Events for the week of July 23, 2014
- The Kenai Fine Arts Center has acrylics by Kaitlin Vadla on display in the main gallery and a statewide quilt show in Gallery Too through July.
- The summer art show at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, stone lithography by Jim Evenson, is on display through Sept. 5.
- The Peninsula Art Guild is asking artists for donations for the annual Harvest Auction, to be held Sept. 27. Donations can be delivered until 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. For more information, call 283-7040.
- Kenai Saturday Market in the parking lot of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is open every week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 13. For more information, visit www.kenaichamber.org.
- The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Kenai Spur Highway and East Corral in Soldotna.
- A Farmers Fresh Market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, at Community College Drive and K-Beach Road, with locally grown produce, including locally grown mushrooms and winter-hardy fruit trees, and kid-friendly activities. Farmers are wanted to participate. For more information, call 260-5295 of 907-382-0210.
- A Ninilchik Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.
- The Soldotna Wednesday Market meets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Mall.
- Local farmers markets will have free Chef at the Market cooking demonstrations in July and August, funded by the Alaska Division of Agriculture, as follows: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market in Soldotna, with “Wrap up a Rainbow: Gluten-Free Wraps” with Susan Nabholz on Aug. 9, and “Loving Your Kale, and Eating it Too” with Nancy Schrag on Aug. 16; and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Farmers Fresh Market at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, with “Fun and Fast Veggies” with Ally Bril on July 29 and “Wrap up a Rainbow: Gluten-Free Wraps” with Susan Nabholz on Aug. 5. For more information, call 283-8732 ext. 5.
- A Local Foods Directory is available to pick up at the Soldotna Visitors Center, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, the Soldotna Public Library and the Kenai Community Library, or download the directory at www.kenailocalfood.org
- The Central Peninsula Garden Club holds tours of local gardens and farms for members who are up to date on their dues. To check dues status or become a member, contact Peggy Morris at 262-8734 or Marion Nelson 283 4632. Dues are $20 for individuals or $30 for families.
- The Soldotna Public Library offers a free summer food service program for kids and teens 18 and under, pregnant women and special-needs adults, from 4 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through July 26 in the Community Room.
- The Soldotna Public Library offers free movie showings, rated G or PG, at 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday through July 23. Kids under 10 need to be accompanied by an adult.
- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds history talks at Andrew Berg’s Cabin, at Refuge Headquarters, on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, at 2 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 7. Suitable for all ages, including hands-on activities.
- Registration for the 27th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women is open. The This 5K and 10K race will be held at the Kenai City Park on Aug. 9, and is open to women and girls of all ages. To promote healthy families, male youth age 17 and under also are allowed. Volunteers are needed to staff water tables, help serve lunch, and to staff safety positions along the race route. Safety volunteers (flaggers) will need to take a short safety course at the Kenai Police Department a few days before the run. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 283-9479 for more information.
- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds Family Explorer Programs with hands-on adventures and exploration on nature topics, like tracks and traces, Alaska animals and digital photography, at 2 p.m. Saturdays to Aug. 9. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center lobby at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.
- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds fitness hikes on the Keen-Eye and Centennial Trails at Refuge Headquarters, on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, at 2 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 4. Hikes are free and open to the public.
- The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, offers the Alaska Literary Awards, a new program to support Alaska writers. The awards will recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. There are no restrictions on the writer’s use of the award and no formal report is required. A select number of $5,000 fellowships for Alaska literary artists will be awarded each fall, beginning this year. The application period is open through 9:59 a.m. Sept. 2. To apply, go to http://bit.ly/AKliteraryawards.
- Triumvirate Theatre is offering two sessions of drama camp for youth in third grade and higher in Soldotna this summer. Sessions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, July 28 to Aug. 9, with a public performance Aug. 9, all held at the theater in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The cost per student is $395. To register, visit www.triumviratetheatre.org. For more information, call 776-1163 or email email@example.com.
- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers an Art in the Woods program for ages 3 to 13 (kids ages 3 to 6 must be accompanied by an adult, while kids 7 to 13 can be dropped off for the program) from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in July. Spend an hour exploring the trails (3/4-mile walk) around the Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna with refuge rangers while participating in theme-related activities, followed by a craft in the Education Center. Limited to 15 participants and preregistration required. Call Michelle at 260-2839 to sign up and for more information. Themes will be nature oddities and birch conk painting July 23 and insects — dip-netting and dragonflies — on July 30.
- The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting registrations for its weeklong Fur, Fins, Feathers, Flowers and Fun summer camp for ages 6 to 12 at Soldotna Creek Park. Sessions will be held through Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.kenaiwatershed.org/education/camp.html.
