Father-daughter dance

Twisp Valley Grange will host a father-daughter dance on Saturday (Feb. 27) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and can be purchased at Hometown Pizza in Twisp or Robins Egg Bleu in Winthrop; or $10 at the door. The theme is “When We Were Young — ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.” For more information, email twispfatherdaughterdance@live.com.

All about caribou

“Mountain Caribou: A 21st-century conservation conundrum,” a presentation by David Moskowitz, will be the Methow Conservancy’s First Tuesday program on March 1 at the Twisp River Pub. Moskowitz’s conservation photography project on the endangered mountain caribou explores the world of an animal whose existence is tied to the survival of the world’s largest inland temperate rainforest. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Dinner will be available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call 996‑2870.

Suicide prevention

Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, a University of Washington-based organization, is organizing meetings of countywide suicide prevention coalitions this spring.

Crystal Bacon, program operations specialist for Okanogan County, will reconvene the North and South County Coalitions that met previously as part of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

“We are able to offer trainings that meet state mandates for employees of hospitals, mental health clinics, school districts and other organizations through the grant [from the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction],” Bacon said.

The North County Coalition will meet at the Tonasket School District board room on Friday (Feb. 26) at 10 a.m. For more information, email crystalbaconforefront@gmail.com or call (856) 981‑7942.

Mothering group postponed

A Mothering Group that was to be hosted at Room One in Twisp, scheduled to begin in February, has been postponed. For more information, call 997‑2050.

Balloon roundup on the horizon

Liftoff is just around the corner for the annual Winthrop Balloon Roundup, a gathering of hot air balloons that (weather permitting) will spend the weekend of March 4 – 6 colorfully drifting over the Methow Valley. The whole thing is free for spectators.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, balloons will inflate and launch from a field behind the Winthrop Inn on Highway 20 at about 7 a.m. Balloons are usually aloft until about 9 a.m. They typically follow the Methow River downstream and can be viewed from Witte Road or Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road.
On Saturday evening, the balloon glow event will be staged on Riverside Avenue in downtown Winthrop beginning at 6 p.m. Several balloons will light up the night sky as they inflate and glow like enormous lanterns.

Sponsors are Morning Glory Balloons, the Winthrop Inn, KOZI Radio, and the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit www.balloonwinthrop.com/index2.html or winthropwashington.com/event/winthrop-balloon-festival.

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 info@methowready.org or call (509) 449‑5590. Deborah Gauthier from FEMA will speak, along with several lawyers and Melinda Bourn from Melbourn Insurance.

Nicolazzo qualifies for state ‘Math is Cool’ tournament

Methow Valley Elementary School student Alexander Nicolazzo placed fifth in the “Math is Cool” competition for sixth-graders in Wenatchee on Saturday (Feb. 19) and qualified for the state tournament in Moses Lake on May 21. He also finished second in the Math Counts competition for sixth-graders in Wenatchee on Sunday (Feb. 20). His coaches are Yelena Nicolazzo and Mike Brandt.

In past years, the elementary school has sent a team to the Math is Cool competition. However, the school was not able to send a team to this year’s competition and Nicolazzo entered as an individual. He also entered as an individual in the Math Counts competition.

Dance benefits trail building

The blues band Happy Dog will play a benefit dance at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket from 7– 10 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 27). The performance will benefit the Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA). The Okanogan Valley chapter of the PNTA is building the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail through north Okanogan County. The dance will be preceded by a gourmet Italian dinner and a silent auction from 5 – 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $7. Dance tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and free for kids under 12. For more information, call (509) 476‑4072.

County Extension programs

WSU Okanogan County Extension is offering several programs in the near future:

• A free Master Gardeners spring workshop on March 13 at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus. Topics include sustainable gardening and container gardening, from 12:30 – 2:15 p.m.; and trees in the landscape, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. For more information, call (509) 422‑7245 or email Okanogan.county@wsu.edu.

• A free Master Gardeners rose pruning workshop on March 8 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Okanogan County Courthouse in Okanogan. For more information, call (509) 422‑7245 or email Okanogan.county@wsu.edu.

• WSU animal scientists and extension researchers, in partnership with the American Angus Association, will share the latest science-based strategies at a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, April 15 and 16 at Kennewick’s Benton County Fairgrounds. The first evening will educate farmers about the 2015 wildfires. Topics include post-fire ecology and pasture management, irrigation and feeding techniques.

Day two of the seminar will help producers improve their herds and put their businesses on stronger foundations. WSU and extension researchers will share ideas on genetics, nutrition, beef quality and the economic outlook. The seminar will end with a discussion of the latest Veterinary Feed Directive, which impacts how producers can use antibiotics. Registration deadline for Cattlemen’s Boot Camp is March 1. Cost is $75. Find registration materials and a schedule of events on their website.

For more information, call (509) 422‑7245 or email Okanogan.county@wsu.edu.