Events Calendar

Events for the week of Oct. 29, 2014

Art Shows

  • The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at the KPC Kenai River Campus has “Twisted and Forged,” an exhibit by Brad Nichols, assistant professor of metalsmithing at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, on display through Nov. 13. A closing reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 13, and Nichols will give a demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 in Room 104 at KRC.
  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has “Beyond the Cover: Artists’ Interpretation of Books” on display during October. Featured artists include Joyce Cox, Joy Falls, Lily Huebsch, Linda Robinson, Connie Tarbox, Jan Wallace and Kathryn Zerbe. Call the center at 283-7040 for more information.
  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center Gallery Two has work by the Soldotna High School Art Club on display in November. For more information, contact Stephanie Cox at scox@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
  • The Soldotna Senior Center will hold its Fall Bazaar and 18th annual Open Amateur Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8. Art check-in is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5, and check0out is after 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Items will be accepted in three categories — drawings and paintings, fibers and three-dimensional works. Entries are limited to three per artist, with a $4 entry fee per item. All wall-hanging entries must be framed and ready to hang. Items may be displayed for sale, with a 20 percent consignment to the senior center. A people’s choice award will be selected Nov. 7 and displayed Nov. 8. For bazaar information, call the center at 262-2322. For show information, call George Parks at 260-6461.
  • The Peninsula Art Guild is hosting a watercolor show in November at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Artwork is due by Nov. 1. and all wall art is required to be ready for hanging. There are no size restrictions, but a limit of three pieces per artist. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6.  To participate or for more information, call Joy at 283-0515.

Halloween/Harvest fun

  • Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road will hold its fourth annual Kids Harvest Carnival from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29, with games, candy, hot dogs, temporary tattoos, a costume contest and puppet show. Awards for the costume contest will be given at 7:40 p.m., followed by the puppet show. Admittance is free. Supplies are limited to the first 150 kids who attend. Please no scary or inappropriate costumes. More information can be found at www.peninsulagrace.org or by calling 262-6442.
  • The Soldotna Public Library’s 10th annual pumpkin-carving/decorating contest is held through Oct. 30. Library patrons of all ages are welcome to bring in their own carved pumpkin anytime during library hours those days. Entries will be separated into costumed, painted and carved categories. Winners will be announced Oct. 30. Families and businesses are encouraged to participate. For more information, call 262-4227.
  • A Halloween movie marathon will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Kenai Community Library. Popcorn and soda will be served.
  • A haunted house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 1 to 3 p.m. (kid friendly) and 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 (for teens and adults) in the Peninsula Center Mall, formerly the Triumvirate Theatre location. The event is a fundraiser for the Soldotna Drama Troupe. For more information, call 420-7707
  • An All Hallows Read event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Kenai Community Library. Meet at the fireplace and bring a favorite scary story or spooky poem to share.
  • Halloween story time will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Soldotna Public Library in the children’s area. Wear a costume and come for Halloween stories, songs and activities, followed by our a Halloween parade. The winners of the pumpkin carving/decorating contest also will be announced.
  • KPC Kenai River Campus’ annual community trick-or-treating event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Participating community members can pick up trick-or-treating maps at the main entrance of KRC. Prizes will be awarded for best student costume and best decorated department. For more information, contact Student Services at 262-0330.
  • The Boys and Girls Clubs’ Kenai Clubhouse will hold Truck Or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.
  • The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will hold a Trick-or-Treat Alley from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 for children accompanied by parent or guardian. Admission is free.
  • Tustumena Elementary School will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, including a Haunted Bus. Following will be a Halloween carnival in the school from 6 to 8 p.m., with games, food, auctions, prizes and a haunted house. For more information or to volunteer, call 260-1345.
  • Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425 will hold its annual Spooktacular event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, with food, games, candy, prizes and a costume contest for ages 2 to 10.
  • A Trunk or Treat event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Kenai Christian Church.
  • The Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna will hold a Halloween carnival from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, with free trick-or-treating and carnival games (tickets available at the door for 25 cents).
  • North Peninsula Recreation is offering a Trick or Treat Alley from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Admission is free. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • The Nikiski Pool Pumpkin Plunge for ages 3 to 6 will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 31, with fun, prizes and pumpkins. For more information, call 776-8800 or visit northpenrec.com
  • Birch Ridge Community Church, 33325 Echo Lake Road, will hold its annual family friendly Fear Not Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, with games, prizes, a petting zoo, an outdoor maze, costume contests, crafts and candy and more. Please no scary or violent costumes. Call 260-6705 for more information.
  • An all-ages Halloween Party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Que’ana Bar and Sleeping Lady Gifts, Mile 122.5 Sterling Highway in Clam Gulch, with a costume contest, prizes, food and live music. Lodging and free camping are available. For more information, call 907-567-3454.
  • Mountain View Elementary school will hold a Spooktacular costumed 5k community fun run at 10 a.m. Nov. 1. Registration is $15, and $10 for each additional family member, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the school. There will also be a prize for the best costume, as well as a bake sale.

