Kiwanis helps Teen Center

Winthrop Kiwanis has donated $1,000 to the Valley Teen Center in Twisp, which will use the funds to improve landscaping around the center, buy picnic tables, grade the yard for a flat multi-use area, put in pavers for a barbecue area, install signage and purchase lawn games.

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First aid class offered

A basic first aid and CPR/AED class will be offered Monday (Aug. 25) at Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp. The class costs $45 and will be from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 997-4013.

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Loans for nonprofits

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Washington, following President Obama’s federal disaster declaration for public assistance. SBA disaster assistance is now available in Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation. Organizations should contact Gary Urbas with the Washington State Public Assistance program at (253) 512-7402 for information. SBA may lend up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

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 Free day at state parks

Monday (Aug. 25) is a free day at Washington state parks, meaning that no Discover Pass will be required for entry. Free days apply only to day use, not overnight stays or rented facilities. Washington State Parks will have two more free days in 2014: Sept. 27, in recognition of National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

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Elementary school registration this week

Registration for K-6 students will be on Thursday and Friday (Aug. 21 – 22) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Methow Valley Elementary School. All new and returning students need to register to update addresses and telephone numbers, look at class lists, pre-pay for lunch and pay an activity fee of $20 ($10 for second child). A birth certificate and immunization record will also be required for new students. For more information, call 996-2186.

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Walmart pledges fire relief

The Walmart Foundation has pledged $25,000 in grants to three local disaster relief organizations to help fire victims. The Okanogan County Community Action Council will receive a $10,000 grant to go toward providing assistance for one of the communities hardest hit by the fires. Chelan Valley Hope, a partnership of organizations that provides charitable and educational services to the Chelan Valley community, and the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, a philanthropic organization benefiting three of the most devastated counties in Washington, will each receive $7,500 from the Walmart Foundation.