Artfully Edmonds: NaNoWriMo kick off and more

NaNoWriMo rubber ducky (image courtesy Amazon).

By Janette Turner

To cure a candy hangover you need a belly laugh – and the Edmonds Black Box Theatre has just the treat for you. ‘Improv Happy Hour’ with Unexpected Productions plays at EdCC on Saturday at the off-kilter time of 8:05 p.m. For details of that comic event and the rubber duckies associated with NaNoWriMo, read on.

Friday: Meadowdale Music Boosters Bingo and Auction

A Maui vacation and Sounders paraphernalia go up for bid Friday night at the Meadowdale High School Music Boosters annual Bingo Night/Silent Auction. If you believe in supporting our young music makers, this is your chance to chip in and “win” a prize in return. Doors open at Meadowdale High School Great Hall at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction with games beginning at 7 p.m. A packet of game cards is $7 and you can buy pizza slices along with other refreshments. More information on the website.

Friday-Sunday: Phoenix Theatre plays ‘Sylvia’

Man’s best friend at Phoenix Theatre.

She’s a dog! Played by an actor! For the comic love triangle of a married couple and their dog, head to the Phoenix Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., or Sunday at 2 p.m., for a production of ‘Sylvia,’ by A.R. Gurney. The show stars David Bailey, Erica Bergman, Melanie Calderwood and Rick Wright. Tickets $18.50 with a discount for seniors, students and military. Call 206 533 2000 or click here.

Saturday: Rick Steves’ European Travel Festival

From Rick Steves website.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, globetrotters will pack into the Rick Steves European Travel Festival seminars. If you want to take his “crash course on 1,000 years of European art and history,” register for this free event here.

Saturday: Unitarian Church hosts NW Artists’ Holiday Show

“Grizzly Bear,” by Sue Coccia for NW Artists’ Holiday Show.

The Northwest Artists’ Holiday Show comes to Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offerings include paintings, pottery, jewelry, candles, and gourmet food. Admission is $3 and includes free child care. More information here.

Saturday and Sunday: Encaustic effects using acrylics at Art Works

If you want your artwork to last millennia, then use beeswax and the encaustic technique, a form our ancestors dabbled in and now you can too. Even better, you can get the same effect without the caustic fumes of smoldering wax in a class Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., lead by Barbara De Pirro. Learn more and connect with the artist here.

Saturday: NaNoWriMo Kickoff Events

The Edmonds Library co-hosts a NaNo kickoff on Sat., from 1-4 p.m.

If you happen to see rubber duckies around town that means you are in the presence of a NaNoWriMo writer. What is that? It’s a person penning a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, which is ‘National Novel Writing Month.’ Edmonds’ own EPIC Group Writers is co-hosting two NaNoWriMo kick off events on Saturday. Come to a free drop-in writing group from 10 a.m. to noon at Red Petal Cakes on Saturday, and then head to the Edmonds Library for a NaNo kickoff party at 1 p.m. We checked in with NaNoWriMo coach Kim Votry, author of “My Own Magic,” to find out more.

My Edmonds News: How did you get started with NaNoWriMo?

K.V.: I got started with NaNo about four years ago when another teacher introduced me to it. My first reaction was “Ridiculous!” How could anyone write something worthy in a sprint like that? But then I realized that “worthy” is not the goal — writing is. So I joined and have been a huge fan and supporter ever since.

My Edmonds News: You recently talked to writers at EPIC Monday morning writing group. What advice did you give regarding NaNoWriMo?

K.V.:  Whenever I see even a flicker of self-doubt in people I talk to about NaNo, I tell them this: On November 1, set a goal of writing 50,000 words. On November 30, if you haven’t reached that goal, no worries. There are no NaNoWriMo Police. The question to ask yourself is, “How much more did you write this month that wouldn’t have been written without the goal?” That’s really the important thing.

My Edmonds News: Anything else you want folks to know about NaNoWriMo?

K.V.: There’s something energizing and intoxicating about setting a super-ambitious goal. You change up the routine of your days, you abandon all self-judgment and the need to create something precious. You give yourself permission to eat, drink, and sleep creativity. NaNoWriMo is so terrifically outlandish, you feel you’re partaking is something almost magical – especially knowing there are 300,000 people around the globe doing it at the same time!

My Edmonds News: Anything else you want folks to know about the Edmonds writing scene?

K.V.: Edmonds is full of writers. Some walk the street in broad daylight, not even hiding their identity. Others remain hidden in their cozy homes, writing privately, hoping no one will suspect their secret passion. The literary arts are alive in Edmonds . . . there is creative energy. Tap into it! One way to connect with other writers is through the EPIC Group Writers.

Saturday: Bookshop hosts Edmonds Vet David Gross

Dave Gross’ book, ‘Man Hunt.’

For fans of books in the finished form, the Edmonds Vet, David Gross, recently released ‘Man Hunt,’ which tracks the Espinoza brothers, a real-life duo who killed 32 people in frontier America. Gross will tell stories and sign copies at the Edmonds Bookshop on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. And for his animal tales featured in My Edmonds News, see here.

