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SJCT offers two workshops for children
San Juan Community Theatre is offering two Children’s Summer Theatre Workshops in July, presented by professional theater artists.

— “Magical Playwriting, Musical Gibberish, Madcap Dance.” Tifni Twitchell Lynch, who directed last fall’s popular “The Jazz Fly and the Angel Food Cake,” provides a nurturing environment for children entering grades K-4 to explore storytelling, improvisation and dance. Dates: July 14-18, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

— “From Story to Stage.” This workshop for children ages 9-13 will empower their imaginations and breathe new life into their performances. Led by actress Sylvie Davidson, a teaching artist with the Pacific Science Center and Living Voice. Dates: July 21-25, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., culminating in a group-devised final performance for family and friends.

Both workshops take place in the Performing Arts Resource Center, 70 Saltspring Road, Beaverton Business Park. Each workshop is $125 per child (partial scholarships are available to qualified students; call Merritt Olsen at 378-3211, ext. 29).

Theater invites hosts for visiting artists
The San Juan Community Theater is inviting hosts for visiting musicians.

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem — an American roots band from the Northeast — need somewhere to stay July 28 and 29 (they perform on the 29th at 8 p.m.) .

Arbo needs a room with one double bed and either a cot or floor space for her child – plus the band could use a room with two beds. Preferably, they would be in the same house.

Aug. 29, jazz great Greta Matassa brings her band to the theater. They need housing that night: a room for one couple and rooms for two single men.

Sept. 27, the popular Northwest blues group, The Lloyd Jones Band, arrives and needs rooms for six band members. They can be in separate houses if needed.

If those dates don’t work for you, but you do have housing available for other times, call theater Executive Director Merritt Olsen, 378-3211, ext. 29.

Enjoy folk music Saturday at English Camp
San Juan Island’s distinctive singing group Sugar on the Floor will present  an evening of traditional folk songs at 7 p.m., Saturday in the English Camp barracks 

The group is led by veteran folk musician and musicologist Michael Cohen, whose folk roots date back to the New York City folk movement of the  1950s.

Cohen knows by heart more than 500 songs from the Middle Ages to present. The group, which also includes Lee McEnery, Darlene Wahl and Ken Arzarian, plays old-time songs  and features historical banter by Cohen.

For the last several years, Cohen  has been distributing song “menus” to listeners that are presented in the form of questions, such as:  Why did he want to marry someone who is only two-foot tall?  Why did he think a Texas river has whales in it?  Why did she want to marry a one-legged captain?

Admission is free. Call 378-2902 or 378-4409.

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