Events and Exhibitions
■ Kaladis on Kobuk Street in Soldotna will host a show today from 4-6 p.m. with artist of the month Laurie Johnson. She has great nature and metallic-like photos to share with the Community.
■ Kaladis next to the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna will host a show from 3-5 p.m. today with artist of the month Shea Nash. Her exhibit includes digital art/photo boxes.
■ The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center hosts an exploration of “Traditional and Contemporary Ravenstail Weavings” by artist Kay Field Parkerwith a reception and weaving demonstration Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
■ ARTspace Drawer Display Opening Reception is Saturday at noon in the Soldotna Library Community Room and by the fireplace. Celebrating the opening of the first annual collection of locally created 2D and 3D 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.
■ The Lucretia Carter Memorial “Small Fry Original” display will be at the Soldotna Public Library from January to February of 2016. Lucretia Carter worked as a 2nd grade teacher at Soldotna Elementary from 1966-1985. Each year, all of her students would sign a “Small Fry Original” plate. The library will display 20 years’ worth of the plates. Come see if you can find your name or a family member’s name.
■ Peninsula Art Guild presents “Take Me Deeper,” a show about worship featuring artists Sharon Heselius, Rene Gervais, Stephanie Alward, Joy Alexander, Rick Cupp, Moira Ireland, Lori Sisson, Dot Hagen-May, and Cyndye Brower. This show is worship-based art in multiple mediums. Also on display is the annual KFAC Student Show containing works from Kenai Peninsula Borough students in a wide variety of mediums. Kenai Fine Art Center and all galleries are open daily from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, manned by volunteer artist participation. Call 907-283-7040 for further information.
■ The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra presents “Link Up, The Orchestra Rocks,” a concert in partnership with Carnegie Hall which features selected grades from local elementary schools. Participating schools from the upper peninsula include K-Beach Elementary, Kaleidoscope, Mountain View Elementary, Nikiski North Star, and Soldotna Elementary. Lower peninsula schools include Chapman School, Ninilchik School, Fireweed Academy, and McNeil Canyon. In this his multi-media educational concert, students join the orchestra on stage, playing recorder and singing songs. The orchestra also will perform “Mars” from “The Planets,” and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, 4th movement. The concert Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Homer Mariner Theater featuring the lower peninsula schools and Jan. 16, 3:00 p.m., featuring the upper peninsula schools. Admission is free.
■ Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has live music at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and live music with The Poppin Brothers at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call 283-2725 for reservations.
■ The Kasilof Pinochle Club meets at Hooligan’s in Soldotna from mid-October to mid-April Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. Bring your own partner as the club plays team partnerships. Anyone interested in playing can call Jay at 907-252-6397.
■ 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.
■ The Soldotna library hosts a board game night on Tuesdays from 5-7:45 p.m. in the conference rooms, 235 N. Binkley Street. It’s time to get your game on! Have you ever wanted to try something other than another round of Monopoly, or to break out of that old Scrabble routine? Come ready to meet new people, engage your imagination, and have a great time.
■ 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.
■ The Anchorage Symphony is hosting a Silent Film Night featuring Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights on Jan. 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. City Lights follows Charlie Chaplin’s character, the Little Tramp, as he falls in love with a blind flower girl who mistakes him for a wealthier man.
■ The Homer Council on the Arts is hosting a Second Friday on January 8 to celebrate Gundega Šnepste’s beautiful hand-made Puzuri decorations at the HCOA gallery, 335 W. Pioneer Avenue. Reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with refreshments and a silent auction. Sign up for a Puzuri workshop! The decorations are created from stalks of wild rye grass growing in abundance on the coastal flats along Homer Spit as well as cow parsnip (pushki) stalks, kelp, fir cones, alder berries and lupine seed pods. Gundega explores the old traditional Latvian method of ceiling-hung straw decoration called Puzuri, which is the central piece here and improvised with pushki stalks and other nature found materials. Puzuri have been used as Winter solstice decoration not only in Latvia, but all Baltic sea regions since ancient times before the now traditional Christmas fir tree with manufactured adornments.
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