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What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2003

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The Kenai Community Library presents "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" performed by Carol Ford from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. This is a free family event with activities, treats and door prizes.

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 1 to 3 p.m. today and Friday at Yukon Log Homes on the corner of Echo Lake Road and the Sterling Highway.

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. Saturday at the Master's Vineyard and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at River City Books. For more information, visit www.Godwentwithme.com.

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 Friday. On Jan. 6, the gallery will display the statewide touring photography show "Rarefied Light" through Feb. 6. 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, Claud-ette'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

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

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents karaoke from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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.

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. Today and Friday, 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. Also on display through Jan. 18. is "A T. Rex named Sue," a cast of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur specimen ever discovered, and "Meet the Dinosaurs of Alaska," On Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 6 p.m., the museum will show the film "Together," a drama from China about a young boy in an ordinary working class family who develops a talent for the violin and goes to the Beijing to find a good teacher. On Sunday from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m., the museum will host a concert with three groups performing.

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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