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Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2003

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The KPC Creative Writers will present a writers' night at 7 p.m. Saturday at River City Books. For more information, call Vicki Steik at 262-0308.

Grandma's Hope Notes will perform at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Heritage Place in Soldotna, at noon Tuesday at the Sterling Senior Center, at noon Wednesday 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.

Events and Exhibits

First Thursday events today in Soldotna are an opening reception for a show by artist Bill Heath from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works and a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. In Kenai, there will be a reception for a show by painter Alan Perry and the Kenai Peninsula Photography Guild's show from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The Kenai Potters Guild will sponsor a Christmas Pottery sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai across from the Peninsula Oilers Bingo Hall. Admission is free. The center's gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Ninilchik hot glass artist Suzy Lambert will demonstrate how to make lamp work beads from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Malfunction Junction Gifts in Soldotna. Cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate will be provided. For more information, call Gloria at 262-3199.

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. Saturday. There will be free refreshments and no admission fee.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has exhibitions by landscape painter Alan Perry and the Kenai Peninsula Photography Guild on display through December. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 Thea Zumwalt as its featured artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant has Ken Green as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has Bill Heath as its artist of the month through January.

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.

Entertainment

Moosequito's in Sterling presents music by Frozen Chosen on Friday and karaoke every Thursday.

Hooligan's in Soldotna presents music by Ten-Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday and karaoke at 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents karaoke from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.

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.

Upcoming Events

Vergine's Dance Studio will perform "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 mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548 or visit www.wmftk.com.

Local author Marcella Bremond and illustrator Lu Ann Wendt will sign copies of their book "The Lighthouse," the second book in their "God Went With Me Series," from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Master's Vineyard and from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at River City Books. For more information, visit www.Godwentwithme.com.

Films

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 Friday, 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.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery in Homer will have encaustics by Kathy Smith on display from Friday through Dec. 31 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May. On Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 6 p.m., the museum will show the film "Annihilation of Fish," a romantic drama where Fish and Poinsettia are drawn together when they move to neighboring apartments in a building owned by the free-spirited Mrs. Muldroone.

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 clarion@alaska.net.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.



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