Pearrygin Lake State Park. File photo by Laurelle Walsh

Pearrygin Lake State Park. File photo by Laurelle Walsh

Youth video contest

There’s still time for young videographers to enter a short film about “Why I Love My State Park” in a contest sponsored by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Farrington Foundation.

The contest features multiple prizes of up to $500, to be offered in the fall. Kids must submit their videos by Sept. 15. Locally, the favorite state parks would be Pearrygin Lake and Alta Lake.

Winning videos may be used by the Farrington Foundation and Washington State Parks to promote the park system.

Videographers, individually or as a team, may choose one state park to be the subject of their short film. Videos must be no less than two minutes and no more than seven minutes in length. Contest applications are required and may be downloaded at, where contest rules also may be found.


Learn about lampreys

This month’s “Last Sunday” event (July 28) at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center in Twisp features John Crandall from the Wild Fish Conservatory, who will share insights on the life of the Pacific lamprey. These strange, historic fish have been around for 500 million years and are living in the Methow. The event is free. For more information, call 997-0620 or 997-6010.


Benefit barbecue

A car wash and barbecue to benefit Pateros resident Joanna Lambert, who was injured in a June 10 auto accident, will be held Saturday (July 27) at the Pateros Fire Hall. The events are sponsored by the Pateros Volunteer Firefighters Association. Donations will be accepted. The car wash is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and the barbecue will be from noon-3 p.m. For more information, call (509) 733-2395.