Events Calendar

Events for the week of April 16, 2014:

Events

Art Shows

  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District High School and Middle School Group Show on display through April 19. For more information, call 283-7040.

Ongoing

  • The PEEPs Young Artist Contest is an opportunity for kids under 18 to display their artwork and photography featuring birds of the Kenai Peninsula. The entry packet can be found at http://www.kenaiwatershed.org/education/KBF%20PEEPs%20Art%20Contest%20Info%2014.pdf The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival will be held May 15-18, 2014.
  • The Alaska State Council on the Arts is requesting applications from visual artists for artwork for purchase by the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank. Alaska artists are invited to submit up to three recent works in any media. Purchased works become part of a lending collection displayed throughout state public areas. All entries must be submitted through www.callforentry.org. Search for Alaska Contemporary Art Bank 2014 on that site. Only works priced at under $4,000 will be considered. The deadline for application is April 30.
  • The Nikiski Pool’s annual Idita-Swim competition is held through 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.
  • 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 radio stations. Writers across the state are invited to participate by submitting pieces that are 5-12 minutes long when read aloud to arts@ktoo.org. Deadline is May 2. For more information, visit www.360north.org/arts360/.
  • 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.
  • Free basic skill-building assistance is available in the Learning Center at Kenai Peninsula College in Room 153. For more information, call 262-0327.

Wednesday, April 16

  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a videoconference on Mining and Sustainability in Central Asia at noon April 16.
  • 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, April 17

  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds Little PEEPS (Preschool Environmental Education Programs) programs every third Thursday of the month at the KNWR Education Center on Ski Hill Road, for ages 2 to 5 (and their adults), at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. The topic for April 17 is beavers. For more information, call Michelle at 260-2839.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a videoconference on “Heck Yeah, It’s Time to Start My Own Business” at 5 p.m.
  • Tustumena Elementary will hold dessert bingo from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Square dance lessons are offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Center. It is open to the public.

 Friday, April 18

  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will hold a Spring Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 and 19.
  • An Alaska Native Language Conversation series is ongoing through April. Learn Alaska Native languages with local experts. “Dena’ina Qenaga: Basic Conversation” meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, April 7 to April 28, at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Tribal Justice Circle Room (administration office). “Yugtun Circle: Basic Conversation” meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, April 4 through 25 in Room 159 at KPC. “Ahtna Kenaege’: Basic Conversation and Beading Activity” meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, April 7 to 28, in Room 159 at KPC. All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KPC rural and Native student services coordinator, at 262-0213.
  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center, at 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai, continues its Fine Art Fridays at 6 p.m. every Friday. April 18 is a screening and discussion of Kenneth Clark’s BBC film on Rome of the counter-reformation and the work of Michelangelo and Bernini. April 25 is an opening reception for new work by Stephanie Cox. Events are free, open to the public and offer free refreshments. For more information, call 283-7040.
  • The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold a “World Travelers” presentation at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Kenai River Center, with presentations on rafting the Grand Canyon by Robert Ruffner, walking the Great Wall of China with Lisa Beranek and hiking through Brazil with Dan Pascucci. Admission is free.
  • 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. It is free and open to the public. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Theresa Lusby at 360-790-1757.

Saturday, April 19

  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Springtime Seek-’n’-Find family nature scavengers hunt all day April 19 on the Keen-Eye Nature Trail at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road. Stop by the visitors center to pick up a game card.
  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will hold a Spring Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 and 19.
  • The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will hold a spring craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19.
  • Tsalteshi Trails will hold a Choose Your Weapon race at 11 p.m. April 19 at the Wolverine trailhead off K-Beach. Ski, run or bike (likely run or bike) your way through the course — your choice! Advance registration online is $25, available at www.tsalteshi.org. Day-of registration is $30, available at 10 a.m. April 19. Tsalteshi Trails Association members get a $5 discount. For more information, race registration and membership signups, visit www.tsalteshi.org, and follow Tsalteshi on Facebook for more updates.
  • The annual Alaska Walk for Autism will be held on the Kenai Peninsula from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at Soldotna Middle School. Volunteers are needed for the walk and carnival, as are donations of items and/or funds for door prizes, silent auction prizes and raffles. Related agencies and vendors are invited to use booth space at the carnival to share their information, products and services. For more information, contact Jerri Braun at 260-3926 or Tonja Updike at 398-4214 or penautismwalk@yahoo.com.
  • 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.
  • A Kasilof Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. for ages 12 and under. Bring a basket and dress for the weather. For more information, call 260-1345.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a book signing with author Polly Crawford at 1 p.m.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a crystal bracelet beading class at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 283-4378.

