Help with ‘Friday Food Program’

The “Friday Food Program” launched last year by The Cove and the Methow Valley School District to provide nourishment during weekends for local students in need will continue in 2014 with an expanded goal.

Last year, about 80 backpacks were filled and distributed each week during the school year. This year, the program will aim for 90 weekly backpacks, according to Glenn Schmekel, executive director of The Cove.

Contributors can support one student’s backpack for one year (2014 – 15) with a $150 donation. Smaller donations are also encouraged. All donations can be made payable and sent to The Cove, P.O. Box 895, Twisp, WA 98856.

In a press release, Schmekel noted that almost half of the school district’s students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.

Charley family DVD at Interpretive Center

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center’s “Last Sunday” (June 29) event this month will include the premiere of the Charley family DVD, featuring descendants of the last full-blooded Methow native, T.B. Charley, who was credited by many with helping to save the Colville Reservation in the 1950s. Also, the center’s recently completed pit house will be opened to the public. The event begins at 3 p.m. and is free. The interpretive center is at the north end of the TwispWorks campus. For more information, call 997‑4904.

Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters.

Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters.

All about mushrooms

Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, presents a discussion on gathering edible mushrooms at the Methow Conservancy’s First Tuesday (July 1) program at the Mazama Community Club. The free event begins at
7 p.m. For more information, call 996‑2870.

Get your berries

Fresh fruit fans purchasing strawberries, raspberries and blueberries through the Twisp Valley Grange fundraiser can begin picking up their purchases beginning Thursday (June 26) from 5 – 7 p.m. at Thomson’s Custom Meats in Twisp. For more information or to order, call 997‑0775. Raspberries and blueberries will be available for pickup on July 17, same time, same place. The cut-off date for orders is the Friday before pick-up; all orders must be paid in advance.

Livestock deadline extended

The Okanogan County Fair Advisory Board has decided to extend the livestock weigh-in deadline for youth participants to Tuesday (July 1). Proof of ownership and a picture of the animal must be submitted. For more information, call Bill White at 997‑3252.