Conservancy goes to ‘the coast’

Following up on four Methow Valley focus groups that met in December, the Methow Conservancy will host similar groups at two sessions in the Seattle area on Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 13 and 14) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Monday’s meeting will be at the offices of Johnston Architects on the north side of Lake Union, 100 N.E. Northlake Way, Suite 200. Tuesday’s session will be at the Bellevue Library, 1111 11th Ave. N.E. Both sites have ample parking. At the free events, Conservancy representatives will be looking for ideas about how the organization can continue to refine its mission over the next five years. For more information, call 996-2870.


Chili Cook-off will warm up February

The Methow Valley Community Center is calling for entrants to bring the heat to its second annual Chili Cook-off on Feb. 8. Applications are available at www.methowvalleycommunitycenter.orgor by calling the center’s office at 997-2926. There is a $20 entry fee for chili; the salsa entry fee is $10. The event opens to the public at 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children, with those under age 5 admitted free. There will not be a hot chili eating contest this year.


Plant sale deadline approaching

Jan. 17 is the deadline to pre-order during the Okanogan Conservation District’s annual native plant sale. Plant information and order forms are available online at or at the district office, 1251 S. Second Ave., room 102, in Okanogan. Plants can be picked up on April 5 at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds. Call (509) 422-0855, extension 100 for more information.