What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2005

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· The Kenai Elks will celebrate the new year with hors d’oeuvres and dancing Saturday at the lodge. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music by Bob Ramponi’s Alaska Swing Company will be featured from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $25 and available at the lodge or by calling Konrad Jackson at 283-7776.

· Kenai Performers will present a New Year’s Eve U.S.O. Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 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 are 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.

Events and Exhibits

· A celebration of life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. 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 illness. Fellowship, food and live music are some of the planned activities. For more information, call 262-0543.

· Art Works in Soldotna has photographer Bill Heath as its artist of the month until Tuesday. Photography and stained glass by Sondra Hecht and Ralph Gaines will be on display in January.

· Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has Ed Tussey originals on display through December. Art by Brenda Schwartz of Wrangell and Bruce Nelson of Kodiak also is available.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and work by Kenai Art Guild Watercolor Painters Rube Tikka, Pam Mersch, Melinda Hershberger, Donna Schwanke, Gaye LaRane and Claudia Lamb on display through December.

· Mykel’s restaurant has Andy Hehnlin with egg tempera paintings as its artist of the month.

· 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 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 the Kenai Photographers Guild’s annual show on display until Tuesday; and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art competition including work from area high-schoolers, and work from Soldotna High School and Kenai Peninsula College students on display until Jan. 21. The center also 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 Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has live music by LU LU Small on Saturday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session Thursdays at 10 p.m. and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

· 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 and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

· 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 the Tim Sturm Band 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

· 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 in Kenai. The evening will include live music, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. The dress is semiformal. The cost is $65 per person. Proceeds will benefit peninsula women and teen events. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Lori at 262-1834 or Annie at 262-6133.

· KPC Showcase will host Jill Fredston, author of “Rowing to Latitude” book, for an evening slide show and reading based on her new book, “Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the commons at Kenai Peninsula College

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 December.

· Fireweed Gallery will host an art swap and sale from Monday through Jan. 14. There is no commission on exchange items and 20 percent commission on sold items. For more information, visit art@fireweedgallery.com or call 235-3411.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has “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; “Gonna Sing My Head Off,” a solo exhibition of former Alaska artist Dale Fairbanks, through Jan. 22; 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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