First Friday 5-8 p.m. Friday, various locations in Wenatchee, free, wenatcheeworld.com/blogs/wenatchee-first-fridays
There’s something about fall that really revs Wenatchee’s creative engines. This month, there’s eight stops on the First Friday arts tour. Take a trip to Mission Ridge through the eyes of painter Jan Cook Mac at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Explore water, ice and geology at a new installation of paintings by Cynthia Camlin and Elise Richman at the MAC Gallery. Flutists Susan Ballinger and Susan Carr will perform for the show’s opening. Bundle up in cozy wool hats made by Kasey Koski as part of the “Hats, Shelves and Homebrew” show at Tumbleweed Bead Co. Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center will open a new exhibit, “Wenatchee Men and Women in the Military” for Veteran’s Day. Check out the full First Friday map on the blog page at wenatcheeworld.com.
J.J. Heller, Jonny Diaz, Beth Whitney 7:30 p.m. Friday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave., $17, pacwen.org 663-2787
Christian artist J.J. Heller is on tour with her new album, “Loved” and singer-songwriter Jonny Diaz. Heller’s song “When I’m with You” charted at number 13 on the Billboard Singles chart in 2010 and was featured in the television show, “The Client List.” Diaz sang the No. 1 hit single “More Beautiful You” and was nominated for Gospel Music Association’s new artist of the year in 2010.
Farmers Market “Chopped” cook-off 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Pybus Market, 3 N. Worthen St., free 663-1927
Wenatchee Valley Farmer’s Market will put local chefs to the test in a cooking competition modeled after the Food Network show “Chopped.” Each chef will be given the same batch of mystery ingredients and a standard set of pantry items (salt, flour, sugar, etc.). They’ll need hefty helpings of speed and ingenuity to come up with a dish that will wow a panel of Wenatchee “celebrities.” The winner will receive a plaque and public recognition.
Weekend Lindy Hop Intensive Workshop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. dance workshop Saturday, 8-11 p.m. Saturday dance, The Pressroom Theater, 14 N. Mission St., $35 workshops or free for WVC students, $5 dance 264-4710
The Wenatchee Hepcats want to get the town dancing again. They’re bringing in two world-renowned swing instructors Brittany Johnson and Michael Darigol to teach four one-hour classes that start with the very basics, like how to lead, how to dance to a rhythm and basic swing moves. That night, the club hosts a huge swing dance open to folks of all skill levels, whether they come with a partner or not.
Kortney Shane Williams, Will Butela 9 p.m. Friday, Clearwater Steakhouse & Saloon, 838 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, $5 884-7605
So let’s say you took the kids trick-or-treating instead of falling over laughing at Caffé Mela’s Comedy Premier on Halloween. Get a babysitter Friday, because Kortney Shane Williams and Bellingham comedian Will Butela are back for a second night of stand-up across the river. Seattle comic Williams recently opened for Dave Chapelle and is a veteran of Comedy Central shows like “So You Think You’re Funny.”
Cozy Quilt & Cookie Walk 5-8 p.m. Friday, downtown Chelan, free 682-4322
Chelan welcomes the comforts of winter with a First Friday dedicated to art, stories and treats. Downtown merchants will pass out cookies. Stop by Riverwalk Books to hear “storybook lady” Pamela Schmidt read her favorites. Diane Paton Peel will paint live in oil at Main Street Gallery. Check out the museum, where kids can work on an art project of their own.
Chelan Public Library grand opening Nov. 1-9, 417 S. Bradley St., free 682-5131
Chelan’s public library was built as more of a community center, and that’s exactly how it will celebrate its grand opening. For the next two weeks, the library will host a bookload of storytellers, singers, artists and workshops.
On the schedule:
5 p.m. Friday: Ribbon-cutting, tours, presentations
11 a.m. Saturday: A folded books craft session for teens
2 p.m. Saturday: Childrens singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart
6 p.m. Tuesday: Spokane author Jack Nisbet’s slide show about 18th century naturalist David Douglas
6 p.m. Wednesday: “Fire Forests, East of the Cascade Divide” a presentation by photographer John Marshall
6:30 p.m. Nov. 7: Readers Theatre performance of the comedy “Pitman Painters”
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9: “Getting Organized and Writing Your Story and Memories” by Donna Potter Phillips
“Small Feet, Big Land” Erin McKittrick 7-8 p.m. Friday, Leavenworth Library, 700 Highway 2, free; 1-3 p.m. Saturday, A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2, free 548-7923
Meet an author who took her husband, newborn and toddler on an adventurous trek through thousands of miles through the harsh and beautiful Alaskan wilderness. They journeyed to remote Arctic villages, glaciers and zinc mines and ran into grizzlies and whales along the way. She’ll give a presentation about the expedition Friday at the Leavenworth library and sign books at A Book for All Seasons Saturday.
“Storytelling for Change” Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele 7 p.m. Tuesday, Twisp River Pub, 201 State Route 20, free 996-2870
The Methow Conservancy turn the camera on two local filmmakers, Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele. For the last decade, they’ve produced documentary-style films about natural history, climate change and nonprofits all over the world. On Tuesday, they’ll give a behind-the-scenes look at their most well-known projects, including “Facing Climate Change,” a finalist in the Wild and Scenic Film Festival this year.
— Compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff