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Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2008

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* The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai will host the following free community events in December: Star Party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn about the constellations while viewing Alaska's night sky through high-powered telescopes. Alternate activities in case of inclement weather are planned.; and Wonders of Space and Science from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Experiment with hands-on, interactive activity stations. All children will receive a "Passport to Science" book to present at each station to receive a stamp of completion. For more information on either event, visit www.akchallenger.org or call 283-2000.

* The KPC Showcase presents "A Comedy Showcase" with Andy Hendrickson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ward Building. The opening act will be Diggin' Roots: Featuring Robb Justice, Dan Spencer and special guest Dan Pascucci. The cost is $12 for general admission or $10 for students, staff and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door. Warning: Subject matter intended for mature audiences.

* The Kenai Central High School choir will hold its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at the school. For more information, call 283-2125.

Events and Exhibits

* Artists Without Borders presents its December group show, "Secret Garden" with a meet the artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today upstairs in the 4D Building on the corner of Marydale and the Spur Highway in Soldotna. Call Susan at 262-3958 for more information.

* Kaladi Brothers Kobuk store in Soldotna Artist of the Month is Amy Jo Warfle; and the Artists of the Month at its Sterling Highway store in Soldotna is Vidalia Romenko, Kathie Painter, and Donna Schwarner.

* Nikiski Community Rec Center will hold arts and crafts class from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Fridays at the center. Youth in grades first through sixth may participate. Preregistration is not required. The cost is $3 a class. For more information, call 776-8800.

* Sterling Elementary School PTA craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Space is available for $50. Reservations may be made by calling Judy at 262-8545.

* 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 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook St. will display an experimental exhibit "Outside the Bag." For more information, call 283-7040 from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway 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. Admission to events is included with the cost of admission to the museum -- $3 for adults and children are admitted free of charge. Parties interested in bringing a large group to events are asked to call the center in advance. For more information, call 283-1991.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna has films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. For more information and complete program listings, call 262-7021.

Entertainment

* Bluegrass jam sessions are at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Sessions on the first Thursday of the month are at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

* 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 Kobuk store in Soldotna will have live music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday with Loretta Spalding and JD Uponen; and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday with Sarah Superman.

* Kasilof Eagles Aerie No. 4317 on the corner of North Cohoe Road and Jason will hold community nights from 6 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month. White elephant sales, games of chance and door prizes and dinner are planned. The cost for dinner is a suggested donation.

* Rainbow Bar in Kenai has Texas Hold 'Em poker Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., pool league Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and live music with the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

* The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* The Riverside House in Soldotna hosts Sean and Travis B. at 9 p.m. Thursday; the After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays with Ian's DJ Service. Dancing until 4 a.m.

* Veronica's in Kenai will host open mic night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

* 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Upcoming events

* The Triumvirate Theatre will host the following events: Insane with Power a play directed by Angie Nelson will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Tickets are available at the theatre's book store. The show is about a big-city journalist who is writing a story about the current state of modern mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of quirky inmates who imagine themselves to be crime-fighting superheroes.; and the Triumvirate and the Funky Monkey Coffee House join forces to bring a holiday dinner theatre "A Christmas Carol" will be performed by Triumvirate's new drama troupe - Class Act, Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and includes a choice of lasagna rolls or creamy Cajun chicken, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Tickets are available at the Funky Monkey in Kenai or Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

* The Harlem Ambassadors will play at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Skyview High School. The Ambassadors work with local not-for-profit and service organizations and hold shows as community fundraising events. The Ambassadors have partnered with Cook Inlet Academy to help raise funds for the school's athletic program. Tickets may be purchased at Cook Inlet Academy. Call 262-5101. The cost is advance adult tickets $10 and children ages 4-8 $5; and at the door adult tickets $10 and children ages 4-8 $6.

* The Kenai Central High School Hockey Booster Club is looking for central peninsula alums to play in a KCHS vs. Soldotna High School alumni hockey game at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Players must have proof of 2008-09 USA Hockey registration and need to sign up by Dec. 10 to receive a game T-shirt. Registration is $25. The game is open to all alumni of KCHS, SoHi, Skyview and Nikiski high schools, regardless of age or skill level.

The match will pit KCHS alumni against SoHi alumni with Skyview and Nikiski alums placed on either team as needed. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors.

Santa Claus is planning to be at the game for the kids. Beer and wine will be available for purchase in a restricted area. Proceeds will benefit the KCHS hockey program. To register, call Lisa Gabriel at 283-2175, and for more information, call Rick Koch at 283-8222 or 398-0190.

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

* Gallery Turquoise at Mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment by calling 907-595-1434.

* The Alaska SeaLife Center in celebration of the center's 10th anniversary will offer Alaskans free admission to the center the 10th day of each month through December. An Alaska ID is required. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 301 Railway Ave. in Seward. For more information, call 800-224-2525, 907-224-6312 or visit www.alaskasealife.org.

* The Pratt Museum in Homer is located at 3779 Bartlett St. For more information, call 907-235-8635 or e-mail info@pratt-museum.org. The museum will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving. Current exhibits include: "Down to Earth," sculptures and paintings by local artists Annette Bellamy and Kathy Smith; "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place," a complete redesign of the Pratt's main galleries, with community-based videos, photo essays, computer interactives, and visitor-controlled remote video technology take visitors beyond the museum walls to historic and contemporary life around Kachemak Bay, providing an intimate means of understanding people and place. Children of all ages are invited to join the Pratt Museum for its annual Stocking Stuffer Party on Nov. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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