- The Boys and Girls Club offers coed basketball camp for grades third through sixth from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4 to 8 at the Kenai Rec Center. Registration is $85. Register at the BGC main office on Frontage Road in Kenai. For more information, call 283-2682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Boys and Girls Club offers coed volleyball camp for grades sixth through eighth from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 to 15 at the Kenai Rec Center, with a tournament and medal ceremony Aug. 15. Registration is $85. Register at the BGC main office on Frontage Road in Kenai. For more information, call 283-2682 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 23
- The Salmon Run Series, weekly 5k runs at Tsalteshi Trails, are held at 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 6. More information and registration is available at www.tsalteshi.org. Or register at the start line behind Skyview. A discount is available for Tsalteshi Trails Association members. Proceeds support the Kenai Watershed Forum’s youth summer camps. New this year is a youth division, with a 1k race for kids 6 and under preceding each 5k race.
- Odie’s Deli holds a pub quiz event at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The entry fee is $5 per teams of four or $10 for teams of five. The winning team takes home the entry fees.
Thursday, July 24
- A six-week course on beginning genealogy with Elaine Howell will be held Thursdays through Aug. 21 at the Sterling Community Center. The class will cover getting started, organization, forms, records to research, document preservation, software and resources available. The cost is $45, or $35 for SCC members. Call 262-7224 to sign up.
- The Salmon Cycle Series, weekly bike rides at Tsalteshi Trails, are held at 6 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 4. Each race is free for Tsalteshi Trails Association members, or $5 for nonmembers. Register at the start line. Races start behind Skyview. For more information, visit www.tsalteshi.org.
- Square dance lessons are offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Center. Lessons are open to the public.
Friday, July 25
- Twin Cities Raceway will hold the Progress Days Dirt Shootout at 6 p.m. July 25 and 26. For information, visit www.twincityraceway.info.
- Beginning Square and Round Dancing is held from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the VFW Post 10046 in Soldotna. It is free and open to the public. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Theresa Lusby at 360-790-1757.
Saturday, July 26
- Soldotna Progress Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 and 27 at the Soldotna Little League Fields. Activities July 26 include a parade at 11 a.m., the Dutch Oven Cooking Competition from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Sawfest Exhibition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a quick carve competition at 1 p.m., vendor booths at the fields from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an arts and crafts bazaar at the Soldotna Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., live entertainment from noon to 4 p.m., a Corvette Car Show from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Auto Spa, an eagle release by Bird TLC at 2 p.m., and a rodeo at 3 p.m.
- The Sterling Senior Center will hold its annual gun show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 and 27, including food and a raffle for two firearms. Vendor tables are available for $50 To reserve booth space, contact Bill Bailey at 260-3725 or the center at 262-6808.
- Part two of a beginning photography workshop with Elaine Howell will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 at the Sterling Community Center. The workshop covers camera operation, lenses, exposure, lighting, composition, image organization and editing software. Bring a camera and its user manual. The cost is $60, or $50 for SCC members.
- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna shows free films every Saturday at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
- Gwin’s Lodge in Cooper Landing will hold a pig roast featuring live music by 907 and Mario Carboni, the Honky-TonkRebel, from 1 to 11 p.m. July 26.No cover charge. There will be beer on tap along with roast pig, chicken and sides. Tent sites are available for $10. For more information, visit www.gwinslodge.com.
- The Soldotna Library Friends will hold a book sale from 1 to 5 p.m. July 26 in the library basement. All proceeds fund special events at the library.
- Twin Cities Raceway will hold the Progress Days Dirt Shootout at 6 p.m. July 25 and 26. For information, visit www.twincityraceway.info.
Sunday, July 27
- Soldotna Progress Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 and 27 at the Soldotna Little League Fields. Activities July 27 include a picnic from noon to 4 p.m., a free 5k fun run at noon starting at the Soldotna Sports Center (The route will include Centennial Park and the new trail. No advanced signup is necessary.), a quick carve competition at 1 p.m., a Sawfest auction and people’s choice vote at 3 p.m., vendor booths from noon to 4 p.m., and live entertainment from noon to 4 p.m.
- Birch Ridge Community Church will hold a concert by Dennis Agajanian at 10 a.m. July 27. Agajanian is an alumni of the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest flat picker. His musical style varies from country, bluegrass, classical and rock. It is free and open to the public. Bring a camp chair or blanket, as it will be an outside concert. For more information, call 260-6705.
- The Sterling Senior Center will hold its annual gun show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 and 27, including food and a raffle for two firearms. Vendor tables are available for $50 To reserve booth space, contact Bill Bailey at 260-3725 or the Senior Center at 262-6808.
- “Survive the Zombie Uprising: Fun with the Undead!” The Soldotna Public Library offers teens a chance to learn zombie survival skills with the Kenai Peninsula Office of Emergency Management, including zombie snacks, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. July 27.
Monday, July 28
- Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Kent Peterson and Jeanne Duhan will perform at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Kobuk in Soldotna on July 28.
