Visitors center closed today
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Saturday.
Arts and crafts sale to be held
There will be a Ten Thousand Villages sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley Street in Soldotna. The sale features crafts from around the world. Proceeds are returned to the program, which provides fair wages to artisans in low-income countries.
The Kenai Art Guild will sponsor an arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Central High School commons, gym and cafeteria. Artists and craftspeople from many Alaska communities will sell hand-made products including beadwork, jewelry, holiday decorations, paintings, woodworking, antler products, hand-spun yarn, soaps, candles and sewn products.
The fifth annual Ninilchik Native Descendants Christmas bazaar will be held at the Ninilchik school from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Call Jamie Leman to reserve a space at 567-3361.
Auditions for UAA play scheduled
The University of Alaska Anchorage theater and dance department will hold auditions for Moliere's "The Misanthrope" at 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. Scripts can be checked out in the fine arts building office for a $10 refundable deposit. For more information, call Tom Skore at (907) 786-1740.
Festival of Gingerbread planned
The Pratt museum in Homer will begin its Festival of Gingerbread fund-raising event Dec. 6. Gingerbread creations sponsored by Homer-area businesses and produced by Homer-area food artists will be displayed until Dec. 20. Prizes will be awarded to the bakers for best in show, best historical building, best fantasy creation and people's choice. Gingerbread cookies from the Bear Claw Bakery and Eagle Quality Center will be available and the museum gift shop will be open throughout the event. There will be raffles, such as the "Gingerbread Money House" that gives patrons the chance to guess how much cash has been used to make a unique gingerbread creation. Whoever wins gets the money house.
All proceeds go to support the museum's basic operations. For more information, call Kathleen Cashin or Heidi Stage at (907) 235-8635.
Film contest open for entry
Submissions for the sixth annual Washington State Screenplay Competition are now being accepted by the state film office.
The competition accepts feature-length scripts from writers throughout North America and requires that 75 percent of feature scripts be set in Washington state. All submitted scripts must be formatted according to industry standards set by the Writers Guild of America-West and copyrighted.
The scripts will be evaluated through a multi-tiered judging system that includes judges from the highest level of the motion picture industry, both locally and in Hollywood. The competition winner will receive $1,500; two runners up will each receive $500 cash prizes. The winner and runners up will also have the opportunity to receive industry standard script notes and consultation from a professional story analyst, as well as an introduction to a leading professional studio executive or agent. All top finalists will also receive Final Draft software, as well as goods and services from the competition sponsors valued at over $500. Winners are announced in both Variety and Hollywood Reporter.
The deadline for submissions is Dec. 9. Entry applications can be requested by calling (206) 260-1687. The competition is open to all screenwriters and the entry fee is $35 per script. Writers may submit an unlimited number of scripts.
Poetry contest announced
Celestial Arts is holding a new poetry contest which is open for anyone to enter. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded, with $55,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded during the coming year.
To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less to Celestial Arts, P.O. Box 1140, Talent, OR. 97540, or enter online at www.freec-ontest.com. The deadline for entering is Dec. 16. A winners list will be sent to all entrants. Winning poems may be posted online.
For more information, contact Michael Thomas at email@example.com.
KPC magazine accepting submissions
Kenai Peninsula College's literary and art magazine, "Driftwood," is soliciting memoirs, essays, stories, poetry, prose poems, novel excerpts and artwork from Alaska authors and artists for the 2003 edition.
To submit a manuscript, include a cover page with the title, author's name, address, e-mail and phone number. All pages must include the title and page numbers and must be typed, double-spaced and stapled. Prose is limited to 2,000 words. Poems are limited to two pages. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope to have the manuscript returned.
To submit artwork or photography, include a title page with the same information as a manuscript submission. Submissions need to be size appropriate for photocopying or scanning. Pencil or charcoal drawings will not be accepted.
Multiple entries are allowed. Manuscripts may be sent to Kenai Peninsula College, Barb Christian, General Editor, 34820 College Rd., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Artwork may be sent to the same address, attention Celia Anderson, art editor. For more information, call Christian at 262-0364 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Anderson at 262-0361 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
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