· An evening of Christmas holiday music will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, featuring the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and other performing groups and soloists. Tickets are $10 for general admission, free for kids 12 and under and available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Scholarship Fund.
· Atz Kilcher will perform folk, bluegrass, classic country and western music from his latest albums, “Spirit Filled Air” and “Voices of the Valley” as well as his featured song, “Dena’ina Indian,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Jabila’ina Dance Group will perform prior to the concert. Proceeds go to benefit the dance group. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and children under 13 and are available at the tribe’s office, 150 N. Willow St., or by calling Michael Bernard at 398-1510.
Events and Exhibits
· The Nikiski National Honor Society will hold its annual Big Band Swing Dance at 8 p.m. Friday at Nikiski High School, open to the community. Refreshments will be served, and drummer Roy Wells will play live with Bob Bird as DJ, playing the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Harry James. A jitterbug contest will be held and swing dance lessons start at 7 p.m. 1940s attire is encouraged. Admission is $8 and proceeds benefit the Friendship Mission.
· Artists Without Borders has a show featuring the work of 16 Alaska artists, including bronzes by Shawn McDonald, of Moose Pass, on display through December upstairs in the 4D Building in Soldotna, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thought Friday.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will hold a community holiday open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Community musicians and singers are welcome to perform holiday music. Call Natasha at 283-1991 to sign up for a 15- to 30-minute set.
· The artist of the month at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna is Liz Chase.
· 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 at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.
· 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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has an exhibition by the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild on display through Dec. 27; and animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native 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.
· The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai hosts the 14th annual Kenai Peninsula Cribbage Tournament at 3 p.m. Saturdays through March. It is open to the public.
· 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.
· BJ’s in Soldotna has blind darts at 6 p.m. Friday and a Christmas party with music by Hobo Jim at 8 p.m. Friday.
· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has karaoke Thursday night.
· The Crossing in Soldotna has acoustic folk, blues and Hawaiian music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the Bob Ramponi Trio at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has martini night and karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Fridays, pool league on Tuesdays and darts Wednesdays.
· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.
· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Mondays, 150 Grit on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, an open jam Thursdays and Ten Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday.
· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Chris Bjerken from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
· The King’s Inn in Kenai has live music with Tuff-e-Nuff on Friday and Saturday nights.
· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by Dan Sullivan on Thursday nights.
· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 9” DJ oldies and country rock dance music Thursday nights, and “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.
· The Tustumena Lodge hosts a cribbage club at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Yearly dues are $15 and the suggested weekly donation is $10. Proceeds benefit the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. For more information, call Cliff Bond at 262-1939.
· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and a Christmas party with music by Stefane Bouchard at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
· 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
· “Fusion,” literary and visual artworks created through artist collaboration, is on display at the Fireweed Gallery in Homer through Dec. 30.
· The Pratt Museum has fish feedings at 4 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays; and “Kachemak Heritage Land Trust For The Love of the Land,” a photographic exhibit featuring some of the first donors of conservation land in Alaska, on display through Dec. 30. The museum, at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer, is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection” through Sunday; “Inuit, Inupiq and Siberian Prints” through Jan. 7; “Sharing Knowledge: Alaska Native People and the Smithsonian Collections” through March 26; and the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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