Tour the new library
Friends of the Winthrop Library (FOWL), the nonprofit group that is building a new public library on White Avenue, is offering an online video tour of the building construction site on at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (March 18).
The video tour, via Zoom, will take visitors onto the construction site and inside the building. It will include a project update. To join, visit www.winthroplibraryfriends.org and find the event information on the home page.
Virtual town hall
State Reps. Keith Goehner and Mike Steele, who represent the 12th District including the Methow Valley, will host a virtual town hall meeting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday (March 23). The event will be conducted on the Zoom platform and registration is required to participate. Go to representativekeithgoehner.com or representativemikesteele.com and look for the registration drop-down. Participation is limited to 500. Questions may be submitted in advance.
Maya Seckinger, of Winthrop, has been named to the dean’s list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for the fall semester ending in December 2020. Seckinger, the daughter of Rob E. Seckinger and Ina C. Clark, is a 2016 graduate of Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School. She is majoring in environmental studies.
Methow At Home events
Upcoming online events offered for free by Methow At Home:
• March 23, 9 a.m., “Introduction to Butterflies in the Methow” with Cheryl Bellin
• March 23, 4 p.m. new pizza recipes, equipment and ingredients, with Jim Clement.
• March 24, 9 a.m., “An eye for atmospheric optics: original photos at home and far away” with Ed Stockard.
• April 1, 9 – 10:15 a.m., “Gardening in the Methow” with local naturalist Dana Visalli.
• April 1, 4 – 5 p.m. Advance Care Planning with Elizabeth Weiss.
Register for all events at methowathome.org.
Classroom in Bloom plant sale
Classroom in Bloom will again be conducting its spring plant sale online this year, with pickup scheduled for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on May 15. The organization’s online store will be open soon, offering vegetable and flower starts for purchase, some seeds and Classroom in Bloom gear. All funds raised will go towards school garden education programs.
Masks and social distancing will be enforced on pickup day, but you’ll be free to browse around the garden. Visit www.classroominbloom.org/new-events for information about the sale.
TranGO conducting survey about services
TranGO, the county’s public transportation system, is conducting an online survey through April to gather information from the public about transportation needs, in order to evaluate existing service and prioritize schedules and routes over the next five years. The survey can be accessed at http://okanogantransit.com/survey. If you don’t have access to the internet call (509) 429‑5823, to provide answers over the phone or to request a paper copy with return postage provided.
School Retirees’ scholarship
The Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association is offering a $1,500 scholarship to an Okanogan County graduate who is at least a college junior working toward an initial certificate in an education field to work in public schools. Deadline for submitting applications is May 1. The application is available at the OCSRA website, https://okanogancsra.com. For more information contact Rita Figlenski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meadowlark Natural Area closed in March
The Meadowlark Natural Area in Winthrop will be closed during the month of March to minimize disturbance to the local mule deer population. The natural area is owned by the Town of Winthrop, which has a stewardship agreement with the Methow Conservancy. According to a Conservancy press release, “Most of the deer are running out of fat reserves and does are likely to be pregnant. Being able to access the highest quality of forage as plants green up is critical and the Meadowlark Natural Area is one of the first areas to provide access to this nutrition.”
‘Tools & Trunk’ sale
The Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp will host an outdoor “April Tools & Trunk” sale from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 3, in the center’s parking lot. The event is free for customers. For vendors, the prices are: 3-by-6 foot table, no car, $20; 20-by-20 foot space with vehicle, $50. Other size options may be available, and social distancing will be observed. Shoppers and vendors are asked to wear masks. Tools, collectables and vintage items are OK, but no junk, please. Hand washing stations will be available. Set-up will be from 7 – 8:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 997‑2926 or email email@example.com.
The Community Center is looking for volunteers help with the sale.