2023 Home Tour
The creativity and artistry of home designers and builders will be on full display for the 20th annual Methow Valley Home Tour, presented by The Confluence: Art in Twisp on Saturday (July 8), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The eight homes on the 2023 Home Tour feature the variety of architectural styles, building materials, sizes and values that can be found in and around the community of Mazama.
Among the homes featured are a “Gear Loft” that allows its owners maximum recreation time directly from their door, a Lost River Road home reimagined and remodeled, and one of the eight homes in the Methow Housing Trust’s McKinney Ridge neighborhood. Pieces by local and regional artists will be showcased in several tour houses.
Tour tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets, or at The Confluence. All attendees must pick up their wristbands and tour guides at The Confluence prior to the tour. Tickets and wristbands will also be available for purchase on the day of the tour from 9 a.m.-noon at the Mazama Store. Participants should be 12 years of age or older.
Tickets are $30 per person; or $25 per person for carpool of four or more; or $25 per bicycle. Touring by bicycle and carpooling are strongly encouraged.
For information, call (509) 997-2787S, or email email@example.com.
School board candidates’ forum
A candidates’ forum for the only local elective race that will be on the Aug. 1 primary ballot — Methow Valley School District board of directors Position 5 (at large) — will be held on Thursday, July 13, at the Mazama Community Club, starting at 6 p.m.
Invited to the forum are incumbent Frank Kline of Winthrop, and challengers Michael Liu of Twisp and JT Sawyer of Winthrop. According to organizer Ann Diamond, Kline and Liu have agreed to appear but Sawyer will out of town.
All three candidates have been sent a few preliminary questions to answer at the forum; Sawyer will have the opportunity to respond in writing and his answers read at the event. Additional questions will be solicited from the audience.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for mingling; the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
‘First Tuesday’ moves to July 11
Because of the Fourth of July holiday, the Methow Conservancy’s “First Tuesday” event has been moved to July 11. It will be a visit to the McFarland Creek Lamb Ranch starting at 7 p.m., where participants will learn about Katie Haven and Bill Tackman’s lamb and fiber operation. The event is free and open to the public. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information, or visit https://methowconservancy.org/news/category/events.
Methow Recycles compost training
Methow Recycles hosts free community compost trainings and an opportunity to join a test-run of the valley’s new residential compost program.
Trainings will happen on Monday (July 10), from 6-8 p.m. at the Twisp Valley Grange, and Tuesday (July 11), from 6-8 p.m. at the Winthrop library. Attendees will learn how to reduce food waste, why compost is gaining traction in the waste industry, and all the details of Methow Recycles new residential compost program, as well as hear from Kate Wynne of B2G compost about her small-scale compost facility and process for turning food scraps into fertilizer for the community. After the training, attendees will have the option to sign up for the compost program and take a home a countertop pail to begin composting.
Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs not required. If you are interested in signing up for the residential compost program but no one from your household can make the trainings, there will be another opportunity to sign up for the compost program in early fall.
For information, email email@example.com.
The Okanogan County Democrats Family and Friends Picnic will be on Sunday, July 16, from 1-4 p.m. at Triangle Park in Omak. There will be free food and live music. Featured speakers will be State Democrats Chair Shasti Conrad and candidate for state Attorney General Manka Dhingra. RVSP at www.okanogandemocrats.org.
Apple Pie Jamboree coming
The 76th Pateros Apple Pie Jamboree is back starting Friday, July 14, and continuing through Sunday, July 16.
Things kick of Friday with vendors, pie and ice cream, kids’ crafts and a movie, plus music by Waterdog at Sweet River Bakery.
Saturday offerings and events include a color run, breakfast, 3-on-3 basketball, a community parade, watercraft racing and the first annual corn hole tournament (sign up at the souvenir booth). Liberty Linklater performs at Sweet River Bakery. There will plenty of food options, plus kids’ games and a daylong raffle. Prizes include a 12 Tribes Casino package and a 20 minute helicopter ride from Lake Chelan Helicopters. Loose Change will perform in the evening, and the day will end with fireworks show. Sunday includes breakfast, more racing on the water, entertainment and vendors.
Funds raised support local youth activities. Visit paterosapj.org for detailed information, including registration forms for the color run, parade, and 3-on3 tournament, or to be a vendor. Call (509) 449 0596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At the Twisp library:
• July 19 — My Story, 6 p.m. An evening of short, true stories told by your friends and neighbors Refreshments provided by the Twisp Library Friends. Free.
At the Winthrop library:
• Family Storytime, July 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m.
• Teen Tuesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m., activities and snacks exclusively for kids aged 12-18.
• Open Makerspace, July 14, 21 and 28, noon-5 p.m. All ages welcome, but kids under age 7 may need adult help.
• July 18-29, during library open hours, create complex scenes with LEGO pieces. Builders will have all week to work on their scenes.