Sally Gracie TwispBy Sally Gracie

I’m happy that I live on the West Coast and in Pacific Standard Time so I can watch the Academy Awards and turn off the TV before midnight. I’m happy to have a DVR to record the Oscars so I can fast-forward through the commercials and the most boring categories.

I’m sorry that Bob Nelson’s original screenplay for Nebraska didn’t win an Oscar last night. You may remember that Bob is my editor Don’s brother. Their mother was there in Hollywood with Bob, but as I don’t know what she looks like, I didn’t see her.

I’m happy that the Omak Mirage Theater is hosting its Film Festival again, but unhappy that the show time for 12 Years a Slave was 8:30 p.m. this past weekend. I emailed Larry Lassila with a request for earlier times for the remaining films, including Nebraska, so we don’t have to drive the Loup after 11 p.m. Maybe you might email him, too.

According to Methow Valley Community Center manager Kirsten Ostlie, membership letters were sent to 3,200 addresses; every mailbox in the valley should have received one by now.

Paid annual memberships have increased over the past couple of years because of the efforts of the center board members and co-chairs of the Membership Committee, Kay Lee and Carolyn Sullivan.

A framed list of 2013 members hangs in the main hallway. Some of us probably think we are members, but in fact overlooked writing the check last year.

The totals — not quite 300 memberships last year — suggest that many of us neglect to pay membership dues. Let’s change that and make this a record-breaking year for memberships.

Think about how great a part The Grand Old Girl (as my friend Elva calls the center) plays in our lives. Our dues keep the doors of the center open to the library, to a music or dance class, an art class or a concert. Send your check today to MVCCA, PO Box 565, Twisp, WA 98856.

Annual dues are $20 for individuals; $40 for families or businesses; $50 – $149 for supporters; $150 – $499 for sustainers, and $500 for champions.

Read the book, discuss the book, meet the author. Book lovers are invited to join in the North Central Washington Regional Read of Beautiful Ruins, the best-selling novel by Jess Walter. Then, on March 19 at 7 p.m., we will gather to share our ideas about the book during a discussion led by librarian Terry Dixon at the Twisp Library. The book discussion on the 19th is open to everyone. Refreshments will be available.

Copies of the novel are waiting for you at the Twisp Library now, and Sally Portman is requesting additional copies for the Winthrop Library. Trail’s End Bookstore will give you a 15 percent discount if you purchase your own copy there through May 15 and mention Regional Read.

Regional Read is sponsored by North Central Regional Library, Write on the River, and A Book for All Seasons in Leavenworth. Walter will be the keynote speaker at the Write on the River conference in Wenatchee on May 16. Tickets will be available to the public for $15 for that event through writeontheriver.org.

Jess Walter has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/USA Literary prize. Beautiful Ruins is a New York Times best-seller and has been called “a literary miracle” by NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

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