■ The public is invited to an open house of the newly renovated Brockel Building from 5-7 p.m. today at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. There will be light hors d’oeuvres served and tours will be available of the new Library, Learning Center, Testing Center and the G.L. Freeburg Art Gallery. There will also be a reception for artist Celia Anderson’s new exhibit, “Outside the Palace.”
Events and Exhibitions
■ Scrapbook or make your own cards from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Sterling Community Center. Bring scrapbooking supplies and/or card making supplies and relax and do some creative work. This is a non-instructional time to work on projects and is open to high school students and up. No children. Sterling Community Center members get in free, and there is a $6 fee for non-members. Call 907-262-7224 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
■ Author Dan Walker will introducing his new book “Secondhand Summer,” an edgy, historical fiction YA novel, set in 1965 Anchorage, about choice, change and growth, Saturday at noon at the Kenai Community Library.
■ Peninsula author and freelance journalist McKibben Jackinsky will be giving a reading from her new book “Too Close to Home? Living with ‘Drill Baby’ on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Public Library.
■ The Peninsula Art Guild’s Harvest Art Exhibit and Auction is on display at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. Silent auction bidding is open and will continue through the Oct. 1 auction event. The Kenai Fine Art Center is open from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 283-7040 for details.
■ The Fireweed FiberFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 at the Sterling Community Center. There is no entrance fee, and the event features adult and children’s classes, vendors, unique yarns, excellent finished products, ongoing demonstrations, livestock exhibits, shearing and herding demos. More details are available at fireweedfiberfest.com. This is a Celebration of Natural Fibers, for the serious and the curious. For questions, please contact Lee Coray-Ludden at 394-6146.
■ “Keen on the Kenai,” an exhibition of artwork exploring the concept of what it means to live, work and play on the Kenai Peninsula, is on display at the Kenai Cultural and Visitors Center, on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.
■ 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.
■ “Inspired By Books” is an exhibit comprised of 17 art quilts by 5 artists based on three books and will be on display the month of September at the Homer Council on the Arts building, 355 W. Pioneer in Homer. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and on second Saturday of each month.
■ The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music with AK Blues Saturday at 9:30 p.m. This is a non-smoking show.
■ Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has Open Mic on Thursday at 6 p.m. live music at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call 283-2725.
■ The Alaska Roadhouse hosts a Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; Double Elimination and Blind Draw means anyone can win! All are welcome, call 262-9887 for more information.
■ 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.
■ 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 K-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 DJ Roy, and Saturday Burn your own steak and karaoke with Frank.
■ 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 Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Ramponi and Dave Unruh.
Markets, fairs and bazaars
■ Farmers Fresh Market is open for the season. Find the market at the Kenai Peninsula Food bank every Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. until September. Local plant starts, flowers and produce and special events all summer long. A benefit for the Food Bank.
■ The Kenai Saturday Market is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays at the Kenai Visitors Center. Local vendors include: food, produce, clothing, gifts and much more. For more information, visit www.kenaichamber.org.
■ Annual Sterling Community Center Fall Craft and Vendor Fair sign up is under way for Sterling, Soldotna and Kenai and is open to all others on Sept. 26. $30 per 8×8 booth. Tables can be rented for $10 each. Forms are available at the Sterling Community Center. Fair is Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call the office at 907-262-7224 or email at email@example.com.
■ Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai will host its fourth annual craft bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7–8, at the church located at 225 S. Spruce Street. To reserve a table, contact Lori at 283-3315 or Karen at 350-0843.
■ 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 daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org.
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