallery's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Paul Andrew Lawrence as its featured artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Mykel's Restaurant has David Edwards-Smith as its artist of the month.
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; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, 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.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents blues and Hawaiian slack key music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Hooligan's Lounge in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Thursdays.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.
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.
The AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.
Grandma's Hope Notes will perform at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at South Peninsula General Hospital Long Term Care in Homer, at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Heritage Place in Soldotna, at noon Dec. 9 at the Sterling Senior Center, at noon Dec. 10 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, at noon Dec. 11 at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center and at noon Dec. 12 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.
The KPC Creative Writers will present a writers' night at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at River City Books. For more information, call Vicki Steik at 262-0308.
The Kenai Peninsula College Student Union and KPC Showcase are presenting a Winter Arts Extravaganza featuring a silent auction of student and faculty artwork and music provided by Anchorage-area singer-songwriters Lili McGovern, Will Johnson and Kim Acuna from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. There will be free refreshments and no admission fee.
Vergine's Dance Studio will present performances of "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $15 and are available at River City Books, Coffee Roasters, Kenai Floral, Alaska Gift and Gallery, Charlotte's and Halcyon Spalon. Guest artists Etienne Lavigne and Xiao Nan Yu of the National Ballet of Canada also will perform.
World Music for the Kenai and KDLL 91.9 present "Alaska's Fiddling Poet," Ken Waldman at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Waldman is returning from a U.S. tour that has included performances in Nashville, Tenn., and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Tickets will be available at the door only. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $10 for teens with an adult and free for children under 12. Family discounts also will be available. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at email@example.com or 262-6548 or visit www.wmftk.com.
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 Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Earth, Fire and Fibre," the biennial Alaska juried craft exhibition, through Dec. 30. On Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., the museum will host a stocking stuffer party where kids can build graham cracker houses, explore seasonal art activities, decorate cookies, visit with Santa and listen to live music by local musicians. On Dec. 5, the museum will open its second annual "Festival of Gingerbread," a display of gingerbread houses made by amateurs, children and professional bakers in Homer. Prizes will be awarded to bakers in each category and there will be raffles for the public. The display will be up through Dec. 14. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the museum offers WHIZ Kids activities for preschool and kindergarten kids from 2 to 3 p.m. and for first- to fifth-graders from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, is on display in the museum's lower level. Films about Alaska grizzly bears and the Exxon Valdez oil spill are shown in the lower level of the museum at 1 and 3 p.m. every day. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents a show by Homer photographer Dennis Anderson called "The Aurora Borealis: A Fine Arts Approach." The show runs through Dec. 3.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., the museum will host a crafts weekend and ReadAlaska Book Fair. On Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 6 p.m., the museum will show the film "Incident at Oglala," a 1974 documentary presenting an examination of the mistreatment of American Indians in the justice system in the aftermath of a gun battle that killed two FBI agents.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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