What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2005

Best Bet

· Vergine's Dance Studio will present “Christmas on the Kenai,” a variety show with singing, dancing and acting at 7 p.m.Saturday and at 4 p.m Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. The show will be hosted by Kacia Dimick and Dustin Miller. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams and his family also will share their holiday traditions.Tickets can be purchased at the door, River City Books or at Vergine’s.

Events and Exhibits

· The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna has a KPC faculty art show on display until Dec. 15.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and is featuring Kenai Art Guild Watercolor painters Rube Tikka, Pam Mersch, Melinda Hershberger, Donna Schwanke, Gaye LaRane and Claudia Lamb through the month of December. For more information, call Gaye LaRane at (907) 262-7494 or e-mail her at millerlarane@alaska.net.

· Already Read used book store in Kenai has David Edwards-Smith as its artist of the month.

· Art Works in Soldotna has William Heath as its artist of the month.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-0822.

· The Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai, has a holiday sales gallery on display this month. Hours at the center are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has animal mounts, historic items and Native Alaska artifacts on display. 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.


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

· The Big T bar in the Tustumena Lodge has live music from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has live music by 9 Spine at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday followed by a DJ.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

· Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna presents “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· Veronica’s Cafe in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Stefane Bouchard at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

· Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co in Soldotna presents the acoustic folk music of Nancy Anderson and the Anderchix from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· Kenai Joe’s will host a potluck, gift exchange, Christmas party featuring live music by Ten Cent Zen on Friday. For more information, call 283-5637.

Upcoming events

· The Alaska Decoy Company Learning Center will host “Carve and Paint in Public Artists” demonstration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Alaska Decoy Company Decoy Center at 36380 Murray Lane Soldotna. Painter Celeste Rodgers of Sterling and wildlife sculptor Rick Scott of Soldotna will be the featured artists. Other carvers also will give demonstrations. It is free to the public. For more information, call Rick Scott at 398-8233.

· Joe Rizzo and the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall will present Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 14 through 17 and 22 and 23. All shows begin at 7 p.m. except Dec. 16, which begins at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds from the Dec. 14 performance go to help homeless children in the community.

· The Kenai Performers storytelling performance will be held at Kenai Community Library at 1 p.m. Dec. 18. There is no fee.

· Peninsula Artists in Motion will host a winter ball fundraiser Feb. 4 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, ballroom dancing with live music and a silent art auction are planned. Tickets to the ball will include four classes to a ballroom dance workshop.


· 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

· The Homer Council on the Arts has a holiday gift store featuring work by 17 Homer-area artists through December.

· Homer Council on the Arts will host “Singing in the Season” at 6 :30 p.m. Sunday at the Mariner Theatre. The family friendly evening will feature Christmas Choral with artistic director Cherish Bee McCallum. Tickets are available at HCOA at 355 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite 10, Homer, Etude Studio and the Homer Book Store.

· Santa will be at the Homer Council on the Arts from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has “Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age through Dec. 24, “Creating Alaska,” an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the writing of the Alaska Constitution that spotlights the events in Alaska’s history that led to statehood, through Jan. 8.; and “Spot the Dog,” the annual children’s gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

What’s Happening submissions can be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion’s Kenai office. The deadline s 5 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call 283-7551.

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