Events Calendar

 Events for the week of June 24, 2015

Art

  • The Kenai Fine Arts Center has two shows on display through June, “Portrait Photography” by Sue Biggs and the annual “Art Quilts Extraordinaire.” For more information call 283-7040.
  • The Peninsula Art Guild is hosting an opening reception for two shows, A Thor Evenson retrospective and all new art by Ivy Howland from 6 to 8 p.m. July 3 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The shows will be on display through July.
  • The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has the “Coastal Impressions” summer exhibit on display through Labor Day.
  • 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.

Community Markets

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, June 24

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 8:30 to 9:30, toddler time from noon to 1 p.m., pickleball from 1 to 3 p.m., open gym from 3 to 6 and hip hop aerobics from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  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.
  • Go behind the scenes with Cyrano’s in a videoconference hosted by the Kenai Community Library at noon June 24. The theater company is celebrating Anchorage’s centennial with living newspaper shows featuring headlines and stories of important and colorful moments in history.
  • The Soldotna Public Library offers teen hangout time from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room.
  • Tsalteshi Trails Association holds trail running training from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in June with coach Kent Peterson. It’s free for Tsalteshi Trails Association members or $5 for nonmembers. Meet behind Skyview Middle School.
  • 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 musicians are the Denali Cooks.
  • 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.
  • An essential oils class is held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Diamond M Ranch in Kenai. This week’s class is “Essential oils for the great outdoors.”

Thursday, June 25

  • Math Counts is held Thursdays 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 has a “‘MARVEL’ous Movie Marathon” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room showing movies from the Marvel comics universe.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a superhero training camp at 10:30 a.m., for ages 6 to 12.
  • The Sterling Community Center has open gym from noon to 6 p.m. at pickleball from 6 to 8 p.m.  For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • Tsalteshi Trails Association holds mountain biking training from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in June. It’s free for Tsalteshi Trails Association members or $5 for nonmembers. Meet behind Skyview Middle School.
  • 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.
  • The Peninsula Oilers play the Seattle Studs at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Friday, June 26

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., open gym from noon to 6 p.m. and Zumba from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit http://www.sterlingcommunityclub.com. And after hours scrapbooking will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Imagine and Play for ages birth to 5 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Kenai Community Library will hold a session of superhero science at 4 p.m. Learn the science behind some of nature’s superheroes and participate in a free themed craft. This month’s theme is “The power of flight.”
  • The Peninsula Oilers play the Seattle Studs at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Saturday, June 27

  • The Stream Watch program will hold a volunteer orientation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Beranek at 260-5449, ext. 1205.
  • The Alaska Peony Growers Association will hold a farm tour, starting at Echo Lake Peonies, half a mile down the Gaswell end of Echo Lake, and a left on Price. For the time and more more information, call 283-1400.
  • 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 Community Library has a bracelet beading class from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 8 and up, and kids must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the front desk.
  • The Sterling Senior Center’s Salmon Classic Kick-Off will be held at 5 p.m., including a prime rib dinner, silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $25, available in advance at the front desk and pull tag store. For more information, call 262-6808.
  • The Soldotna Equestrian Association Rodeo will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the rodeo grounds on K-Beach Road in Soldotna, with the Rebel Riders Trick Team, bull riding, barrel racing, and more. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under.
  • An “Evening of Artistic Revelry and Art Auction Celebration” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Triumvirate Theatre, 5 miles north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. Artwork by Zirrus VanDevere and a variety of other artists will be up for outcry and silent auction, with a variety of art supplies and equipment, and other items available. Live music will be provided by Mike Morgan and Matt Boyle. It’s free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 28

  • 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 Paint it Purple color run for Relay for Life will be held at 2 p.m. at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview Middle School. To register and for more information, visit tsalteshi.org.
  • The Soldotna Equestrian Association Rodeo will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the rodeo grounds on K-Beach Road in Soldotna, with the Rebel Riders Trick Team, bull riding, barrel racing, and more. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under.

