Events Calendar

Events for the week of July 30, 2014

Art Shows

  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has acrylics by Kaitlin Vadla on display in the main gallery and a statewide quilt show in Gallery Too through July.
  • 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.

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 www.kenaichamber.org.
  • 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.
  • Local farmers markets will have free Chef at the Market cooking demonstrations in July and August, funded by the Alaska Division of Agriculture, as follows: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market in Soldotna, with “Wrap up a Rainbow: Gluten-Free Wraps” with Susan Nabholz on Aug. 9, and “Loving Your Kale, and Eating it Too” with Nancy Schrag on Aug. 16; and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Farmers Fresh Market at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, with “Wrap up a Rainbow: Gluten-Free Wraps” with Susan Nabholz on Aug. 5. For more information, call 283-8732 ext. 5.
  • 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

  • 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 Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds history talks at Andrew Berg’s Cabin, at Refuge Headquarters, on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, at 2 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 7. Suitable for all ages, including hands-on activities.
  • Registration for the 27th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women is open. The This 5K and 10K race will be held at the Kenai City Park on Aug. 9, and is open to women and girls of all ages. To promote healthy families, male youth age 17 and under also are allowed. Volunteers are needed to staff water tables, help serve lunch, and to staff safety positions along the race route. Safety volunteers (flaggers) will need to take a short safety course at the Kenai Police Department a few days before the run. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 283-9479 for more information.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds Family Explorer Programs with hands-on adventures and exploration on nature topics, like tracks and traces, Alaska animals and digital photography, at 2 p.m. Saturdays to Aug. 9. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center lobby at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds fitness hikes on the Keen-Eye and Centennial Trails at Refuge Headquarters, on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, at 2 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 4. Hikes are free and open to the public.
  • 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 http://bit.ly/AKliteraryawards.

Youth camps

  • Triumvirate Theatre is offering two sessions of drama camp for youth in third grade and higher in Soldotna this summer. Sessions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, July 28 to Aug. 9, with a public performance Aug. 9, all held at the theater in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The cost per student is $395. To register, visit www.triumviratetheatre.org. For more information, call 776-1163 or email triumviratetheatre@gmail.com.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers an Art in the Woods program for ages 3 to 13 (kids ages 3 to 6 must be accompanied by an adult, while kids 7 to 13 can be dropped off for the program) from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in July. Spend an hour exploring the trails (3/4-mile walk) around the Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna with refuge rangers while participating in theme-related activities, followed by a craft in the Education Center. Limited to 15 participants and preregistration required. Call Michelle at 260-2839 to sign up and for more information. Themes will be insects — dip-netting and dragonflies — on July 30.
  • The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting registrations for its weeklong Fur, Fins, Feathers, Flowers and Fun summer camp for ages 6 to 12 at Soldotna Creek Park. Sessions will be held through Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.kenaiwatershed.org/education/camp.html.
  • The Boys and Girls Club offers coed basketball camp for grades third through sixth from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4 to 8 at the Kenai Rec Center. Registration is $85. Register at the BGC main office on Frontage Road in Kenai. For more information, call 283-2682 or email info@positiveplaceforkids.com.
  • The Boys and Girls Club offers coed volleyball camp for grades sixth through eighth from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 to 15 at the Kenai Rec Center, with a tournament and medal ceremony Aug. 15. Registration is $85. Register at the BGC main office on Frontage Road in Kenai. For more information, call 283-2682 or email info@positiveplaceforkids.com.

Wednesday, July 30

  • Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Sue Biggs and Jack Will will perform at Veronica’s Café in Kenai on July 30.
  • The Salmon Run Series, weekly 5k runs at Tsalteshi Trails, are held at 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 6. More information and registration is available at www.tsalteshi.org. Or register at the start line behind Skyview. A discount is available for Tsalteshi Trails Association members. Proceeds support the Kenai Watershed Forum’s youth summer camps. New this year is a youth division, with a 1k race for kids 6 and under preceding each 5k race.
  • 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.

