Events for the week of March 5, 2014:
- Alaska Christian College is hosting the “100-Year Celebration of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Traveling Exhibition” through March 8 in the Learning Resource Center, open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit provides an overview of the ANS’ and ANB’s rich history, the challenges they faced and overcame, and their tremendous contributions to champion the rights and improve the general well-being and lives of Native people.
- “Australia,” photography by Greg Daniels is on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.
- The Kenai Fine Arts Center has the 2014 All-Media Juried Art Show on display through March, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7.
- KTOO-FM and 360 North TV present Writers’ Showcase, featuring short stories from Alaska writers which are read before a live studio audience by actors, and later broadcast on statewide TV and whichever radio stations in the state want to carry it. Writers across the state are invited to participate. Submissions are being accepted for the spring theme, “Awakenings.” For more information, visit www.360north.org/arts360/.
- “Miss DeeDee” Lofgren is offering four- and six-week Art for Kids classes. For information, call 394-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Soldotna United Methodist Church offers a food pantry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents experiencing food shortages. Nonperishable food donations may be dropped off to the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Sundays.
- The Nikiski Pool’s annual Idita-Swim competition will be held March 4through April 30. Every 50-yard lap swam or walked counts as one mile toward the trip to Nome. The registration fee includes an Idita-Swim T-shirt. For more information, call Nigel at 776-8800.
- The 2014 Seldovia Summer Music Festival, to be held June 19 to 22, is accepting applications for musicians. Applications are available at seldoviamusicfestival.info and are due March 31. For more information, call 907-399-7379. Send applications to Seldovia Arts Council secretary, Box 257, Seldovia, AK, 99663, or email to email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 5
- Kenai Community Library holds an “Invertebrates in Space” video conference at 11 a.m. Find out how scientists at BioServe Space Technologies, Butterfly Pavilion and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science collaborated to launch these lifeforms into low Earth orbit on the International Space Station to study how near-zero gravity affects their biology.
- Kenai Community Library holds a video conference at 4 p.m. with comic book and graphic novel author J. Torres to talk about his books, including “Lola: a Ghost Story,” a tale about a boy’s trip back to the Philippines and the mysterious presence he encounters at his family’s home.
- Church of Christ in Soldotna holds dinner and Bible study from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Rides are available. Call Jessica at 252-9931.
- 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.
- Peninsula Grace Brethren Church has kids’ discipleship from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays for youth in grades five and under, with live music and age-appropriate classes.
Thursday, March 6
- Square dance lessons are offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Center. It is open to the public.
Friday, March 7
- AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach holds blind draw double darts every Friday, with signup at 6:30 p.m. and play at 7 p.m. Play continues until mid-March, with breaks for holidays. Must be a member or invited guest. For more information, call 262-3540.
- Beginning Square and Round Dancing is held from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the VFW Post 10046 in Soldotna. Free and open to the public. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Theresa Lusby at 360-790-1757.
- Triumvirate Theatre presents Disney’s “Aladdin” at 7 p.m. March 7, and 2 p.m. March 8, at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai. Tickets are $5 for ages 12 and under and $10 for adults, available in advance at Triumvirate Theatre Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna and Nikiski High School.
- Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church at the “Y” in Soldotna, presented by the Performing Arts Society. She has taught and performed all over the United States and has won competitions in Italy and France, and has released two CDs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, available in advance at Northcountry Fair and River City Books in Soldotna, Already Read Books and Country Liquor in Kenai, and at the door.
Saturday, March 8
- 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. each Saturday.
- The Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will hold a program at 1 p.m. at the Kenai Community Library on, “Your Family Tree: Getting Started,” including a demonstration of how to use Ancestry.com and how to create a pedigree chart and a family group record. Participants will be partnered with a Totem Tracers mentor to help guide them through the process.
- The Kenai Peninsula Adoption League will hold a brunch potluck and open gym from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sterling Community Center gym. For more information, call Kate at 252-4530.
- Triumvirate Theatre presents Disney’s “Aladdin” at 2 p.m. March 8 at Triumvirate North, five miles north of Kenai. Tickets are $5 for ages 12 and under and $10 for adults, available in advance at Triumvirate Theatre Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna and Nikiski High School.
Sunday, March 9
- The Sterling Community Center holds co-ed basketball from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays for high school-age students and adults. For more information, call 262-7224, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or follow Sterling Community Center on Facebook.
Monday, March 10
- “Miss Dee Dee” is offering spring break art camps for kids from noon to 3 p.m. March 10, 12 and 14, for grades kindergarten through sixth at Miss Dee Dee’s studio 5 miles from Fred Meyer, toward Sterling. For information, call 394-6303. The cost is $30 per day, per child, or sign up by March 5 for a $5 discount.
