A send-off for the hut

A community event to celebrate the relocation of a small cabin from the brow of Flagg Mountain will be held on Saturday (Feb. 13) at the Mazama Community Club from 5 – 7 p.m. There will be beverages and snacks at the free event. For more information, email info@movethehut.org.

The cabin was built in 2012. A lawsuit was initially brought in 2013 by several former owners of the 10.5-acre site on which the cabin is built, who cited what they claim are binding covenants prohibiting any structure that compromises views from the valley floor. In an October 2014 ruling, Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp agreed that the cabin violates the property covenants and that “removal of the hut from its current location is the only remedy.”

The cabin’s owners had it moved to a less-visible site on the property last fall.

Wolf depredations program

Gabe Spence, a graduate student at Washington State University, will present his research on wolf depredations on livestock in Washington state at the North Cascades Basecamp near Mazama on Thursday (Feb. 11). Soup dinner is $7 and begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 996‑2334.

Campaign kick-off meeting

The Methow Headwaters Campaign hosts a kick-off event on Sunday (Feb. 14) from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Winthrop Barn. The theme of the event is “Love the Methow! It’s too special to mine!” and the program includes local community and business leaders discussing how large-scale mining would impact the valley, possible solutions and ways to get involved. Danbert Nobacon and The Axis of Dissent will perform live music. The evening includes a happy hour after the program and music by local musicians. For information call 997‑0888.

Teen dance at The Loup

Loup Loup Ski Bowl will host a Valentine’s Day teen dance and nighttime tubing on Saturday (Feb. 13) from 5 – 8:30 p.m. The event is for 13- to 18-year-olds. The tubing hill will be lighted and there will be music in the lodge. Admission is $5; food will be available for purchase. This is a chaperoned, alcohol- and substance-free event. Participants must have a consent and release of liability form signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, call (509) 557‑3401.

Don’t forget the Doggie Dash

The annual Doggie Dash will be on Sunday (Feb. 14) at the Winthrop Town Trailhead. Dress up yourself, and your dog, to compete for prizes and glory. Registration begins at 9 a.m., races at 10 a.m. Participation is by donation. For more information, call 996‑3287 or email danica@methowtrails.org.

All about wildflowers

The Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is offering a free “Wildflowers of Washington” program next Wednesday (Feb. 17) at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus. The group will also begin the process of planning summer wildflower hikes. For more information, call 997‑9011 or email dana@methownet.com.

WVC open house

Wenatchee Valley College at Omak sponsors an open house on Tuesday (Feb. 16) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning in Mary Henrie Friendship Hall. The event will feature learning presentations from cultural anthropology and biology courses, tours of the campus and club expo tables. Drop-in college classes will run from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call (509) 682‑6436.

Online auction for Conservancy

The Methow Conservancy’s “Experience the Methow” online auction begins on Feb. 19 and will continue through Feb. 25. Auction items include a historical driving tour with stories from Carl and Roxie Miller, or a lesson in bird photography with Peter Bauer, or perhaps the Methow Conservancy staff offering a weed-a-thon on your land. Visit www.methowconservancy.org for more information.

Conservancy program in Seattle

Coastal residents can take advantage of a Methow Conservancy program in Seattle on Feb. 24 at the upstairs meeting room of the REI store from 7 – 9 p.m. The program, “King of Fish, Dirt and the Hidden Half — Salmon, Soil and Microbes,” will be presented by University of Washington professor David Montgomery. He will explore how human uses of rivers and soils have shaped the environment, our civilizations and our bodies. Register for the free event at www.rei.com/events/king-of-fish-dirt-the-hidden-half-salmon-soil-microbes/seattle/136813 or call 996‑2870.

Chef Jon Brown

Chef Jon Brown

Supper club at the inn

Monday Night Supper Club at the Methow Valley Inn in Twisp on Feb. 22 will feature a three-course meal prepared by Arrowleaf Bistro chef Jon Brown. Cost is $35. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (206) 849‑5581.

Noxious weed class

The Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board offers a free noxious weed recertification class on Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the 12 Tribes Resort Casino near Omak. For more information, call the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Office at (509) 422‑7165, or stop by the office, Room 102 in the County Courthouse in Okanogan.