Thursday, July 31

  • Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival.The Madison String Quartet will perform at the Soldotna Public Library on July 31.
  • Kenai Community Library offers a DIY Bug Repellent Workshop at 5 p.m. July 31. Make and bring home a small bottle of all-natural bug repellent. It is free and open to the public.
  • 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 www.tsalteshi.org.
  • Alaska-born folk artist Emma Hill and her musical partner Bryan Daste will perform an intimate concert at 7 p.m. July 31 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The pair will be releasing their fifth album, “Denali,” in the fall. The two are often compared to musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Admission is $12 at the door. For more information, visit www.emmahillmusic.com/.
  • Square dance lessons are offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Center. Lessons are open to the public.

 Friday, Aug. 1

  • Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Ariana Gabriel and Zephyrus Winds will perform at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Aug. 1.
  • 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.
  • The Madison String Quartet and Friends will perform as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. Tickets are $15 for seniors and Crescendo Club Members, $20 for adults and free your youth 18 and under. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.kpoalaska.com.

Saturday, Aug. 2

  • Soldotna Bible Chapel will hold a Celebrate Life! 5K run and walk at 10 a.m. Aug. 2, with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. This all-ages event is free, and participants get a t-shirt and brunch, and there will be activities for kids. For more information, call 283-9062 or visit www.abcwecare.org.
  • 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.

Sunday, Aug. 3

  • The Girl Scouts of Alaska will hold a volunteer luncheon to kick off the Girl Scouting year from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 the at Kenai Peninsula College Residence Hall, 949 E. Poppy Lane in Soldotna. Family and friends are welcome to this casual event with displays on scouts, camping, adult learning, SWAPS and more. Contact Roslyn at 602-8619 or rlack@girlscoutsalaska.org for more information.
  • The Madison String Quartet will give a Strings at Sunset concert in Seldovia on Aug. 3, as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Tickets are $90, which includes the ferry ride to Seldovia, available at River City Books in Soldotna and the Homer Bookstore, or with a credit card by calling For more information, visit www.kpoalaska.com.

Monday, Aug. 4

  • Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Strings Trio will perform at Corner Café in Soldotna on Aug. 4.
  • 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 5

  • Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. Flutes and Friends will perform at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna on Aug. 5.

Upcoming events

  • Free noon concerts are offered weekdays July 28 through Aug. 8 as part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. The KPO Horns will perform at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Aug. 6, Emily Grossman and Friends will perform at the Kenai Community Library on Aug. 7, and Hayden Sterling will perform at Charlotte’s Restaurant on Aug. 8. For more information, visit www.kpoalaska.com.
  • The Kenai Watershed Forum is hosting “The Wild & Scenic Film Festival” for its second year. Festival films will be shown Aug. 5 at the Homer Theater in Homer, Aug. 7 at the K.M Rae Building in Seward, Aug. 8 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai, and Aug. 14 at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage. For more information, visit www.kenaiwatershed.org/film_fest.html.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival Gala Symphony Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Homer High School and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The program includes Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” featuring Maria Allison, piano, and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.” Tickets are $15 for seniors and Crescendo Club Members, $20 for adults and free your youth 18 and under. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.kpoalaska.com.
  • A Swank Street Antiques and Art Market will be held Aug. 8 and 9 behind Pizza Boys and Shops Around the Corner in Soldotna, with boutique-style vendor offering their favorite finds and creations. For more information, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/swankstreetantiquesmarket.
  • The Soldotna Library offers a presentation on organic gardening basics with Judy Fisher from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Community Room.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds its Little PEEPS preschool programs at 9 and 10:30 a.m. every third Thursday of the month at the Environmental Education Center at the Refuge Visitor Center lobby at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. For kids up to age 5 and their parents. Topics include salmon sharks on Aug. 21.
  • The Soldotna Library offers a presentation on Alaskan sea vegetables from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Community Room, with Eliza Eller from Ionia, who will speak about how to harvest, dry and store sea vegetables off the beaches in Kachemak Bay.
  • Tri the Kenai triathlon will be held Sept. 7 at Tsalteshi Trails. Volunteers are needed. Contact Lanie Hughes at hugheslanie@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.trithekenai.com.
  • 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.

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 at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and live music by Sam at 6:30 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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