Free Christmas dinner at senior center
The Methow Valley Snowmobile Association will host its annual dinner on Christmas Day from noon – 3 p.m. at the Methow Valley Senior Center in Twisp. The menu includes turkey with or without stuffing, ham, potatoes, salad, vegetables, rolls, dessert and all the trimmings. Association members donate the turkeys and hams, and many local businesses provide donations. The free dinner is open to anyone in the community.
Donate used cell phones
The annual collection of used cell phones for donation to Hope Phones is underway. Phones may be dropped off in collection boxes at the Twisp and Winthrop libraries. Valley residents have donated more than 120 phones in the past two years. The Hope Phones website, hopephones.org, also has downloadable mailing labels for donated phones.
Phones will be accepted in any condition. Working phones can be re-used, while non-working phones are recycled. Hope Phones uses proceeds from the donated phones to support the development of health care in 16 countries.
Foundation grant applications available
The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is accepting grant applications for the Methow Valley Fund. Established in 2006, the Methow Valley Fund provides financial assistance to charitable organizations that directly support the Methow Valley.
Up to $5,000 is available to programs that address community needs and/or enhance the quality of life in the Methow Valley. Applicants must be a charitable or public agency or seek fiscal sponsorship by an eligible organization.
The grants applications are reviewed by the Methow Valley Advisory committee, comprised of community leaders who live and work in the area, and are recommended to the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees for approval.
All interested applicants must apply online at www.cfncw.org/methowvalleyfund. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2015. Awards are distributed in February.
Moskowitz presentation in Tonasket
Wildlife tracker, photographer, author and outdoor educator David Moskowitz will present “The Hidden Lives of Northwest Wildlife” on Jan. 9, 2015, at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket. Moskowitz is the author of two books, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon.
The free event, sponsored by the Okanogan Highlands Association, begins at 6:30 p.m. A dinner benefiting the cultural center begins at 5:15 p.m. Cost is $7.50 for cultural center members and $8.50 for non-members. For more information, call (509) 476-2432.
Native plant sale offers opportunity to donate to fire victims
The Okanogan Conservation District is selling native plants to benefit those affected by the Carlton Complex wildfires. Order plants at www.okanogancd.org/plant-sale. The order deadline is Jan. 30, 2015. Bundles of donated plants will be distributed in the spring to landowners who have requested fire recovery assistance from the district. Any remaining donated plants will be made available to other fire survivors on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (509) 422-0855, ext. 123.