Events Calendar

 Events for the week of April 22, 2015

Art

  • The Art as a Profession class taught through Kenai Peninsula College will host a webinar with Glenn Randall, landscape photographer and author, from 5 to 6 p.m. April 30. It’s free and open to any professional, amateur or prospective photographer, and will discuss the business of landscape photography and ways to create value with your images. To attend, visit art228randallwebinar.blogspot.com.
  • Entries are being accepted to the Alaska Emerging Artists Competition, held as part of the Soldotna Memorial Day Public Art Festival on May 23 in Soldotna Creek Park. This is a statewide competition limited to emerging artists who have had not more than one major solo exhibit in a gallery or art center. Not more than 15 emerging artists will be selected for curated exhibits. There’s no entry fee or admission fee. Winners will be determined from the body of work hung and exhibited at the festival. Prizes are $1,000 for first, $300 for second and $150 for third. For more information, call 598-1171 or 398-0480.
  • The “2015 Juried Student Exhibition” will be on display at the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus through May 8, with a closing reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 8.
  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has “Dena’inaq’ Huck’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living” on display into May.
  • 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. Saturday 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.
  • 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.

Wednesday, April 22

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 9 to 10 a.m., hip hop aerobic classes from 10 to 11 a.m., toddler time from noon to 1 p.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 Soldotna Public Library has Bouncing Babies story time for ages birth to 18 months at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s area.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds preschool story time for ages 3 to 5 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Soldotna Public Library offers teen hangout time from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room.
  • 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 Corner Café in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna holds an open mic for writers, storytellers and poets from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. It’s free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 23

  • The Kenai Community Library has Science with Mr. Dan at 4 p.m. Dan Pascucci from the Kenai Watershed Forum will entertain and educate kids ages 6 to 10 on ecological topics.
  • The Sterling Community Center has “Let’s Get Healthy” sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and pickleball from 6 to 8 p.m. Both are open to the public and free for community club members. For nonmembers, pickleball is $6, and Let’s Get Healthy is $3. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Kenai Community Library’s knitting club meets at 6 p.m. by the fireplace. Bring your own needles and yarn.
  • The Soldotna Library has family story time at 6 p.m. in the children’s area.
  • The Soldotna Library has a showing of a TEDx presentation on managing stress at 6 p.m. It’s free and pizza will be served.
  • 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, April 24

  • 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.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has a Money Smart Craft at 3 p.m. in the Community Room, to encourage fiscal responsibility in your family starting at a young age. Go home with a practical craft to help kids think smart about money.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Fair’s 12th annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. The event includes dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and entertainment from the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. Tickets are $55, or $85 for a couple, available online through a link on the fair’s Facebook Page. For more information, call 567-3770.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Singers community choir will perform a concert at 7 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The concert features music by American composers, such as Copland and Barber, as well as American classics such as “Oh Susanna” and “Down in the Valley to Pray.” Music from local musicians Tomoka Raften, Jack Will, Sue Biggs, Maria Allison and the KCHS Women’s Ensemble will fill out the program. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and free for kids 12 and younger, and may be purchased at the door.
  • The Nikiski High School theater department will perform “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 1 and 2 at the Nikiski Middle-High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 for students or $10 for adults.

Saturday, April 25

  • The Sterling Community Center will hold a spring craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Youth Game Warden Camp for grades fourth through sixth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. This hands-on camp will foster an awareness and respect for Alaska’s natural resources. Lunch and snacks are provided both days, and participants get a t-shirt. There’s a supply fee of $25, and pre-registration is required. Call Kelly at 260-2851.
  • 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 Kenai Community Library’s LEGO Junior Maker Club, Family Edition will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. All ages welcome. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 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 annual Thelma McConnell Scholarship Dinner and Auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. 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.
  • The Nikiski High School theater department will perform “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 1 and 2 at the Nikiski Middle-High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 for students or $10 for adults.

Sunday, April 26

  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Youth Game Warden Camp for grades fourth through sixth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. This hands-on camp will foster an awareness and respect for Alaska’s natural resources. Lunch and snacks are provided both days, and participants get a t-shirt. There’s a supply fee of $25, and pre-registration is required. Call Kelly at 260-2851.
  • 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.
  • A free family concert with the Fireweed Flutes ensemble will be performed at 2 p.m. at the Kenai Community Library.

Monday, April 27

  • 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.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a DIY class on making essential oils body spray at 4 p.m. April 27.

