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‘Piano guy’ will offer free workshop for beginners

Want to learn to play piano? Openings are still available for a free workshop Saturday by Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston at Music City, 1322 N. Monroe St.

Houston, an author and television personality, says he can teach anyone to play the piano in three and a half hours.

Saturday’s workshop is scheduled from 1:30 to 5 p.m. It’s co-sponsored by Music City and Spokane’s KSPS-7 public television, which airs Houston’s “Piano Guy” series on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 354-7800, ext. 7726, or visit


Missoula Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for “Tales of Hans Christian Andersen” on Sept. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum in Pullman. Children in grades K-12 are welcome. Auditioners should arrive at 3:50 p.m. and plan to stay the entire two hours. Selected cast members will be asked to stay afterward for rehearsal.

Performance date is Oct. 2. For more information, call (509) 335-3581.

Seeking artists

• Works by fine artists are being sought for Debut for the Arts’ first Fox Free Festival on Oct. 1 and Nov. 5. Works will be displayed in the Fox Theater and surrounding storefronts. For more information, call 362-4039.

• CREATE, a community arts organization in Newport, Wash., is seeking entries for “Art From the Earth,” a pottery exhibit scheduled Oct. 4-29.

Hand-building, slab work, wheel work, and slipware are welcome at all levels of expertise. Donations of hand-made stoneware are also needed for a chili cook-off fund-raiser during an artists’ reception on Oct. 29.

Entries are due Oct. 1 between 1 and 5 p.m. For more information call (509) 447-9277.

• Spokane Watercolor Society is calling for entries for its ninth Regional Juried Watermedia Exhibition to be held Oct. 3-30 at Gallery at Joel in downtown Spokane.

Paintings must be hand-delivered to the gallery, 165 S. Post St., on Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost for nonmembers is $20 for one painting, $25 for two ($15 and $20 for members).

A prospectus is available at Spokane Art Supply, Spokane Art Supply Too and Spokane City Hall. For more information, call 838-3467.

• Vendors are needed for the second annual Oktoberfest and jousting exhibition to be presented by the Society of Renaissance Performers and Northwest Renaissance on Oct. 2-3. There are no fees for booths at the event, which is held at the festival site, 6493 Highway 291, 18.5 miles north of Spokane. For more information call 747-2506.

• The Moscow Arts Alliance is inviting Moscow-area arts organizations to submit information about 2004-05 events for the calendar on the Alliance’s Web site, Event information may be submitted to For more information, call (208) 883-7036.


Colville Arts Foundation has chosen works by four local artists to be published as notecards.

They are Gary L. Belcher’s oil painting “Rocky Bluff on the Kettle River,” Gloria de los Santos’ photograph “Lonely Night,” Rachael Hill’s acrylic painting “Spring in the West Valley,” and Violet Collen’s watercolor “Spring on Mission Ridge.”

Purchase of the cards helps to support the foundation, a nonprofit arts organization. For more information, call (509) 685-0575.


• Visiting artist Eric Wiegardt will present a four-day Watercolor Workshop from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Corbin Art Center, 507 W. Seventh Ave. Cost is $285; preregistration is required by calling 625-6200.

The center also is offering the following classes beginning Oct. 2. All are at the center unless otherwise indicated. Call to preregister.

For adults: Creative Writing Warm up, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $29; Thank You Greeting Cards, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-noon, $26; Pine Needle Baskets, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $21; How To Grow Happy African Violets, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.-noon, $14; Basic Drawing, Mondays, Oct. 4-Nov. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m., or Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $49; Writing Poetry, Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $49; Creating a Kitchen Garden, Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., $14; Explore Acrylics, Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17, $69; Knitting Basics, Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $49; Shabby Chic Design, Oct. 6, 6:30-9 p.m., $14; Watercolor Basics, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $27.

For children: Learn to Sew, for ages 9-12, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-noon at Manito United Methodist Church, $18; It’s For Mom & Me: Clay Works for ages 3-5, Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m., $35; Nursery Rhyme Time for ages 3-5, Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $35; Dinosaurs, for ages 3-5, Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17, 9:30-11 a.m., $42; Basic Drawing for ages 6-12, Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17, 4-5:30 p.m., $35; Rainy Day Workshop for ages 5-12, Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (send a snack with child), $21.

• A Crochet Rag Rugs class sponsored by Colville Arts Foundation will be held Mondays, Oct. 4-18, from 10 a.m.-noon at the foundation’s gallery on the corner of Elm and Astor in Colville.

Participants will make oval, circle and then heart shapes. Cost is $45 for all sessions.

Call (509) 685-0575 to register.

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