Art abounds in Ravenna — Check out Thrive

In the past we’ve mentioned events and workshops at Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7526 20th Ave NE), such as this weekend’s Annual Holiday Open House. *hint, hint*

And now, in the spirit of supporting all things Ravenna, we plug the other art school in the area, Thrive Art School (6329 NE 65th St).

Thrive has a couple workshops coming up that you and your offspring might be interested in taking together:

Drawing Together – A special parent and child workshop; ages 5-9 with parents

Sunday, December 11, from 1-2 PM and 2:30-3:30 PM

Local Artist Workshop – Create your own artwork inspired by Clare Johnson’s whimsical ink drawings; ages 8 and up with parents

Sunday, December 11, from 2-4 PM

Thrive Art School is located above Cafe Da Pino on the corner of Ravenna Avenue and NE 65th Street. They also have a location on E Madison Street, across the street from Cafe Flora.

LaVassar Florist and Roaring Mouse Annual Holiday Open House details

Once again, northern Ravenna businesses LaVassar Florists and Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7530 20th Avenue NE) are holding their Annual Holiday Open House.

This year the event takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM-5 PM.

Thirteen artists and vendors will have their wares available for purchase (see the full list on the event flier below).

Raffle prizes include three fresh arrangements from LaVassar, and two $50 gift certificates for Roaring Mouse.

Santa himself will attend the event from noon until 2 PM — he’s a busy guy these days. Complimentary photos are available, or you can use your own camera.

Cookies and cider will be available. But if you’re still hungry, check out the bake sale — the proceeds of which benefit Hopelink Food Bank.

Shop Local, and get some good deals this weekend (and beyond)

Attention, Ravenna shoppers: There are only 50 days left until Christmas! (At the time we wrote this, anyway — here’s an updated countdown for you.)

Ho Ho Oh no it's November already! Christmas is COMING.

With that horrifying thought in mind, here are some local business deals and/or events happening this weekend and/or this month.

Ravenna Third Place Books (6504 20th Ave NE): 40% off all used books on Saturday and Sunday! Staff picks are 20% off all month (new books)!

The Shoe Zoo (2920 NE Blakeley St Suite B): Everything in the store is 15% off! There are also some racks of 30% off items!

Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7526 20th Ave NE): Holiday Gift-Making Camps and Workshops, November 28 through December 18. Classes available include Gift Making ages 4-8, grades K-5, one for parents and children, and MORE!

The Moonpaper Tent (918 NE 64th St in Roosevelt): “Mr. McGizmo’s Inventions Camp!” on November 11th from 9AM-3PM. Kids aged 4-9 years old can spend their school-free day playing dress-up, doing creative drama, arts and crafts, and building!

Anything else we should add to this list? LET US KNOW. #freeadvertising

Roaring Mouse Arts Studio’s website relaunches

Karen Knutson of Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7526 20th Avenue NE) let me know that the studio has a newly upgraded website which just launched:


So if you haven’t yet checked out the offerings at this Ravenna neighborhood institution, now is a great time.

You can also find Roaring Mouse on Facebook and Twitter.

Summer session openings at Ravenna’s Roaring Mouse Arts Studio

With the end of the school year just around the corner, some of you may be on the hunt for some summer activities for your kids.

Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7526 20th Ave NE) here in Ravenna starts their summer session on July 5, and they have some openings left in some of their summer offerings:

SPACE AVAILABLE in Select Summer Classes at Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio in Ravenna

Creative Arts – Ages 2 1/2 – 5
A playful exploration of creativity.
9:00 AM -12:00 PM, M-F (choose up to 3 days)
July (7/5-29) & August (8/1-26) Sessions
Cost varies depending on days selected.

Summer Palette Mini-Day Camps – Ages 4-8
Give your child an adventurous summer with these exciting mini-day camps! Each week focuses on a different blend of the arts. Sign up for one week or more!
1:00 – 4:00 PM. $140 for one week, or $135 each week for two or more weeks.

    July 25 – July 28: Scribe Tribe – Puppets
    Using found objects, paper, and natural materials, we will build puppets and stories to create a magical performance of wonder and delight. There will be a half-hour show for parents at 3:30 PM on Thursday, July 28.
    This class has one opening.

    August 22 – August 25: Animals
    Each day we’ll travel through different regions of our world, discovering animals in their homes. As children investigate animals and their habitats through art and play they will forge the variety of shapes textures and colors that make our animal friends so unique!

For more information, please visit, or call 206.522.1187.

Thanks to Allisa at Roaring Mouse for the info!