Tuesday, April 28

  • The Soldotna Public Library has toddler story time for ages 18 months to prekindergarten at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s area, and stress relief QiGong practice with Duane Gibson from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The library’s LEGO Club for ages 6 and up meets at 4 p.m. in the Community Room. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. And board game night is from 5 to 7:45 p.m. in the Conference Room.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Wee Read story time for ages birth to 3 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a Mighty Girls Exploring the Library session at 5:30 p.m. April 28 for girls ages 7 and up, with a scavenger hunt, a tutorial on how to use Scratch, and a bookmaking craft. Sign up at the front desk.
  • 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 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

  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a Book to Art session at 4 p.m. April 29 for ages 8 to 12. Make art inspired by a story. Register at the front desk.
  • The Soldotna Public Library will hold an Avengers Day event from 2 to 5 p.m. May 1 in the Community Room. Celebrate your favorite characters. Bring an old T-shirt for a craft, and a movie showing will follow.
  • The Nikiski High School theater department will perform “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 1 and 2 at the Nikiski Middle-High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 for students or $10 for adults.
  • The annual Walk and Roll for Hope will be held May 2 at the Hope Rec Center on Princeton Avenue off Kalifornsky Beach Road. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:30 a.m. Do a 5k route from the rec center along the K-Beach bike path and back to the rec center for a barbecue. For more information, call Hope Community Resources at 260-9469.
  • The third annual Fiber Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 and 3 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, with hand-made products, yarns, hands-on demonstrations and classes for adults and kids. There is no entrance fee. For more information, contact Helena or Kate at 567-3670 or kpsfair@acsalaska.net.
  • The 30th annual Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and free for kids under 10.
  • Local farmers will hold a plant sale to benefit the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District, at 10 a.m. May 2 in the parking lot of Three Bears in Kenai. A portion of all proceeds will support local sustainable agriculture. To reserve booth space, call Abraham or Jessica England at 306-4610.
  • A screening of the film “Backing Out of Time” will be held at 3 p.m. May 2 at the Soldotna Public Library. The film is a documentary following the stories of five families caring for aging parents with Alzheimer’s.
  • Beginner square dance classes will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays in May at the Kenai Senior Center. It’s free and open to ages 10 and up. For more information, call Theresa at 360-790-1757 or the senior center at 283-8122.
  • The Soldotna Public Library will hold a Mother’s Day craft at 4 p.m. May 7 in the Community Room.
  • An artists reception for the 2015 PEEPs Art Exhibit for kids, part of the Kenai Birding Festival, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. An awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. May 15. The art show will be on display through May at the center, and the Kenai Birding Festival is held from May 14 to 17.
  • The Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church will hold a “Bushels of Hope” dinner and auction on May 8 to support Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula. For more information, call Leslie at 283-5252.
  • A Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held May 9. Letter carriers will collect nonperishable food donations for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.
  • The Moose River Hustle fun run or walk, with one mile, 5k and 10k distances, will be held May 9 at the Sterling Senior Center to raise money for Meals on Wheels. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the race starting at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $10 for kids, $20 for adults or $50 for families.
  • A Mother’s Day Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
  • The annual Kenai Rotary Soap Box Derby will be held at 10 a.m. May 10 on Spruce Street in Kenai. The Super Stock division is for racers ages 9 to 18. Drivers builder their own cars from kits with adult supervision. For more information, visit www.clubrunner.ca/kenai.
  • A joint meeting of all historical societies on the Kenai Peninsula will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.
  • The 2015 Kenai Peninsula cleanup will be held May 11 to 16. Garbage bags are available at the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce. Dumpsters will be available in the city of Kenai, or leave the bags along the side the road for pickup. A free barbecue for participants will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 16 at the Kenai Green Strip Park on Main Street. For more information, call 283-8261.
  • The Soldotna Public Library will hold a TEDx presentation at 6 p.m. May 12 in the Community Room on building meaningful connections. Pizza will be served.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival will be held May 14 to 17, with art exhibits, float trips, guided bird walks and various presentations for all ages and birding abilities. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Sonnenborn, the only birder to have sighted 400-plus bird species in Alaska. He will talk about how he accomplished this feat and give suggestions on birding in Alaska. For more information on the festival and the schedule, visit kenaibirdfest.com.
  • The Soldotna Public Library will hold an all-day Dungeons and Dragons event May 16 in the Community Room. Stop by anytime and play.
  • The annual 5k Law Enforcement Torch Run for Central Peninsula Special Olympics will be held at 10 a.m. May 16. For more information, call Tina Strayhorn at 223-1255.
  • 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.
  • A grand opening of the new Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will be held May 30, on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

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 Road has music by Robb Justice and Friends on April 29.
  • 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.
  • Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Robb Justice Band on Saturday night.
  • Mykel’s has live music by Robb Justice and Katie Evans from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.
  • 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.

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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