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■ At the age of 3, her mother put her down for a nap. Not tired, Cyndye grabbed a pen off the night table and began to draw, covering almost 1/2 of the large bed sheet, before being discovered. This will be her first art showing. Come and view her work, witness a live drawing while visiting and hear her extraordinary story. Meet the Artist Cyndye Brower at Already Read Books and C Cups Cafe in Kenai today from 4-6:30 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

■ An opening reception for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District High School and Middle School Student Group Show is planned for Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Art Center. The exhibition, which includes more than 150 student art pieces, will be on display through April 19. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments provided.

■ A high school Mass Dance Concert will take place Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School auditorium. Students from Nikiski, Skyview, and Soldotna high schools will join guests from the Encore Dance Studio, Peninsula Artists in Motion and Vergine’s Dance Studio for the performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 years old and younger.

■ North Peninsula Recreation is inviting everyone to be a part of the Nikiski Community Mural project. Community paint workshops will be offered April 11, 12 and 14 at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Come one come all — help is needed to paint this large mural for the community! Morning and afternoon painting sessions will be offered. Call 776-8800 for more details.

■ The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival’s PEEPs Young Artist Exhibit is seeking submissions. All bird-themed submissions will be on display the month of May at the Kenai Fine Arts Center with an Opening Reception May 2, 6-8 p.m. Awards will be announced at the  Birding Festival Kickoff May 15 at the Kenai Visitors Center. The deadline for submissions is April 26. For more information on the PEEPs Exhibit or the May Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival, visit www.kenaibirdfest.com.

■ On April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Soldotna Public Library’s Community Room, author Dr. Nancy Elliott Sydnam will read from her book, “Sideways Rain,” followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Twenty-five percent of all book sales will go to the Soldotna Library Friends. Dr. Sydnam left a 30-year medical practice in Anchorage to work as an itinerant physician in the Aleutians and the Pribilofs. In journal entries, poems and letters, “Sideways Rain” tells of her love affair with the islands — the people and the bleak, beautiful landscapes.

Entertainment

■ AmVets Post 4 in the Red Diamond Center holds blind doubles darts every Friday evening with sign up at 6:30 p.m. Tacos are available; and burn your own steak dinner from 6 to 8 p.m every Saturday with Karaoke after dinner from 8 p.m. to midnight.

■ Veronica’s cafe has open mic at 6:30 p.m. Friday and live music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

■ 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 as 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.

■ Four Royal Parkers on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna has live music with Bob Ramponi and the Alaska Swing Company Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

■ 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 Studio Espresso Shop at Spur Highway and Nikiski Avenue in Nikiski hosts an open mic night on Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. Call 776-7655.

■ 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.

■ The Duck Inn will have live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday with Robb Justice and Trio.

■ Main Street Tap and Grill has Wednesday karaoke with KJ Natalia, Thursday acoustic music with Dustin and Friends and Keeley & Nelson, and live music and dancing with 9Spine Friday and Saturday.

Markets, fairs and bazaars

■ Spring Craft Fair at the Nikiski Community Center, April 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., vendor space is available. Call 776-8800 for more information.

■ The Nikiski Senior In-Home Services’ Spring Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held April 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Booth reservations are being accepted at $10 a day (tables not provided). For more information call Laurajean at 776-7586.

■ An Arts & Crafts Early Spring Market will be held inside the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. All types of Arts & Crafts will be for sale from talented local vendors. For information, call Harold at 283-1991.

■ A new farmers’ market in downtown Ninilchik will open May 24, Memorial Day weekend, featuring homegrown plants and veggies, a wide variety of crafts, handmade artisan sea salt and dog cart rides. It will be across from the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds. Vendors are needed! For an application or information call Michelle Hogan 299-4999. Cost for a booth is $25 for the season or $5 per day.

Films

■ Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.

■ Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.

 

Submissions may be emailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Mondays.

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