CoveCove food drive bags mailed this week

Plastic collection bags for The Cove Methow Valley Food Bank’s 15th annual food drive will be mailed to valley residents on Saturday (May 10).

The drive will be conducted on May 15 with the help of post offices in Twisp, Winthrop, Carlton and Methow. Residents are asked to put appropriate food items in the bag and hang it on their mailbox on that day for pick-up by postal carriers.

In conjunction with the food drive, The Cove will celebrate its 16th anniversary with an open house on May 15 from noon – 4 p.m. Free hot dogs and chili will be served.

If you receive mail at a post office box, food collection bins will be available in the post office lobbies. Volunteers will pick up those donations at the end of the day.

Suggested items for donation include canned meats, fruits, vegetables, stews, noodles, cereals and personal hygiene items such as shampoo and laundry detergent. The Cove Food Bank serves 75 to 100 families each week. Cash donations can be mailed to The Cove, P.O. Box 895, Twisp, WA 98856. For more information, call 997-0227.

Fort Okanogan center opens this weekend

The Fort Okanogan Interpretive Center will open on Saturday (May 10) for its summer programming. Future events include a musical show by the Methow Valley’s Hank Cramer on June. 29. The center is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located on State Highway 17 about one-fourth of a mile from the U.S. Highway 97 junction, just north of Brewster. For more information, call (509) 689-6665, or visit www.colvilletribes.com/fort_okanogan_interpretive_center.php

Open house at teen center

The Valley Teen Center at TwispWorks will host a community open house on Monday (May 12) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can learn about volunteer opportunities and current programs and events for teens. Food and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call  (509) 341-4279 or email mvalleyteencenter@gmail.com.

Wine Festival is coming

Add this to your summer calendar: The Winthrop Wine Festival, offering a tasting selection of Washington state wines and lunch catered by Bart Northcott, will be on July 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mack Lloyd Park in Winthrop. Cost is $15, which includes 12 tasting tickets. For more information, call (509) 429-5757.