URBANA — Japan House will have its Fall Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a focus on Japan's quilting tradition of sashiko.
Mary DeRay, a quilt artist and teacher, will talk at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. about the quilting practice that dates back to the 17th century. She also will explore traditional Japanese patterns and examples that unite the Japanese style with American quilting tradition.
Tours of the Japan House gardens are set for 1 and 3 p.m. with Jim Bier, the designer, donor and caretaker.
Also, during the open house Japan House will raffle off tickets for $10 each to win a spot at the soldout dinner with actor Nick Offerman, a University of Illinois alumnus who plays Ron Swanson on the TV sitcom, "Parks and Recreation."
The raffle tickets also will be good for a chance to have tea ceremony with Offerman, tickets to his one-man show on Oct. 26 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and autographed posters.
Tickets are vavailable for Offerman's "American Ham" show at Krannert. Tickets are $30 for the public, and $10 for UI students. Offerman will donate his proceeds from the ticket sales to Japan House, which was founded by Shozo Sato, who was Offerman's mentor here.
Tickets for "American Ham" may be purchased at the KCPA ticket office or online at http://www.krannertcenter.com/buytickets.aspx
Admission to the Japan House open house is free.
Tea ceremonies will be offered throughout the day by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association for a reduced rate of $5. The ceremony is free for Tomonokai members.
Also at Japan House, fSato will conduct a series of three workshops on calligraphy at 1 p.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20.
Space is limited to 20 participants. You may sign up for any or all of the workshops. No previous experience is necessary.
The cost is $20 per workshop for Tomonokai members or $25 for nonmembers. There is also a supply fee of $5 per session for brushes and ink unless you have your own. Call Japan House at 244-9934 with your credit card information.
Japan House, a unit of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design, is at 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U.