Events Calendar

 Events for the week of May 20, 2015

Art

  • The 2015 PEEPs Art Exhibit for kids, part of the Kenai Birding Festival, is on display through May at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.
  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will have the “Coastal Impressions” summer exhibit on display, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 28.
  • The Soldotna Memorial Day Public Art Festival will be held May 23 in Soldotna Creek Park, with a statewide art competition, art workshops and live music. For more information, call 598-1171 or 398-0480.
  • The Peninsula Art Guild is accepting entries to its 2015 “Art Quilts Extraordinaire Exhibit” to be displayed in June at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Submit up to two original wall quilts by 4 p.m. May 30 to the center. Call 262-7767 for more information.
  •  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 at 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, May 20

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 8:30 to 9:30, 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.

Thursday, May 21

  • 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, May 21, 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.
  • Math Counts is held Thursdays beginning May 21 at the Kenai Community Library with David Thomas, for advanced math students in grades five to seven. New students meet from 10 to 11 a.m., and students with previous Math Counts experience meet from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • The Soldotna Public Library’s Any Book Book Club for ages 12 and up meets at 4 p.m. Come prepared to talk about a book you’ve read in the past month.
  • Beginner square dance classes are held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays in May at the Kenai Senior Center. They’re free and open to ages 10 and up. For more information, call Theresa at 360-790-1757.
  • The Kenai Community Library’s book club will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
  • The Fireweed Fiber Guild meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Soldotna Public Library. The monthly meetings are open to the public. Bring a fiber project to work on. For more information, visit fireweedfiberguild.webs.com/.
  • 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.
  • 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, May 22

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 8:30 to 9:30 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.
  • Tsalteshi Trails will hold its second annual Caveman 5k Barefoot Run at 6 p.m. at the Wolverine Trailhead off K-Beach Road. This shoes-optional fun run or walk is $5, or free for Tsalteshi Trails Association members.

Saturday, May 23

  • A spring plant sale to raise money for the Peninsula Spay/Neuter Fund will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 265 West Katmai in Soldotna, with flowers, herbs and vegetables. For more information, call Judy at 690-2723.
  • The Soldotna Memorial Day Public Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Soldotna Cree Park, with the Alaska Emerging Artists Competition, as well as displays from local students and 4-H artists. The event includes art workshops, live music, free food and fun for the whole family. For more information and a schedule of events, visit artspaceak.com.
  • The Central Peninsula Garden Club holds seminars every Saturday in May. They are free and open to the public. No preregistration is necessary. The topic May 23 is collecting and preserving vegetable, fruit and perennial flower seeds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach. For more information, call 283 4632.
  • Kenai’s Saturday Market is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 23 to Sept. 12 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. For more information, call 283-1991.
  • A community preparedness fair, with various workshops and presentations, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Soldotna. It’s free and open to the public.
  • 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 free showing of a family friendly animated film at 2 p.m. in the Community Room with popcorn.

Sunday, May 24

  • Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for a Cooper Landing Trail fun run and walk at the Cooper Landing Community Club on Bean Creek Road. A 5k walk starts at 10:30 a.m., and a 6k run starts at 11 a.m. Food, beverages and door prizes to follow. For more information, call 907 288-5687.
  • 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, May 25

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 8:30 to 9:30 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.

Tuesday, May 26

  • 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 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 cake decorating class at 3 p.m. with “Karen the Cake Lady.”
  • The Sterling Community Center holds “Let’s Get Healthy” sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and pickleball from 6 to 8 p.m. Both are free for community club members. For nonmembers, Let’s Get Healthy is $3 and pickleball is $6. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • 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

  • A free homeschool curriculum swap will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 28 in the Community Room at the Soldotna Public Library. Drop off and organizing is from 10:30 to 11 a.m., or later, and materials can be perused starting at 11 a.m. For more information, call or text 398-4663 with any questions or to arrange early drop off of materials
  • The Kenai Community Library offers a program for ages 6 to 10 to learn about the science behind nature’s super creatures at 4 p.m. May 28. It’s free and preregistration is not required.
  • An opening reception for the “Coastal Impressions” exhibit and 25th anniversary celebration for the Cook Inlet RCAC will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 28 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.
  • Soldotna Public Library has a Great Outdoors-themed family story time at 2 p.m. May 29 in the Community Room.
  • The Kenai Community Library has an American Girl sewing class at 4 p.m. May 29 for ages 8 and up. Preregister at the front desk.
  • Relay For Life of Central Peninsula will be held at 6 p.m. May 29 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
  • A grand opening of the new Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will be held May 30, on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association’s annual wine-tasting event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. May 30 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, with music by 150 Grit, a silent auction to benefit the scholarship fund, and complimentary cab rides. Beer will also be served. Tickets are $75, or two for $140. For more information, call 283-8071.
  • The Kenai Performers will hold auditions for a melodrama to be performed on the Fourth of July. Auditions are at 7 p.m. June 5 and 10 a.m. June 6 at the old Peninsula Athletics Club on K-Beach Road, behind Subway. There are roles for five men and six women, age 15 and up. For more information, contact Terri Burdick at 262-5486 tburdick@hotmail.com.

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 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.
  • 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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