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AUDITIONS

ACT seeks cast for “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” — Auditions for Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, May 2-4, at Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. S.W., Albany. The production features roles for around 15 actors, with doubling. “The Last Days” is scheduled to run July 22-30. Information: director Rus Roberts, thrush@peak.org.

Pentacle Theatre seeks cast to fill “The Underpants” — Auditions for the Pentacle Theatre’s production of Carl Sternheim’s “The Underpants” will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the lobby of the theater, 324 52nd Ave. N.W., Salem. The production offers roles for five males and two females. The show is scheduled to run July 15 through Aug. 6. Information: director Jenni Bertels, 971-388-2772 or writejenni@hotmail.com.

CALL TO ARTISTS

Albany Arts Commission calls for teen art — The Albany Arts Commission will hold its sixth annual Teen Art Show for high-school-age students in May. The contest is open to teens who reside in the Greater Albany Public School District. Work may be submitted between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. All mediums are encouraged but must be appropriate for public display. Artwork submitted must be the artist’s own work, or written attribution in the title or description must accompany the work. The commission encourages artists to visit the City of Albany website for information about the show and how to enter. Downloadable applications are available at www.cityofalbany.net/atart/. Information: Tari Hayes, 541-917-7778.

Works sought for Art for Your Garden — Postmark deadline is Friday, April 29. The Maude Kerns Art Center has issued a call for “Art for Your Garden” at the 28th annual Art and the Vineyard Festival, scheduled for July 2-4 in Eugene. Artists are invited to submit four digital images on CD in jpeg format of art forms appropriate for outdoor display and use. Commercially produced work, art assembled from kits or imported goods cannot be accepted. Information: www.mkartcenter.org.

Sweet Home Arts & Crafts Festival seeks artisans — Application deadline is Saturday, April 30. The Sweet Home Arts & Crafts Festival, held during the July 29-31 Oregon Jamboree, is accepting vendors for artisans in all media. All entries are subject to jury approval with notifications of acceptance or fees refunded if an application is not accepted following the deadline. Late applications will be placed on a waiting list. For applications or more information, contact Joyce Geil at 541-367-4404 or jjgeil@comcast.net.

Historic Preservation Month announces coloring contest — Artist Tonner Hays has created drawings of historic Albany homes for children to color. The drawings are now available at both branches of the Albany Public Library at 302 Ferry St. S.W. and 2450 14th Ave. S.E.; the Albany Visitors Association in Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin St. S.W.; and the Community Development Department on the second floor of Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin St. S.W. Finished entries must be submitted at the Albany Visitors Association office or the Community Development Department by 5 p.m. Monday, May 2. Scanned entries will also be accepted by email to anne.catlin@cityofalbany.net. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded in three age categories: 5 and under, 6 to 9, and 10 and older. The contest is sponsored by the Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission. Information: Anne Catlin, 541-917-7560 or anne.catlin@cityofalbany.net.

The Arts Center announces “artists in residence” exhibit — Application deadline is May 1. The Main Gallery of The Arts Center will be turned into a studio for two or three artists working and displaying their work. Local and regional artists are invited to submit an application for residency, coinciding with an exhibition of their work in the Main Gallery. Two to three residents will be selected. Artists in all media may apply, with the exception of glass-blowing, metal-forging and similar processed restricted by the nature of the space. The four-week on-site residency will take place in July at the center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave. in Corvallis. Information: 541-754-1551 or www.theartscenter.net.

Corvallis Arts Festival seeks visual and performing artists — Application deadline is May 1. The Corvallis Arts Festival is looking for visual artists (fine arts and crafts) and performing artists (bands of all kinds) to participate in this year’s festival, scheduled for Sept. 24-25. Applications are available online at www.corvallisfallfestival.com. To receive an application via U.S. mail, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Corvallis Fall Festival, 568 S.W. Third St., Corvallis, OR 97333. There is a $5 application fee for the Arts & Crafts Fair, no fee for performing artists. Information: Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock, 541-752-9655 or director@corvallisfallfestival.com.

Garland Nursery seeks works for “Art in the Garden” — Application deadline is May 1. Garland Nursery, located at 5470 N.E. Hwy. 20 in Corvallis, is looking for artists and craftspeople for “Art in the Garden,” held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. Spaces are limited. Applications/information: 541-753-6601.

