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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2003

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Vergine's Dance Studio will perform "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday 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.

Events and Exhibits

Local author Dj Blatchford will have book signings for her book, "Just Like That, Legends and Such" including an English to Inupiaq alphabet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna. She also will have book signings from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Dec. 19 at Yukon Log Homes on the corner of Echo Lake Road and the Sterling Highway.

Grandma's Hope Notes will perform at noon today at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center and at noon Friday at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

The Kenai Firefighters Association is hosting An Evening in Las Vegas Holiday Show at 7 p.m. Friday in the Kenai Central High School gym featuring a Las Vegas musical legends review followed by a celebrity charity basketball game. The review will feature a Las Vegas impersonator who won Las Vegas' Entertainer of the Year award performing as Cher, Tina Turner and Liza Minelli. In the basketball game, Kenai firefighters will play against celebrities from the NFL and a Hollywood celebrity. The event will include an autograph and photo session with the celebrities. The event is a fund-raiser for firefighter training and scholarships the association offers. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under and are available only at the door.

Joey Fender and the 55's will perform a benefit concert at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Doors open at 3 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Kenai Elks Lodge and proceeds will benefit Central Peninsula General Hospital's Patient Assistance Fund, which provides medication and travel assistance for patients who are unable to afford it. The show will feature oldies and rock-a-billy tunes. For more information about sponsoring the concert, call Peter Fahey at 283-0915, 283-1620 or 830-9891. For more information about the Elks' Social and Community Welfare Fund, call Chuck Smalley at 283-2270. For more information about the hospital's Patient Assistance Fund, call Pat Burke-Peters at (907) 714-4497.

The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase program presents "Lets Call the Whole Thing Orff," a free concert featuring a KPC choir and the Sears Elementary Kaleidoscope Ensemble at 3 p.m. Sunday in the KPC commons. The choir will perform movements from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burnana," directed by Jean Brockel and accompanied by Maria Allison. The ensemble will perform on their "Orff" percussion instruments, which were invented by Carl Orff, under the direction of Elaine Larson.

The Greatlanders, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, will perform a free family Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The 14-piece band plays a wide variety of musical styles including top 40 hits, classic rock, funk and contemporary jazz.

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

George's Casino in Kenai has live comedy by Steve Brown from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and live music by Tuff-E-Nuff at 10 p.m.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Ten Cent Zen from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

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 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 Mondays and Fridays with a $50 giveaway on karaoke nights through December.

Upcoming Events

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. The museum's second annual "Festival of Gingerbread," a display of gingerbread houses made by amateurs, children and professional bakers in Homer, is on display through Sunday. 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 has encaustic paintings by Kathy Smith on display through Dec. 31.

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 "Alias Betty," a thriller where Betty Fisher enters a deep depression after the death of her son and her mother kidnaps another child to replace the son Betty lost. On Sunday, the museum will host concerts from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m.

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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