Events Calendar

 Events for the week of July 29, 2015

Art

  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has two shows on display through July, a Thor Evenson retrospective and all new art by Ivy Howland. For more information, call 283-7040.
  • The Kenai River Quilt Tour showcases quilts made by local artists at various locations around town through July 31. Collect at least 12 stamps from quilt display locations for a chance to win a prize package. Stamp passports are available at Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna and the Soldotna Visitors Center.
  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has the “Coastal Impressions” photography summer exhibit on display through Labor Day.
  • Veronica’s Café in Old Town Kenai has encaustic and cold wax paintings by Marion Nelson on display through September.
  • The Peninsula Art Guild is requesting donations of artwork for its Harvest Art Exhibit and Auction, to be held in September. Donations can be dropped off to the Kenai Fine Arts Center by 4 p.m. Aug. 29.
  • The Kenai River Council on the Arts and Peninsula Art Guild invite artists to apply for month-long exhibitions in calendar years 2016 and 2017 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. Entries may be submitted by mail to P.O. Box 703, Kenai, AK, 99611, emailed to ourkfac@gmail.com or dropped off at the center at 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town. For information on entry specifics, email ourkfac@gmail.com.

Community Markets

  • Soldotna’s Wednesday Market is held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Soldotna Creek Park, with artisan and food vendors, live music and a beer garden from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Kenai’s Saturday Market is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 12 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. For more information, call 283-1991.
  • The Central Peninsula Farmers Market at the Soldotna Elementary School bus turnaround on East Corral and the Kenai Spur Highway is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays., with a Chef at the Market demonstration from 11 to 1 p.m. through Aug. 8
  • The Farmers Fresh Market at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.

Wednesday, July 29

  • The Soldotna Public Library has Bouncing Babies story time for ages birth to 18 months at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s area. Its summer food program for youth is at 3 p.m., and teen hangout time from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds preschool story time for ages 3 to 5 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival offers free noon concerts at various locations around town, with Raleigh, Keri Ann and Friends at The Flats Bistro in Kenai.
  • Soldotna Creek Park hosts a Music in the Park series from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer. This free event also includes extended hours for the Wednesday Market, which opens at 11 a.m. This week’s Live After Five performer is the Robb Justice Band.
  • The Salmon Run Series of 5-kilometer races continues at 6 p.m. at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview Middle School. There’s a 1K race for kids before each community run. Races are $10 for Tsalteshi members and $15 for nonmembers. Register in advance online at tsalteshi.org, or sign up at the starting line.
  • Odie’s Deli holds a pub quiz event at 6 p.m. The entry fee is $5 per teams of four or $10 for teams of five. The winning team takes home the entry fees.
  • The Peninsula Oilers play the Goldpanners at 6 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Thursday, July 30

  • The Kenai Community Library has a Math Counts program for advanced math students in grades 5 to 7 from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, and a Superhero Training Camp at 10:30 a.m. for ages 6 to 12. This week will be about undercover agents and making a superhero mask.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival offers free noon concerts at various locations around town, with the Madison String Quartet at the Soldotna library.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center has a Family Explorer program for all ages at 2 p.m. Thursdays in July. This week is “Wildland Fire — Friend or Foe?”
  • Gwin’s Lodge in Cooper Landing will hold a Smoltstock music festival starting at 4 p.m. with music by Blackwater Railroad Company, The Strangs, Mario Carboni and Reverend. For more information, visit www.gwinslodge.com.
  • The Peninsula Oilers play the Goldpanners at 5 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
  • The Tsalteshi Cycle Series of races is held at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the trails behind Skyview Middle School. Races are free for Tsalteshi members or $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit tsalteshi.org.
  • An acoustic music jam is held at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Sessions meet at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church the first Thursday of the month and the Kenai Senior Center the rest of the month. They are free and open to the public.

Friday, July 31

  • The Kenai Community Library holds Imagine and Play for ages birth to 5 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival offers free noon concerts at various locations around town, with the Central Peninsula Community Orchestra at the Kenai library.
  • The Kenai Senior Center will hold a family friendly Polka Dot Dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the Alaska Button Box Gang. Admission is $5. Bring a finger food to share.
  • The Madison String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Admission is $15 for Crescendo Club members or $20 for nonmembers, and free for youth 18 and under. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit kpoalaska.com.
  • The Salmonfest music festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. For more information and tickets, visit salmonfestalaska.org.

Saturday, Aug. 1

  • Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall Soldotna will hold an artist reception with Barbara Lavallee from noon to 4 p.m., with food, door prizes and the artist signing her prints, posters, etc.
  • Cribbage players are invited to meet at noon Saturdays at the Island Lake Senior Center in Nikiski. For more information, call Bob Harrison at 776-5339.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center has free movie screenings Saturdays and Sundays, with “Alone in the Wilderness,” about Dick Proenneke’s cabin, at 1 p.m. and “Arctic Bears” at 3 p.m.
  • The Soldotna Public Library’s summer food program for youth is at 3 p.m. Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays in August.
  • GCI Saturday Night Thunder at Twin City Raceway will be held Saturday, with general admission open at 3 p.m., qualifying rounds at 4 p.m. and the green flag at 6 p.m. Admission is free for veterans and GCI Account Holders. General Admission is $10, and admission for seniors is $5.
  • The Kenai Community Library has a summer reading program ice cream celebration at 4 p.m. Dress up as a superhero and join the Super Hero Parade, or go undercover in civilian attire.
  • The Peninsula Oilers play the Miners at 6 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
  • The Salmonfest music festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. For more information and tickets, visit salmonfestalaska.org.

