What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006

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· Antonio Sandoval of Kasilof will have book signings for “Free Rider” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kasilof Mercantile and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna. The book is a suspenseful thriller about a motorcycle rider trying to protect a mysterious woman chased by lawless members of a motorcycle club through the Arizona desert and Colorado mountains.

Events and Exhibits

· Triumvirate Bookstore, in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna, is holding a kids’ Christmas gift wrap activity from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. National Honor Society students from Cook Inlet Academy will help kids wrap presents they bring by. There is no charge. Coffee and Christmas cookies will be provided for waiting moms and dads. For more information or to donate supplies, call Rosie at 262-2908.

· 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 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

· 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.


· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, and music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

· 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 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 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 Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by Dan Sullivan on Thursday nights.

· The King’s Inn in Kenai has karaoke Monday nights.

· Kenai Joe’s has live music by Ten Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday nights with a Christmas party Friday night.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by JD and Don from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by 150 Grit on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, an open jam Thursdays and the Free Beer Band on Friday and Saturday.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· 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.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

· The Crossing in Soldotna has acoustic folk, blues and Hawaiian music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· BJ’s in Soldotna has blind darts at 6 p.m. Friday.

· 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 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.

Upcoming events

· There will be a New Year’s Eve party for middle and high school students from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. There will be live music by Thera, Sorrow’s End, Cover Story and Savant, door prizes and free energy drinks, soft drinks and snacks. Admission is $2. Food and drink, backpacks and re-entry are not allowed. For more information, contact King’s Events at 283-5060.

· There will be an adult Monopoly tournament with prizes Jan. 20 at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna as part of the Peninsula Winter Games. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and play starts at 6 p.m. A kids’ Monopoly tournament will be held Jan. 21 with registration at 2 p.m. and games at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call 262-5229.


· 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.

·n 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.

Anchorage events

· 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.

What’s Happening submissions may be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion office at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Mondays.

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