Things are falling into place for Austin Jenckes, a singer-songwriter who grew up in the Valley. He has just returned to his Nashville home after his final appearance on NBC’s “The Voice,” and two whirlwind performance tours that started immediately after the show. He’s marrying his longtime friend and girlfriend, Brittany Townsend, this August, and is working on his next album, scheduled to come out this fall. And this week, he accomplished what he moved to Nashville to do, become a professional musician. “This week, I’m signing my first publishing deal,” Jenckes said in a telephone interview. “That basically means I’ll be paid to write songs, and that includes my songs for myself, and for other people.”
A fundraiser for Mount Si jazz band’s trip to New York is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Finaghty’s Irish Pub, Snoqualmie. Three bands will play: Mount Si Jazz 1, Tequila Mockingbird from Big Star studios and The Roofdogs, made up of Mount Si students. All donations go to Mounts Si music boosters.
Back for a second year, the North Bend Blues Walk expands to 16 venues, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 26, in downtown North Bend.
Since 1890, staff at the Northwest Railway Museum figure that more than 1 million travelers have passed through the doors of the Snoqualmie train depot. That number will grow this spring, since the annual train excursion season is just around the corner. The first coaches roll out on Saturday, April 5.
A fundraiser event helps send 20 Mount Si Jazz Band students to New York City for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Boxley’s Place in North Bend.
Snoqualmie’s Theatre Black Dog presents “The Laramie Project,” a play about the reaction to the 1998 beating and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming. The play’s authors conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town of Laramie, in the aftermath of Shepard’s death. “The Laramie Project” is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which people are capable.
Author Bryan R. Johnston speaks to the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club, 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday, March 20. Johnston will be presenting the fascinating facts and stories he uncovered during research for his historical novel, "Man with a Gun." He'll touch on the US Military, snipers and the Kennedy assassination, including: •The single comment by a Dallas secretary completely and forever changed how Americans viewed the assassination.
Prom is not just for teens Saturday, March 22, when the Sno Valley Senior Center hosts an all-ages community prom. The dinner and dance is a fundraiser for the center’s Adult Day Health program, which has been struggling without sustainable funding sources.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Carnation with dinner and a pint, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday March 15, at Sno-Valley Tilth’s second annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash. Tilth is partnering with the Sno Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation, this year for a bigger and better bash.
Ventriloquist Jerry Breeden will amaze all ages with his vocal tricks at the next Family Night, 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Si View Community Center. A ventriloquist is a performer who is able to speak in a way that makes it appear that the words are being said by a large doll.
The Black Dog Arts Coalition’s first Flash Film Fest, showcasing local short films, is 8 to 10 p.m. March 13, 14 and 15 at the Black Dogs Arts Café in Snoqualmie. The festival contest is open to teen and adult filmmakers.
The theme is “Trees Belong in Cities,” in Snoqualmie’s annual Arbor Day poster contest for students in fourth and fifth grade. Poster creators should submit original artwork to the city of Snoqualmie by Friday, April 4. Contest details, requirements, and submission information are posted on the city website in the Events & Activities section. To learn more, call (425) 831-5784
Traditional Andean musical group, Quichua Mashis, gives a concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Duvall Visitor Center, 15619 Main St. There is a $5 suggested donation. The concert is presented in partnership with the Duvall Cultural Commission and the Ethnic Heritage Council.
Kathy Griffin, a two-time Emmy winner, bestselling author and four-time Grammy nominee, gives a show, 10 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Snoqualmie Casino ballroom. Tickets range from $30 to $85. Learn more at snocasino.com/events/2014-kathygriffin. An 8 p.m. show is already sold out.
Join your preschooler in exploring the world of a salmon, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W Sunset Way. Friends of the Issaquah offers this fun hands-on program monthly in the spring. It includes a slide show about salmon and acting out the life cycle, a tour of the hatchery and feeding the fish, station time with a water-play station, microscope, smelling game, craft activities, and story time. Takes place in the Watershed Science Center at the hatchery. Registration required.
The Black Dog Arts Coalition’s 2014 Flash Film Fest, an all-ages showcase of documentary, mockumentary and short films, is next week. Viewings are 8 to 10 p.m. March 13, 14 and 15 at the Black Dog Arts Café in Snoqualmie.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Carnation with dinner and a pint, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Sno-Valley Tilth’s second annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash. Tilth is partnering with the Sno Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation, this year for a bigger and better bash.
The Northwest Railway Museum will soon hold its third annual docent training program, and is now seeking volunteers interested in becoming docents. Museum docents are trained volunteers who give tours to visitors and educate them on how “the Railroad Changed Everything.”
Artist Bruce Edwards will visit Carnation from British Columbia, to teach his popular watercolor class, 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, March 3 at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation.
Mount Si High School's Festival of the Arts is now taking submissions for the annual event. The festival, set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the high school library and in the Wildcat Court, is open to all students, not just those focused on art.