Events Calendar

Events for the week of Aug. 27, 2014

Art Shows

  • Kaladi Brothers on Kobuk has “Art For Humanity” on display through August, with work by Jan Wallace, Olga Vaisenberg and Connie and Jay Goltz. Proceeds of art sales will go to the local Habitat For Humanity program, including the best bid on a large oil painting, “Swimming The Kenai,” being auctioned through August. The guest artist is MP King, with her painting dedicated to all the firefighters and residents affected by the Funny River Fire residents and fire fighters.
  • “Souvenirs: Europe 2014,” an exhibit created by the KPC Kenai River Campus Art Students’ League Association that was inspired by a recent trip to Europe, is on display in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at KPC. There will be a closing reception for the show from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 11.
  • The 2014 Kenai Senior Center Juried Art Show is on display through Sept. 18.
  • 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. The Harvest Art show opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

Farmers Markets

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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


  • Peninsula Crime Stoppers is selling raffle tickets for a fundraiser. First prize is a Colt LE6920 rifle. Second prize is a Glock 22 handgun. Third prize is a White Hunter knife by Puma. Tickets are $20, or three for $50. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Soldotna. Tickets are available from board members, and Black Dog Firearms on K-Beach Road, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Signatures Salon in Soldotna and Wildman’s in Cooper Landing.
  • 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 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

Wednesday, Aug. 27

  • 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 or call 262-7224.

Thursday, Aug. 28

  • 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
  • Square dance lessons are offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Center. Lessons are open to the public.

 Friday, Aug. 29

  • 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, Aug. 30

  • United Way of the Kenai Peninsula will hold a Fox Island Dinner Cruise fundraiser Aug. 30, with the ship departing from Seward at 3 p.m. and returning about 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple. To reserve a ticket or for more information, call 283-9500.
  • The Soldotna Public Library’s Fantasy Football League draft day will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30. Beginning and expert team owners welcome. All ages are welcome (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult). Refreshments will be provided. Bring a laptop computer if you have one. Otherwise, computer access will be provided. Fantasy Football fun continues at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays through September at the library.
  • 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.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold a wild berry identification hike at 2 p.m. Aug. 30. Suitable for all ages. For more information, call 260-2839.
  • Twin City Raceway has GCI Saturday Night Thunder races, with gates opening at 3 p.m., qualifying at 4 p.m. and races at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 31

  • The Sterling Community Center has pickle ball skills and drills sessions from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Regular pickle balls is from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. It is open to the public. For more information, visit or call 262-7224.

Monday, Sept. 1

  • Toastmasters meets from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at Soldotna City Hall.
  • Soldotna VFW Post No. 10046, at 134 N. Birch St. in Soldotna, will hold a public fish fry at 2 p.m. Sept. 1 to benefit veteran Bill Barham, of Soldotna, who is diagnosed with inoperable cancer. The benefit will be held September 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM. VFW Post 10046 is located. Blackdog Firearms will handle the sale of Bill’s firearms that will be auctioned off at the event. Many other donated items will be available for bid. For more information or donations, call 262-2722.
  • Round dancing is held from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays at the Soldotna Senior Center. It is open to the public.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

  • Stress-relief Qigong practice with Duane Gibson is held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in August in the Community Room.
  • Lark Ticen will teach Square Foot Gardening 101 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 and How to Winterize Your Garden from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 4, all at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. To register, call 283-8732 ext. 5.  The classes are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events

  • The Soldotna library offers “Your Amazing Brain” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Community Room, to tune up neural circuits with simple movements and lifestyle tips from Ann Marina, author of “Preserve Your Brain.” Learn exercises based in the science of brain plasticity.
  • Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska Trout Unlimited members are invited to Fishapalooza, a fishing and conservation weekend, Sept. 5, 6 and 7, with fishing and river cleanup activities. A $30 registration fee includes camp site costs, meals on Saturday and Sunday as well as fishing. Carpooling is available. For registration and membership information, visit
  • Tsalteshi Trails Association will hold PsychoCross, a 14-mile, off-piste mountain bike race, at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Skyview trailhead. For experienced riders only. Helmets are mandatory. Participation of racers under 18 years old requires parental permission and prior approval from the race director. Preregistration online is $25, with a discount for TTA members, at Price goes up on race day. For more information, email
  • Playing for the Peninsula disc golf tournament will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Kenai Eagle course, behind the Oilers’ ballpark, organized by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors, with proceeds split between Hospice of the Central Peninsula and Habitat for Humanity. To sign up and for more information, contact Melissa Duffy at 262-1851 or email
  • Tri the Kenai triathlon will be held Sept. 7 at Tsalteshi Trails. Volunteers are needed. Contact Lanie Hughes at For more information, visit
  • The Central Peninsula Garden Club’s September meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road. The topic will be, “The Great Garden Cleanup and What to Do About It,” with a panel of local gardeners who will share how and what they do at the end of the season, and will answer questions from the audience. Memberships are half price for the remainder of 2014 — $10 for individuals or $15 for families. For more information, contact Marion Nelson at 283-4632.
  • There will be a book release party for “Dead Reckoning: Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on Its High Seas,” by Dave Atcheson, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.
  • A special showing of “The Anonymous People,” a documentary on addiction and recovery, will be shown at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) Sept. 14 at the Orca Theater on K-Beach Road. Donate a nonperishable food item (to benefit the food bank) at the Serenity House Treatment Center intake office at 425 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna  to get a ticket. For more information, call Aurora at 714-4889.
  • 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.
  • The 5k or 10k Cooper Landing Glass Is Half Full Equinox Run will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Cooper Landing School. The cost is $25. For more information, visit  Cooper Landing Equinox Run on Facebook.
  • The Kenai River Marathon will be held Sept. 28. To register and for more information, visit


  • 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 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and live music by Conner Larson from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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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.
    Bob & Debbie

  2. Judy Cloud

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

  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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