Events Calendar

Events for the week of Sept. 17, 2014

Art Shows

  • “Fleeting Images,” photography by Joe Kashi, is on display at the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at KPC’s Kenai River Campus through Oct. 10, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25. The exhibition centers on images Kashi captured during a spring 2013 trip to Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
  • The 2014 Kenai Senior Center Juried Art Show is on display through Sept. 18.
  • The Peninsula Art Guild is asking artists for donations for the annual Harvest Auction, to be held Sept. 27. For more information, call 283-7040.
  • 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 check out 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.

Farmers Markets

  • 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 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

Ongoing

  • Entries are being accepted to a poster contest open to students in grades kindergarten through 12 in Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Kasilof and Clam Gulch through Sept. 30. The theme is “Dig deeper: Mysteries in the soil,” and gets kids learning and thinking about the living world beneath their feet. The contest is cosponsored by the Central Peninsula Garden Club, Kenai Watershed Forum, 4-H/Cooperative Extension Service and NRCS. First-prize winners in each age category win $50 and the chance to compete in the state competition. For more information and to download the entry form, visit www.kenaisoilandwater.org.
  • 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a videoconference on “Constitution Day 2014: The Civil Rights Act” at 10 a.m. Sept. 17. For more information, visit www.kenailibrary.org or call 283-4378.
  • 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.

Thursday, Sept. 18

  • 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 theme Sept. 18 is “Dirty Decomposers,” including a trail walk. The program Oct. 16 is “Batty Bats.”  For more information, contact Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.
  • The Friends of the Kenai Community Library will hold a Mega Book Sale at the Home Gallery furniture store in the Kenai Mall (the old Sears location) from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, visit www.kenailibrary.org or call 283-4378.
  • Author and fitness instructor Ann Marina will give presentation and signing on her book, “Preserve Your Brain,” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Kenai Community Library. For more information, visit www.kenailibrary.org or call 283-4378.
  • The Central Peninsula Writers Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the teen reading area at the Kenai Community Library. It is open to the public. Bring copies of your work to share.
  • Square dance lessons are offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Center. Lessons are open to the public.

 Friday, Sept. 19

  • The Friends of the Kenai Community Library will hold a Mega Book Sale at the Home Gallery furniture store in the Kenai Mall (the old Sears location) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, visit www.kenailibrary.org or call 283-4378.
  • Harvest Moon Local Food Week will be held Sept. 14 to 20. “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” film will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the KPC Residence Hall, followed by a “Farming on the Kenai” panel discussion featuring Kenai Peninsula farmers at 8:30 p.m. A free local foods lunch will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Soldotna Public Library. A “Store Outside Your Door: Food As Medicine” presentation by Gary Ferguson, wellness and prevention director at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Soldotna Public Library. A free screening of the film “Eating Alaska,” which chronicles the journey made by a former urban vegetarian now living on an island in Alaska as she explores food traditions and community connections, will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Soldotna Public Library. Local Food Week also includes Harvest Moon specials at several restaurants on the central Kenai Peninsula, and Farmers Markets continuing in their regular times and locations.
  • 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, Sept. 20

  • The Friends of the Kenai Community Library will hold a Mega Book Sale at the Home Gallery furniture store in the Kenai Mall (the old Sears location) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, visit www.kenailibrary.org or call 283-4378.
  • The 5- or 10-kilometer 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 Soldotna Public Library has Fantasy Football at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays through September in the Community Room. Continue to build your teams and get help with lineups from our Fantasy Football experts. All ages are welcome (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult). Refreshments will be provided. Bring a laptop if you have one.
  • 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. Upcoming films are “Humpbacks: Fellowship of the Whales” on Sept. 20, “Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story” on Sept. 27, “Ravens: Totem and Trickster” on Oct. 4, “River of No Return — Idaho Wilderness” on Oct. 11, “Siberian Tiger Quest” on Oct. 18 and “Extreme Ice” on Oct. 25.
  • Harvest Moon Local Food Week will be held Sept. 14 to 20. A free local foods lunch will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Soldotna Public Library. A “Store Outside Your Door: Food As Medicine” presentation by Gary Ferguson, wellness and prevention director at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Soldotna Public Library. A free screening of the film “Eating Alaska,” which chronicles the journey made by a former urban vegetarian now living on an island in Alaska as she explores food traditions and community connections, will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Soldotna Public Library. Local Food Week also includes Harvest Moon specials at several restaurants on the central Kenai Peninsula, and Farmers Markets continuing in their regular times and locations.
  • A kickoff event for the Far North Roller Derby season will be held Sept. 20 in the parking lot of the Sterling Community Center. Concessions and beer garden opens at 5 p.m. with skating at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and be prepared for the weather. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids, seniors or military. Or get a ticket in advance through Brown Paper Tickets online for $5 plus a service fee.
  • A pro wrestling show with the New Frontier Wrestling Alliance will be held Sept. 20 at Kenai High School as a fundraiser for the Kenai Kardinals wrestling team. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door and from KCHS wrestling team members. For more information about the show, contact Mathew Plant with Power Plant Productions at 907-299-2827.
  • Cook Inletkeeper and the Susitna River Coalition presents Stoecker Ecological and Felt Soul Media’s award-winning documentary, “DamNation,” to the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road on Sept. 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. “DamNation” tells the story of the 20th century dam-building boom in the Lower 48 and explores the growing effort to remove dams that have negative impacts on fish. For more information, call Cook InletKeeper at 907-953-4789.

