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Thu., Oct. 8, 2009


“Haunted House” – Pend Oreille Players Association, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. Auditions will be improv-style format. Call (509) 447-2750 or (509) 671-3389 for more information.

“The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” – Missoula Children’s Theater, Oct. 12, 3-5 p.m., Sadie Halstead Middle School, 331 S. Calispel Ave., Newport, Wash. Needed: 50-60 children ages 5 through grade 12. No advance preparation necessary. (208) 448-1087

“Merry Christmas, Mr. Marconi!” – Pend Oreille Players Association, Oct. 19-20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. Auditions to cast 14 or more actors and singers and a violinist. Call (509) 447-2750 or (509) 671-3389 for more information.

Classes and workshops

The Art Coop Workshops Fused Glass Jewelry – Oct. 21, 2-4 or 6-8 p.m. Microscope Slide Necklace – Oct. 23, 2-4 or 6-8 p.m. Cost for each workshop is $25 and includes all supplies; preregistration required. Held at 4225 N. G Street (private home studio). (509) 327-3726,

Greencastle Soap Classes Advanced Soap-making Class – Oct. 14-15, 7-9 p.m. Students design their own fragrance and explore the options of coloring soap with pigments, dyes or natural herbs and spices. Goat-milk soap will be discussed. Students will each bring home about two pounds of fresh handmade soap. Cost is $45. Class size is limited; call to reserve a spot. Lotion-making Class – Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m. Students learn how to make oil and water emulsions and how to blend a fragrance. Participants will design their own scent and take home 8 ounces of freshly made lotion. Cost is $35. Greencastle Soap, 203 N. Stone St. (509) 466-7223

Guitar Class – Townes Van Zandt and TX Songwriters – For ages 16 and older, eight-week class runs Oct. 15-Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Students examine the roots of Townes Van Zandt’s music, life and lifestyle while playing his songs, watching videos and reading from a recent biography. Held at Southside Senior Activity Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. Cost is $51. Call (509) 625-6500 or visit for more information.

Ballroom Dancing for Kids – For ages 7-17, held Wednesdays, Oct. 21-Nov. 11, 6-6:40 p.m. Introduces students to the foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha and more. Held at Spokane Dance Company, 902 W. Indiana Ave. Cost is $49 for four-week class. Call (509) 625-6500 or visit for more information.

“Ink, Paper and Pulled Noodles” – Painting and bookmaking workshop with Sally Graves Machlis. Students will experiment with ink painting on various papers and have an opportunity to create an art book. Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 William St., Post Falls. Cost: $65 (includes supplies and lunch). (208) 457-8950

Arts Alliance Workshops Pine Needle Baskets – Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $45. Intuitive Painting – Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $75. Workshops are held at Arts Alliance Studio, 308 Sixth Ave., Sandpoint. Call (208) 265-4303 for more information.

The Cathedral Arts Workshop – Educational program offered by the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for ages 3 through adult. Classes include ceramics, watercolor, painting, drawing, photography and writing. Classes are held Wednesdays and run through December at the cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277, cathedral_ arts_workshop.php

Silver Spurs International Folk Dance Youth Group – Classes teach cultural dances from around the world. Cost is $25-$40 per month (costumes included). Dancers perform at community events such as the Fall Folk Festival and First Night. Classes are at 1426 E. 19th Ave. (509) 533-9966,

Spokane An Daire Irish Dancers Fall Semester – Beginner classes for ages 5 and older and are held Mondays at 4 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Cost starts at $55/month. (509) 294-3771

“Plein Air in the Palouse” – Oil painting workshops for beginning to intermediate students; advanced painters also welcome. Saturdays through Oct. 31, beginning with an optional breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by carpooling to a predetermined destination around 9 a.m. Cost is $50 per Saturday, plus supplies (panels and/or canvas provided each week). (509) 868-3684, kathleen@kathleen,


Spokane Valley Senior Writers – Informal group meets to write and exchange ideas, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. New members welcome. (509) 921-9284

RiversEdge Chorus of Sweet Adelines – Women’s a cappella singing group. Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m., Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, Spokane Valley. (509) 323-9059,

Idaho Writers League – Coeur d’Alene Chapter – Writers of all genres, teens through seniors, meet to exchange ideas and learn how to improve their craft. Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon at the Jewett House, 1501 Lakeshore Drive, Coeur d’Alene, and the third Thursday of each month, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Road. Visitors welcome. (208) 762-0976

The Spokane Novelists Group – Writers support/critique group, open to anyone with an interest in writing fiction. Participants should bring 5 to 10 pages to read aloud and 6 to 8 copies for others to read along and critique. Meets at noon on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at Spokane County Library, Argonne Branch, 4322 N. Argonne Road. (509) 590-7316

Riverridge Art Association – New members welcome. Meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Spokane Art Supply, 1303 N. Monroe St. (509) 924-4571, (509) 465-0369

Call for artists

Dahmen Barn Holiday Gala – Accepting vendor applications for the fourth annual event on Dec. 5. Application deadline is Oct. 15. (509) 229-3414,

2010 Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition – Collective Visions Gallery announces a juried art competition for two-dimensional, three-dimensional and photographic arts. All Washington state artists age 18 and older are invited to submit work. Prizes will be awarded. All work must be for sale. Entry fee is $35, limit is three art submissions. Entry deadline is Nov. 19. Call (360) 692-3981 or e-mail for more information.

Call for musicians

Washington Idaho Symphony Young Artist Competition – Open to Pacific Northwest instrumentalists and vocalists age 14 to 30. Semifinalists will be selected from submitted CDs of their performances; entry deadline is Nov. 2. Registration fee is $35. Winners will be selected at the Young Artists Competition on Dec. 5 and will perform with the orchestra on Jan. 30-31. Call (509) 332-3408 for more information.

Call for writers

Children’s Poetry Contest – Spokane County students from grades 1-12 are invited to submit up to three poems no longer than 21 lines each. Finalist poems will be dramatized and read onstage by Spokane-area actors during the Get Lit! literary festival in April 2010. Winning author will receive a free class at the Spokane Civic Theatre Academy. Poems may be on any subject appropriate for a family audience, should be the original work of the author and will be read and selected by a panel of judges. Deadline for entry is Jan. 31. Poems may be e-mailed to along with author’s name, grade, school, parent/guardian name, phone number and e-mail address. Call (509) 953-9928 for more information.

Gray Dog Press – Publishers of SpokeWrite, a regional journal of art and writing, is seeking submissions of writing, art and photography focused on Eastern Washington/North Idaho for the fall and winter issues. Writing categories include: fiction, nonfiction, essay, life story, opinion, review, poetry, and group or club events. For submission specifics and more information, visit spokewrite.html.

On Sacred Grounds Writers’ Club – Looking for writers to submit work for a short-story anthology called “Conversations over Coffee.” (509) 747-6294.

Deadline to submit items is noon on the Friday before publication. Send information to Libby Fisher, Arts Calendar, Features Dept., P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210 or e-mail to

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