‘Olympic and Paralympic Night’
The Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation will host a free “Olympic and Paralympic Night” celebration, with personal appearances by the Methow Valley’s 2022 Olympians — Novie McCabe and Erin Martin — on Thursday (May 5), from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn. Presentations, Q&A, films and autograph signing will be included.
The gathering is open to the public, For more information and to RSVP, visit https://methowvalleynordic.com/events/olympic-and-paralympic-night.
Hike and bike
- Methow At Home hosts a free 3.75-mile, round-trip hike at Riser Lake on May 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. from the Riser Lake parking lot, or carpool from the Winthrop Barn at 9:15 a.m. Bring a lunch and water. Register at methowathome.org.
- Methow At Home hosts a free bike ride, from Winthrop to Twisp and back, with Ted Young on May 24, starting at 10 a.m. at the Winthrop Town Trailhead. E-bikes are welcome. Register at methowathome.org.
Rink opens for summer
The Winthrop Rink will is open for summer operations. Summer programs include:
- Pickleball, Mondays and Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 – 11 a.m., through September. $4 admission, punch cards and season passes available. Paddles, balls, nets free. Try pickleball free the first Monday of the month.
- Roller/inline skating, Fridays and Saturdays 6 – 9 p.m. in June, July, August. $6 adults, $4 youth (6 – 17)/seniors, 5 and under free. Skate rentals $2. Helmets, knee/wrist/elbow pads free. Season passes available. Kids skate for free the last Saturday of the month.
- Roller/inline hockey, Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m. in June, July, August. $6 adults, $4 youth (6 – 17)/seniors, 5 and under free. Skate rentals $2. Helmets, knee/wrist/elbow pads free. Season passes available.
- Rentals — the skating facility or, separately, the upstairs viewing room are available for rent, by the hour or by the day.
Visit www.winthroprink.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 996‑4199 for additional information.
Run for Clean Air at the Loup
The Loup Loup Run for Clean Air, a fundraiser for Clean Air Methow, will be staged at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl on June 4, starting at 8 a.m.
Here’s how it works: Run as many laps at the Loup as you can as a team, or individually for one hour or six hours. The route goes up a narrow, moderately-steep climb up a forested slope before topping out at the summit of the Loup, nearly 1,300 feet higher. Grab a snack, and head back down to tag your teammate, or repeat.
Proceeds go to Clean Air Methow, to help their efforts to improve air quality in the Methow and greater Okanogan County. Participants are encouraged to gather pledges for each lap completed up the mountain. The entrant raising the most money will receive a GermGuardian HEPA air purifier. Awards will be given for top finishers in each category and duration. All racers will be entered into a raffle for equipment from sponsors.
Entry fees: one hour, $25 until May 1, $35 through May 22, $45 until June 2; six-hour individual, $55 until May 1, $65 through May 22, $75 until June 2; six-hour team/relay, $45 until May 1, $55 through May 22, $65 until June 2.
For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.cascadeendurance.com/loup-loup-run-for-clean-air-1.
WDFW Trout derby
Five Okanogan County lakes — Alta, Conconully Lake/Conconully Reservoir, Pearrygin, Spectacle and Wannacut — are part of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) 2022 Trout Derby. They are among more than 100 lakes statewide that have been stocked by the WDFW with tagged trout. Just catch a tagged trout in one of the participating lakes, keep the tag, and claim your prize. Over 800 prizes totaling more than $37,000 will be awarded through the derby competition, which continues through Oct. 31. Visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/contests/trout-derby for complete information.