World Music for the Kenai presents a concert featuring acoustic pop rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Acuna of Anchorage at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brockel Building of Kenai Peninsula College. Acuna recently released her first CD, "Shadows," on her own Anchorage-based label, Rock Rose Media. She plays original blues, Latin and jazz music, among other styles. Admission is free to KPC students and donations to World Music for the Kenai are optional for the general public. For more information on Acuna, visit her Web site at www.kimacuna.com.
The Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association will hold its monthly meeting at the Kenai River Center at 8 p.m. today. Jon Little, Iditarod fourth-place finisher in 2002, will be the guest speaker. Dog enthusiasts are invited to attend.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Community Library will have a Christmas open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase program presents "Christmas in Alaska," a musical celebration of Alaska's past, performed by the KPC community chorus at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Brockel building.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Participants should bring clean, non-marking shoes and potluck refreshments. A partner and experience are not required. There will be easy-to-learn circles, squares, contras and waltzes. Phil North will call to the music of the Contra BanD. Admission is $5 for adults and admission for children under 16 is free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171.
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has a KPC faculty show on display through Dec. 20. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
The Kenai Fine Arts Center, at 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai, is hosting a holiday art and clay gift gallery through the end of December. For more information, call 283-7040.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has Robert Glenn Ketchum's "Arctic" photography exhibition on display through Jan. 25. The exhibit consists of 51 images of the Alaska and Canadian arctic. Also on display is a photography exhibit of Cook Inlet scenes with poems by Pat Dixon of Seattle. It will be on display in the KVCC meeting room through Jan. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Chelline Larson as its artist of the month.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Marty Hapeman as its artist of the month.
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 Collectables, 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 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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begin near the center. 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.
Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Whitey Dyment from 7 to 10 p.m. today and by Nancy Anderson from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday
Moosequito's in Sterling presents music by Frozen Chosen at 9 p.m. Friday.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Kaladi Brothers presents music by Bill Larned 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 karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays, The Danglin' Wrangler performs country music at 9 p.m. Saturdays and ladies' night karaoke is Tuesdays.
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.
There will be a reception for the Kenai Peninsula Boys and Girls Club art exhibition from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The show itself will be on display Dec. 19-21. Viewing the show is subject to room availability; call 283-1991 for more information. On Dec. 21, at 1 p.m., members of the Kenai Photographer's Guild will present a slide show of some of their excellent work at the KVCC. There is no admission charge.
The community Christmas musical program in Ninilchik presents a potluck and the musical "Have You Heard The News?" at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Carol Bock Hall at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Admission is free and participants are asked to bring their favorite dish.
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 Seldovia Arts Council and several Seldovia-area businesses will present a concert by slack key guitarist Keola Beamer at 7 p.m. Friday at the Susan B. English School auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a Pacific Rim dinner preceding the concert with food prepared by chefs Lynn Corwin and Hann. There will be a charge for the dinner. For more information on the dinner, call 234-7614. For more information on the concert, visit the Seldovia Arts Council's Web site at www.xyz.net/~seldarts.
The Fireweed Gallery presents "In Living Color," a display of stoneware by Elizabeth West and monoprints and collages by Leslie Klaar, through Jan. 2. The gallery's featured artist of the month is watercolor painter Mary Bee Kaufman.
The Homer Council on the Arts and Spenard Builders Supply present the 14th annual Nutcracker Ballet on Friday and Saturday at the Mariner Theatre in Homer High School. Tickets are $14 general admission, $12 for Homer Council on the Arts members and $8 for children ages 18 and under. Tickets are available from the Homer Council on the Arts, The Homer Bookstore, Etude Studio, Solstice Music and River City Books in Soldotna. To charge tickets by phone, call (907) 235-4288.
The Pratt Museum will host the All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition through Dec. 30. The Festival of Gingerbread will be on display in the lower level of the museum through Dec. 20. Public viewing of fish feedings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. at the museum.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical "Rent," written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Jan. 7-13 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $41 to $61 and are on sale now. Tickets are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org, or by calling 1-800-478-SEAT. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling (907) 272-1471.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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