Events Calendar

 Events for the week of Nov. 25, 2015


  • ARTSpace Inc. and the Redoubt Reporter are sponsoring a satiric art writing contest. Winning entries will be published in the Redoubt Reporter and displayed in ARTSpace’s public art exhibition spaces. Find more information and examples here. Email entries to by Dec. 7.
  • The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus has “Resources” by Kaitlin Vadla on display.
  • Kaladi Brother’s Coffee on Kobuk Street in Soldotna has art by the Aqua Watercolor Artists on display during November, featuring Gwen Thomas, Jan Sherwood, Juli Sexton and GeorgAnne Phillips.
  • Artwork is being accepted for the Kenai Fine Art Center’s annual Student Art School through Nov. 28. Kids ages 2 to 12 may submit up to three original works, mounted and ready to hang, to the art center. The center is closed the week of Thanksgiving, so art may also be submitted by contacting DeeDee Lofgren at 394-6303. The show will be on display Dec. 3 through Dec. 31 at the center, with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has Ed Hutchinson’s “30 New Artworks” and the 2015 Watercolor Exhibit on display in November. Center hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
  • The Soldotna Public Library has a display of gardens and flowers art on display through December. Artwork is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the library.
  • 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 or dropped off at the center at 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town. For information on entry specifics, email
  • Local artists (particularly art students) are encouraged to submit their artwork for future display at the Soldotna Art Park at Soldotna Creek Park. Contact Joe Kashi at at Cam Choy at 262-0274 for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

  • 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, all-ages Thanksgiving craft time with Miss Dee Dee 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.
  • 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, Nov. 26

  • The Sterling Senior Center will hold a potluck Thanksgiving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s free, though donations will be accepted. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.
  • A Thanksgiving dinner for veterans and invited guests will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion in Kenai and the VFW in Soldotna. For more information, call Mike at 394-5746, or Jim at 776-8088.

Friday, Nov. 27

  • The Peninsula Art Guild’s annual Arts and Craft Fair returns Thanksgiving Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28th at Kenai Central High School, with over 200 vendors, gourmet food, and Santa both days. Call 283-7040 for more information.
  • Christmas Comes to Kenai will be held Nov. 27. Santa arrives at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center aboard a city of Kenai fire truck at 11 a.m. The Electric Lights Parade starts at 6 p.m. and goes along Frontage Road to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Cabin Parking lot, with a bonfire and hot chocolate to follow, and grand finale fireworks at 7 p.m.
  • Tsalteshi Trails will hold a Turkey Trot 5- and 10-k fun run at noon, starting and finishing at the Soldotna Regional Sports Center. Sign up in advance for a discount at, or register at the starting line.

Saturday, Nov. 28

  • The Peninsula Art Guild’s annual Arts and Craft Fair returns Thanksgiving Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28th at Kenai Central High School. Call 283-7040 for more information.

Sunday, Nov. 29

  • The City of Kenai will celebrate the placement of a cornerstone rock honoring the city Charter Commission of 1963, at 2 p.m. at city hall, with a reception following at the Kenai Community Library.

Monday, Nov. 30

  • 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).
  • The Soldotna Public Library will hold a “last-ditch writing session” for National Novel Writing Month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring a laptop and finish your novel.
  • KPC’s Kenai River Campus will host a performance of Alaska Native playwright and storyteller Jack Dalton’s  play, “Assimilation” at 7 p.m.  Nov. 30 in the McLane Commons. A healing/talking circle and potluck will follow the play, as well as a potluck. It is free (donations welcome) and open to the public. For more information, call 262-0328.

Tuesday, Dec. 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 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.

Upcoming events

  • The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce presents Christmas in the Park at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 in Soldotna Creek Park with a concert, hot chocolate and cookies and the ceremonial lighting of the city Christmas tree.
  • The Snowshoe Gun Club will hold its annual meeting in the training building at the range in Kenai on Dec. 5. For more information, call 283-8166 or visit


  • Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music by Chris Towne on Saturday night, Laura Bean on Nov. 27 and Conway Seavey on Dec. 5.
  • Veronica’s Café in Old Town Kenai has open mic music from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and live music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

To include events in our calendar, email

7 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.
    Bob & Debbie

  2. Judy Cloud

    Loved the article regarding “Relay for Life”. Great Job everyone!

  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!

  6. Margo Dias

    I’m looking for the info for Black Friday craft fair .

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