Business preparedness workshop

A free business preparedness and resiliency workshop will be offered on Thursday (March 10) from 9 a.m. – noon at the Winthrop Barn. The workshop will be led by Annie Schmidt, director of policy and partnerships for the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, and Kirsten Cook, Firewise Program Coordinator for the Okanogan Conservation District. Goals include helping business owners and managers assess current levels of readiness and help map out realistic goals to mitigate the impacts of business disruptions. For more information or to register, contact Cook at (509) 422‑0855, ext. 103; or email

Dems meet in Twisp

Jaxon Raven, chair of Washington State Democrats, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Okanogan County Democrats on Friday (March 11) at Hometown Pizza in Twisp. Also invited is Monica Mendoza-Castrejon, eastern Washington regional field director for the Washington Democrats Coordinated Campaign. The meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Have a Bite in the Barn

The 22nd annual Bite of the Methow is on Saturday (March 12) at the Winthrop Barn.

The event, hosted by Winthrop Kiwanis, is a fundraiser for community projects.

Doors open at 3 p.m. Silent auction items donated by local businesses, individuals and organizations will be on display at several tables. Food service begins at 5 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may purchased from any Kiwanis member, at Windermere Real Estate in Twisp, or the Tenderfoot in Winthrop.

Gardening tips

Learn about the joy of gardening in a series of presentations on Sunday (March 13) at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus. The free classes will be offered from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Okanogan County Master Gardeners will discuss topics such as seed starting, container planting, selecting fire-resistant trees and plants, and tree care. For more information, call (509) 422‑7245.

Post-fire lessons about insurance

Methow Ready will sponsor a program on home and property insurance considerations in light of the fires and floods of 2014 – 15, on Tuesday (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.

Master’s Christian Honor Roll

The Master’s Christian School announced that the following students have earned Honor Roll status: Bodie Thompson earned an A Honor in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Ellecia Smith, Bodie Thompson, Kayden Sarazin, Jonas Oosterhof, Bailey Brogan, Aksel Thompson and Karyn Desjardins earned A Honor status. Samantha Shaffer earned B Honor Roll recognition.

Events calendar planning

The Twisp Chamber of Commerce will host a meeting on March 17 at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus to help the town’s businesses and organizations coordinate a local events calendar. The free meeting will be from 8 – 9 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. The chamber’s hope is to facilitate planning for an annual schedule that will avoid, as much as possible, conflicts between events occurring at the same time. “The goal is to strategically organize our efforts to help promote the town and its businesses,” the chamber said in an email about the meeting. For more information, email

Plan your planting

Learn how to plan your planting calendar in a presentation by Brad Halm on Wednesday (March 16) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus. Learn how professional vegetable growers use a planting calendar to produce a consistent supply of produce every week, how to assess your produce needs, determine how much to plant, and how to schedule your plantings to ensure a consistent supply of fresh produce. Suggested donation is $5-$10. For more information, call 997‑3300.

All about kindergarten

Parents interested in learning about next fall’s kindergarten offerings at Methow Valley Elementary School can attend the Kindergarten Roundup at the school library on March 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Child care will be available. For more information, email or call 996‑2186.