Sunday, Aug. 2

  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center has free movie screenings Saturdays and Sundays, with “Alone in the Wilderness,” about Dick Proenneke’s cabin, at 1 p.m. and “Arctic Bears” at 3 p.m.
  • Mount Redoubt Baptist Church will hold a Bluegrass Jam from 1 to 4 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.
  • The Peninsula Oilers play the Miners at 2 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
  • The Salmonfest music festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. For more information and tickets, visit salmonfestalaska.org.

Monday, Aug. 3

  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival offers free noon concerts at various locations around town, with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Horns at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Kobuk Street in Soldotna.
  • The Soldotna Public Library’s summer food program for youth is at 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays in August.
  • The Kenai Community Library has Lego Makers at 4 p.m. Mondays for ages 6 to 12. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • The Soldotna Public Library has toddler story time for ages 18 months to prekindergarten at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s area. The library’s LEGO Club for ages 6 and up meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Wee Read story time for ages birth to 3 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival offers free noon concerts at various locations around town, with Zephyrus Winds at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna.
  • Beginning square dance classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and advanced basic and mainstream classes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Sterling Senior Center for ages 10 and up. They are free and open to the public. For more information, call Theresa at (360) 790-1757 or 262-6808.

Upcoming events

  • The third annual Harvest Moon Local Food Festival will be held Aug. 6 to 15. Talks include “The Art of Fermentation” at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 6 by author Sandor Katz at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai, “Fermentation: An Everyday Miracle” by Katz at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, and “Human Health and the Microbione” with Dr. Gary Ferguson at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Wellness Center. The Chef at the Market program takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Soldotna Farmers Market and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Farmers Fresh Market at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Fermentation workshops will take place at the Wellness Center in Kenai, with “Miso and Shoyu” at 6 p.m. Aug. 10, “Sourdough Basics” at 6 p.m. Aug. 11, “Alaska Ferments” at 6 p.m. Aug. 12, “Dill Pickles for Kids” at 6 p.m. Aug. 14, “Kraut and Kimchee” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14, and “Tasty Tempeh” at 2 p.m. Aug. 15. A local berry walk will meet at the food bank at 4 p.m. Aug. 14. Family farm tours will take place Aug. 11 at various times and location (for more information, visit www.kenailocalfood.org). Alaska Berries Winery will hold wine tastings from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 through 16. A documentary film, “Seeds of Time,” will be shown at 10 a.m. Aug 15 at the Orca Theatre, with admission being two cans of food to donate to the food bank. And Harvest Moon food specials will be available throughout the week at restaurants around town. For more information, visit www.kenailocalfood.org.
  • The 28th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women 5- and 10-kilometer fun runs will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Kenai Park Strip on Main Street Loop. Males under 17 years old are allowed to participate. For more information, call 283-9479.
  • Kenai Peninsula Beerfest will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for ages 21 and over. The event includes beer sampling, live music, a People’s Choice award for best beer and best brewery, food for sale from a variety of local vendors, and discounted cab rides by Alaska Cab. Tickets are $30, which come with a commemorative glass and eight, 4-ounce samples. Additional samples may be purchased at the event. Tickets are available at St. Elias Brewing Co., Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop and Kenai River Brewing Co.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Gala Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School, with a preconcert lecture 45 minutes before the concert. The program includes “Western Fanfare” by Ewazen, “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky, “Estancia Suite” by Ginastera and “Concerto de Aranjuez” by Rodrigo, featuring guest guitarist Armin Abdihodzic. Tickets are $15 for Crescendo Club members, $20 for nonmembers or free for  ages 18 and under. Tickets and more information are available online at www.kpoalaska.com. Or purchase at the door.
  • The Kenai Peninsula CASA program will hold its third annual Superhero 5K Run or Walk at 11 a.m. Aug. 15. Costumes are encouraged, with awards for the best-costumed heroes. The course will start at the Kenai park strip and wind through downtown Kenai. The event is sponsored by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe to raise for the Kenai Peninsula Court-Appointed Special Advocates program. Register online at http://www.active.com, or visit the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s office at 150 N. Willow St. in Kenai. For more information, call Joy Petrie at 335-7219.
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road holds Little PEEPS programs for preschool kids ages 2 to 5 the third Thursday of the month, from 9 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and siblings are welcome. For more information, call 260-2839.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s 19th annual Soup Supper and Auction will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $50, available at Charlotte’s in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. For more information, visit www.kpfoodbank.org.

Nightlife

  • The Bow Bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music every Friday and Saturday night at 10 p.m.
  • The Flats Bistro on K-Beach Road in Kenai has live music by Raymond Machen-Gray from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Garrett Mayer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna has live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Sacketts Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing has live music by The Roamin’ Jasmine, a New Orleans jazz band, at 9 p.m. Monday.
  • The Vagabond Inn on K-Beach Road has live music by Michael Shawn and Graceland Connection on Friday and Saturday, the Robb Justice Band on Aug. 7 and 8, and Alaska Blues featuring Robert Pepper on Aug. 22 for the Vagabond’s 22nd anniversary party.
  • Veronica’s Café in Old Town Kenai has open mic music from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, live music by Tim and Natalie Tucker from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 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!

  4. 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

  5. Bill and Sue Cowart

    Lived in anch for years and they can’t compete with the peninsula in things to do and so much talent!

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