Kip Smith Young Writer’s Award deadline nears — Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 2. The Kip Smith Young Writer’s Award is now open to all high school seniors in Benton County. Students should submit their best writing in any genre, whether it be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama or translation. The award offers a cash prize of $1,000 and is sponsored by the family of Kip Smith and Poetry Enterprises. High school seniors should submit as many writing samples as desired to show their scope and interests. The writing must be original work, and English translations must be accompanied by a copy of the work in its original language. By no means should participants send their only copies. Seniors are asked to put sufficient postage on a self-addressed envelope for manuscript returns. Send entries to: The Kip Smith Young Writer’s Award, Poetry Enterprises, 712 N.W. 13th St., Corvallis, OR 97330. Information: 541-753-9955.

Sign up for LBCC’s Performing Arts Extravaganza — Registration forms must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 13. Linn-Benton Community College is offering four days of performing arts workshops for high school students entering grades 9-12. Workshops will include all facets of the performing arts, from acting, tech, theater, singing, musical theater, auditioning, movement, resumes, makeup and more. The workshops culiminate in an extravaganza showcase on Friday, June 24. Participants will receive two career-exploration credits and free materials for the workshops. Only 75 students will be accepted. Registration forms are available at www.linnbenton.edu/go/extravaganza. Mail the completed form to: Linn-Benton Community College, ATTN: Perfoming Arts Extravaganza, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.

Umpqua Plein Air Event seeks artists — Registration deadline is June 8. The Umpqua Valley Arts Association invites artists of all abilities to participate in the first annual Umpqua Plein Air Event and competition, “Location, Location, Location,” scheduled for July 14-15. Applications/information, call 541-672-4621 or www.uvarts.com.

Haiku Oregon issues call for submissions — Haiku Oregon will display haikus at the Haiku Society of America Quarterly National Meeting & Haiku Art Walk from June 3-5 at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Bend. Haikus may be emailed under the subject heading “HSA Haiku Wall” to An’ya at haikubyanya@gmail.com. Please include your name, city, state and country.

Oregon Cultural Trust accepting grant applications — Applications for FY 2012 Cultural Development grant applications must be postmarked by Monday, May 16. Oregon 501(c)(3) arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits are eligible to apply for funds to support projects of cultural significance taking place between August 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012. Funded projects are meant to bring cultural opportunities to more Oregonians, and to preserve and enhance important cultural assets. Applications and guidelines may be downloaded from www.culturaltrust.org/programs/grant_opportunities.php. Completed applications must be mailed or delivered to Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer St. N.E., Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301-1280. Information: 503-986-0088 or cultural.trust@state.or.us.

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake needs a logo — Submissions must be received by Monday, May 30. The 2011 Depoe Bay Salmon Bake Committee, in conjunction with the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, is holding a contest to determine this year’s event logo. The selected logo will be used on posters, clothing and in various forms of advertising. The winner will receive a $200 cash prize. All drawings must incorporate a salmon of some kind. Submissions must include the artist’s name and telephone number. Drawings should be mailed to 2011 Salmon Bake Logo Contest, c/o Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 21, Depoe Bay, OR 97341-0021. Information: 877-485-8348.

CALYX seeks submissions for the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize — Submissions must be postmarked by Tuesday, May 31. The winner will receive $300 and publication in CALYX Journal, and all finalists will receive a one-volume subscription and website publication. Each entry can include up to three unpublished poems, no more than six manuscript pages total. Do not put your name on the same page as a poem There is a $15 reading fee per entry. Information/guidelines: www.calyxpress.org/Cranstonprize.html.

Giustina Gallery seeks watercolors for invitational — Submission deadline is Friday, June 10. The Oregon Invitational Watercolor Exhibit is a juried exhibit open for submission to all Oregon watercolor artists. The intent is to give these artists an opportunity to exhibit their best work alongside the Aqueous Media Touring Exhibit. An artist reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the gallery. Applications/information: http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.

Celtic festival challenges local chefs — The inaugural Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games, set for June 10-12 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, is presenting the Celtic Culinary Challenge, an opportunity for local area chefs to explore cuisine and expand their patrons’ palates. The challenge is to research traditional foods from one or more of the seven Celtic nations, re-create authentic food items and sell them as a festival vendor. Information: 541-563-7337 or www.newportcelticfestival.com.

Nature of Words issues call for 2011 writing competition — Submission deadline is June 10. The Nature of Words is accepting entries for the 2011 Rising Star Creative Writing Competition, which welcomes entries in fiction, literary nonfiction, nature essay and poetry in three age categories: 15-18, 19-25 and 25-plus. Each entry should include a short biographical statement and cover sheet and be submitted to risingstar@thenatureofwords.org. Information: 541-647-2233 or www.thenatureofwords.org.

