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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2005

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· The Triumvirate Theatre will present "A Christmas Carol" today, Friday, Saturday and Dec. 22 and 23. All shows are at 7 p.m. except Friday's, which will be at 8:30.All profits will be donated to the Students in Transition/Homeless Students Program, to help homeless children on the peninsula. A limited number of Triumvirate and Mykel's combo gift packs are available. The cost is $65. The price includes two tickets to the night of your choice, a $50 gift certificate to Mykel's Restaurant and a commemorative copy of the Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol." Tickets are available at the Triumvirate Bookstore, Gallery and Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall. All tickets are $10.

· The Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will host an evening of Christmas music at 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Music will be provided by area musicians, soloists, ensembles, the church's bell choir, Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra, The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and the Victorian Carolers. A cookie reception will follow.The cost of admission is $10 at the door. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. Proceeds will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. For more information, call Susie Lee at 260-3210 or Maria Allison at 283-3024.

· 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. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult.

· The Nikiski High School National Honor Society will host a swing dance for charity at 8 p.m. Saturday at the school. Dance lessons will be from 7 to 8 p.m. A swing dance competition also is planned. Cash prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and LeeShore Center. The cost of admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call Lucas Peless at 776-3456.

Events and Exhibits

· 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.

· Frames and Things in Soldotna is hosting an artist reception with Ed Tussey from 4 to 7 pm. today. Tussey will have several new originals and will on hand to talk with and personalize prints.

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

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

· 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 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 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.

Entertainment

· 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.

· The Decanter Inn in Kasilof has live music by Something Else at 10 p.m. Saturday.

· 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 open mic night 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.

Upcoming events

· The Kenai Performers will present a New Year's Eve USO Variety Show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. A big-band orchestra conducted by Tammy Vollum-Matturro, dancing with All-American Dance N More and old-time radio spots are some of the planned entertainment.

Ticket prices include a prime rib dinner, midnight dessert buffet and a champagne toast. Tickets will be sold in advance at River City Books in Soldotna and Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai. The cost is $65 per person or $120 a couple.

· The Hospice of the Central Peninsula and National Family Caregivers will host a celebration of life from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, across from Mykel's. Community members are invited to light a candle in remembrance of those who have died or for those who are taking care of loved ones with a life-threatening disease. Fellowship, food and live music are some of the planned activities. For more information, call 262-0543.

· The Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula will host its Soroptimist Gala at 7:30 p.m. Jan 7 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The evening will include live music, hor d'oeuvres and ho-host bar. The dress is semi-formal. The cost is $65 per person. Proceeds will benefit peninsula women and its teen event. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Lori at 262-1834 or Annie at 262-6133.

Films

· 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 November and December.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has “Cabinets of Curiosities from the Wood Turning Center” through Sunday, “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.



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