mdc-poster-2014-pCelebration of dance at The Merc

The Methow Dance Collective will present a celebration of dance in the Methow Valley on Feb. 6, 7 and 8 at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. The event will feature new works by local choreographers and performers. Suggested donation is $10 for adults or $5 for those 18 and under. Performances begin at 7 p.m. each night. For more information, call 997-7529.

Changes to county’s festival permit procedures

Okanogan County is considering amending its procedures for permits for festivals and other temporary gatherings.

Under the new procedures, the application would be filed with the Planning Department instead of the county commissioners.

Required application materials will vary depending on the nature of the festival, but the landowner on whose property the festival takes place has the ultimate responsibility for complying with the terms of the permit.

All applicants will be required to provide a thorough description of the event, including the maximum number of attendees, security, types of food service and alcoholic beverages available, and provisions for solid waste and wastewater disposal.

Some events, particularly those involving more than 3,000 people, may be required to go through a public hearing before approval.

People may comment on the new ordinance in writing or at the county’s public hearing. For more information or to submit comments, contact Senior Planner Ben Rough at (509) 422-7122, or

The Okanogan County planning commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan.

Merc auditions for Willy Wonka Jr.

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp will hold auditions for its upcoming Children’s Musical Theater production of Willy Wonka Jr. on Feb. 8 and 9.

Auditions will begin at 11 a.m. each day. The theater is seeking kids 8 – 18 years old, who should come prepared to sing. Rehearsals will begin in March for performances that will run May 9 – 18. There will be a $40 participation fee for each cast member. For more information or to request a different audition time, call Missi Smith at 996-1871 or email