Events Calendar

Events for the week of Dec. 17 2014:

Art Shows

  • Artwork by Kaitlin Vadla is on display at the Flats Bistro at 39847 K-Beach Road in Kenai.
  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has “Dreams are Real,” a solo exhibit by Pati Deuter, and the annual “Kids Art Exhibit” on display through Dec. 23.
  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has its second annual gingerbread house contest in November and December.  Houses will be displayed through Dec. 20.
  • “Caution Hot,” an exhibit featuring the work of Kenai Peninsula College student artists Sue Covich, Jessica Isenman-Bookey, Chelsea Springer and Sandra Sterling, is on display in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at the Kenai River Campus through Jan. 1.

Community drives

  • A Barrel in Every Branch food and fund drive for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank at area banks and credit unions is ongoing through December. Donate canned items and/or money at your bank to benefit the food bank. Several businesses also are holding food drives — Fred Meyer, Safeway, Save U More, Safe & Sound, Truuli Escape Day Spa, IGA Country Foods and Three Bears.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays in December. It is open to the public and free for SCC members or $3 for nonmembers. Please wear non-marking shoes.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has Bouncing Babies story time for ages birth to 18 months at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in December.
  • The Sterling Community Center has Zumba from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Mondays in December. It is open to the public and free for SCC members or $3 for nonmembers.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Wee Read story time for ages birth to 3 at 11 a.m. Wednesdays in December.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has Teens @ the Library time at 4 p.m. Wednesdays in December in the Community Room. Dec. 17 is a celebration of the first night of Hanukkah. Dec. 24 is video games and board games.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds its Book to Art program, for kids in grades seven to 10, at 4 p.m. Dec. 17. The selection this month is “Leviathan” by Scott Westerfield.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a book swap and cookie exchange at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
  • 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.
  • The Kenai Watershed Forum and Gilman River Center will hold a Winter Speaker Series featuring presentations from local experts on a variety of topics, the first being Timothy Mullet presenting his work studying the effects of snowmachine noise and activity on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
  • LGBT: An Alliance Group meets from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the KPC Kenai River Campus Residence Hall’s Fireplace Commons. The group is a supportive, safe, confidential and comfortable environment where people with any sexual and gender preference can come together and have discussions, watch movies and interact with each other. It is open to the public. For more information, email apbell2@alaska.edu.

Thursday, Dec. 18

  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds PEEPS programs for preschoolers ages 2 to 5 the third Thursday at the month, from 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program Dec. 18 is Curious Caribou. For more information, contact Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.
  • The Nikiski Senior Center on Lake Marie will hold a holiday party Dec. 18. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. and lunch (roast beef, mashed potatoes and broccoli) begins at noon. Lunch fees apply. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped present valued at $10 to $20 for a person of the same gender. Call 776-7654 for additional information.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has a holiday-themed Handy Crafters event at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 to finish projects for the holidays. All levels of expertise are welcome.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds a DIY infinity scarf class at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18. There is a $10 materials fee, due at registration.
  • The Kenai Community Library community book club meets at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
  • The Kenai Writers Group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Kenai Community Library. It is open to the public. Bring extra copies of your work to share.
  • Triumvirate Theatre presents a dinner theater performance of “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. Dinner, provided by the Blue Grouse, is at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://www.triumviratetheatre.org. Tickets are $39 for the dinner theater, or $15 for a show-only performance Dec. 18.
  • The Soldotna Library has holiday story time at 6 p.m. Dec. 18, with a Christmas ornament craft and a visit from Santa.
  • The Sterling Community Center has pickleball from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Pickleball is a played on a badminton-sized court with a low net, whiffle ball, and oversized ping-pong paddles. It is open to all ages and the public and is free for SCC members or $3 for nonmembers.

