Arts & Entertainment Briefs

“Poltergeist” is 7th St.

Theatre’s Halloween flick

The haunted house and special effects fright-fest that is the film “Poltergeist,” is this year’s Halloween movie at the 7th St. Theatre in downtown Hoquiam. The 1982 hit will screen on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7 p.m. 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,


Author to speak

about “Feathers”

Author Thor Hansen will present a slide show and reading from his new book “Feathers” — a written and photo exploration of feathers — at 4 p.m. Friday in the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center in Tokeland. The public is invited and refreshments will be served following the presentation. For more information, call (360) 267-8190.

Local author, photographer

publish coffee table book

on dogs, host signings

Local author Rex Paul Martin and North Cove photographer Marcy Merrill have recently published a book entitled “Dogs Tell Their Stories.” Martin and Merrill capture the humorous and poignant sides of the stories of unusual dogs and their humans.

Told in the dogs’ own words, the book includes dogs who work on search and rescue teams, a retired greyhound champion racer who wants his owners to retire with him, and a couple of dogs who’ve been through the prison system. These are just a few of the stories, accompanied by Merrill’s photographs that are included in the book. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book goes to the Freedom Tails training program at Stafford Creek Correction Center. Two of the dogs profiled in the book are graduates of the 14-week course.

A hardcover coffee table style book, it is loaded with full-color photographs.

Merrill and Martin will be holding local book-signing events. On Sunday, they will host their premier book signing at the Westport Maritime Museum’s lens building. It will run from 3 to 5 p.m. The following weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 3, they will be signing books at the Westport Winery from 2 to 4 p.m.

The book is available on the internet via or by calling (360)267-1036 or via email It retails for $49.95 but is available locally for $39.

Grammy winner Mattea

set for Bishop Center

Two-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea brings her soulful vocals to the Bishop Center stage on Sunday evening. Tickets are going fast for this one-night-only show and are available online at or call (360) 538-4066.

Active since 1983 as a recording artist, she has recorded 17 albums and has charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. This total includes the No. 1 hits "Goin' Gone", "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", "Come From the Heart" and "Burnin' Old Memories", as well as 12 additional Top Ten singles.

Mattea will also perform new songs from her newest album “Calling Me Home.”

GHC to host annual Gala Art Show and reception

Grays Harbor College hosts its 20th Fall Gala Art Show at the Spellman Library this fall.

An opening reception honoring the 22 participating artists will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, where food and refreshments will be served.

The exhibit features a collection of various mediums, including photography, woodworking, oils, acrylics, textiles and other works. The show may also be viewed during regular library hours through Dec. 7.


Sunday Afternoon Live

opens with pianist

Sunday Afternoon Live will open its 10th season at the Raymond Theatre with Mike Strickland, a dynamic pianist who will be performing blues, jazz, popular and original music on the Boardman & Gray grand piano. His eclectic sets might include classics, romantic movie themes and boogie woogie. He will be joined on stage by bassist Clipper Anderson.

Season tickets may be purchased at the ticket desk in the theater lobby on concert days or by calling Adella Hougan at (360) 875-5831. Season tickets are the best deal at a cost of $55 for seven performances.

Individual show tickets cost $10 or $12 on the day of performance, and $5 for youths. Tickets are available at South Bend Pharmacy and Sagen’s Pharmacy in Raymond, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with check or money order made out to SAL, P.O. Box 221, South Bend. WA 98586; or by calling (360) 875-5831. For further information, go to the website, www.sunday

GHC will present "A Year with Frog and Toad

The Grays Harbor College drama department presents the children’s classic musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” during the first two weekends of November. Five shows are scheduled at the Bishop Center, including two matinees. The musical will be on stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 and 9, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 10.

Tickets for the performances are on sale now at or by calling (360) 538-4066.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” is based on the original childhood stories of Arnold Lobel and follows two friends through four fun-filled seasons.

Toast of the Harbor features

wine, food, music

Bring your enthusiasm for good wine, craft beer, spirits and gourmet food and head to the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino on Saturday, Nov. 3, for Toast the Harbor — presented by the Aberdeen Lions Club. The annual fundraising event is from 2 to 9 p.m. Live music is planned throughout the day and attendees will be able to sample wines from more than a dozen renowned vintners such as Maryhill, Hoodsport, Barefoot wineries, Okanogan Estates, Middleton Family Wines and others. Mico-brews from the Westport Brewery and Dick’s Brewery, and spirits from the Wishkah River Distillery will also be available. And there will be gourmet food from Halfmoon Bay in Westport, the Quinault Beach Resort and the Northshore Grill in Ocean Shores, along with several other restaurants.

A silent auction will include more than 100 items — a wide variety of treasures, big and small.

Admission is just $15 at the door, but tickets may be ordered directly by going to Tickets may be purchased in advance at Aberdeen Honda, G.L Kluh, Frames-N-Things or Journey Travel in Aberdeen; at Harbor Drug in Hoquiam or at the Quinault Beach Resort, Flying Cats and Sipping Serendipity Wine Shoppe in Ocean Shores. Advance tickets are $12. Admission tncludes a commemorative wine glass, five sampling tickets and a tote bag.