Giustina Gallery seeks community art for exhibit — Submission deadline is Wednesday, June 29. Giustina Gallery is hosting a free (non-jury) community art exhibit open to all people who resident or work in Linn and Benton counties. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate, with a limit of one piece per person. An artist reception will be held at 6 p.m. July 8 at the gallery. Applications/information: http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.

Giustina Gallery seeks fabric and fiber art for “Favorite Things” — Submission deadline is Thursday, June 30. In conjunction with Quilt County, “A Few of Our Favorite Things” Fabric and Fiber Art Exhibit is a juried show featuring current work of Oregon fabric and fiber artists expressing and expanding the bounds of quilting. Work accepted for exhibit will exemplify innovation in use of fabric, fiber, weaving, quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship. Work must have at least 50 percent fiber or fabric. An artist reception will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the gallery. Applications/information: http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.

Crafts on the Coast seeks crafts, art and food for festival — Applications are due August 26 for the harvest event. Craftspeople, artists and  gourmet food producers are invited to submit for two events this year: the Spring Arts & Crafts Festival (May 28-29) and Harvest & Holidays Arts & Crafts Festval (Nov. 5-6). Both events will  take place at the Yachats Commons in Yachats. Applications/information: 541-547-4738 or 541-547-4664.

Oregon filmmakers invited to submit to “Down to Earth” festival — Films are not required to be submitted until July 29. The Agri-Business Council of Oregon announces the “Down to Earth Film Festival: Stories About Oregon Agriculture.” Featuring Oregon filmmakers only, this short documentary film festival will offer $5,000 in cash prizes to the artists who tell the best story about Oregon agriculture. In addition, selected films will be shown at the Oregon State Fair in September. Registration/information: www.aglink.org/filmfestival/downtoearth.php.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Salsa classes — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 3-24 (Level 1, beginner); 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 18 through June 8 (Level 2, intermediate); Impulse Bar and Grill; 1425 N.W. Monroe Ave.; Corvallis. Cost: $40 per person. Reservations/information: rumbanana@gmail.com.

Nonviolent communication workshops — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, (“Basic Skills and Practice”); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1 (“Interrupt the Spiral of Conflict and Resentment,” an intermediate workshop). Both sessions will be held in private Corvallis homes. Experience ways to communicate, resolve conflict, connect, receive empathy and reach mutual acceptance in times of difficulty. Registration required. Cost: $75. Registration/information: 860-202-2677, 541-752-0643 or www.thedanceofcommunication.com.

Mark Growden singing workshop — 1 to 3 p.m. May 1, FireWorks Restaurant, 1115 S.E. Third St., Corvallis. In addition to this workshop, Growden will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Workshop cost: $25-$50 on a sliding scale. Information: Laurie Childers, 541-757-9025.

Piano Jazz Institute — Aug. 18-20, Oregon State University, Corvallis. Instructors and guest artists include pianists Billy Childs and Dr. Matt Cooper and saxophonist Steve Wilson. Enrollment limited to 15. Camp schedules and applications are available at http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/pianopowerjazzcamp.

Rhythm and percussion class — 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 3-31, 826 N.W. 32nd St., Corvallis. Explore fundamental and cultural rhythms using the body, conga-type drums and other percussion. All instruments provided. Instructor: Dave Chiller. Beginners welcome. Cost: $60. Space is limited to six people 18 and older. Registration/information: 541-757-3606 or www.commonpulse.org.

“Little Sprouts: Pizza Herb Pot” — 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, Garland Nursery, 5470 N.E. Hwy. 20, Corvallis. Did you know that herbs that can come from your own garden are what make pizzas and other foods so delicious? Learn more about herbs and plant your own pizza-herb pot to take home. Registration required. Cost: $5 per child. Registration/information: 541-753-6601 or www.garlandnursery.com.

CORVALLIS PARKS AND RECREATION

1310 S.W. Avery Park Drive. Information: 541-766-6918 or www.corvallis.or.us/pr

Toddler music (ages 18 months to 3 ½ years) — 11 to 11:50 a.m. Thursdays, May 5-26, Corl House, Woodland Meadows Park, 3975 N.W. Witham Hill Drive, Corvallis. Children interact with hands-on rhythm instruments, learn basic skills and listen to the instructor play guitar just for them. A parent or guardian must accompany students and are encouraged to participate. Cost: $68 Corvallis residents, $85 nonresidents.

