Events and Exhibitions
n Nikiski Middle-High School’s production of “Mary Poppins” takes the stage at 7 p.m. May 4 and 5. Tickets are $15.
n The Kenai Potters Guild Annual Mother’s Day Sale will be held on May 12 beginning at 10 a.m. at 816B Cook Avenue in the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town. The potters have worked diligently to provide a wide variety of pottery styles and colors. Cups, mugs, bowls, platters, tea pots, vases as well as other functional and decorative pottery will be available for sale. The proceeds from this event help pay the expenses for this organization. Doors close at 4 p.m.
n Hobo Jim, Alaska’s official balladeer, will perform at the Sterling Senior May 20, at 7 p.m. The cost of the performance is $20 per person. The ticket price includes complimentary beverages and snacks. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets are available at the center and pull tab store. Tickets may also be purchased online at sterlingseniors.org. For further information call 262-6808.
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. 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.
n The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Saturday with live music from Troubadour North starting at 9 p.m. This is a non-smoking show.
n 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.
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 Pat Wendt on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.; Garrett Mayer on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Mike Morgan on Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Derek Poppin on Saturdays 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 Redoubt Homemakers FCE Spring Bazaar is May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Nikiski Fire Station No. 1, Spur Highway Milepost 17.9. Wares for sale will include quilts, pillows, aprons, doll blankets, towels, cookbooks, table runners, hot pads, scrubbies, head bands, folded star trivets, water bottle holders, “Spirit of Alaska Women” books, dishcloths, baked goods, quillows, and much more!
n The Sterling Community Center is launching a new summer event, the “Sterling Friday Market,” beginning June 15 and continuing on every Friday through July. Spaces will be available for $10. The market will offer fruit and vegetable vendors, crafters, vendors, and second hand booths. Plus, entertainment for the kids. For more information call 262-7224.
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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