Friday, Dec. 19

  • The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will hold a Christmas day camp for ages 1 to 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, with holiday baking, arts, crafts and gym activities. For more information, contact 776-8800 or northpenrec.com.
  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays in December. It is open to the public and free for SCC members or $3 for nonmembers. Please wear non-marking shoes.
  • The Soldotna Public Library offers a free Yoga Strength session from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room. Bring your own mat.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a LEGO party at 2 p.m. Dec. 19, to kick off the new Junior Maker LEGO Club. Watch the LEGO movie (PG) while building with the library’s new collection of LEGOs.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds family game time at 4 p.m. Dec. 19.
  • Triumvirate Theatre presents a dinner theater performance of “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. Dinner, provided by the Blue Grouse, is at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://www.triumviratetheatre.org. Tickets are $39 for the dinner theater, or $15 for a show-only performance Dec. 18.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra holds its annual Evening of Christmas concert, with the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra, Kenai Peninsula Singers, soloists, ensembles and sing alongs, at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 and $25 for families.

Saturday, Dec. 20

  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge organizes local participation in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 20. Meet local birders and hone your winter birding skills during this team-based event. End the day with a potluck at the KNWR’s Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. For more information and area pre -assignments, call Jack Sinclair at 262-7817.
  • The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will hold a Christmas day camp for ages 1 to 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, with holiday baking, arts, crafts and gym activities. For more information, contact 776-8800 or northpenrec.com.
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse will have live music by Charmers Daughters, featuring Melissa Glaves and Stefanie Bouchard, from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and 22, with a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 23.
  • 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. Upcoming films are “Christmas in Yellowstone” on Dec. 20 and “The Wolf that Changed America” on Dec. 27.
  • The Kenai Community Library hosts a visit and book reading from local author Cassandra Rankin from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 20. She will read from her new book, “Annie Spruce, The Dog That Didn’t Die.”
  • The Kenai Community Library holds a Crafternoon project at 1 p.m. Dec. 20.
  • Triumvirate Theatre will hold a free stained glass Christmas ornament workshop for kids with instructor Sandy Stevens from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. Open to kids of all ages. Participants will get to take their ornament home with them. For more information, contact Stevens at 262-4527.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds a pearl and crystal necklace beading class at 3 p.m. Dec. 20. There is a materials fee of $15.
  • The Soldotna Library’s young adult movie of the month will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Community Room showing a movie based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
  • Triumvirate Theatre presents a dinner theater performance of “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. Dinner, provided by the Blue Grouse, is at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://www.triumviratetheatre.org. Tickets are $39 for the dinner theater, or $15 for a show-only performance Dec. 18.

Sunday, Dec. 21

  • A darts tournament is held Sundays during the winter at AmVets in the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Road. The number of players will determine the game. Sign up begins at 1 p.m. For more information, call 262-3540.
  • Tsalteshi Sports Academy skate-ski lessons for adults are held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in December with coach Kent Peterson. Meet behind Skyview Middle School. Beginners and intermediate skiers are welcome. Drop in for a class for $15 for current Tsalteshi Trails Association members, or $20 for nonmembers. For more information, or to renew or sign up for TTA membership, visit www.tsalteshi.org. And follow Tsalteshi on Facebook for updates on grooming and trail conditions.
  • Already Read Books in Kenai has live holiday piano music by Maria Allison from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 21.

Monday, Dec. 22

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in December. It is open to the public and free for SCC members or $3 for nonmembers. Please wear non-marking shoes.
  • The Sterling Community Center has Zumba from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in December. It is open to the public and free for SCC members or $3 for nonmembers.
  • Toastmasters meets from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at Soldotna City Hall.
  • The Sterling Community Center has pickleball from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Pickleball is a played on a badminton-sized court with a low net, whiffle ball, and oversized ping-pong paddles. It is open to all ages and the public and is free for SCC members or $3 for nonmembers.
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse will have live music by Charmers Daughters, featuring Melissa Glaves and Stefanie Bouchard, from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and 22, with a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 23.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds a craft open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 22.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds a Knit 2 Read 2 group for teens from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays. Come learn how to knit, or bring a project and knit with others.
  • The Soldotna Library has holiday movie time with free popcorn at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 in the Community Room, showing a movie based on the book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

