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■ Kenai Peninsula College will host closing reception and demonstration for the “Twisted and Forged” exhibit by Brad Nichols. The reception is today from 4:30-6:00 p.m.; Brad will also give an artist’s talk as well. Brad’s studio demonstration this Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, 104 Ward; open to the public; no charge!

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. Reception is 4:30-6 p.m. today.

Kenai River Brewing hosts “A Plethora of Pair Paintings” by Sarah Glaves, a collection of fun mixed media, watercolor, and collage work. Runs 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.

■ Musicians and listeners are invited to a Blue Grass session at the Kenai United Methodist Church Sunday from 1 -4 p.m. Blue Grass enthusiasts should enter through the side door. The music occurs in the downstairs Fellowship Hall. The church is located across the street from Wells Fargo Bank at 607 Frontage Road in Kenai. For more information call Jim Evenson at 776-8060.

■ The third annual Recycled Runway Design Competition is Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Cooper Landing Community Club. Create a fashion forward garment with accessories from materials that are used, post-consumer, or on the way to a landfill. Sign up by Nov. 10 by filling out the entry form and sending it to CooperLandingRecycle@gmail.com. A complete list of rules and the registration form can be found at www.facebook.com/CooperLandingRecycle. Free to all ages. Hosted by AmeriCorps.

■ 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 simjnissen@gmail.com.

Entertainment

■ Veronica’s Cafe in old town Kenai has open mic from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, and live music with The Charmers Daughters 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, formally from Kasilof, will be playing at Hooligans Bar & Restaurant in Soldotna. Starting with a play day on Saturday Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. League will start on Sat. Oct. 11. Bring a partner and come along for some winter fun. Questions? Cal Jay Vienup at 907-252-6397.

■ The Performing Arts Society will present UAA professors Dr. Armin Abdihodzic, guitar, and Zach Milliman, tenor, in two school concerts on Wednesday Oct. 22, at Soldotna High School and Nikiski Middle-High School will be the venues. Music teachers Kent Peterson, Vernel Schneider and Kristen Dillon will be hosting the events. For more information, please call 283-3024.

Markets, fairs and bazaars

■ The Sterling Senior Center annual fall bazaar and bake sale is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Handmade items and baked good will be available. Call the Center at 262-6808 or Glenda Graham at 262-2943.

■ Lutheran Women’s Missionary League members and members from the South Alaska Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are hosting a Christmas Bazaar to help fund mission projects locally, nationally and internationally Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Drive in Kenai. Baked goods and craft items will be available for sale to provide funds for mission projects. For more information call 283-4153.

■ The SoHi Arts and Crafts Fair is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Soldotna High School Commons. The event is a fundraiser for the Soldotna High School football team.

■ The Kenai Fine Arts Center annual arts and crafts fair will be held again at the Kenai Central High School Nov. 28-29. The fair includes more than 220 vendors with room for a few more. To rent a booth call Joyce at 260-5996. Santa Claus will be at the fair on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 at Kenai Central High School.

■ The Peninsula Center Mall craft food fair is Nov. 21-22. Call 252-3292.

■ The 4th Annual Black Friday Bazaar will take place on Nov. 28-29 at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. For vendor information email: bazaar@douthits.com.

■ 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.

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.

 

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