Duck Race on Monday
The Winthrop Kiwanis Duck Race returns on Labor Day (Sept. 6), with an opportunity to win cash if your designated duck bobs its way to the front of the pack.
The race, an annual fundraiser for the service organization, begins at noon when a couple of thousand plastic ducks are dumped from the Chewuch River bridge in Winthrop for a journey through the confluence before reaching the finish line at the Methow River Bridge.
Each duck is painted with a number associated with an entry ticket. If your duck wins, your ticket pays off with a $500 prize. The second-place duck earns $300, the third-place duck is worth $100, and fourth and fifth places are good for $50 each.
Tickets are $5 per duck and can be purchase at the Tenderfoot in Winthrop, or at the NAPA auto parts store and Windermere Real Estate Methow Valley in Twisp, and are also available from Kiwanis members. Or, call (509) 699-3797for more information.
Whites’ fundraising potluck
Bill and Suellen White will host their 10th annual fundraising barbecue/potluck on Saturday (Sept. 4) at the Whites’ ranch on Lookout Mountain Road, starting at 5 p.m. The event raises funds for the Agros program, a Seattle-based nonprofit whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and create paths to prosperity for farming families in rural Latin America.
The event is free; donations for Agros are appreciated. Barbecue and beans are provided; bring a potluck dish to share. There will also be cowboy poetry and bluegrass music.
Conservancy ‘First Tuesday’ now virtual
The Methow Conservancy’s “First Tuesday” event scheduled for Sept. 7, originally planned to be an outdoor gathering at the Conservancy’s new office in Winthrop, has been changed to a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform because of concerns about the recent COVID surge. For information about how to access the Zoom link, email email@example.com. The free event starts at 7 p.m. According to the Conservancy, the event will be “a community discussion about what we value about the Methow Valley and what we hope to preserve and protect as we face change.”
Autumn in the Methow
The North Cascades Institute and Methow Valley-based naturalist David Lukas present a day of outdoor exploration, “Autumn Adaptations in the Methow Valley,” on Sept. 11.
Lukas will talk about the ways that birds, fish, insects, mammals and plants prepare for their significant journey from the glorious days of autumn into the depths of winter.
Lukas is a professional naturalist and author. He has led thousands of nature walks, classes and talks, and written extensively about the natural world. To learn more, visit www.lukasguides.com.
The event will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in Mazama. Cost is $110; scholarships and discounts are available. Sign up at https://ncascades.org/signup/programs/autumn-adaptations-in-the-methow-valley. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 854-2599.
Hawkins’ schedules listening tour
State Sen. Brad Hawkins will hold his fifth annual 12th District “listening tour” on Sept. 14-15, via the Zoom platform or phone.
“It is very helpful for me to hear directly from constituents, which is why I started conducting annual listening tours,” Hawkins said in a press release. “Because of the ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s recent mask mandate, I’ve decided to use a virtual approach again for this year’s listening tour.”
The meetings will take place by Zoom videoconferencing or as traditional conference phone calls. They will be scheduled approximately 20 minutes apart to accommodate as many groups as possible. Meetings each day will begin at 8 a.m. and the last one will end at 5 p.m.
Those who are interested in scheduling an appointment to meet with Hawkins should contact his office at email@example.com or (360) 688-8951. Hawkins’ staff will provide technology details for Zoom or phone meetings with him.