“Youth Ultimate Frisbee” (ages 9-15) — 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 2 through June 13 (no class on Monday, May 30), Garfield Park, 11th Street and Cleveland Avenue, Corvallis. Learn the “ultimate” team sport in a supportive, inclusive and noncompetitive environment. Both new and experienced players are welcome. Cost: $23 Corvallis residents, $29 nonresidents.

Country & Western dance (ages 10 and up) — 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, May 5-26, Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 N.W. Tyler Ave., Corvallis. Participants will learn three styles of cowboy dance. A great class for first-time dance students. Cost: $52 Corvallis residents, $65 nonresidents.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Bill and Phyllis Cross Pentacle Theatre Scholarships — Applications are due May 6 and applicants will be notified in June. The Pentacle Theatre’s Education Committee is offering three scholarships for qualifying high school seniors pursuing higher education and the arts: The Jo Dodge Performings Arts Theatre Scholarship, the Tony Zandol Technical Arts Theatre Scholarship and the Tom Ulmer Theatre Service Scholarship. In order to qualify, high school seniors must be graduating in the spring and plan to attend college in the fall, whether a community college or four-year institution. Applications are available from the Pentacle website at www.pentacletheatre.org or at the theater office, 145 Liberty St. N.E., Salem. Information: Robert Salberg, 503-999-1179 or robertsalberg@comcast.net.

JOIN IN

Join the Benton County Cultural Coalition — Application deadline is Friday, May 6. Passionate about supporting heritage, the arts and humanities in Benton County? Apply to become a member of the Benton County Cultural Coalition. The coalition, affiliated with the Oregon Cultural Trust, encourages cultural and creative development in Benton County and is responsible for distributing funds locally through coalition grants. Please send a brief description of your background and interests to: Benton County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 1504, Philomath, OR 97370 or contact co-chair Stefani McRae-Dickey at 541-929-7988. Information: www.bentonculture.org.

Corvallis New Horizons Band — The band meets weekly for rehearsals (and some performances) at 6:15 p.m. This all-inclusive group welcomes all players and is an ideal opportunity for instrumentalists of all levels. This Corvallis unit is affiliated with the national New Horizons Band organization. There is a quarterly tuition fee. Information: Bobbie Gates, 541-929-2221 or Sharon at Gracewinds Music, 541-754-6098.

Albany concert series and festival seeks food vendors — The Albany Parks & Recreation Department is seeking food vendors for the River Rhythms concerts and the 2011 Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival. River Rhythms concerts take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays from July 7 through Aug. 11 at Monteith Riverpark. The Northwest Art & Air Festival will be held Aug. 26-28 at Timber Linn Memorial Park and Albany Municipal Airport. Application forms are available online at www.riverrhythms.org and www.nwartandair.org. Information: Lynne Jamison, 541-917-7771.

Registration open for the first annual “Barrel to Keg” relay — Register now for the inaugural Barrel to Keg Relay, beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 23. Teams of two, four and six runners will run the 12-leg relay from Philomath to Newport. The race is sponsored by Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath and Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport as a benefit for Community Services Consortium, an agency committed to ending poverty in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. To register a team, go to www.runnerspace.com/eclecticedgeracing, click on “Schedule,” then on “July.” Information: Danielle Bryant, 541-752-1010 or bryant@communityservices.us.

Have the stomach for the Haggis Bowl Challenge? — The Haggis Bowl Challenge is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, during the June 10-12 Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games, held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport. The winner is the person who eats his or her portion in the shortest amount of time. The haggis is the national dish of Scotland as memorialized by Robert Burns’ poem “Address to a Haggis” in 1787. It’s a kind of sausage or savory pudding traditionally cooked in a sheep’s intestine. To enter the contest, visit www.newportcelticfestival.com.

ALBANY PARKS AND RECREATION

333 Broadalbin St. S.W. Information: 541-917-7777 or www.cityofalbany.net/parks.

“Naturescaping Your Yard” — 7 to 9 pm. Thursdays, April 28 through June 2 with two classes on Saturday, May 21 and June 4, Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. N.W., Albany. Naturescaping is gardening and garden planning that eliminates the need for expensive, synthetic fertilizers. Instructor: Beth Young. Cost: $55 Albany residents, $71 nonresidents. If two people attend the class to redo the same yard, the prices are $75 and $91.

“Sprinkler Systems 101” — 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Stutzman Services, 4185 Spicer Drive S.E., Albany. The class provides information about Albany water rates and its drinking-water source; establishing a good environment for healthy plants; and more. Cost: $19 Albany residents, $25 nonresidents; includes a free outdoor water conservation kit.

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