- Toastmasters meets from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at Soldotna City Hall.
- Round dancing is held from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays at the Soldotna Senior Center. It is open to the public.
- The Kenai Community Library will host a “Health Happy Hour” videoconference on antioxidants in Alaska’s wild berries at 5:30 p.m. July 28. It is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, July 29
- Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. The Spur Highway Spankers will perform at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna on July 29.
- Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Sue Biggs and Jack Will will perform at Veronica’s Café in Kenai on July 30, Madison String Quartet will perform at the Soldotna Public Library on July 31, Ariana Gabriel and Zephyrus Winds will perform at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Aug. 1, Strings Trio will perform at Corner Café in Soldotna on Aug. 4, Flutes and Friends will perform at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna on Aug. 5, the KPO Horns will perform at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Aug. 6, Emily Grossman and Friends will perform at the Kenai Community Library on Aug. 7, and Hayden Sterling will perform at Charlotte’s Restaurant on Aug. 8. For more information, visit www.kpoalaska.com.
- Kenai Community Library offers a DIY Bug Repellent Workshop at 5 p.m. July 31. Make and bring home a small bottle of all-natural bug repellent. It is free and open to the public.
- Alaska-born folk artist Emma Hill and her musical partner Bryan Daste will perform an intimate concert at 7 p.m. July 31 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The pair will be releasing their fifth album, “Denali,” in the fall. The two are often compared to musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Admission is $12 at the door. For more information, visit www.emmahillmusic.com/.
- The Madison String Quartet and Friends will perform as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. Tickets are $15 for seniors and Crescendo Club Members, $20 for adults and free your youth 18 and under. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.kpoalaska.com.
- Soldotna Bible Chapel will hold a Celebrate Life! 5K run and walk at 10 a.m. Aug. 2, with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. This all-ages event is free, and participants get a t-shirt and brunch, and there will be activities for kids. For more information, call 283-9062 or visit www.abcwecare.org.
- The Girl Scouts of Alaska will hold a volunteer luncheon to kick off the Girl Scouting year from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 the at Kenai Peninsula College Residence Hall, 949 E. Poppy Lane in Soldotna. Family and friends are welcome to this casual event with displays on scouts, camping, adult learning, SWAPS and more. Contact Roslyn at 602-8619 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The Madison String Quartet will give a Strings at Sunset concert in Seldovia on Aug. 3, as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Tickets are $90, which includes the ferry ride to Seldovia, available at River City Books in Soldotna and the Homer Bookstore, or with a credit card by calling For more information, visit www.kpoalaska.com.
- The Kenai Watershed Forum is hosting “The Wild & Scenic Film Festival” for its second year. Festival films will be shown Aug. 5 at the Homer Theater in Homer, Aug. 7 at the K.M Rae Building in Seward, Aug. 8 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai, and Aug. 14 at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage. For more information, visit www.kenaiwatershed.org/film_fest.html.
- The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival Gala Symphony Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Homer High School and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The program includes Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” featuring Maria Allison, piano, and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.” Tickets are $15 for seniors and Crescendo Club Members, $20 for adults and free your youth 18 and under. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.kpoalaska.com.
- A Swank Street Antiques and Art Market will be held Aug. 8 and 9 behind Pizza Boys and Shops Around the Corner in Soldotna, with boutique-style vendor offering their favorite finds and creations. For more information, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/swankstreetantiquesmarket.
- The Soldotna Library offers a presentation on organic gardening basics with Judy Fisher from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Community Room.
- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds its Little PEEPS preschool programs at 9 and 10:30 a.m. every third Thursday of the month at the Environmental Education Center at the Refuge Visitor Center lobby at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. For kids up to age 5 and their parents. Topics include salmon sharks on Aug. 21.
- The Soldotna Library offers a presentation on Alaskan sea vegetables from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Community Room, with Eliza Eller from Ionia, who will speak about how to harvest, dry and store sea vegetables off the beaches in Kachemak Bay.
- Tri the Kenai triathlon will be held Sept. 7 at Tsalteshi Trails. Volunteers are needed. Contact Lanie Hughes at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.trithekenai.com.
- The Soldotna Library offers a presentation on cooking gluten free and local foods from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Community Room, with Susan Nabholz.
- Caribou Family Restaurant in Soldotna has live music by Roy Mullin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays.
- The Duck Inn has music by the Robb Justice Trio from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
- Four Royal Parkers in Soldotna has live music by the Alaska Swing Co. with Bob Ramponi from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
- Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music by Robb Justice and friends Thursdays, and Bob Ramponi on Friday and Saturday nights.
- The Studio Espresso Shop at the Kenai Spur Highway and Nikiski Avenue in Nikiski hosts open mic music at 7 p.m. Saturdays. Call 776-7655.
- Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic music at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and live music by Dan and Amy Lou Pascucci at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
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