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Events and Exhibitions

n The exhibit the Biennial Juried Show is on display at the Kenai Fine Art Center throughout the month of March. On display are a variety of pieces in a range of mediums. The art was judged by Mario Gonzales, coordinator of Digital Design and Printmaking and has taught Foundation, Photography, Digital Arts, Metalsmithing, Sculpture and Painting courses at UAA. The Kenai Fine Art Center is open from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

n “34 Years of Iditarod Race Images,” an exhibit of photgraphy by Ron Levy of Soldotna, will be on display at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 315 South Kobuk in Soldotna, from March 1-31. There will be a reception at 4 p.m. March 9. Ron’s images and paster can be viewed at www.ronlevyphoto.com.

n The 2018 Salmonfest Music Series and Towne Promotions presents singer and songwriter Tim Easton to perform work from his new album “Paco and the Melodic Polaroid” which NPR has recently called “Pleasingly scuffed voice and evocative rooftop poetry.” Tim is an all around fabulous musician and prolific songwriter. He will be performing at the Cannery Lodge in Kenai on March 18. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the music will start at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets can be bought at ticketleap.com at this address: towne-promotions.ticketleap.com/tim-easton/ for $22 and they will be on sale at the door for $25. The Cannery Lodge is located at 2101 Bowpicker Lane in Kenai.

n The KPC Showcase presents: “Going Light: Discover the World of Ultra-light Backpacking,” March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the McLane Commons, Kenai River Campus, Kenai Peninsula College. David Thomas is a local engineer and backpacker who has been experimenting with light-weight backpacking gear and techniques for the last 35 years. In 1985, he thought a 29-pound pack, including food for 9 days in the Sierra, was light. New equipment and concepts in the last 15 years allow ultralight hikers to have “base weights” (no food, no fuel) under 10 pounds and “super ultralight” backpackers to be under 5 pounds. Come learn skills and see examples of gear that can greatly reduce the weight of your backpack, daypack, hunting pack, or pilot’s survival gear.

n The Kenai Performers will be producing “The Ballad of Kenai,” an award-winning original musical by Lance Petersen, Jean McMaster, and Bob Richardson. Hailed by Alan Boraas, KPC Professor of Anthropology, as “…the most important play written and performed in Southcentral Alaska and among the most significant in the state…” (Redoubt Reporter Feb. 17, 2010), we invite you to join us in the production of this historical show! Auditions will be at 7 p.m. March 23 and noon March 24 at 44045 Kalifornsky Beach Road (behind Subway). For more information, contact Chris Cook at 907-252-7929 or chriscook54@gmail.com.

n Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited presents: IF4, The International Fly fishing Film Fest at the Kenai Visitors &Cultural Center, April 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: https://www.showclix.com/event/if42018kenaiak. This is a fundraiser for the local chapter. There will be a silent auction and food and drinks available. For more information, please contact event organizer at info@flyfilmfest.com.

n Registration is open for the upcoming highly-acclaimed 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference to be held June 8-12 at Land’s End Resort in Homer and presented by Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage. The conference will feature 17 other award-winning, nationally recognized authors, editors and agents whom will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing. This year’s keynote presenter will be Pulitzer Prize novelist Anthony Doerr. Other national and Alaskan presenting and visiting writers will be Jean Anderson, Rick Barot, Richard Chiappone, Bryan Allen Fierro, Diane Glancy, Ernestine Hayes, Jean Hegland, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Barbara Hurd, Kevin Larimer, Nancy Lord, Peggy Shumaker, Floyd Skloot, Joe Wilkins and Sally Wofford-Girand. Optional activities include manuscript reviews, editor-agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and open mic. Evening readings on June 9-11 by visiting writers will be open to the public at no charge. A special post-conference writing workshop will be held across Kachemak Bay at Tutka Bay Lodge for conference registrants. The conference’s early registration fee is $395 and includes meals and workshops. Deadline for early bird registration is May 1. Advanced registration is required. For program and registration information see: http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

n 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.

Entertainment

n Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has Open Mic from 6-8 p.m. Friday, and live music with Dayton Williams on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Reservations encouraged. Call Veronica’s at 283-2725.

n Acapulco, 43543 Sterling Highway in Soldotna, has live music at 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting at 5 p.m.

n 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.

n 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.

n 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.

n 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.

n 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.

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

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

Markets, Fairs and Bazaars

n The Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Activities Committee with Bridges Community Resource Network presents a Fundraiser Vendor/Craft Fair from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10 at the Kenai Visitors Center.

Films

n Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 or visit http://www.orcatheater.com for listings and times.

n Visit Kenai Cinema at www.catheatres.com for listings and times.

Down the Road

n 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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