Arts & Entertainment Briefs 11/29

“Dogs Tell Their Stories”

event set for Westport

Dog lovers and their canine companions are invited to a book-signing event to be held at the Tinderbox Coffee Roasters, 101 N. Montesano Drive, in Westport from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Local author Rex Martin and photographer Marcy Merrill will be on hand, signing their newly published book “Dogs Tell Their Stories.”

Representatives from North Beach PAWS, Grays Harbor PAWS and the Freedom Tails organization will be on hand. There will be special savory treats for your canine pal, plus handmade leather goods provided by an inmate from the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. If you’re looking to adopt a dog, there will be plenty of information regarding adoptable dogs that are currently available in our area. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to the local Freedom Tails organization.

Please be sure to bring your well-behaved dog on leash.

The book is also available on

Six Rivers Gallery

offering Winter Show

Six Rivers Gallery presents its Winter Show through Jan. 6. It features the works of juried Harbor Art Guild members. Artists whose work are in this show are Fran Allen, Juliet Cardinal, Cheryl Hanson, Ken Hunt, Tina Atterbury Karvonen, Gary Douglas Lennon, Robin Moore, and R.P. Myers. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Local author Rex Paul Martin will also be there signing his new book, “Dogs Tell Their Stories,” which has photos by Marcy Merrill. Also, Mrs. Claus will be on hand for the festivities. Six Rivers Gallery is operated by Harbor Art Guild at 210 6th St. in Hoquiam. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.


Willapa Harbor Chorale sets

yuletide concert

The Willapa Harbor Chorale will present a “Journey to Bethlehem” in celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season during their 41st annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the historic Raymond Theatre. Thirty-one singers will join their voices to perform Christmas and holiday music. The choir is directed by Rick Gauger with Beth Ginther and Kathy Holland as accompanists. Additional support is given by flutists Connie Bevington and Beth Ginther and violinist Karen Tully.

There is no charge for the concert although, donations are accepted. A reception follows the concert.

Rock To Cure Diabetes

benefit on Sunday

A benefit concert — Rock to Cure Daibetes — will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the 7th St. Theatre in Hoquiam. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children and students and $30 for families of five or more. The concert is presented as a senior project by Hoquiam High student Blythe Beebe and features Cody Beebe & The Crooks, Blake Noble and more.

All proceeds from this concert will go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, please send a check or money order made payable to JDRF and mail to Blythe Beebe, P.O. Box 1750, Ocean Shores, WA 98569.

Belly dancer benefit

in Olympia on Sunday

There will be a belly dance performance/fundraiser for the Woman's Club of Olympia at 1 p.m. Sunday at at 1002 Washington St. SE, in Olympia.Dancers from throughout the region will be performing. Entry is by donation and there will be refreshments by donation, too. There will be some belly dance items available for purchase.

Artists donate items

for PAWS fundraiser

Several artist-members of the Harbor Art Guild in Hoquiam have combined resources to sponsor a fundraising event for the PAWS animal shelter in Aberdeen.

These artists have donated many craft and fine art items to be sold at the PAWS facility at 800 W. First St., beginning on Saturday and continuing throughout the holidays and beyond. Be sure to stop in and check out the sale, which includes not only animal-themed artwork and Christmas items, but many unique gifts for the holidays.

Shelter hours are Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a small reception, with refreshments, for several of the artists from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with a personal appearance by Mrs. Claus.


Guitarist, bluegrass

group to perform

Guitarist Steve Kaufman will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Grayland Community Hall. Guest artists will be the local Bluegrass Band “The Pinkertons” Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the Grayland Community Hall. For more information and tickets, contact Mark Dodson at the Westport Inn. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.


Willapa Players present

an early Christmas gift

The Willapa Players are presenting an early Christmas gift to the Twin Harbors community — “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,” by Laurie Brooks, opening this weekend.

The Raymond Kiwanis are sponsoring a gala opening night at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street in Raymond. Christmas punch and Christmas cookies will be served. Tickets for that show are available from any member of the Raymond Kiwanis or by calling (360) 942-5239.

The play is based on the famous “Little House on the Prairie” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The cast features Heidi Stonebraker, Curt Harris, Linda Strozyk, Chloe Crane, Kennis Harland, Avery Harland and Eliot Niles.

Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday; Friday, Dec. 7; and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at Everyone’s Video and More in Raymond and at the South Bend Pharmacy, or at the door a half-hour before curtain.

“Elf” to play at 7th St.

for one night only

The Hoquiam Business Association and Ho Ho Hoquiam join with the 7th St. Theatre to present a one-night-only showing of holiday hilarity with “Elf.” The 2003 comedy will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the theater, located at 313 7th St. in downtown Hoquiam.

“Saturday Night Live” veteran Will Farrell plays Buddy, who was a baby in an orphanage when he stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, he has become an adult human who inadvertently wreaks havoc with the elves who raised him. Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showing. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children, and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harbor Drug, Books on 7th, and at For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website,

“Beauty and the Beast”

auditions next week

Auditions for Grays Harbor College’s spring musical — Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” — take place next week on the GHC campus. The tryouts are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and at 4 p.m. Wednesday. All auditions will take place in the Music Pavilion .

Cast earlier this fall, the roles of Beauty and The Beast will be played by Sarah Hadley and Mike Escobar. Brad Duffy directs the musical.

Civic Choir to perform

Handel, more on Dec. 9

The Grays Harbor Civic Choir performs its annual winter concert on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, at the Bishop Center on the Grays Harbor College campus in Aberdeen. Ian Dorsch conducts the community vocal group, which will present Handel’s treasured classic “Messiah” for the concert, which begins at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the Civic Choir event are on sale now at or by calling the college at (360) 538-4066.

Ocean Shores

North Beach Singers

set for holiday concerts

The North Beach Singers will present their annual Winter Holiday Concerts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Chapel By the Sea Church, 4612 State Route 109, in Moclips and again at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or money to benefit the North Beach food banks. For further information, contact Judy Snow at (360) 289-4499 or

Lighthouse Ballet to

present “Nutcracker”

The Lighthouse Ballet Academy of Hoquiam will present “The Nutcracker” at the Hoquiam’s 7th St. Theatre. Performance dates are Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and $32 for a family. Tickets are available at the studio at 526 8th Street in Hoquiam, Harbor Drug, Tully’s, The Recipe Box, and at Rosevear’s Music in Aberdeen.