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Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2004

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First Thursday events today are a reception for potters exhibiting at Frames and Things in Soldotna from 4 to 6 p.m., a reception for photographer Mary Hayes from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai, a reception for multimedia artist Theresa Napolitano from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna, piano music by Maria Allison from 6 to 7 p.m. at Already Read used book store in Kenai, a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, and music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. at Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai.

Events and Exhibits

"Echo Lake" a feature film shot and produced in Alaska will be shown today at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Sunday shows are at 4 p.m. and all other days are at 7 p.m. Admission is $7.50 to evening shows and $5 for matinees. Tickets are available at River City Books, the Kenai Mail Station, Charlotte's and at the door. It is unofficially rated PG-13.

The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "From the Woodpile," an exhibit by Homer artists Deb Lowney and Dave Brann on display through Jan. 7. The exhibit shows the versatility, beauty and functionality of wood as an artistic medium. Also on display is a collection of Alaska photographs by Mary Hayes through Jan. 21 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends and weekend hours may be extended. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College will have the statewide photography show "Rarefied Light" on display Jan. 6.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Bob McDonald as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club at noon every Sunday.

Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge in Soldotna has May Oehlert as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has multimedia work by Theresa Napolitano on display with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed and purchased at the following area businesses: Art Works, Birch Tree Gallery, Claudette'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; Beluga Lookout Gifts, 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

Already Read used book store in Kenai has piano music by Maria Allison from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

There will be a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna

Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai has live music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. today.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has a New Year's Eve party Friday with live music by Ten Cent Zen, prizes and a $5 cover charge.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has a New Year's Eve party Friday with food and live music by Sweet '' Simple at 9 p.m., followed by karaoke. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the second annual pajama party will be held at 10 a.m. with free food and a jam session.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has a New Year's Eve party Friday with live music by Mark LeBrelle — the Danglin' Wrangler — and Harlan Gamble.

The 4 Lands Bar across from Agrium has a New Year's Eve party Friday with potluck food and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 p.m.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has a New Year's Eve party Friday with live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. The band plays at 10:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

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 at 9 p.m. Mondays.

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

Nikiski artist Chris Jenness has an art show on display at Ptarmigan Gallery in Homer called "Illustration." The show is on display until Friday.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents; from the Newark Museum," a collection of Tibetan art and artifacts, through Sunday; "The Art of Gold," an exhibit of artwork by goldsmiths, through Jan. 7; and "Holiday Dolls and Toys," a collection of antique dolls and toys, on display through Tuesday. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera present Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," a ghostly tale of love and redemption, Jan. 21, 23 and 29.



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