The Twisp public library will host “From My Travel Journals,” a travel-related “My Story” event, on Wednesday (Aug. 16) at 6 p.m. Storytellers for the evening include Tani Erickson, Peter Morgan, Midge Conner and Dawn Woodruff. Refreshments will be provided by the Twisp Library Friends.
Community resource fair
Want to learn more about the community’s many and varied resources? Come to the Resource Fair and Summer Celebration at the Winthrop library on Saturday (Aug. 19), from 1-3 p.m. Representatives from local organizations including Room One, Jamie’s Place, Winthrop Kiwanis, Methow At Home, The Cove food bank and Methow Valley Head Start will be on hand to talk about what they offer.
Repair Café on Saturday
If you’ve put off that small, nagging fix-up because you don’t know how to deal with it, check out this month’s Methow Recycles Repair Café on Saturday (Aug. 19), from 10 a.m.-noon at The Cove in Twisp. The Repair Café is a free event where a team of expert fixers and menders volunteer to get your things working again. Items must be small enough to be carried and not be leaking fluids or hazardous in any way. You must stay with your item during its repair. Bring any parts you may have to complete the fix. The sewing team only mends items, no custom alterations. For information, email email@example.com.
Game night at library
Friends of the Winthrop Library is sponsoring Game Night at the library on Friday (Aug. 18), from 5-7 p.m., with different games for different ages. For details, visit www.winthroplibraryfriends.org/events.
Fire safety meeting
People can learn how to help the community be fire-safe and how to maintain the ecological and social values of local forests at a Thursday (Aug. 17) meeting and open discussion with an expert in forest science, an environmental attorney, and local advocates for wilderness. “Visions for a Fire Safe and Ecologically Sound Community” is a free, public meeting at 7 p.m. in the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.
Presenters are Dominick DellaSala, a forest scientist and wildfire-management expert, and attorney Liam Sherlock, who’s an expert on the National Environmental Policy Act. Other presenters are local residents Ric Bailey, who will be representing the North Cascades Conservation Council (NCCC), and Michael “Bird” Shaffer.
Donations for book sale
Twisp Library Friends is accepting donations of gently used books for the Labor Day weekend Twisp Library Book Sale in the Methow Valley Community Center gym. Donate books, DVDs and CDs on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Drop them off on the gym stage between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. After hours, drop materials outside the gym door entrance.
No tech manuals, textbooks or encyclopedias. The sale is on Friday, Sept. 1, 4-7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For information, call (509) 449-2594.
Compost Pilot Program
Methow Recycles launched a household compost pilot program, in partnership with B2G Compost, that provides an opportunity for valley residents to reduce their share of landfill food waste. The program provides training, 2-gallon collection pails, and drop off opportunities to households throughout the Methow. Free training session will be available on three dates:
• Monday, Aug. 21, at the Twisp Valley Grange, 6-8 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Winthrop library from 6-8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Mazama Community Club from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.methowrecycles.org.
For your future planning: This year’s “Coming Home Celebration” at Homestream Park in Winthrop will be on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event, which honors the returning salmon, will include food, music, stories and updates on the park’s future. For information, visit http://homestreampark.com.
According to its website, Homestream Park, which opened in 2019, “is dedicated to the rivers and fish of the Methow Valley, and to the native people, past and present, who have called this place home for thousands of years.” It includes a trail with benches along the river, sculptures by Smoker Marchand, a tipi, and a public gathering area with shelters, picnic tables, interpretive signs, and a kid’s lookout topped with wood carved osprey by Bruce Morrison. The land is being restored to its natural riparian and flood plain condition.