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Quinault Beach picks

talent show field

Twelve contestants have been named for the inaugural Q-star talent show that begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the Ocean Lounge at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Admission is free. The finalists are: Anitize with Justin Sansom, Jason Sansom and Aaron Blevins from Raymond, Andy Portmann from Raymond, Bill Seaman from Hoquiam, Chad Blevins from Aberdeen, David Touvet from Olympia, Dove from Taholah, Jackie Mitchell From Aberdeen, Joe Ty from Olympia, Kate West from Aberdeen, Russell Wilson from Aberdeen, Vaughn Johannes from Copalis Beach and William Christy from Hoquiam.

Rainy Day Reading

Reviews, Volume 17

Rain or shine, a warm winter tradition continues its 17th season as lovers of reading gather at the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Friday mornings at 10:30 for coffee, cookies and books. All adults are welcome to join in.

Rainy Day Reading Reviews, an eight-week lineup of fiction and nonfiction book reviews presented by members of the local community, will be held each Friday through Feb. 22 in the library’s Rosalie Spellman meeting room. After each program, listeners may want to add a book or two to their own winter reading lists.

The series is sponsored each year by the Friends of the Aberdeen Timberland Library. The library is located at 121 E. Market St. For more information, contact the library at (360) 533-2360 or visit

Rainy Day Reading Reviews, Volume 17:

• January 18 — Dina Trapp reviews “Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels through America” by Wayne Grady & Merilyn Simonds.

• January 25 — Martha Hill reviews “Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood” by Robyn Scott.

• February 1 — Gene Woodwick reviews six titles by local authors.

• February 8 Alan Richrod reviews “Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became ‘People’—And How You Can Fight Back” by Thom Hartmann.

• February 15 — Pamela Mehlhoff reviews “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards.

• February 22 — Dale Larson reviews “Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African American Life” by Jon Christian Suggs.

“The Bird Cage” and

drag show at 7th St.

A successful Hollywood remake of a popular French farce, “The Birdcage” comes to 7th St. Theatre at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday with a pair of fun promotions attached to the screenings.

The film overflows with star power, with Robin Williams, Gene Hackman and Dianne Weist owning five Oscars between them and director Mike Nichols with another.

Doors open early, at 6:15 p.m. both nights. From 6:30 to 7, wine will be sold from a lobby bar, with proceeds going to the non-profit 7th Street Theatre. Then at 7 p.m., a “Drag Queen and King Show” for audience members will take place on the theater’s stage. Prizes have been donated by a theatre storefront tenant, Pure Clothing.

All tickets are $5, 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,

Corban to perform

at Westport Winery

Grays Harbor singer and songwriter Ericka Corban will perform at Westport Winery from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Corban is known for her haunting vocals along with her own keyboard, guitar and ukulele accompaniment. This will be during the winery’s regular dinner service. Reservations are recommended and there is no cover charge.

The winery is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information call Westport Winery at (360) 648-2224.

Fiddle tunes featured

at Westport library

Musicians Barbara Collins, Brad Pinkerton, and Eileen Pinkerton perform old-time fiddle music in the traditional style on fiddle, mandolin and guitar at a free presentation — “Chautauqua of American Fiddle Tunes” — at the Westport Timberland Library on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The performers will also pass along the history of this living American folk art as they demonstrate hoedowns, waltzes, reels, hornpipes and other styles.

The audience will learn how American heirloom music evolved as it traveled across the ocean into the southern Appalachian Mountains. They’ll also discover the difference between old-time fiddle and bluegrass as they hear music by artists like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe. Songs on the playlist include “Billy in the Lowground,” “Dreadful Wind and Rain” (a song from the 1600s), “Barbry Allen,” “Angeline the Baker” and “Mole in the Ground.”

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Timberland Library. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the program. The library is located at 101 E. Harms Drive, Westport. For more information, contact the library at (360) 268-0521 or visit

Drag Show fundraiser

celebrates third year

Grays Harbor College’s Gay Straight Alliance presents the third annual “Night at the Drag Show” on Friday, Feb. 8, on the College campus in Aberdeen. The drag show begins at 7 p.m; doors open at 6:30.

Last year, a rowdy, energetic crowd of more than 300 enjoyed the second “Night at the Drag Show” at Grays Harbor College. The show raised $2,000 for scholarships awarded through the Grays Harbor College Foundation.

“When we did the drag show a few years ago we didn’t know what we would get from the community. The amount of people at the past two events was overwhelming,” said Jen Gillies-Alvarez, one of the advisers for the campus club. Gillies-Alvarez anticipates more than 20 acts will be performing. VIP seating is $10, and general admission is only $5. Tickets are available by calling (360) 538-4155, online at Brown Paper Tickets, or through the GHC GSA Facebook page. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Carriage Museum offers

half-off admission

To kick off the new year, the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond extends an invitation to all Pacific and Grays Harbor counties residents by offering half-off admission during the month of January. Just show proof of your Pacific or Grays Harbor County residency.

The Northwest Carriage Museum is located at 314 Alder Street next to the Willapa Seaport Museum on the corner of Hwy 101 and SR 6.

Winter hours at the Northwest Carriage Museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (360) 942-4150 or visit:

Ken Hunt show at

Six Rivers Gallery

Six Rivers Gallery presents a collection of encaustic photography works by Ken Hunt in a show titled, “Time Travel.” The show runs through Feb. 10. Six Rivers Gallery is operated by Harbor Art Guild at 210 6th St. in Hoquiam. (360) 532-9979, Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m, Sunday.

HHS Drama Club to

present “Bye Bye Birdie”

The Hoquiam High School Drama Club will present the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie” at the 7th St. Theatre. The musical tells the story of rock-n-roll singer Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-type character, who is being drafted into the army. As a publicity stunt, his manager and faithful secretary stage “One Last Kiss” for a lucky fan, Kim MacAfee.

The drama production includes more than 50 students as actors, musicians, stage crew and set builders. Cast members include Devan Bland, Cora Foss, Drew Carley, Adam Cooper, Bri Bonell, Kayla Boone, Kearia Bagwell, Riley Jackson, and Bailey Skolrood. The show is directed by Patty Sundstrom, Alex Eddy and Roger White. The show will be presented Feb. 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Harbor Drug, Crown Drug, and Rosevear’s Music or at Hoquiam High School.

Mardi Gras, garlic fest

at Westport Winery

Westport Winery will host its second annual Mardi Gras and Garlic Festival over all four Sundays in February. On Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the winery will offer live jazz, complimentary gourmet garlic product tasting and garlic chicken and wild rice gumbo. The Electric Park Jazz Band will perform on the first two Sundays and jazz guitarist Scott Lindenmuth will play on the final two Sundays.

Once inside, visitors will discover an array of garlic-themed delicacies for sampling from garlic barbecue sauce to garlic dill dressing. Attendees over 21 are welcome to sample up to five of Westport’s 33 award-winning wines for $5. (Wine club members and their guests taste for free.) Those who want to sample a little sweeter libation will be offered a taste of the winery’s New Orleans-style wine hurricane as one of their five tastes.

For more information call Westport Winery at (360) 648-2224.

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