Events for the week of Aug. 26, 2015
- The Kenai Fine Arts Center has work by the Kenai Pottery Guild and watercolorist Gwen Thomas on display in Gallery One, and glass and metal work by LuAnn Reynolds in Gallery Too through August. For more information, call 283-7040.
- 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 email@example.com or dropped off at the center at 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town. For information on entry specifics, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nominations are open for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in the following categories — Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy Award and Individual Artist. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior Award recipients. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 15. The nomination form is online at http://bit.ly/2016GovAwardsAK.
- 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. each week.
- 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.
- The Farmers Fresh Market at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Wednesday, Aug. 26
- 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, 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.
- 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 Animal Eyes.
- 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.
- Tsalteshi Trails will hold the Are You Faster Than A Kardinal run for ages 15 and under at 6 p.m. Race the Kenai Kardinal mascot in a 3-kilometer course at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview Middle School. The cost is $5. Registration and more information is available at www.tsalteshi.org.
Thursday, Aug. 27
- Learn the basics of insect identification and how to use integrated pest management to prevent and manage pests in your yard and garden. Jessie Moan, entomologist, and Janice Chumley, integrated pest management technician for the Cooperative Extension Service, will teach “Insect Basics — 15 insects everyone should know” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kenai Community Library. The class if free but preregistration is required due to limited space. Call 262-5824.
- The Kenai Community Library will hold a DIY Grocery Bag Holder craft at 5:30 p.m. No sewing experience needed. Class size limited to eight. For more information, call 283-4378.
- An Eat Salmon, Save Salmon event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Soldotna Creek Park, with grilled salmon from Snug Harbor Seafoods and live music by Mike Morgan, Matt Boyle, Kurt Eriksson and Friends.
- The Soldotna Public Library will host a TEDx program at 6 p.m. in the Community Room on “Inspiration.” Pizza will be served, and the library’s Yada Yada knitting club and family story time are at 6 p.m.
- The Tsalteshi Cycle Series of races is held at 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 3 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.
- A classical piano recital will be performed by Chicago-based pianist Olga Sklyanskaya at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, with works by J. S. Bach, E. Grieg and C. Debussy. Admission is free and donations will be appreciated.
Friday, Aug. 28
- The Kenai Community Library holds Imagine and Play for ages birth to 5 at 10:30 a.m. Fridays and has an American Girl sewing project at 4 p.m.
- Dirt Track Night Races will be held at Twin City Raceway 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, or $5 for seniors.
Saturday, Aug. 29
- Industry Appreciation Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kenai Green Strip Park on Main Street Loop.
- 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 a Saturday Showcase program at 2 p.m. in August. Topics are “Snacking in the Woods” on Aug. 29.
- GCI Saturday Night Thunder Dirt Track Night Races will be held at Twin City Raceway 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, or $5 for seniors.
- The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s 19th annual Soup Supper and Auction will be held at 5 p.m. 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.
- Gwin’s Lodge will hold a music jam at 6 p.m. with music by the Tuckers and Reverend. No cover charge. For more information, visit www.gwinslodge.com.
Sunday, Aug. 30
Monday, Aug. 31
- 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, Sept. 1
- 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. Tuesdays.
- Auditions for a mystery dinner theater, written and directed by Mike Druce, will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at the old PAC building behind Subway on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The show is a collaboration between Kenai Performers and the Kenai Senior Center. Performance dates are Oct. 16 and 17 at the Kenai Senior Center.
- The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center, with guest speaker Shana Loshbaugh. The meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a desert to share.
- The Kenai Performers will hold auditions for “The Music Man,” directed by Terri Zopf-Schoessler and Donna Shirnberg, at 6 p.m. Sept 18 and 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at the old PAC building behind Subway on K-Beach Road. No need to prepare an audition, but come prepared to sing and dance. There are rolls for kids, teens and adults. Performances will be Feb. 26, 27 and 18 and March 4th, 5th and 6th. For more information, visit the Kenai Performers page on Facebook.
- 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.
- Veronica’s Café in Old Town Kenai has open mic music from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, live music from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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