Upcoming Events

Events occur at Arts West unless a different location is indicated. For questions or details call Arts West at 740-592-4315 or email artswestathens@gmail.com.
October 2018
Mondays, Oct. 1 – December 17, 6:00-7:15pm: Self Care, Healing & Self Protection
With techniques for body, mind and spirit, this class includes: breathing, mental focus, assisted yogas, internal energy practice, mudra and more from ancient Burmese systems. All levels and abilities welcome. One week per month will focus on personal safety and self defense for interested groups (children, teens, women, LGBTQA+, elders, persons with DD, travelers, activists and other). All genders and non-gender conforming adults (16+) welcome. Suggested fee is $5 to $10 per class. Veterans, active military and loved ones are welcome to attend at no charge. For more info contact Cheryl Cesta of Athens Dakini Bando at 740-594-7452 or cherylcesta@gmail.com

Thursday, Oct 4, 5:30-8:30pm: BUMPs & THUMPs - Seriously Sick Socks Art Opening featuring new and old Seriously Sick Sock designs by Danette Pratt! Danette was a featured artist in both Art Doll and PRIMS fall release magizines, both are Stampington Co. publications and can be found locally at JoAnns. Opening reception Includes refreshments. FREE & open to the public!  

Thursday, Oct 4, 5:30-8:30: 1st Thursday State Street Art Walk. Gallery hop your way down State Street. Venues include Arts West, the Southeast Ohio History Center, Casa Nueva, & Passion Works Studio. Get an Art Walk Passport at any participating venue the night of the event to earn prizes!  This is a FREE evening of art and surprises, featuring local artists, musicians and food.

Sunday, Oct 7, 6:30-9pm: 1st Sunday Contra Dance! *Dances have moved to Sunday Nights!*  1st Sundays. Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Music by Jeanie & the Dreamers w/ Kim Thompson calling.  All dances will be taught! Beginners’ Lesson at 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $10, $3/student, 10 & under free. 

Thursday, Oct 11th, 6-7:30pm: Herbal First Aid Workshop with Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist, of Wildfire Herbs and the Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine
Discover how to handle many common first aid issues with plants! From cuts, scrapes and burns, to panic attacks, sprains and spider bites. Students will find out which herbs can be helpful and the best ways to use them. Come and learn how to build your own herbal first aid kit, and gain the knowledge and confidence to use it! $17-25 sliding scale (cash or check)

Sunday, Oct 14, 2-6pm: Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library Opening Party featuring Music by the Up All Night String Band and Kids Area with Drum kit! Light Refreshments will be served. Membership & Scholarship info will be available. As of October 16th, the library hours will be Tuesday & Thursday, 2 - 7pm (visitors welcome - membership required for borrowing instruments). Admission to the opening party is Free - Donations Welcome

Monday, Oct 15, 6-7:15pm: Personal Safety & Prevention Workshops with Cheryl Cesta. Cheryl's monday evening Self Care, Healing & Protection classes wiltl focus on Self Protection, Safety and Prevention on the 3rd Monday of October (Adults), November (Teens) & December (children/parents/caregivers). No Registration needed - just show up. Suggested Donation: $5-$10 per person​

Thursday, Oct 18, 7pm: Square Dance SocialCaller Joe Burdock, and musicians Matt McElroy & Friends will bring us an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Neeeded. Bring friends, a good attitude & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Third Thursday of the Month. Doors at 6:30pm, Dancing Starts @ 7pm.
$6 Suggested Donation

Friday, October 19, 7pm: Moon Tunnel Graduate Literary Reading Series. Sponsored by Ohio University Dept. of English, this series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2018-19 Academic year. FREE & open to the public!

Friday, October 19, 8-11pm: Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming and dancing. Open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums, any and all acoustic instruments are welcome. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10. 

Saturday, October 27, 9pm-12am: No Natural Looks Halloween Dance Party. A sober event for those either in recovery, thinking about recovery or who identify with a lived experience of mental health or substance use disorders; or those looking for an alcohol free alternative to Uptown Block Party. This event is geared toward young adults between ages 18-26! Costume Contest, Prizes, Food, and Non-alcoholic beverages. Health and Wellness info also available. Featuring: DJ plate a shrimp. Sponsored by The Gathering Place. Free Admission.  

November 2018
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 1-3: The Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange! 
Members Night: Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30-8:30pm; Exchange Days: Friday, Nov 2, 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday, Nov 3,10am-6pm. Please see details on Annual Events page. 

Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30-8:30pm: State Street Art Walk. With Cat's PJs Member Night happening upstairs, the Art Walk event this month will be a fabric workshop down in the basement with Danette Pratt. Light Refreshments provided, admission is FREE. 

Sunday, November 4, 12-3pm: Poets and Writers Workshop! An afternoon of breaking bread and workshopping spoken word pieces. Got something in the works? Bring 10 copies of a song, poem or story to workshop and a covered dish to share. LIMIT 1000 WORDS FOR ESSAY & STORY. An Athens Poet Laureate Event. Free Admission

Sunday, November 4, 6:30-9pm: 1st Sunday Contra Dance! *Dances have moved to 1st Sunday Nights!* Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience needed. Music by Boys of the Hock w/Adriane Mohlenkamp calling.  All dances will be taught! Beginners’ Lesson at 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $10, $3/student, 10 & under free. 

Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm: Herbal Relief in Cold and Flu Season, with Caty Crabb, Clinical Herbalist. Prepare for winter with knowledge of herbs that fight viruses, combat coughs, and support sinus health! Herbs can be useful in preventing illness, as well as treating it once you have one. Sign up at: wildfireherbs@gmail.com, by calling 740-274-9494, or at the Wildfire Herbs booth at Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays 9am-noon. The Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine can be found on Facebook and on Instagram @appalachianohio.herbschool. Tuition: $20- $30 sliding scale (cash or check) 

Friday, Novemer 9, 7pm: Moon Tunnel Graduate Literary Reading Series. Sponsored by Ohio University Dept. of English, this series features the work of Creative Writers from OU's graduate programs. The series will be held on five Friday evenings throughout the 2018-19 Academic year. FREE & open to the public! 

Saturday,  November 10, 12-2pm: Front & Center. Open stage for kids with special guests, featuring Ohio University Piano Majors: Laura Silva & Elizabeth Jackson,  presenting the music of Claude Debussy. Free admission.

Sunday,  November 11, 3-5pm: Family Contra Dance. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music. Kids and adults dance together to live music. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time.  Suggested donation $3/dancer.  More information at www.athenscontradance.org or 740-590-4102.

Tuesdays, Nov 13 - Dec 4, 5-7pm: Musical Lending Library Kids Jam SessionsBring the kids to the Musical Lending Library and events coordinator Tessa Evanosky will get them playing simple songs and beats on selected instruments for ages 3 & up! Adult supervision is required for children to participate and we'll be sure to have something for the caregivers to play also! Please note: Non-member library visitors are welcome - membership is just required to take an instrument home.

Thursday, November 15, 7-10pm: Third Thursday Square Dance Social. Caller Joe Burdock, & musicians Matt McElroy & Friends will bring us an evening of lively old time music. No Experience or Partner Neeeded! Bring friends, a good attitude, & an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID). Featuring: A Cake Walk. Desserts provided by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods. $6 Suggested Donation.

Friday, November 16, 8-11pm: 3rd Friday Drum & Music "Thank You" Jam. With a "Thank You" theme for November, it's a night of drumming and dancing. Open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums, any and all acoustic instruments welcome. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10. 

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18: Many Moons presents Travelers Treasures Marketplace. An  annual holiday shopping event featuring personally collected gifts, textiles, jewelry, and more from Nepal, India, Bali, and Thailand. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun.1-6pm

December 2018
Sunday, December 2, 3-5pm: Holiday Craft Swap. Come on out for NO CASH holiday swapping! Bring x number of homemade, giftable items, and leave with x number of items made by other community crafters! Be sure to arrive at 3 pm to set up; swapping starts around 3:15 until all items are gone. Also, feel free to bring a holiday snack to share! 

NOTE: No 1st Sunday Contra Dance this month - see you in January!

Sunday, December 16, 7pm: S.A.T.B. A Different Kind of Choir Concert. A benefit for both Arts West and for Athens HOPE, collaborative task force of agencies throughout Athens County that provide programming related to opioid use and abuse. Members include healthcare entities, schools, law enforcement agencies, human services agencies, and public health officials. The goal is to organize a community-wide opioid abuse response across entities, with a focus on prevention, education, stigma reduction, and community activities that support those in recovery.

Thursday, December 20, 7pm: Athens County Community Singers Christmas Concert. A choir for all voices, ACCS always presents a moving performance!

NOTE: No 3rd Thursday Square Dance Social this month - see you in January!

Friday, December 21, 8-11pm: 3rd Friday Drum & Music Jam. A night of drumming and dancing. Open to all levels and ages. The circle is not limited to drums, any and all acoustic instruments welcome. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10.