Arts and Crafts Fairs

  • The Peninsula Art Guild’s annual arts and crafts fair will be held Nov. 28 and 29 at Kenai Central High School, with a visit from Santa and more than 220 vendors. To rent a booth, call Joyce at 260-5996.
  • The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Denali Conference Room at the hospital. Anyone interested in participating as a vendor is encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the Care Package Gift Shop at the hospital, and by contacting Jim Childers, volunteer coordinator, at 714-4543.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $3 for nonmembers and free to SCC members. Please wear non-marking shoes. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or call 262-7224.
  • The Soldotna Public Library will show a free movie at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Community Room, rated PG. Refreshments will be served.
  • 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 Sterling Community Center has beginning yoga and stretch class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Wednesdays. For all skill levels, open to the public.  For more information, visit  www.sterlingcommunityclub@live.com or call 262-7224.
  • Author Andy Hall will lead a discussion about his latest book, “Denali’s Howl,” a tale about Denali’s deadliest climbing disaster and the events leading up to it, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in KPC Kenai River Campus’ McLane Commons. It is free and open to the public.
  • 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, Oct. 30

  • A free High Tunnel 101 workshop will be held Oct. 30 at Kenai Peninsula college. Preregistration is required. Call 262-5824 or 235-7743 to register or for details.
  • The Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Soldotna City Council Chambers, with state Senate District O candidates Peter Micciche (incumbent) and Eric Treider, and House candidates Mike Chenault (incumbent) and Rocky Knudsen for District 29, Kurt Olson (incumbent) and Shauna Thornton for District 30 and Paul Seaton (incumbent) for District 31.
  • The Sterling Community Center holds pickle ball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. It is open to the public. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or call 262-7224.
  • Square dance lessons are offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Center. Lessons are open to the public.

 Friday, Oct. 31

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $3 for nonmembers and free to SCC members. Please wear non-marking shoes. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or call 262-7224.
  • Free “yoga strength” sessions are offered from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Community Room at the Soldotna Community Library. Set to modern music, this class is an introduction to yoga or an addition to an existing routine. Participants should bring their own mat.
  • “Lame Ducks and Dark Horses,” Triumvirate Theatre’s election-season satire show, will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Triumvirate North, five minutes north of Kenai at 42715 Kenai Spur Highway. Tickets are $15 in advance online, at http://triumviratetheatre.ticketleap.com/lameducks/, or at the door.
  • 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, Nov. 1

  • An HEA Energy and Conservation Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Kenai Middle School, with vendors and energy conservation experts displaying a variety of energy efficiency-related products and information. Topics will include appliances, recycling, construction materials, doors and windows, heating sources, lighting options and alternative energy, as well as door prizes, food and the announcement of the winners of an energy conservation student contest sponsored by HEA. For additional information, call Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.
  • 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.
  • “Lame Ducks and Dark Horses,” Triumvirate Theatre’s election-season satire show, will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Triumvirate North, five minutes north of Kenai at 42715 Kenai Spur Highway. Tickets are $15 in advance online, at http://triumviratetheatre.ticketleap.com/lameducks/, or at the door.

Sunday, Nov. 2

  • 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.

Monday, Nov. 3

  • Round dancing is held from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays at the Soldotna Senior Center. It is open to the public.
  • Toastmasters meets from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at Soldotna City Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

  • Stress-relief Qigong practice with Duane Gibson is held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in October in the Community Room.
  • The Sterling Community Center holds pickle ball from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or call 262-7224.

Upcoming events

  • The Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center will host several events for Alaska Native Heritage Month in the Kenai River Campus main commons, including a fry bread social from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Nov. 6, a beadwork and fish skin basket demonstration at noon and 6 p.m. Nov. 13, a gathering with the Denai’na language class from 6 to 7 p.m., a Native American film screening (time and date to be announced)
  • The annual Lutefisk and Lefse Dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-4757. Donations will be accepted at the door.
  • The Performing Arts Society presents the John Damberg Latin Jazz Sextet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Kenai Visitors and Convention Center. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students, available at River City Books, Northcountry Fair, Already Read Books, Country Liquor and at the door.
  • ReGroup will hold an electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Central Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna. Items accepted include 35-mm cameras, DVDs, cellphones, computers, household batteries, monitors (fee for businesses/nonprofits), printers, small kitchen appliances, TVs (fee for businesses/nonprofits), CDs and more. Items not accepted include audio/video tapes, exit signs, smoke detectors and vacuums. Businesses wishing to recycle electronics for free must schedule an appointment to drop off items. Nonprofits wishing to recycle electronics for free must show proof of 501(c)3 status and must schedule an appointment to drop off items. There is a fee for businesses and nonprofits to recycle monitors and TVs.
  • The third annual Cooper Landing Recycled Fashion Show will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Cooper Landing Community Club. Participants are needed. Enter to be the Recycle Fashionista of the Year in this runway design competition using recycled materials. Sign up by Nov. 10 by filling out an entry form and sending it to CooperLandingRecycle@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CooperLandingRecycl.
  • 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. For more information, contact Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.

Nightlife

  • 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.
  • The Robb Justice Band will perform at The Flats restaurant in Kenai from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.
  • 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 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays.

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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