What’s Happening

Best Bets

■ An open house for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District art show takes place today from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Guild on 816 Cook Street in Kenai.

Events and Exhibits

■ The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra presents “An Evening at the Pops: Mostly Movie Music,” featuring music from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, 2001 A Space Odyssey, and many more. Also on the program is Copland’s Outdoor Overture and Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture. Concerts are April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School Renee C. Henderson Auditorium, and April 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Homer Mariner Theater. Tickets are available at River Ccity Books and the Homer Bookstore, $15 general admission, $10 Crescendo Club, youth 18 and under are free.

■ “Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living” is on display at the Kenai Visitors Center through May 10.

■ Ceramic artist Laura Hewitt’s work will be on display at the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus’s Gary L. Freeburg Gallery through April 10.

■ An art show sponsored by Friends of the Soldotna Library is hanging in the Soldotna Library with the theme of “Alaskan Landscape.” The art will be on display through April 6. Please stop by and drink in the richness of the art. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the art pieces, the Friends receive a 20 percent commission which is used for library program support. The librarians have contact information for the artists. The next art show will hang from April 8-June 1 and the theme is Wildflowers.

■ The Keen Eye Birders in conjunction with the Kenai Birding Festival invite Kenai Peninsula children, ages 2-17, to enter up to 2 artworks relating to the theme of Peninsula Birds to the PEEPS Kids Art and Photo Exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai, May 7-28. The deadline for entries is Saturday, April 28. Details and entry forms are available at www.kenaibirdfest.com or at the art center. The art center hours are noon-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, phone 283-7040.

■ Kenai River Council on the Arts and The Peninsula Art Guild are inviting artists to apply for month long Exhibitions in Calendar Years 2016 and 2017 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. Artists applying for solo, shared or group shows, please provide the following:

— Up to 12 labeled images (digital, slide, and or print) representative of recent work, with 3-D artists providing additional views of art works as needed.

— A separate image sheet, including title of piece, media, dimensions and when the piece was made.

— A proposal for your show (could include floor plan if needed). If you have a theme you are aiming for, this would be the place for that.

— A one-page Artist Statement.

Submit entries by mailing to: Peninsula Art Guild/Kenai River Arts Council, P.O. Box 703, Kenai, AK 99611; by email to ourkfac@gmail.com; or drop off at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Avenue, Old Town Kenai.

■ The Seldovia Arts Council is still looking for music artists to apply for the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival being held June 19-22. Applications will be taken until March 31. View more information about the festival and download the application form at www.seldoviaartscouncil.net under application for 2015 Festival. Forms can be made to Seldovia Arts Council, POB 257, Seldovia, AK 999663. Visit “Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival” on Facebook. The Kenai Visitors Center has a Dena’ina Way of Living exhibition on display through May 10. The exhibit is a scaled down version of one that was first debuted at the Anchorage Museum. Because display space is limited, several multimedia installations are in place at the visitors center to teach people about Dena’ina culture.

■ The KPBSD Art Show is here again for the 26th time! Held at the Kenai Fine Arts Guild on 816 Cook Street in Kenai, this unique show represents the high school and middle school art on the Kenai. The show will be up from April 1-30.

■ Solstice Music Festival at the Diamond M Ranch will be June 20 and is being sponsored by Justin “Boot” Rousseau, Carrol Martin’s nephew. His group has traveled nation-wide and has performed in several states, including New York, Texas, and California. Local musicians, circus acts, vendors, and sound providers are invited to participate in the festival. There is also a possibility of a Sunday Gospel Music Festival sponsored by The Diamond M Ranch. For more information contact JoAnne Martin at 907-252-8162. For full information and an application contact Boot at bootsbisonranch@gmail.com.

Entertainment

■ A community choir, The Kenai Peninsula Singers, is open to everyone who wants to be there, whether it is their first time singing or they sang at The Met. The choir will rehearse every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School choir room. Call or email for more details: 907-283-2125 or simjnissen@gmail.com.

■ A bluegrass jam takes place on the first Sunday of the month at from 1-4 p.m. at the Mount Redoubt Baptist Church on South Lovers Loop in Nikiski.

