Pick it up for Earth Day

Join in the Earth Day spirit on Saturday (April 26) by participating in recycling and trash pick-up efforts from 9 a.m. – noon beginning at Methow Recycles in Twisp, the Winthrop Town Trailhead and the Mazama Corral. Tours of Methow Recycles will be offered from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Return full bags to be eligible for a raffle. For more information, call 997-0520.

Celebrate trees in Twisp

The Town of Twisp will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday (April 26) from noon to 1 p.m. at the Commons Park next to the Methow Valley Community Center. Anyone interested in trees, shade, town esthetics and planting seeds for the future is welcome. Events will include tree planting and tree pruning around town. For more information, call 997-0522.

Alan Gillespie

Alan Gillespie

Glaciers and the Methow

Alan Gillespie, former University of Washington professor, will talk about how glaciers shaped the Methow Valley in a presentation on Sunday (April 27) at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center in Twisp. The free event begins at 5 p.m. For more information, call 997-0620.

Kabul student Ayesha

Kabul student Ayesha

Report from Afghanistan

Dana Visalli will talk about his recent experiences teaching at a private school for girls in Kabul, Afghanistan, and will conduct a Skype session with some of the school’s students, on May 1 at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Visalli will also discuss the historical and present day treatment of females worldwide from an evolutionary perspective, and what the potential is for improving the pressing human problems of poverty and lack of education. The free event begins at 7 p.m.; donations will be accepted. For more information, call 997-9011.

All about amphibians

Scott Fitkin, wildlife biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, will talk about the region’s amphibians in a presentation on May 2 at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket. The free presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. A meal benefiting the center begins at 5 p.m.; cost is $7.50 for members, $8.50 for non-members and $5 for kids under 12. For more information, call (509) 433-7893.

Support African school

An African dinner to benefit Peniel House, the school and orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo supported by valley residents Wayne and Linda Mendro, will be held May 4 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Twisp Valley Grange. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will benefit Mama Chansa’s work at Peniel House. Call 997-6070 or 996-3640 for more information.

Cancer benefit

A benefit to support the Exercise and Survivorship Education Cancer Foundation — including a trail walk, buffet and music — will be held on May 17 beginning at 10 a.m. at Sun Mountain. The walk begins at the Chickadee parking lot, followed by lunch at the lodge, where music will be provided by the Cool Water duo, the Kevin Jones Band, Sum Guy and the Lake Boys of Chelan. The suggested donation is $50. For more information, call (509) 860-1322.

Help for nonprofits

Registration is open for the sixth annual Nonprofit Practices Institute from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on May 19 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan. A partnership between the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and the Icicle Fund, the Nonprofit Practices Institute provides professional development and training opportunities for the nonprofit industry. The $15 registration fee includes lunch. Online registration is required at www.cfncw.org/npiannualsummit.