Edmonds’ Arts Crush activities for whole family this month

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Note corrected time of Oct. 15 reception – 5:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.

Edmonds is participating in Arts Crush, a month-long festival in Puget Sound that connects artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events across the region.

Throughout October, Arts Crush spotlights a different discipline each week, with opportunities to participate in theater, music, literature, dance, visual art and more. According to the Arts Crush website, the idea is to engage people in the arts in unique ways: through hands-on participation, peeking behind the scenes, or experiencing art in unexpected places.

Arts Crush is being led and managed by Theatre Puget Sound in cooperation with a consortium of arts leaders from various arts disciplines and geographic regions. Locally, these include ArtsNow & Edmonds Community College and the Edmonds Arts Commission.

The following events will be taking place for the remainder of the month:

Oct. 10-15: Make old things new with artist Marita Dingus as she leads a community art project to create a sculptural piece for an outdoor fence. The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are hosting family-friendly free workshops throughout the week. Be a part the fun of creating something amazing with recycled bottle caps and other found materials that will be a temporary public art installation in Edmonds. This event is for families and people of all ages. Materials will be supplied but you can bring your favorite plastic bottle caps and turn them into art. This event will take place at Art Works Edmonds, 201 2nd Ave. S., from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 12  and 2-5 p.m. Oct. 15, with an unveiling and reception scheduled for 5:30 p.m. that same night. RSVPs are requested for the quilting project but drop-ins are welcome. For more information, visit the Arts Crush Edmonds website.

Oct. 15: The History of a Love Story: Fortune Cookies and Tea with author Jamie Hill at 7 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. Meet Jamie Ford, author of the book “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” for this after-hours special reading. Books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP requested, but drop-ins welcome.

Oct. 16: Olympic Ballet Theatre performers will collaborate with musicians and fine artists to create a Music/Dance Happening for children from 10 a.m.-noon at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Young people will hear musical instruments such as the flute, violin, piano, and tuba, observe the instruments up close, and translate the music into improvised movement. RSVPs required. Call 425-774-7570 to set up a time for your child to be entertained or if you would like to be an entertainer.

Oct. 26: “I Can’t Remember Anything,” 3:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N. In this compelling one-act play, two old friends trade light hearted banter and stinging exchanges to express the conflicting views of life’s truths. At the same time they reveal to us their enduring mutual affection and the importance of companionship as the shadow of mortality lengthens. RSVPs requested but drop-ins welcome.

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