■ The Flats Bistro on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music with Garrett Mayer on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Raymond Machen-Gray on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

■ Veronica’s Cafe in old town Kenai has open mic from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, and live music Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

■ An all acoustic jam takes place every Thursday. The jam is at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the first Thursday of the month, and at the Kenai Senior Center during the rest of the month. Jam starts at 6:30 p.m.

■ AMVETS Post 4 is open to all military veterans and their families for support and camaraderie. Join us for Friday night tacos, or Saturday night steaks with Karaoke. Sunday afternoon its super hamburgers. Not a member? Stop by and we can show you how to become a part of this special veteran’s organization. AMVETS is located in the Red Diamond Center next door to IDEA Schools.

■ Sharpen your dart skills with a fun tournament every Sunday during the season at the AmVets in the Red Diamond Center. The number of players will determine the game. Sign up begins at 1 p.m. For more information call 262-3540.

■ Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Pub Quiz night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

■ The Bow bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Fridays, Saturdays at 10 p.m.

■ Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has poker Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

■ The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and DJ Arisen on Saturdays.

■ Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. with Robb Justice, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Ramponi and Dave Unruh.

■ The Duck Inn will have live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday with Robb Justice and Trio.

■ The Pinochle Club, formerly from Kasilof, plays at Hooligans Bar & Restaurant in Soldotna Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Questions? Call Jay Vienup at 907-252-6397.

Markets, fairs and bazaars

■ Nikiski Community Recreation Center Spring Craft Fair is April 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 776-8800.

■ The Sterling Community Center Spring Craft & Vendor Fair is April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call the Center at 262-7224 or email sterlingcommunityclub@live.com for more information.

Films

■ Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.

■ Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.

Down the Road

■ The Pratt Museum in Homer is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org.

 

Submissions may be emailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Mondays.

More in Life

Christ Lutheran Church Pastor Meredith Harber displays necklaces featuring the cross in this undated photo. (Photo by Meredith Harber/courtesy)
Minister’s Message: Interwoven together for good

I hope that we can find that we have more in common than we realize

Virgil Dahler photo courtesy of the KPC historical photo archive
This aerial view from about 1950 shows Jack Keeler’s home on his homestead east of Soldotna. The stream to the left is Soldotna Creek, and the bridge across the stream probably allowed early access to the Mackey Lakes area. The road to the right edge of the photo leads to the Sterling Highway.
Keeler Clan of the Kenai — Part 6

“Most of those homesteaders won’t last”

A sign points to the Kenai Art Center in Kenai, Alaska, on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Art Center accepting submissions for ‘Medieval Forest’

The deadline to submit art is Saturday at 5 p.m.

People identifying as Democrats and people identifying as Republicans sit face to face during a workshop put on by Braver Angels in this screenshot from “Braver Angels: Reuniting America.” (Screenshot courtesy Braver Angels)
KPC lecture series to feature film and discussion about connecting across political divide

“Braver Angels: Reuniting America” is a nonpartisan documentary about a workshop held in the aftermath of the 2016 election of Donald Trump

Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion
This basil avocado dressing is creamy, sweet, tangy, and herbaceous — great for use on bitter greens like kale and arugula.
Memories of basil and bowling with Dad

This dressing is creamy, sweet, tangy, and herbaceous

Photo courtesy of Al Hershberger
Don and Verona pose inside their first Soldotna grocery store in 1952, the year they opened for business.
Keeler Clan of the Kenai — Part 5

By 1952, the Wilsons constructed a simple, rectangular, wood-frame building and started the town’s first grocery

File
Minister’s Message: Finding freedom to restrain ourselves

We are free to speak at a higher level of intelligence

Dancers rehearse a hula routine at Diamond Dance Project near Soldotna on Thursday. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Moving into magic

Diamond Dance Project all-studio concert puts original spin on familiar stories

Orion (Jacob Tremblay) and Dark (Paul Walter Hauser) in “Orion and the Dark.” (Promotional photo provided by Dreamworks Animation)
On the Screen: ‘Orion and the Dark’ is resonant, weird

Fear of the dark is natural, not some problem that Orion has to go on adventure to overcome

Most Read