  • The Soldotna Public Library has toddler story time for ages 18 months to prekindergarten at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in December.
  • A baby wearing meetup is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Kenai Recreation Center, sponsored by the Central Peninsula BirthNetwork. Come for a playdate and opportunity to connect with others about baby carriers.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds preschool story time for ages 3 to 5 at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays in December.
  • The Kenai Community Library will participate in a Brown Bag Energy Workshop videoconference on home energy at noon Dec. 23.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a Christmas movie marathon from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 23, showing “Elf,” “A Christmas Story” and Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Popcorn and soda will be available. All moves are rated PG.
  • The Soldotna Library holds stress relief QiGong practice with Duane Gibson from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Community Room, with meditation to restore balance and easy and fun exercises, with no previous experience or level of physical ability necessary. Parents and children are welcome.
  • The Soldotna Library holds its LEGO club at 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tsalteshi Sports Academy skate-ski lessons for adults are held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in December with coach Kent Peterson. Meet behind Skyview Middle School. Beginners and intermediate skiers are welcome. Drop in for a class for $15 for current Tsalteshi Trails Association members, or $20 for nonmembers. For more information, or to renew or sign up for TTA membership, visit www.tsalteshi.org. And follow Tsalteshi on Facebook for updates on grooming and trail conditions.

Upcoming events

  • The Que’ana Bar, Mile 122.5 Sterling Highway in Clam Gulch, will hold a Clam Gulch community Christmas potluck at 4 p.m. Dec. 25. For more information, call 907-567-3454.
  • Triumvirate Theatre presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Dec. 26 and 27 at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. The show is at 7 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $5 for kids 12 and under and $15 for adults, available online at http://www.triumviratetheatre.org, and at the door.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds a craft open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 29.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has Handy Crafters at 10:15 a.m. the first Monday of the month. Bring your project and socialize, share advice and patterns. All levels of expertise are welcome.
  • A breastfeeding support meetup is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, sponsored by Just Breathe Childbirth Services. For the location and more information, call Danielle at 260-3950 or Bethe at 715-7867.
  • The Kenai Community Library’s chess club meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.
  • A Multiple Sclerosis support meeting is held the second Thursday of the month at Heritage Place, 232 W. Rockwell Ave. in Soldotna. For the time and more information, call 907-756-1282 or visit www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/WAS/Groups-and-Discussions/Programs/Soldotna-Kenai-Self-Help-Group.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be host a Wilderness First Aid course Jan. 17 and 18. The cost is $175, plus $25 for additional CPR training. Call Michelle at 260-2839 to register or for more information. Deb Ajango with SafetyEd in Eagle River will facilitating the course. Limited to 18 people, ages 16 and older only.
  • The Kenai Performers present the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” directed by Terri Zopf-Schoessler and Donna Shirberg with vocal direction by Audra Faris, Feb. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $15 for students, military and seniors, available at Curtain Call Consignment and Charlotte’s Restaurant in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna, and at the door.

Nightlife

  • 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.
  • The Que’ana in Clam Gulch has Monday Night Football with free food each week during football season.
  • The Vagabond on K-Beach has the Robb Justice Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, with Saturday being smoke free.
  • Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and live music by the Charmers Daughters from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

To include events in our calendar, email redoubtreporter@alaska.net.

5 responses to “Events Calendar

  1. Bob & Debbie Jameson

    Thanks so much this information about the annual craft fair. We looked every where on the web and you were the only site we could find that had information about it.
    Kudos!
    Bob & Debbie

  2. Judy Cloud

    Loved the article regarding “Relay for Life”. Great Job everyone!
    Judy

  3. Dee Dee Lofgren

    I have to tell you, these “seem so quiet” little towns of ours, here on the peninsula, are so filled with things to attend and things to go, (Events Calendar) that’ it’s a wonder and blessing you do this service for us so well. I am among those who very much appreciate you. Thank you Jenny!

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  5. There will be a free play (The Winter Bear) at the Ninilchik Fair Grounds Friday, April 25th at 7:30 hosted by NTC Behavioral Health. If you could please post this to your events calendar, we would really appreciate it. Thank you for your consideration. Best, Maureen

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