MazamaStoreSummer evenings in the courtyard

To encourage guests to linger on its courtyard patio, the Mazama Store offers special foods and events on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer.

Mid-week pizza nights resume next Wednesday (July 9), and run weekly through Aug. 27, from 5 p.m. “until it ends,” according to owner Missy LeDuc.

Open during the same hours, a slightly shrunken Mazama Market has moved from its old home at the Mazama Community Club to the area between the Mazama Store and Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, LeDuc said.

On Fridays and Saturdays from 4 – 9 p.m., beer-and-brat nights feature bratwurst, homemade fries, salads, and four beers on tap. “Brat nights went really well last summer so we’re continuing them,” said LeDuc. “They’re really fun.”

Husky Deli ice cream, milkshakes and special frozen concoctions are also served on the patio during pizza nights, beer-and-brat nights, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to closing, LeDuc said.

Two evenings of special music in the courtyard are planned in July: a fundraiser for Okanogan County Fire District 6 with music performed by a variety of local musicians on July 16, and musicians of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival on July 30.

For more information call the Mazama Store at 996-2855.

News at Valley Veterinary

Valley Veterinary Clinic in Twisp has added Stata Powers to its staff as receptionist. Powers, who has a degree in water management, moved with her family to the Methow Valley in 2013. She previously worked in the horseracing industry. Powers recently took over as 4-H leader for the Methow Valley Cascaders horse group.

In other news, the clinic has acquired at NitAir dental unit, a nitrogen-powered drill that allows veterinarians to slice through large teeth quickly. The device is especially useful for treating infected teeth, according to clinic co-owner Dan DeWeert, and pets spend less time under anesthesia.

New release at Lost River Winery

Lost River Winery will release its 2011 Nebbiolo wine over the Fourth of July weekend and will begin expanded summer hours at its Winthrop tasting room. Beginning Thursday (July 3), the tasting room will be open every day from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Sept. 2. The 2010 Nebbiolo release of 225 cases sold out.