Events Calendar

 Events for the week of March 25, 2015

Art

  • The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus has “T41” by Laura Hewitt on display through April 10. The show is a variety of ceramic works that are a combination of functionality and personal vision.
  • Kaladi Brothers Coffee on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna has photography by father and son, Richard and Forrest Eissler, on display through March.
  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has its 2015 Biennial Judged Exhibit on display through March.
  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has “Dena’inaq’ Huck’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living” on display into May.
  • 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 to the center at 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town. For information on entry specifics, email ourkfac@gmail.com.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra requests submissions of visual art in any medium inspired by Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” On Aug. 7 and 8, KPO will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and submitted artwork will be shown in a multimedia presentation during the performance, as well as exhibited in the lobby at both performances. The submission deadline is July 1. For more information, visit KPO’s website, at kpoalaska.com.
  • The Seldovia Arts Council is looking for musicians to apply for the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, held June 19 to 22. Applications are accepted through March 31. For more information and the application form, visit www.seldoviaartscouncil.net. Completed forms can be mailed to Seldovia Arts Council, P.O. Box 257, Seldovia, AK, 999663.
  • Kenai Peninsula kids ages 2 to 17 are invited to participate in the annual PEEPS Art Exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from May 7 to 29, held as part of the 2015 Kenai Birding Festival. Submit one or two original artworks relating to the theme of “peninsula birds.” Entries are due by 5 p.m. April 25 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. For more information and entry forms, visit www.kenaibirdingfest.com.
  •  The annual Summer Solstice Music Festival at Diamond M Ranch in Kenai is accepting applications from musicians and vendors. The festival will be held Saturday, June 20. A gospel music festival might be held the following day. There would be no charge for vendors for the second day. For more information, call JoAnne Martin at 252-8162. For an application, email bootsbisonranch@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 25

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m., hip hop aerobic classes from 10 to 11 a.m. and toddler time from noon to 1 p.m. All are open to the public and free for community club members or $6 for nonmembers. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has Bouncing Babies story time for ages birth to 18 months at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds preschool story time for ages 3 to 5 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Sterling Community Center has pickleball from 1 to 3 p.m. It is open to all ages and the public and is free for community club members or $6 for nonmembers. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has teen hangout time from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room, with video games, board games and snacks.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds its Book to Art program at 4 p.m., for ages 9 to 12. Read the book ahead of the meeting and come make some art. This month’s book is “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,” by Jacqueline Kelly. Register at the front desk.
  • Kaleidoscope School will hold a field-sketching workshop with artist in residence Kathy Hocker from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the library. It’s free and open to the public. Bring a pencil and sketchbook or paper, and dress for being outside.
  • 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.

Thursday, March 26

  • The Sterling Community Center has pickleball from 6 to 8 p.m. It is open to all ages and is free for community club members or $6 for nonmembers. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Soldotna Library has free tax preparation help with AARP Tax Aide volunteers from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays through April 9, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 11. Call 262-4227 to reserve a spot. Walk-ins are welcome, time permitting.
  • The Kenai Community Library’s LEGO Junior Maker Club meets from 4 to 5 p.m., for ages 5 to 11. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Kenai Community Library hosts Science with Mr. Dan at 4 p.m. Mr. Dan “The Watershed Man” from the Kenai Watershed Forum will present an educational after-school science program for kids and caregivers. This month’s topic is watersheds.
  • The Soldotna Public Library will host a free TEDx viewing event on Happiness at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. Pizza will be served.
  • The Sterling Community Center holds “Let’s Get Healthy” sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sessions are open to the public. The cost is $3 per session, or free for community club members. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Soldotna Library has family story time at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the children’s area.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds its knitting club at 6 p.m. by the fireplace. Bring your own needles and yarn.
  • 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, March 27

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m. It is open to the public and free for community club members or $6 for nonmembers. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Imagine and Play for ages birth to 5 at 10:30 a.m., with music, stories, movement and play.
  • The Kenai Community Library hosts a videoconference with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra at noon. Bring a lunch and listen to a discussion of the music from ASO’s season finale.
  • Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus will host the seventh annual Alaska Native Oratory Society from 1 to 3 p.m. in the McLane Commons, led by storyteller Jack Dalton. This year’s theme is, “Let Your Spirit Speak: Finding Our Voices.” To participate or for more information, call Diane Taylor at 262-0328.
  • Kaleidoscope School will hold an open house to display student sketchbook artwork created with artist in residence Kathy Hocker from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m.
  • The Soldotna Public Library will hold a “Mockingjay” party from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room, for ages 13 and up, to celebrate the Suzanne Collins book. The movie will be shown.
  • Triumvirate Theatre presents its 10th annual fish-themed movie-spoof dinner theater auction fundraiser, “The Princess Brine,” on March 27 and 28 at Mykel’s in Soldotna. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7, with an auction to follow. Tickets are $48, available at Mykel’s.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a “cabin fever reliever” event from 7 to 9 p.m. Local writers are invited to come read an original piece. Register at the front desk. Refreshments will be served. It’s free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 28

