A starry, starry night
It will be a night for the stars — not the Hollywood types, but the ones overhead — on Aug. 2 when three separate events will highlight the valley’s efforts to improve “dark sky” conditions that protect the night sky from light pollution.
- At the Methow Valley Ciderhouse in Winthrop, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Methow Dark Sky Coalition hosts a gathering to talk about dark sky efforts, with the goal of protecting the valley’s night sky through education, inspiration and legislation.
- At the Twisp River Tap House, starting at 7 p.m., the Methow Conservancy hosts an astronomy talk.
- At the Twisp athletic fields off of Airport Road, starting at 9:30 p.m., the Conservancy event continues with a star party.
There is no charge for any of the events. For information, call (509) 341-9165.
Interpretive Center presentation
The Methow Valley Interpretive Center in Twisp will host a free presentation by the First Nation Lower Similkameen Band on Saturday (July 23) at 6 p.m. The presenters will talk about the Ashnola Declaration, and what an Indigenous Protected and Conservation Area looks like.
Fourth Friday at TwispWorks
TwispWorks hosts its Fourth Friday gathering on July 22. Campus partners will have their studios open from 4 – 7 p.m., with live demonstrations from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Live music will be presented on the Pavilion stage from 6 – 8 p.m. For information visit twispworks.org.
Methow At Home Events
Methow At Home sponsors a series of free events in the coming weeks. Register at methowathome.com.
- “Suicide Prevention Training” with psychologist Julie Rickard, online on July 22 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. This training will teach risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, and how to have a conversation related to suicide.
- “Let’s Talk About Fostering Community,” on July 28, 4 – 5 p.m. at a site to be determined, with Joel Reid and Sarah Thomas from the Methow Housing Trust
- “Senior Housing Options on the Horizon,” online on Aug. 2, 4 – 5 p.m., with Gary Galeucia.
Second Mile Ranch celebrates
The Second Mile Ranch on Poorman Creek, west of Twisp, will have a 50th anniversary celebration on July 29 – 30. There will be a potluck at 331 Poorman Creek on Friday night at 6 p.m., followed by reminiscing, general cavorting and gamboling, and a picture show of activities and personalities going back 50 years. Saturday will be a day of gathering and more reminiscing. Open to all; bring stories and memories.
Hailey Damman of Twisp and Joseph Nishida of Carlton have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2022 quarter at Eastern Washington University.
Jennifer Flores-Xhurape of Pateros was named to the honor roll at Spokane Falls Community College for the spring quarter of 2022.
Clean up the river
Be part of a valley-wide cleanup project on the Methow’s rivers and creeks on Aug. 13. Volunteers will remove trash from legally accessible areas along the Methow River and its tributaries. Trash drop stations will be set up at several locations in the valley.
Registered participants will be entered into a drawing for half-day rafting trip for two on the Methow River courtesy of Methow Rafting.
For information about volunteering and to register, visit http://volunteermethow.org.