■ Christmas Comes to Kenai on Friday, starting with Santa’s arrival at the Kenai Visitors Center at 11 a.m. and includes the Electric Light Parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
Events and Exhibits
■ “Looking for Inspiration,” a fiber art exhibit by Jan Wallace, is on display for November at the Kaladi coffee shop on Kobuk.
■ Kenai River Brewing hosts “A Plethora of Pair Paintings” by Sarah Glaves, a collection of fun mixed media, watercolor, and collage work through Dec. 1.
■ The Peninsula Art Guild is hosting two exhibits in November at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave., Old Town Kenai, the Annual Watercolor Exhibit and the SoHi Art Club Exhibit. Art Center hours are noon-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Call 283-7040 for information.
■ A new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ The deadline for submissions for the Kenai Fine Arts Center Student Art Show is Dec. 1. Artists ages 2-12 are invited to bring up to three original works to the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Street in Old Town Kenai. There is a $2 entry fee. Pieces must be mounted on a color background. An opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. For more information call 394-6303 or email DeeDee@MissDeeDeesArtForKids.com.
■ The Triumvirate Theatre on the Kenai Spur Highway just north of Kenai presents two live shows during the holiday season. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” shows at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 and Dec. 26, and 3 p.m. on Dec. 13 and Dec. 27. “A Christmas Carol” dinner theater presentation is at 6 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 19-20. (These shows include a delicious holiday dinner). A show-only presentation of “A Christmas Carol” is at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. For tickets visit www.triumviratetheatre.org.
■ The Peninsula Art Guild will host a First Thursday Opening Reception at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 for two December exhibits at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai. “Dreams are Real,” a solo exhibit of works by Pati Deuter, and the “Annual Kids Art Exhibit” will both feature some exceptional local art. Art center hours are Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. The Kenai Fine Arts Center will be open through Dec. 23 only to view these two great exhibits. Call 283-7040 for more information.
■ 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.
■ Join Steve and Fern Holloway for karaoke every Saturday night at the Kenai Moose Lodge. Singing starts at 9 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
■ 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 1:00 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
■ The Kenai Fine Arts Center annual arts and crafts fair will be held again at the Kenai Central High School Friday and Saturday. The fair includes more than 220 vendors. Santa Claus will be at the fair at Kenai Central High School.
■ The Russian Orthodox Church gift shop in Old Town Kenai will be open on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hand-painted Christmas ornaments and cards are available along with matroshka nesting dolls, Russian wooden toys, porcelain dolls, folk art, icons, jewelry, hand-painted Russian lacquer boxes, Christian crosses, and the shop also carries a large selection of the famous Russian Lomonsov china from the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg. The gift shop is located next door to the Russian Orthodox Church on Mission Avenue in Old Town Kenai. For more information, please call 690-0136.
■ The 4th Annual Black Friday Bazaar will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai.
■ The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bazaar will be held in the Denali Conference Room at the hospital.
■ Nikiski Community Recreation Center is now taking vendor registration for annual Christmas Craft Fair on Dec. 13. For additional information, please call 776-8800.
■ 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 email@example.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Mondays.