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First Thursday: Celebrate 20 Years with The Cabin

20 years of literary love

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The Cabin celebrates its 20th birthday on First Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. You can party down with local authors, writing teachers and Cabin founders, with music provided by local band Urquides.

The agenda includes a tour of The Cabin (801 S. Capitol Blvd.) and readings by local authors Judith Steele, Christian Winn and student writer Cody Martino. A few seasoned writing teachers will be on hand to help kids through some fun and quick writing prompts, and if that's not enough to get you there, Style Me Cake is bringing cupcakes.

"We have a lot to celebrate," said Executive Director Britt Udesen (who is leaving at the end of August for a similar job in Minnesota). "We have a firm commitment to access--80 percent of our programs are offered free. We have one of the best lecture series in the Northwest. We offer classes for readers and writers at all levels. We support writers in the community."

The event is free, but Udesen hopes to generate a little bit of money. She said an anonymous donor will give a $20,000 gift for The Cabin's 20th birthday, but only if it can match the $20,000 with other donations.