Alexander Nicolazzo

Alexander Nicolazzo

MVES student qualifies for state chess tournament

Alexander Nicolazzo, a sixth-grade student at Methow Valley Elementary School, took first place in the sixth-grade category on Feb. 6 at the Groundhog Chess Tournament in Spokane. He qualified for the state tournament at the Tacoma Convention Center on April 16.

Film about dying

Speaking of Dying, a short film exploring the idea that we can all have a better death, will be presented Thursday (Feb. 18) at 4 p.m. at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus. The free event is sponsored by Methow At Home and The Lookout Coalition. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Greek dinner at the grange

A multi-course Greek dinner will be served Saturday (Feb. 20) at the Twisp Valley Grange, to benefit grange activities. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $30. Tickets are available through, or call 997-0775. There will be a no-host bar.

The menu includes an appetizer plate, Greek salad, moussaka, dolmas, spanakopita, lamb, tzatziki, potatoes and baklava. Local belly dancers will provide entertainment.

Ski film in Mazama

Jumbo Wild, an environmental ski film produced by Patagonia, will be screened on Tuesday (Feb. 23) at the Mazama Community Club at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 997-0888.

Suicide prevention information

The North County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host a meeting on Feb. 26 to present information about suicide awareness and prevention, at 35 Highway 20 in Tonasket. The free event will be from 10 – 11:30 a.m. For more information, call (856) 981-7942.

Home and property insurance

Methow Ready will sponsor a program on home and property insurance considerations in light of the fires and floods of 2014 – 15, on March 15 at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus. The free event will be from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and will include pizza and dessert. Register by emailing or call (509) 449-5590. Deborah Gauthier from FEMA will speak, along with several lawyers and Melinda Bourn from Melbourn Insurance.

Sign up for Methow River Camp

Methow River Camp, which takes children 10- to 14-years-old into the natural world for five days of canoeing, hiking and natural history every summer, will return for its 26th year on July 18 – 22 and is now open for registration. For more information and registration information contact Dana Visalli at or Anaka Mines, or call 997-9011.

Hottell’s history is back

Bill Hottell’s annual history class this year will cover the colony of Dutch New York. The class will be held on the first four Wednesdays in March (beginning March 2) at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. A $25 fee covers the entire course. Participants are welcome to start at any point in the class. For more information, call 997-6655.