  • Kenai Change will host a workshop on climate change from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus. Topics include flood frequency, salmon stressors, coastal erosion and wildlife risk. It’s free and open to the public. Children’s programs and activities will be available all day (please preregister children ages 3 to 10). Free refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
  • The 36th annual Home Show and Parade of Homes will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. For more information, visit www.kenaipeninsulabuilders.com/home-show.
  • The existing Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the new visitors center is completed. Nature movies are available by request at the front desk.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has free tax preparation help with AARP Tax Aide volunteers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 11 and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays through April 9. Call 262-4227 to reserve a spot. Walk-ins are welcome, time permitting
  • The Autism Society of Alaska, Southcentral Chapter will hold a fundraiser for autism awareness from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soldotna Prep School, with food, door prizes, games, a silent auction and a sensory walk. Admission is $5, or $25 for a family up to 10. For more information, call 394-1794 or 398-4212.
  • 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 Soldotna Public Library will hold a “Downtown Abbey” tea party from 1 to 3 p.m., including trivia from the British TV drama and period-specific treats. Costumes are encouraged.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds a frozen ice bracelet beading class at 3 p.m. The materials fee is $12. Register in advance at the front desk.
  • Triumvirate Theatre presents its 10th annual fish-themed movie-spoof dinner theater auction fundraiser, “The Princess Brine,” on March 27 and 28 at Mykel’s in Soldotna. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7, with an auction to follow. Tickets are $48, available at Mykel’s.
  • Love in the Name of Christ will hold a Love Music and Art fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church, featuring an art auction and music by pianist Svetlana Velichko, flutist Tomoka Raften and violinist Dr. Robert Thompson. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids under 12 or $50 for a family. Call 283-5252 or 283-5683.

Sunday, March 29

  • The 36th annual Home Show and Parade of Homes will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. For more information, visit www.kenaipeninsulabuilders.com/home-show.
  • The Kenai Community Library will host a doll collections club meeting at 2 p.m. Bring your favorite doll to show off. Sign up at the front desk. All ages and all kinds of dolls are welcome.
  • A darts tournament is held Sundays during the winter at AmVets in the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Road. The number of players will determine the game. Sign up begins at 1 p.m. For more information, call 262-3540.

Monday, March 30

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m., hip hop aerobic classes from 10 to 11 a.m. and pickleball from 1 to 3 p.m. All are open to the public and free for community club members or $6 for nonmembers. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds its Knit 2 Read 2 club for teens at 3 p.m. No experience necessary.
  • Copper Top Lounge in Soldotna holds free line dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays.

Tuesday, March 31

  • The Soldotna Public Library has toddler story time for ages 18 months to prekindergarten at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Wee Read story time for ages birth to 3 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Soldotna Library holds stress relief QiGong practice with Duane Gibson from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Parents and children are welcome.
  • The Soldotna Library holds its LEGO Club for ages 6 and up at 4 p.m. in the Community Room. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Soldotna Public Library holds a board game night from 5 to 7:45 p.m. in the Conference Room.
  • Sterling Community Center holds “Let’s Get Healthy” sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sessions are open to the public. The cost is $3 per session, or free for community club members. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Kenai Singers community choir meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the choir room at Kenai Central High School. It is open to anyone wishing to participate, no matter their level of singing experience.
  • 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

  • FASD and Emotional Trauma: Adding Insult to Injury Training will be held April 2 and 3 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, with a dialogue on “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Trauma and Child Abuse,” and how the combination of the two impact the community. It’s free and open to the public. Space is limited. To register and for more information, call Vickie Tinker at 714-6648 or Allison Gottesman at 335-3121.
  • Marion Nelson will offer an encaustics workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 in her studio, between Kenai and Soldotna. Size limited to five participants, ages 16 and up. The cost is $120, which includes all art supplies. Contact 398-8669 or marionknelson090@gmail.com for more information and to register.
  • A Clam Gulch community Easter egg hunt will be held at 4 p.m. April 5, followed by an Easter dinner, at the Que’ana Bar, Mile 122.5 Sterling Highway.
  • A breastfeeding support meetup is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, sponsored by Just Breathe Childbirth Services. For the location and more information, call Danielle at 260-3950 or Bethe at 715-7867.
  • A candlelight vigil to honor and remember those who have experienced sexual assault will be held at 4 p.m. April 9 at Tyotka’s Elder Center at 1004 Mission Ave. in Kenai. The public is invited to attend. Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s domestic violence and sexual assault program will offer information about services they offer to the entire community. Candles and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Lindsey Anasogak at lanasogak@kenaitze.org or -335-7600.
  • Pioneers Igloos 33 and 16 will meet at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Kenai Elks, with a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation of local history by Al Hershberger. A business meeting will follow. It is open to the public, and membership information will be available.
  • 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. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The theme for April 16 is the elegant eagle. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and siblings are welcome. For more information, call 260-2839.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited will show the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.thef3t.com.
  • A wedding showcase will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 19 at Kenai Catering. Admission will be free. To sign up as a vendor, contact Tosha Kelley at 907-562-9031 or tosha@alaska.net.
  • The Sterling Community Center will hold a spring craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25. For vendors, the cost is $30 per space and $10 to rent a table. It will be free and open to the public. For more information or a registration form, stop by the center, call 262-7224 or email office@sterling.community.
  • The annual Thelma McConnell Scholarship Dinner and Auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 25 at the Nikiski Senior Center on Lake Marie Avenue. Tickets are available by calling Sharon at 776-7654. The auction starts at 7 p.m.

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 Duck Inn on K-Beach has live music by the Artifacts from 7 to 10 p.m. March 25.
  • The Flats Bistro on K-Beach Road in Kenai has live music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Mykel’s has live music by Robb Justice and Katie Evans from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.
  • The Vagabond Inn on K-Beach has live music by Michael Shawn, the Graceland Connection, at 9 p.m. March 27 and 28. The March 28 event is smokefree.
  • Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9 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!

  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

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