- Toast Masters 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 Sterling Community Center holds competitive-style volleyball from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays for high school-age students and adults. For more information, call 262-7224, visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com or follow Sterling Community Center on Facebook.
Tuesday, March 11
- Kenai Community Library will hold a video conference at noon on cutting and curing firewood.
- A Sterling Soccer Club for grades first through sixth will meet for seven weeks at the Sterling Community Center from 3:50 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays, March 18 to April 29. The cost is $20 per participant. Visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com for a registration form or stop by the center. Call 740-8018 for more information.
- The Central Peninsula Garden Club’s monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach road. It is free and open to the public, with refreshments and sometimes door prizes. The topic is “What’s new with the high tunnel program? Lots!” with Pam Voeller, soil conservationist. Voeller will share new program details, and a panel of experienced, local tunnel growers will show and tell what has worked for them.
- The Kenai Community Library hosts a video conference “Bard-A-Thon” from noon to 3 p.m. March 13, with a community reading of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”
- The Kenai Community Library hosts a video conference “Bard-A-Thon” from noon to 3 p.m. March 14, with a community reading of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”
- C&C Horse Adventures on Jim Dahler Road toward Sterling from Soldotna, is offering free pony rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 for ages 4 to 7. For more information, call 953-5401.
- Kenai River Interact Club is holding a 1980s-themed Zumba dance party to raise money for Alaska Cystic Fibrosis Chapter, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 at Skyview High School.
- The 10th annual Ski for Women has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. March 16. Ladies, come participate in a 5k classic, skate or snowshoe race, or buddy up in a trio and enter the team division. All ages and ability levels welcome — and costumes are especially welcome. Prizes and refreshments to follow. Guys can get in on the fun, too. The annual Drag Race takes place immediately following the main event — costumes definitely required. Visit www.tsalteshi.org for more information and to register.
- The annual Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. March 17 on the Kenai Spur Highway from Bailey’s Furniture to the “Y.” Participants line up at Bailey’s at 4 p.m.
- Latin dance classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday nights at Soldotna Middle School from March 17 to April 7 and April 14 to May 5, taught by Edgar Guerron and Christina Fischer, as part of Soldotna Community Schools. The cost is $25 for one session or $45 for both. Appropriate for all ages, and does not require a partner. Advanced registration is required. Call 907-262-3151 ext. 24 to register.
- Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited and Sportsman’s Warehouse present a Tie One On fly-tying demonstration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 18 at Mainstreet Grill in Kenai. It is open to the public, though TU members get preference to tools and materials. Membership will be available at the event. Guests are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.
- The Kenai National Wildlife Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna holds its PEEPs hand-on education program for ages 2 to 5 the third Thursday of the month. The theme for March 20 is wolves. Two identical sessions are held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Call Michelle for more details at 260-2839.
- Kenai Community Library will hold a DIY skin products workshop at 5 p.m. March 20. Learn how to make peppermint sugar scrub and lavender baby oil or massage oil. Class size is limited. To register, see the front desk or call 283-4378.
- Dr. Pam Hays, author and psychologist, will give a presentation on “Creating Well-Being” from 7 to 9 p.m. March 20 at Kenai Peninsula College’s McLane Commons. Dr. Hays’ presentation aims to help participants take control of their lives by encouraging them to take stock of their personal strengths, assess their problems and connect to possible solutions with tips from Dr. Hays’ new book “Creating Well-Being.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dorothy Gray at 262-0321 or Paul Landen at 262-0394.
- The annual Chefs of the Night fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and 26th anniversary Can Can Gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 22.
- The 34th annual AFS Foreign Exchange Student Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. March 23 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Tickets are available from AFS members and host families, and at the door. Admission is $25 for adults or $10 for 14 and younger. The menu includes recipes from Mali, Kazhakstan, Phillipines, Germany, Chili, Switzerland, Thailand and Mozambique.
- The LeeShore Center will hold an Alaskans Choose Respect awareness walk from noon to 2 p.m. March 27. Meet at the clock tower at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai and walk to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served. Participation is open to the public.
- The Sterling Community Center invites artists, crafters, and vendors to participate in its Spring Craft and Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 at the center. The cost is $30 for a space or $10 to rent a table, limit one vendor per product line. Visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com for a registration form, or visit the Sterling Community Center in person. Call 262-7224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The Alaska Walk for Autism, sponsored by the Autism Society of Alaska, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at Soldotna Middle School. Funds raised will be used to provide support and information for families, caregivers and professionals who work with persons with autism in Alaska, with a majority of local money raised staying on the peninsula. Volunteers are needed and donations are sought for items and/or funds for door prizes and raffles. There will be booth spaces for related agencies and vendors with information, products and services. Contact Jerri Braun at 260-3926, Tonja Updike at 398-4214 or email email@example.com for more information.
- 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 for local’s night 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 Charmer’s Daughters at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
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