Thursday, February 22, 2018

March Family Contra Dance 

Sunday, March 4th 3-5pm

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing & live music
Kids and adults dance together No experience needed
All dances will be taught - Drop in any time 

Suggested donation $3/dancer 
More information at or 740-590-4102

Wine Mead & Venison Competition 

Saturday, March 3rd  5-9pm

Athens DIY presents their
Annual Wine, Mead & Venison Competition
$12 to be a judge and receive a tasting glass
Competitor entrance/tasting glass is $6 with 1 bottle or free with 2

Must be 21+ with i.d. to participate
The Amazing Cat Show Art Opening

Friday, March 2nd at 6-8pm
at ARTS/West - 132 West State St.
Admission is FREE

Integrated Services will be displaying a meowtain of cat art at the ARTS/West Gallery on March 2nd. Integrated Services Peer Services includes The New Beginnings House in McArthur and Home Away From Home in Logan. Each "house" provides supportive and creative spaces for individuals living with mental illness. All artistic development is encouraged. This group exhibit explores the love of the feline spirit. Featured are playful and compelling celebrations of cat whimsy. The artwork featured is spirited, joyful, and refreshingly authentic.

Laura Nadeau will also play live music for the event. There will be food and beverages and talk about cats, cat-loafs, and catastrophes. Maybe even how cats are plotting to take over the world and we should all get behind that. Either way, Integrated Services serves "southeastern and central Ohio with a comprehensive array of behavioral health and other services, working with local partners to promote healthy people and strong communities," and what helps promote healthy people and strong communities? Cat art and probably dogs. So whether you like cats or dogs, come support a good local cause by checking out Integrated Services Amazing Cat Show.

Show on display March 2nd-April 1st 2018

Athens Old Time Square Dance Social

Thursday, March 1st @ 7pm
at ARTS/West 132 West State  Athens, OH

Caller from Elkins, WV: T Claw and fiddler Joe Burdock and friends will bring us an evening of lively old time music! No experience or partner is needed. Bring friends, a good attitude, and an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ID). 

Featuring: A Cake Walk with prizes!

Dancing starts at 7 O'clock. A donation of $6 is suggested. See you on the dance floor!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Front & Center: 

Upbeat Music for Downbeat Days

Saturday, February 24th, 12-1pm

at ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, Oh

ARTS/West presents a free musical performance & children's open stage for solo and ensemble music acts! The special guest this time is Caitlin Kraus who is a local singer and songwriter in Athens. For more information about this event contact Trisha Lachman:

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Socks n' Stuff Knitting Class 

Tuesdays, Feb. 27 - May 1st  5:30-7pm

at ARTS/West 132 West State  Athens, OH

For this knitting class students will be learning to knit socks and other knitting projects requested by the students. Nancy and Nadine will provide the hands on instruction for the class and support needed to complete projects and learn new skills. The class is $50.00 for a 10 week class or $6.00 a class. Payment can be made to teachers upon arrival to class. Classes will be on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 7:00 pm starting on February 27th. and ending on May 1st. This class is focused on intermediate knitters but beginners are always welcome. Questions and registration can be made to Happy Knitting!

Herbs for Immunity 

Thursday, February 22nd  6-8pm

at ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, OH

Does everyone around you have the flu? Are you sick of being sick all winter? Curious about how your immune system works and how to stay in good health?

Come and join clinical herbalist Caty Crabb for a wealth of information about herbs that can stimulate, strengthen, and repair your immune system. 

We will be talking about herbs that can help with:
· Fighting/Preventing Cold and Flu
· Immune herbs for Kids
· Autoimmune issues
· Immune building herbs
· Stimulating innate and acquired immunity
· More!

Come and learn which herbs to take when you are starting to get sick, what to take when you just can’t seem to get better, and how to repair depleted immunity. We will be covering all of these topics and more. This class will talk about herbs that stimulate, modulate, and build up immunity; discussing how each herb works in the body and specifics of dosage and preparation.

$20-30 Sliding Scale (cash or check)

Sign up at:, by calling 740-274-9494, or stop by the Wildfire Herbs booth at Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays 9am-noon inside the mall.

You can find us on Facebook at Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine, or follow us on Instagram at @appalachianohio_herbschool


The Sacred Feminine Dances Once More

at ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, OH

Join Megan Cameron and Amethystone, along with Calliope Feminist Choir, other area women singers, dancer Missy Whaley and dance troupe, fire spinner Shelly Riggs and mezzo-soprano Melissa Brobeck for a music and dance performance chronicling one woman’s journey from feeling lost and powerless, to recognizing the divine within her by connecting to her inner strength and wisdom from generations of women before her.

Tickets are on sale online or at the door 
at sliding scale of $5-25 - suggested ticket price $15.00 
For The Love of Athens Madness 

Friday, February 9th 11pm

at ARTS/West  132 West State Street Athens, OH

The OU MFA Playwriting students will present a night of theatre inspired by the "For the Love of Athens" exhibit currently running at ARTS/West. On Monday, each playwright chose a photograph from the current exhibit and will write, cast, direct, and tech a five minute play inspired by that photo by Friday at 11pm.

This event is completely FREE and open to the public.
Tickets will be available starting at 10pm.
The performance will start at 11pm and finish by midnight.

Monday, February 05, 2018

February Contra Dance

Saturday, February 10th @ 7:30

ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, OH

Contra Dance - at ARTS/West. Everyone is welcome - no partner needed, no experience needed. Kim Thompson will be calling with tunes by Devilish Merry ( A beginner's lesson starts at 7:30, with the dance running 8-10pm. More information at 
or 740-590-4102. $7/adults, $3/students, $15/family

Friday, February 02, 2018

Herbal Elixers Workshop

Saturday, February 10th 1-4pm

ARTS/West  132 West State  Athens, OH

This class is the second of three Herbal Medicine-Making classes to be taught by herbalist Hannah Stewart through the Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine.

Hannah has five years of herbal experience, including an apprenticeship with Lauren Genter of Ancient Roots Botanicals, years of intensive self-study, and her current apprenticeship with clinical herbalist Caty Crabb of Wildfire Herbs and the Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine.

Each Medicine-Making class will be a three-hour hands-on workshop in the performance space of ARTS/West in Athens, OH. You will leave with a valuable handout, an herbal remedy of your own crafting to enjoy at home, and the confidence to make more products on your own.

Herbal Elixirs will be a thorough exploration of delicious, drinkable herbal concoctions that blur the line between food and medicine. In this class, Hannah will demonstrate and explain the process of making:

-herbal vinegars and their food and medicinal uses, including Fire Cider
-herb-infused honeys
-herbal sodas
-delicious and medicinal herbal syrups including Elderberry Syrup
-oxymels, an ancient herbal vinegar-honey concoction
-herbal simple syrups and fancy herbal cocktails
-herbal cordials, or honey-sweetened, herb-infused sipping brandys

Workshop attendees will participate in a DIY Fire Cider Bar, where they will get to choose from an assortment of organic herbal ingredients to craft a one-of-a-kind Fire Cider Blend to take home.

$25-40 sliding scale, including the cost of all materials. Please contact Hannah at if you have questions about what "sliding scale" means or how the system works.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Follow link to register:
*Last day to register Weds. February 7th