Vergine's Dance Studio presentsThe Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $15 and available at Charlotte's, River City Books, Halcyon Spalon, at the studio in Soldotna and at the door.
Events and exhibits
The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4. The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has From the Woodpile, an exhibit by Homer artists Deb Lowney and Dave Brann on display through Jan. 7. The exhibit shows the versatility, beauty and functionality of wood as an artistic medium. The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends and weekend hours may be extended. The cabin is at Mile .5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822. The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has artwork by KPC faculty on display until Dec. 17. Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Bob McDonald as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club at noon every Sunday. Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge in Soldotna has May Oehlert as its artist of the month. Art Works in Soldotna has work by Thor Evenson on display until Jan. 5. 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; Beluga Lookout Gifts, 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.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music by Mark LeBrelle, the Danglin' Wrangler, at 9 p.m. Friday. MooseQuitos in Sterling has live music by Tuff-E-Nuff on Friday and Saturday nights. Veronica's in Old Town Kenai has open mic night Thursday, live music Keeley Boyle and friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday, live music of the season by Mike Morgan and Friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and live music by Sarah Glaves on the flute at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live music by fiddler Susan Biggs and guitarist Jack Will from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday. BJ's Lounge in Soldotna has a Toys for Tots toy drive with live music by Hobo Jim at 9 p.m. Saturday. Anyone bringing an unwrapped gift to donate will receive a door prize ticket. Tickets will be drawn throughout the night and ticket holders must be present to win. The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests. The Riverside House in Soldotna presents After 10, a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays 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. The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.
Kenai Peninsula College will hold its second annual Art Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. The event will include a reception honoring faculty members who displayed their work in the faculty art show as well as a silent auction of art created by Kenai River Campus students with live music and refreshments. A Winter Ball will follow the reception with a DJ providing music. The reception and ball are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door.
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
Nikiski artist Chris Jenness has an art show on display at Ptarmigan Gallery in Homer called Illustration. The show is on display until the end of December. The Pratt Museum in Homer presents Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place exhibit, a SeeBirdCam broadcasting live video of nesting shorebirds from Gull Island and Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters, a stewardship exhibit. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents; from the Newark Museum, a collection of Tibetan art and artifacts, through Jan. 2; The Art of Gold, an exhibit of artwork by goldsmiths, through Jan. 7; and Holiday Dolls and Toys, a collection of antique dolls and toys, on display through Jan. 4. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera present Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, a ghostly tale of love and redemption, Jan. 21, 23 and 29.
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