• October’s installment of the KDLL Adventure Talks series continues at 7 p.m. today at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center with stories and photos about a packraft trip down the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic National Park with Doug Armstrong, Jim Bennett, Wally Hufford and Julie Stephens. Admission is free for KDLL members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Jenny at 283-8433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and Exhibitions
• The Performing Arts Society presents “Karen Strid and Friends: An evening of mainstream jazz,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students and are available at Northcountry Fair and River City Books in Soldotna, Already Read Books and Country Liquor in Kenai, and at the door.
• Soldotna photographer Ron Levy has two photography exhibits on display in October. “Journeys &Transitions” is in the Kenai Peninsula College gallery in the main campus lobby. It features images that document or represent movement, travel and the transitions between physical and emotional spaces. The second exhibit will be at the main Kaladi Brothers building on Kobuk Street in Soldotna and is entitled Interactions.” It features “relationships and interactions between people, animals, cultures and the worlds in which they live.” Both exhibitions include images taken from Ron’s 30-plus years photographing in and out of Alaska for editorial, commercial and personal projects.
• “Clay on Display” will be featured during the month of October at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. This exhibit will display pottery made by members of the Kenai Potters Guild. Come see what the potters have created in response to a 10# Challenge.
• Kenai Peninsula College Showcase:
— “Coming Home: A Veteran’s Journey From Combat to Classroom,” Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. in the McLane Commons. Lifelong Kenai resident, KPC Student, and Iraq War Veteran Michael Skinner discusses the complexities and difficulties of returning from service and how higher education aided in his transition. A great presentation not only for veterans and those with veterans in their lives, but for anyone in the community.
• ARTspace Drawer is on display at the Soldotna Library, the first annual collection of locally created 2D art. The first of its kind in Alaska, this display is made possible by a partnership between Soldotna Rotary, ARTspace Inc., and the Soldotna Public Library.
Halloween and Harvest Happenings
• The annual Mountain View Carnival is this evening from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 315 Swires Road in Kenai. The community is invited! There will be lots of food, games, prizes, live music, a basket auction, and a scavenger hunt. Tickets are 25 cents each and most games cost 3-8 tickets to play.
• Halloween Party/Costume Contest, Oct. 21 at the Sterling Community Rec Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dress up for a night of Halloween fun. There will be dinner and dancing, no host bar, and dress up for the costume contest. Scariest and Most Original will receive trophies for first and second place in each category, plus a pie auction and spit the pot.
• 5K Costume Run — The annual NCRC fun run will be held on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Registration will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. and the cost of entry will be canned or nonperishable food items for our Community Food Drive. Prizes will be given for the best costume. This is a family friendly event for all ages.
• Fall Festival with carnival games, food, candy will be hosted by Soldotna Church of the Nazarene, Oct. 25 6:30-8:30 p.m. Family fun for everyone!
• Pumpkin Plunge — The Nikiski Pool will be hosting this free annual event for children ages 4-10 years old from 5-6 p.m. on Oct. 28. Come join us for fun, prizes and pumpkins!
• Trick Or Treat Alley &Strut Your Mutt — It’s that time of year to come show off your best costume for you and your pooch! The Trick or Treat Alley will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. and the Strut your Mutt event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Prizes will be held for best costumed pooch. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and all dogs must be on a leash at all times.
• Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has Open Mic from 6-8 p.m. Friday, and live music with Food for the Soul on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Reservations encouraged. Call Veronica’s at 283-2725.
• 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 Daniel Tuttle Mondays from 6-8 p.m.; Pat Wendt on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.; Garrett Mayer on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Robb Justice on Fridays from 8-10 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 has reopened in its brand new building on Kalifornsky Beach across from Jumpin’ Junction. Eligible veterans and their families are invited to stop by to find out more about AmVets and their involvement in the Veteran community. For members and invited guests, Friday night dance to “Running with Scissors,” and Saturday Burn your own steak and karaoke with Cowboy Don.
• 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.
• The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and DJ Arisen on Saturdays.
• Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 or visit http://www.orcatheater.com for listings and times.
• Visit Kenai Cinema at www.catheatres.com for listings and times.
Fairs, Markets and Bazaars
• Fall craft &vendor fair at the Sterling Community Rec Center, Oct. 28, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Accepting registration now for booth space: $45 plus tax, includes a table and chair.
• Soldotna Senior Center’s Fall Bazaar Craft Sale and Art Show fundraiser will be held Nov. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four categories of Artwork will be on display: Paintings in all types, Fibers, Three Dimensional, and Photography. Also, the finest in crafts on the peninsula will be for sale for those special gifts or your own home. A homemade bake sale and café refreshments will also be available for purchase. For more information call 262-2322. This Bazaar is open to the public.
Down the Road
• The Pratt Museum in Homer is from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org.
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