Sunday, April 20

  • 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, April 21

  • An Alaska Native Language Conversation series is ongoing through April. Learn Alaska Native languages with local experts. “Dena’ina Qenaga: Basic Conversation” meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, April 7 to April 28, at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Tribal Justice Circle Room (administration office). “Yugtun Circle: Basic Conversation” meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, April 4 through 25 in Room 159 at KPC. “Ahtna Kenaege’: Basic Conversation and Beading Activity” meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, April 7 to 28, in Room 159 at KPC. All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KPC rural and Native student services coordinator, at 262-0213.
  • Toastmasters 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.
  • Latin dance classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday nights at Soldotna Middle School from 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.
  • 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, April 22

  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, in 2014. On Earth Day, April 22, the refuge will host a film night at 7 p.m. in the commons at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus, with a showing of “Wild by Law: The Rise of Environmentalist and the Creation of the Wilderness Act.” Admission is free. Further events will be held throughout the year, including guided hikes in August and a traveling art exhibit, “Voices of the Wilderness,” on display in October.

Upcoming events

  • The Soldotna Public Library will host Dr. Nancy Elliott Sydnam, who will give a reading, Q&A session and signing for her book, “Sideways Rain” at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Community Room. Dr. Sydnam left a 30-year medical practice in Anchorage to work as an itinerant physician in the Aleutians and the Pribilofs. In journal entries, poems and letters, “Sideways Rain” tells of her love affair with the islands — the people and the bleak, beautiful landscapes.
  • The Cooperative Weed Management Area will host its annual workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 at the Kenai River Center. Learn about pike and elodea, DOT vegetation management and more. For more information, visit www.kenaiweeds.org.
  • The Kenai Public Library will hold a poetry open mic at 3 p.m. April 26 to celebrate April as National Poetry Month. Come share an original piece or a favorite poem. Check out the “Poet-tree” and add a leaf of your own. Admission is free.
  • The Cooper Landing Youth Group presents a murder mystery dinner theater from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Cooper Landing Community Hall. In the “81st Annual Academy Golden Bowl Awards Banquet,” suspicion, fear and scientific research ensue after cereal mascots mysteriously start to disappear at the prestigious award ceremony where one lucky cereal mascot is honored each year with a gold trophy for his/her dedication to advertising. The cereal killer could be anyone, even you! Admission is $10, or free for kids under 5. Includes a pancake dinner. Purchase tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/617154, or call 907-598-5102.
  • The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will hold the second annual Alaska Fiber and Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 and 27 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Booth space is still available. A class schedule and registration form is available at www.kenaipeninsulafair.com.
  • Come learn Spring Forest Qigong with Duane Gibson for stress relief and relaxation from noon to 1 p.m. May 6 at the Soldotna Public Library.
  • A Kenai River Spring Cleanup will be held from May 11-17. Families, groups and individuals interested in participating can sign up and receive their supply of free trash bags at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center any time after May 1. Trash collected from the river can be dropped off in designated Dumpsters at Soldotna Creek Park through the week. As part of the cleanup, there will also be a Kids’ River Cleanup Day on May 16 and a community barbecue on May 17. Volunteers are needed for the kids event to help walk/clean the riverbanks with elementary school classes between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 16. Sign up with Mark Glassmaker at 398-6405.
  • A 6-kilometer Cooper Landing Trail Run will be held May 18 starting at the Cooper Landing Community Club on Bean Creek Road and finishing at Our Point of View at Mile 45.2 Sterling Highway. Registration is 9:30 a.m. (for a fee/donation), walkers start 10:45 a.m., runners start at 11 a.m. and awards will be given at 12:30 p.m. at the community club. A shuttle from the finish is available. For more information, contact Karl Romig at 598-5687 or cooperlandingtrailrun@gmail.com.

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.
  • 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 Charmers Daughters at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

4 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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