Sunday, Sept. 21

  • Kenai Community Library will hold a “Crafternoon” event at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 making fall crafts. For more information, visit www.kenailibrary.org or call 283-4378.

Monday, Sept. 22

  • The community is invited to explore information on colleges, training programs and high-demand careers through KPC’s free Career and College Awareness Course, which offers help finding an education or career path, improving reading comprehension skills, discovering one’s learning style and more. The course will be held Mondays, Sept. 22 through Nov. 24 in the Learning Center, Room 153 at KPC’s Kenai River Campus.
  • “BlockedBusters: Banned Books Movie Week” will be held Sept. 22 through 26 at the Kenai Community Library, showing movies based on books that have been banned at one time or another. Movies will be screened at 3 p.m. Sept. 22, 23, 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the library, with popcorn and soda. For more information, call 283-4378 or www.kenailibrary.org.
  • 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.
  • The Sterling Community Center will hold a three-day basketball camp for kids in grades kindergarten through six from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 22 to 24, coached by Josh Harshman. The cost is $15 per person. If a parent/guardian volunteers to help with the camp, up to two of his/her kids may attend for free. (Volunteers must sign up by Sept. 19 and pass a background check.) Snacks will be provided. Participants must wear nonmarking athletic shoes. Register at the Sterling Community Center. Call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com for more information.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

  • Stress-relief Qigong practice with Duane Gibson is held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in August in the Community Room.
  • “BlockedBusters: Banned Books Movie Week” will be held Sept. 22 through 26 at the Kenai Community Library, showing movies based on books that have been banned at one time or another. Movies will be screened at 3 p.m. Sept. 22, 23, 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the library, with popcorn and soda. For more information, call 283-4378 or www.kenailibrary.org.
  • The Sterling Community Center will hold a three-day basketball camp for kids in grades kindergarten through six from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 22 to 24, coached by Josh Harshman. The cost is $15 per person. If a parent/guardian volunteers to help with the camp, up to two of his/her kids may attend for free. (Volunteers must sign up by Sept. 19 and pass a background check.) Snacks will be provided. Participants must wear nonmarking athletic shoes. Register at the Sterling Community Center. Call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com for more information.

Upcoming events

  • Frontier Community Services and Kenai Senior Connection Inc. present “Murder by Magic” audience-participation dinner theater and no-host bar fundraiser Sept. 26 and 27 at the Kenai Senior Center, written by Eileen Moushey and directed by Ann Shirnberg. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40, available at Charlotte’s and the senior center in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-6331.
  • The fifth annual Cameron Carter Memorial Run, about 2 miles, will be held at Kenai Fire Station No. 2 (on the Kenai Municipal Airport grounds) at 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Carter was a firefighter/paramedic at CES and flight paramedic with LifeGuard and was killed in a December 2007 helicopter crash in Whittier. This year’s run is open to the public, and all proceeds will go to the paramedic scholarship at KPC in Carter’s name. To register or donate, visit www.active.com/donate/cameroncarter. There are three options for running the course — running in bunker gear with an air pack, running in bunker gear without an air pack or just running with no gear or pack. For more information, call the Kenai Fire Department at 283-7666.
  • A women’s and youth pheasant hunt will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Tachick’s Homestead in Funny River. For all experience levels. Birds, lunch, shotguns, ammo, dogs, shooting instruction and clay pigeon practice provided. RSVP to Billie Hardy at 398-9224.
  • The Kenai Community Library Recipe Swap Club will meet at 3 p.m. Sept. 27. Bring a favorite soup recipe and share ideas with other foodies. Feel free to bring a dish to share. For more information, call 283-4378 or visit www.kenailibrary.org.
  • The Peninsula Art Guild will be hold its 15th annual Harvest Art Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, with an art auction, appetizers and  music by J. D. Uponen. Tickets are $30, available at the center, open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 283-7040 for more information.
  • Impacting Together, a group of community members pooling resources to benefit neighbors in need, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. To donate, send a check to Bridges Community Resources, P.O. Box 1612, Soldotna, AK 99669.
  • The Kenai River Marathon, half marathon and 5-kilometer race will be held Sept. 28, starting and finishing at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Registration is open until midnight Sept. 27 online at www.kenairivermarathon.org and in person by Sept. 27 at the visitors center. A spaghetti feed for runners will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the visitors center.
  • A community partnership training on “designer drugs” will be held Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for community professional attendees and 3 to 4:30 p.m. for parents, students and community members at the Soldotna Public Library, offered by the Division of Juvenile Justice and Serenity House. RSVP to Brittney Cochran at 335-3722 or brittney.cochran@alaska.gov.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold an opening reception for “Voices of the Wilderness,” a statewide touring art show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act, on Oct. 3 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. For more information about the show, visit www.alaskageographic.org/post/voices-of-the-wilderness-traveling-art-exhibit. For more information, contact Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.
  • The Sterling Community Center will hold a fall craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Participation cost is $30 for a space and $10 to rent a table. Limit one vendor per product line. Early registration is open for Sterling-, Soldotna- and Kenai-area vendors. Open registration for all other vendors begins Sept. 15. Visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com for a registration form, or stop by the center. Call 262-7224 or e-mail sterlingcommunityclub@live.com for more information.
  • 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.

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 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 the Crowshoes from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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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