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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2007

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* Soldotna High School drama department under the direction of Mike Druce will put on a production of the horror thriller "Frankenstein 1930" at 7 p.m. today through Saturday. The play written by Fred Carmichael, is an adaptation on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it owes more to the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff. Tickets are $5 per person and will be available at the door. For more information, call 262-7411. See story this page.

* The Nikiski High School drama department, under the direction, Joe Rizzo, will put on the production "The Last Vanishing Act" at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 7 and 8 at the Nikiski High School auditorium. The period production about a 1920s magician fighting the tide of change as movies replace live acts and Vaudeville. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 a person. For more information, call the school at 776-3456, or e-mail Joe Rizzo at jrizzo@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. See story this page.

* The Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425 will hold an arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tables are available for $25. Santa will be visit the lodge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be available for $5. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be served to the children. For more information, call the lodge at 283-7776 after 4 p.m.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Central Emergency Services across the street from McDonald's. Santa will arrive by fire truck to greet the children and listen to their Christmas wish lists. Photos with Santa will be available for $1. Also planned are free dog sled rides, crafts and gifts for the kids, The 4 Peninsulads (a barbershop quartet) will sing Christmas carols, and cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served. For more information, call April Weber at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Central High School choir will perform its annual Christmas concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Donations for admission are accepted. The program includes solo, duet, ensemble and full choir performances of "Carol from An Irish Cabin," "The Virgin's Slumber Song," "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "Omnia Sol (Let Your Heart Be Staid)" and others, as well as several holiday classics, including "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," "The Christmas Song," "Angels We Have Heard On High," "O Holy Night," "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear," and more.

Events and Exhibits

* Artists Without Borders November show will feature Helena Moses with her show of creative quilting in the upstairs in the conference room of the 4D Professional Building on the corner of Marydale and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. For more information, call Susan at 262-3958.

* Art Works in Soldotna will display works by photographer Hal Gage through Tuesday.

* Coffee Roasters will present an exhibit of Kenai Peninsula College's intermediate and experimental photography classes' works in the Red Diamond Center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road Suite 22. Photographers include Eric Dabney, Michael Dinkel, Kathleen Freeman, Kennaty Kerley, Ward Person, Danielle Pettijohn and Allan Rudisill. Photographs will be on display through November.

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Gaye LaRane and friends through November.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway, is displaying Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild group scenic landscapes, wildlife and contemporary photos through Friday. It will hold an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 for photographer Kevin Harding exhibit "Rising Sun: Morning Photographs from Japan" and for ceramic art ware by Kenai potters. These shows will be on exhibit Dec. 6 through Dec. 29. The center also displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. 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.

* The Kenai Potters Guild will host potters Ida Cockroft and Peggy Gill Thompson in a partnership clay show at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through Friday. The guild will sell pottery at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Clay Exhibition expense and potters studio equipment. For more information, call the center at 283-7040 between noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center is at 816 Cook St. in Kenai.

* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

* Kenai Peninsula College will host Anchorage ceramics artist Gina Hollomon to the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery. Hollomon's exhibition, "Fur, Feathers, Fins, Fire" is a menagerie of imaginative creatures. The exhibit will run through Dec. 14.

Entertainment

* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

* Bluegrass jam sessions at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The first Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and all others at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

* The Crossing will host Mike Morgan with folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic songs at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and Jack Will and Sue Biggs with folk, rock and blues music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

* The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights, karaoke Wednesday nights, 150 Grit on Thursday nights and live music Friday and Saturday nights.

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live music with Charmers Daughters from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

* Moosequitoes hosts XBox games Wednesdays. Beer and cheese tasting during the Packers/Cowboys game today.

* Mugz Coffee Lounge in the Blazy Mall will host Mugz Monday open mic nights; acoustic music from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday by Jay C. Smith; and a featured local musician from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday nights.

* Mykel's' has music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 Friday and Saturday through November.

* Rainbow Bar will have live music with Tuff-N-Nuff today through Saturday and Dec. 6,7,8,13,14 and 15.

* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai will have open mic at 6:30 p.m. today; and Fun With Bettie with Katie Evans and Chris Pepper playing folk and originals at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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 KPC Showcase will present outdoor and high risk photographer Jim Oltersdorf at 7 p.m. today in room 109 at Kenai Peninsula College. The recent subject of a one hour special on the Discovery Channel, Oltersdorf will present photos and talk about his transition from fashion to high risk photographer. For more information, call Dave Atcheson at 262-0346.

* Pool tourney and toy drive will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall. The entry fee is $10 plus a new toy. IT will be a blind draw, double elimination, race to 2 with BCA rules. For more information, call Mary at 283-7921, ext. 21, 260-7460 or Richie at 262-9288.

* Kenai Peninsula College will presents the Josh Sneed comedy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ward Building. Sneed has opened for such acts as Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook and Dave Attell. The cost will be KPC students with student ID and at least one can of food for a donation to food bank are free; KPC students with student ID with no donation $2; general public with at least one can of food for a donation to the food bank $5; and general public without a donation $8. For more information, call Dave Atcheson at 262-0346.

* Funny River Players will perform "The Plane Truth" at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Funny River Community Center; at 4 p.m. at The Kenai Municipal Airport; and at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 the Triumvant Theater at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The musical is set at the Chicago O'Hare Airport where everyone gets stuck for the holidays. For more information, call Jill Tyler at 262-6148.

* Kenai Central High School's concert band and drumline and the Kenai Middle School bands will hold a joint concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Reene C. Henderson Auditorium. Desserts of all types to be bid on in a silent auction will be held before the concert and during intermission. The arts program will also be have original art pieces by students up for auction. Auction begins at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be able to pick up their dessert at the end of the concert. For more information, call 283-7524.

Down the Road

* Tickets for the 19th annual production of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet are on sale at Etude Music Studio, The Homer Bookstore and Solstice Music in Homer and River City Books in Soldotna or by calling 235-7579. Tickets are $10 for all seats. Show times will be at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. For more information, call (907) 226-4606.

* Homer Council on the Arts at 355 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite 100, will present fiber artist Carrie Reed's "Kaleidoscope Quilts," in addition to fiber art workshops offered by Kathy Pfundt. Pfundt will offer knitting workshops from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today for children ages 12 and up. In December, she will offer a specialized form of knitting to felting to the adults from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 and 19. For more information, call (907) 235-4288, fax (907) 235-4308, e-mail hcoa@homerart.org or visit www.homerart.org.

* The Pratt Museum in Homer live remote Wildlife Cameras: View the seabird rookery at Gull Island. The SeeBird Cam is visitor-controlled and always on. The Bear Cam is done for the season but there is prerecorded bear footage to view on the museum big screen. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The Pratt Museum's quilt collection will be on exhibit through Dec. 30. The exhibit honors the people within the community who have created a unique collection of quilts. The museum is documenting the stories of the quilts and their creators. Winter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer.

* First Friday art opening with Artist reception for Regina McAbee will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Picture Alaska Art Gallery, 448 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer. McAbee's work features Birch Bark Vessels and Birch Jewelry.

* The band, "Chill Factor with John Tracy" will play at New Year's Eve Ball in Seward on Dec. 31. The party kicks off the fundraising campaign for the new library museum project and will be dubbed the "49ers' Ball, Countdown to 50".



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