Monday, June 29

  • The Sterling Community Center has gym walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., open gym from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.,  pickleball from 1 to 3 p.m. and Zumba from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 262-7224 or visit www.sterlingcommunityclub.com.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Lego Makers at 4 p.m. Mondays in June, for ages 6 to 12, with kids under 8 needing an accompanying adult.

Tuesday, June 30

  • 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 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Board game night is from 5 to 7:45 p.m. in the Conference Room. And an evening QiGong session is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • The Kenai Community Library holds Wee Read story time for ages birth to 3 at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Sterling Community Center has open gym from noon to 6 p.m. and pickleball from 6 to 8 p.m. 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

  • The Soldotna Public Library has its Summer Food Service program your kids and teens at 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays in July, except July 4, 8 and 25.
  • The Peninsula Art Guild is hosting an opening reception for two shows, A Thor Evenson retrospective and all new art by Ivy Howland from 6 to 8 p.m. July 3 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The shows will be on display through July.
  • Kenai’s Fourth of July celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Hometown Heros.” The parade starts at 11 a.m., from Fidalgo Avenue to Willow Street and the Kenai Spur Highway to Main Street Loop Road. The midway will be open from noon to 4 p.m., with a kids carnival, vendors a beer garden by Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop and a melodrama from the Kenai Performers.
  • The Kenai Performers present “Someone Save My Baby Ruth or, Foil that Villain” a melodrama by Billy St. John, directed by Terri Burdick, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 4, as part of the city of Kenai’s Fourth of July celebration, under a large tent at the Kenai Green Strip Park. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors or students, available in advance at River City Books in Soldotna and Charlotte’s in Kenai, and at the door.
  • The Live United Fun Run with Color will be held July 4 in Kenai. Registration is from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Civil Air Patrol parking lot in Kenai. The race starts at 4:30 p.m. at Kenai Main Street and 1st Street, and ends back at Civil Air Patrol. The cost is $50 for an adult, $25 for kids under 12 or $100 for a family, with a discount for active Tsalteshi Trails Association members.
  • GCI Saturday Night Thunder at Twin City Raceway Circle Track will be held from 3 to 11 July 4. Qualifying is at 4 p.m. and the green flag drops at 6 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors or free for veterans or GCI account holder with a copy of their bill. Pit passes for ages 12 and up are $20.
  • The Peninsula Oilers play the Chinooks at 7 p.m. July 4 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
  • The Salmon Run series of 5-kilometer races will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 8 and continuing weekly until Aug. 5. A 1-k youth division run for kids 6 and younger will be held at 5 p.m. before each adult race. Register at the start line of in advance at http://www.tsalteshi.org. The cost is $10 for Tsalteshi Trails Association members, or $15 for nonmembers, with a discount for registering for all races in advance. Proceeds support the Kenai Watershed Forum’s summer youth camps.
  • The annual 10-mile and 5-kilometer Rotary Unity Run will be held Saturday, July 11, hosted by the Kenai River Rotary Club and Tsalteshi Trails Association, with prizes, raffle drawings and barbecue at the finish line. Advance registration and more information is available at http://www.tsalteshi.org. Bib pickup is from 5 to 6 p.m. July 10 at Soldotna High School. Race-day registration and bib pickup is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. July 11 at SoHi. Buses leave SoHi for the starting lines at 9 a.m. July 11, taking 5k racers to Peninsula Powersports, and 10-mile racers to Kenai Central High School. Both races start at 9:30 a.m.. The entry fee is $20 for individuals, $10 for youth and $50 for families, with $5 discounts for preregistration and Tsalteshi Trails Association members. T-shirts can be ordered as part of preregistration (purchase early to ensure a preferred size.)
  • The Sterling Senior Center’s annual gun show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18 and 19. Sales tables are available for $50, and admission is $5.
  • 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.

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 Restaurant in Soldotna has live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has live music Friday and Saturday nights.

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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