Events for the week of Nov. 26, 2014
- The Kenai Fine Arts Center s accepting entries to its annual Student Art Show, to be displayed Dec. 4 through Dec. 31, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Kids ages 2 to 12 are invited to submit up to three original works, with a $2 entry fee per piece. All artwork must be mounted on a background color for display. For more information, call DeeDee at 394-6303 or email DeeDee@MissDeeDeesArtForKids.com.
- The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will hold its second annual gingerbread house contest in November and December. Houses will be displayed through Dec. 20. Cash prizes will be awarded in three age groups, 12 and under, 13 to 17 and 18 and over. For more information, call 283-1991.
Arts and Crafts Fairs
- The Peninsula Art Guild’s annual arts and crafts fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Kenai Central High School, with more than 200 vendors and a visit from Santa.
- The Black Friday Holiday Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai, including a visit from Santa.
- 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
- The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays in November. Cost is $3 for nonmembers and free to SCC members. Please wear non-marking shoes. The cost is $3 for nonmemebers, or free for members. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or call 262-7224.
- The Soldotna Library will hold Thanksgiving craft time at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
- The Kenai Community Library holds a Book to Art session on “The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy,” appropriate for children in grades three to five, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26. The first 10 registrants may pick up a copy at the front desk. Read the book ahead of the meeting and come ready to make some art! Bring your own art supplies, and the club facilitator will provide a “secret ingredient” to use in your creative response to the book.
- 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 in November. For all skill levels, open to the public. For more information, visit http://firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-7224.
- 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 email@example.com.
Thursday, Nov. 27
- The Que’ana Bar in Clam Gulch will hold a Clam Gulch community Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday. Bring a dish to share.
- The Sterling Community Center holds pickleball from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays in November. It is open to the public. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or call 262-7224.
Friday, Nov. 28
- The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays in November. Cost is $3 for nonmembers and free to SCC members. Please wear non-marking shoes. The cost is $3 for nonmemebers, or free for members. For more information, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or call 262-7224.
- Free “yoga strength” sessions are offered from 10:15 to 11 a.m. 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.
- Christmas Comes to Kenai will be held Friday in Kenai, with Santa arriving at 11 a.m. aboard a Kenai fire truck at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, where the entrants of the annual gingerbread house contest are on display until Dec. 20. The Electric Lights Parade begins at 6 p.m. and goes from Spur View Road to Frontage Road to the Kenai Chamber Cabin parking lot, ending with a bonfire, hot chocolate and fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
- The second annual 5k and 10k Turkey Trot fun run on the K-Beach Unity Trail, presented by the T200 and Tsalteshi Trails, will be held Friday, starting and finishing at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. In-person registration starts at 11 a.m. and the races start at noon. Advance registration is available online at http://www.tsalteshi.org/events, for $25 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under 12. Day-of, in-person registration is $30 for adults, $20 for students and free for kids under 12. Tsalteshi Trails Association members get a $5 discount.
Saturday, Nov. 29
- 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. Nov. 29 is “Alone in the Wilderness: Part II,” Dec. 6 is “Magic of the Snowy Owl,” Dec. 13 is “Games of the North,” Dec. 20 is “Christmas in Yellowstone,” and Dec 27 is “The Wolf that Changed America.”
- An adults-only Toys for Tots fundraiser will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Main Street Tap and Grill in Kenai (a nonsmoking venue), with “shots for tots,” “kill the keg,” a split-the-pot raffle and live music by the Robb Justice Band. Marines will be on hand collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys. All money and toys collected will be distributed to families on the Kenai Peninsula.
Sunday, Nov. 30
- 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, Dec. 1
- Toastmasters meets from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at Soldotna City Hall.
- 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 Public Library will hold holiday craft time from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Community Room, making holiday-themed flowers. Supplies will be provided.
Tuesday, Dec. 2
- The Soldotna Library holds stress relief QiGong practice with Duane Gibson from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 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.
- Triumvirate Theatre presents a dinner theater performance of “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 5, 6, 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 www.triumviratetheatre.org. Tickets are $39 for the dinner theater, or $15 for a show-only performance Dec. 18.
- Triumvirate Theatre presents a free community performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in Soldotna Creek Park, followed by a ceremonial lighting of the city Christmas tree in the park at 4:30 p.m. Dress for the weather. Free hot chocolate and cookies available.
- The Soldotna Public Library will hold a cookie exchange at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Community Room. Bring your favorite holiday treats and recipes to share and exchange. Discuss cooking tips and other simple ways to survive the holidays.
- The Kenai Community Library will hold a Christmas sewing project at 4 p.m. Dec. 11.
- The Kenai Community Library will hold a holiday jam-making workshop at 4 p.m. Dec. 12. There is a $10 materials fee due upon registration.
- Triumvirate Theatre presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 12, 13, 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 www.triumviratetheatre.org, and at the door.
- The Kenai Community Library will hold a candy cane bracelet beading class from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13. A materials fee of $12 is due upon registration.
- 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 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 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.
- Main Street Grill in Kenai has live music by the Robb Justice Band from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
- 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 Vagabond has live music by the Robb Justice Band this weekend.
- 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.
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