The Methow Conservancy’s annual Cider Squeeze will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 2-4 p.m. at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s home, 17 Bean Road, Winthrop. Bring your own containers and lids: mason jars, juice jars, water bottles will work. All are welcome at the free event. For more information, visit the events page at methowconservancy.org.
Car seat check
Aero Methow Rescue Service’s child passenger safety team offers a free car seat check on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Hank’s Harvest Foods parking lot in Twisp. For additional information, call (509) 997-4013.
Building Science meets
Methow Valley Building Science hosts Ian Nimmo, a product consultant for the high-performance building supply company 475, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Liberty Bell High School library. Nimmo will give a presentation on ways to effectively eliminate closed-cell foam — which has a very large carbon footprint — from construction practices. The group is a discussion forum for builders and architects/designers interested in energy efficiency and sustainability. For information, email email@example.com.
Historic preservation at Shafer
The Shafer Historical Museum in Winthrop will be bringing historic preservation expert Chris Gustafson of Vintage Windows Restoration LLC to the Methow several times over the next year to lead volunteers in hands-on training workshops in historic wood preservation. Window repair and log/wood cleaning and treatments that meet historic and environmentally responsible standards are planned for Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 21-23). The workshops are free. For more information and to sign up, visit www.shafermuseum.org or www.VolunteerMethow.org to sign up. Some woodworking experience is helpful for the windows work, but not required.
If you have a historic structure on your property which you’d like assessed, Gustafson is available for a limited number of consultations by appointment by completing the work request form on his website: vintagewindowrestorationllc.com. He will be in the valley through Sept. 25.
Grange potluck Sept. 27
The Twisp Valley Grange hosts its monthly “Farmer Community Potlucks for a Purpose” on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The free event starts at 5:30 p.m.
The September topic is “Winterizing Your Garden.” Okanogan County Master Gardeners will present a research-based panel discussion on how to manage your garden at the end of the season to make it healthier and more productive for the next growing year.
Please bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to share. Plates and utensils will be provided.
Peer support group
Room One in Twisp hosts a drop-in group for people who struggle with substance and alcohol use. The group is for people at any point in their journey with addiction. The drop-in group will meet Mondays at 5:30-7 p.m. Food will be provided and child care can be arranged with notice. RSVP encouraged, call or text the confidential line managed by Room One’s Peer Support Specialists, (509-) 78-9337 or email Ronda Smeltzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Methow At Home offers a Korean cooking class with Jean Wilson on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Big Dipper in Twisp. Cost is $12 for members; $25 for non-members, including lunch. Register at methowathome.org.
The public is invited to celebrate Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare’s (OBHC) recovery programs and services at the Road to Recovery, a free community event on Friday, Sept. 22.
The carnival-themed event will include booths with fun activities, including a dunk-tank fundraiser, games and prizes. There will also be a special presentation.
Free popcorn has been donated by Omak & Mirage theaters. What’cha Want Teriyaki is donating a free teriyaki dinner for the first 200 people. Cotton candy and shaved ice will also be available.
The event is a local celebration of National Recovery Month. Road to Recovery is at OBHC at 1007 Koala Drive in Omak from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The Methow Dark Sky Coalition is hosting a series of astrophotography classes that will be taught by valley residents Jack McLeod, a retired science teacher, author and photographer, and Don Rudolph, an amateur astronomer and photographer who uses sophisticated equipment to take pictures of deep space. The classes, at various locations and times, are on Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. For registration information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Retirees Association
The Okanogan County School Retirees Association will hold a $5 soup-and-sandwich lunch and general meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, at Community Presbyterian Church of Omak, 9 Birch St. S., Omak. Carol Payne of Omak will demonstrate an art docent lesson. For information, call (509) 322-5788.
Housing Trust update
The Methow Housing Trust will offer an update on its projects, hosted by Methow At Home, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from noon-1 p.m. at the Winthrop library. Register for the free event at methowathome.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 floodplain condition.
Harvest Fest in Twisp
Methow Recycles and the Twisp Valley Grange will host a Harvest Fest at the grange on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 1-4 p.m.
The fundraising event will include activities and demonstrations on upcycled crafts, Halloween costumes, composting and vermiculture, as well as workshops on beekeeping, poultry processing, food preservation, fermentation, and bread and pie making. The event is free; food will be available for purchase including barbecue and a dessert fundraiser, with proceeds going to the grange. No dogs, please.
Visit methowrecycles.org for more information.