Story last updated at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

Arts News
Winter recitals continue

The annual winter fund-raiser by the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the Winter Recital Series, continues this weekend with a performance Sunday by Judy Russell on vocals, accompanied by Maria Allison on piano. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 235-7579.

Contra dance set

There will be a community square and contra dance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the McNeil Canyon Elemen-tary School, Mile 12 East End Road, with live music by Rather Be Dancin' and caller Rich Kleinleder. Bring clean soft-soled shoes to dance in. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Cost is $6 per person, and children under 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Call 235-3725 for more information.

Mice and fairies set

It's that time of year when the stage of the Mariner Theatre floods with the sweetest sugar plum fairies and the meanest man-sized mice. The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented this year on Dec. 7 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. as well as Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. This year's tickets go for $14 general admission, $12 for Homer Council on the Arts members and $8 for youth 18 and under. The Dec. 7 matinee performance tickets are $10 general admission, $5 youth. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Council on the Arts, the Homer Bookstore, Solstice Music and River City Books in Soldotna. To charge tickets by phone, call 235-4288.

Vendors flocking to fair

One of Homer's premier holiday shopping opportunities, the Nutcracker Arts and Crafts Faire, will be held Dec. 7 and 8 at the Homer High School. This year's fair will feature almost 100 vendors. Fair hours are 11 a.m.<>7 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon<>6 p.m. Dec. 8. For more information, call 235-4288.

Agajanian coming

A Thanksgiving Celebration and Outreach will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre with special guest Dennis Agajanian in concert. Agajanian has been nominated for instrumentalist of the year in 2000 by the Christian Country Music Association, and is the fastest flatpicker in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The event is sponsored by the Church of Homer. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken. Call 235-4744 for more information.

Museum raffle on tap

The Pratt Museum continues to sell tickets for a fund-raising raffle with a grand prize of $10,000. Tickets are $100, and 350 tickets will be sold. In addition to the grand prize, a second-prize winner will receive $1,000, and three other ticket-holders will take home $500 each. Ten $250 prizes will be awarded, as well. The drawing will be held Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. during the museum's Festival of Gingerbread and proceeds will go to support the facility. For more information, call 235-8635.

'Body Adorned' on horizon

The Bunnell Street Gallery invites artist members in good standing to participate in "The Body Adorned," curated by Gaye Wolfe. The exhibition will explore the historic and current expressions of body decoration and embellishment. It is intended as a "no holds barred, anything goes" exhibition, keeping public safety and space constraints in mind. Works need to be delivered to the gallery before 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 for inclusion in the exhibit. The show ends Dec. 30. Nonmembers can take advantage of the gallery's Starving Artist membership for $20. For more information, call 235-7696.

WHIZ Kids continues

The Pratt Museum's free WHIZ kids family activity program is up and running again with a full schedule of challenging after-school art activities. Workshops are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the lower level of the museum from 3<>4:30 p.m. Kids and their parents are invited to drop in at the museum to participate in hands-on arts and crafts activities that explore the history, art and cross-cultural connections in the museum's exhibits and collections. Call 235-8635, ext. 25, for more information.

Gingerbread festival on tap

The Pratt Museum is hosting "Festival of Gingerbread" starting Dec. 6 and running through Dec. 20. The festival will include gingerbread creations sponsored by local businesses and produced by area food artists. The gingerbread creations include fantasy houses, historical buildings and well-known local businesses. While the sweet creations are for looking, not eating, the Bear Claw Bakery and Eagle Quality Center will provide gingerbread cookies at the Museum Gift Shop. Call 235-8635 for more info.