Saturday: EdCC Black Box Theatre hosts ‘Improv Happy Hour’

Comic improv at EdCC.

For folks who want laughs but don’t want to travel to Seattle to see the popular improv troupe Theatresports, you will be pleased to know we have our own comedy outpost at EdCC. Every Saturday from Nov. 3 to 24, the Black Box Theatre will host Theatresport’s UP North for an ‘Improv Happy Hour’ with different games and actors. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or here.

Thursday: Branding with Roger Brooks

Roger Brooks on branding comes to Edmonds.

How do you create an Outstanding Destination? That’s the question local business owners ask every day, and it’s something Edmonds residents should also take part in. We are all the fabric of this town and its success improves the quality of life for everyone.

To get us thinking about our mutual interest, community branding expert Roger Brooks will speak on Thurs., Nov. 8, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wade James Theatre. This free event combines “humorous stories and video clips, photography,” giving real “meat and potatoes” content, so folks can immediately begin the work of branding a vibrant, attractive community. The talk is sponsored by the City of Edmonds Economic Development Department, so if you want a say in how Edmonds is branded, join in.

Thursday: Edmonds Literary Series hosts Paths to Publishing

Co-author Waverly Fitzgerald will speak at Edmonds Literary Series on Thursday.

Tales of Rome and Chihuahuas are on the bill at the Edmonds Literary Series event, ‘Paths to Publishing,’ on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Edmonds Library. This free event will feature four authors who published in different ways, from traditional presses to e-pub, and will help NaNoWriMo writers figure out the best way to get their books to the public. Authors include Waverly Fitzgerald, co-author of ‘Dial C for Chihuahua,’ Judith Works of ‘Coins in the Fountain,’ Deborah Woodard of  ‘The Orphan Conducts the Dovehouse Orchestra,’ and MoonPath Press poet Raul Sanchez.

EdCC Film: Don’t Change the Subject

The topic of suicide is taken out of the taboo and explored in a film.

According to director Mike Stutz, there’s one topic we don’t talk about: suicide. He’s out to change that by investigating his mother’s suicide in his movie, “Don’t Change the Subject.” He recruits artists, dancers and punk clowns (!) to balance the conversation with suicide survivors. The film plays at EdCC on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

Grab your table mate: Swedish/Edmonds Imagine Gala nearing

Swedish/Edmonds Gala from 2011. Image courtesy Annika Karr and Swedish/Edmonds.

Imagine supporting charity care at your local hospital, while also supporting state-of-the-art services that you may need at some point. This is your opportunity to do just that at the Swedish/Edmonds Medical Center Gala on Nov. 16. In an earlier story, we got an overview from Gala Chair Annika Karr, who recently provided an update.

My Edmonds News: Please tell folks about the special fund.

A.K.: The 2012 Imagine Gala’s Fund-A-Need project focuses on upgrading key pieces of diagnostic equipment at the Swedish/Edmonds Cardiovascular Diagnostic Imaging Center.  Tests performed at the Center are critical to identifying heart conditions and making sure that patients receive quick, accurate diagnoses and the proper follow-up care.  The new equipment will enhance the patient experience and will help ensure that patients have access to the best care possible, right here in our community.

My Edmonds News: What groups of folks do you have attending?

A.K.: Many Swedish/Edmonds physicians attend with friends and spouses. Our top sponsors include First Choice Health, Puget Sound Cancer Centers, Radia and Verdant Health Commission. The event brings together all our leaders from this region – the arts, the community college, elected officials, local businesses. We all believe in the need for quality health care for Edmonds.

My Edmonds News: How are ticket sales?

A.K.: Last year’s event nearly sold out, and this year’s Gala is looking the same. Seating is limited so gather your friends and RSVP soon!  For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please contact 386-2738, or visit the website.

My Edmonds News: Anything else you would like folks to know?

A.K.: I feel very connected to Swedish/Edmonds – my husband is a physician there and it’s the place where my family receives care.  As a longtime member of the Woodway/Edmonds community I believe it’s important that we have a strong hospital right where we live.  There have been so many positive changes since the partnership with Swedish in 2010, and I look forward to seeing how our hospital continues to evolve.  Last year’s Gala was a huge success, raising over $422,000 for charity care and for the new Cancer Center, which will open in 2013. I am thrilled to be chairwoman of this year’s event, and I look forward to seeing our community join together again for an incredible evening that supports quality health care in Edmonds.

EdCC Community Read: ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’

Jamie Ford’s book is the EdCC community read.

Don’t say you didn’t have enough time. On Feb. 27, New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford, will speak at Edmonds Community College about his book, ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,’ which is the EdCC community read. As a community event, EdCC invites area residents to read the novel in advance of Ford’s discussion. You may purchase a copy at the Edmonds Bookshop, but you shouldn’t read it during the month of November. Remember –it’s NaNoWriMo.

Arts reporter Janette Turner.

Arts reporter Janette Turner is your guide to local culture. In addition to covering visual, performing and literary events for My Edmonds News, Janette is managing director of EPIC Writers Group, a memoir coach, and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney).



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