Lots of laughs at the pub

Rodney Sherwood will be the headliner when four Seattle-area comedians bring their acts to the Twisp River Pub on Satuday (Sept. 21) beginning at 8:30 p.m. Also on the bill are Jen Seaman, Nigel Larson and Robert Piddle. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information, call 997-6822.


Calling all singers

All singers are welcome to join the Cascadia Chorale as they prepare festive and seasonal music for this year’s holiday concert. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church; concert dates are Dec. 10 and 11.  Contact conductor Dana Stromberger at 997-1000 or twispie317@gmail.com.


Audition for Little Women

The Merc Playhouse will hold auditions for its holiday production of Little Women on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. There are roles for adult men and women ages 25-80, young girls ages 10-20 and a young boy aged 13-18. Detailed descriptions of the roles available are at www.mercplayhouse.org.  Rehearsals start the weekend of Oct. 11. Performances run Dec. 6-22. For more information or to request a different audition time contact Ki Gottberg at ki@mercplayhouse.org.


Kids’ concert for the Congo

Young musicians are holding a concert to raise money for an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Peter and Liv Aspholm and Keeley Brooks have asked about 15 friends to join them in the concert. There will be solos and some duets on piano, guitar, violin and cello. Peter, Liv and Keeley became interested in the project after seeing a presentation by Linda and Wayne Mendro about their work with the orphanage, which the kids found particularly compelling because it directly helps children. The concert will also feature the screening of a film made by Johnnie Duguay when she joined her grandparents (the Mendros) on a trip to the Congo this past year.

The concert is Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church. Admission is by donation, and people are encouraged to contribute whatever they can, whether it’s just coins or larger amounts.  For more information, contact Linda Mendro at 997-6070 or Peter Aspholm at 997-9954.



Everyone’s going to need calendars for 2014 before long. Learn how to make one in a calendar construction workshop with Laura Gunnip at Door No. 3 Print & Book Art Studio in Twisp on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Cost is $45, which includes supplies. Call 997-2044 or email doorno3twisp@gmail.com to register.


Book reading and signing

Shannon Huffman Polson will read from and talk about North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey, a personal memoir about her quest for healing after her parents were killed in a freak grizzly bear attack, on Thursday (Sept. 19) at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop. Huffman Polson was most recently at the Mazama Festival of Books, and this will be another opportunity for people to meet the author. The reading begins at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.