Grange Harvest potluck
The Twisp Valley Grange’s monthly “Farmer and Community Potlucks with a Purpose” is on Wednesday (Oct 25), featuring music by Ken Bevis, Byron Odion and Dwight Filer and an open mic for sharing a short funny story about this year’s growing season. The free event starts at 5:30 p.m. The Grange Hall will be decorated for a party, so wear your party clothes. Bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to share. Plates and utensils will be provided.
Concert, grief tending ritual
A Day of the Dead concert and Community Grief Tending Ritual will be hosted by Old Schoolhouse Brewery and Rooted Nature School on Sunday (Oct. 29), from 3-5 p.m. at the TwispWorks Plaza Stage. Bring pictures of deceased loved ones, candles and blankets. Free entry; soup and cider by donation.
Medicare open enrollment info
The Methow Valley’s two volunteers for Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) will host an open enrollment counseling session on Thursday (Oct. 26) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Winthrop library in the community room.
Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans can be changed during open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Participants attending the counseling session should bring their Medicare cards, insurance information, and a list of prescription drugs, dosages and refill information.
For questions or to make an appointment with a SHIBA counselor, call 1-888-452-0731.
School retirees meet
Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association will hold a luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday (Oct. 27), at Community Presbyterian Church of Omak, 9 S. Birch St., Omak. Brewster teacher and OCSRA grant winner Cindy Brown will speak. For information, call (509) 429-0292.
Affordable housing info session
The Methow Conservancy will host a public information session about the potential for an affordable housing neighborhood on the Sunny M property near the Winthrop, on Monday, Oct. 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Winthrop library. Presenters will share basic information about the site, explore data about existing housing needs and inventory, and gather input. The session is free and open to the public; no prior registration required. Find more information at methowconservancy.org/news/entry/affordable-housing-public-info-session.
Give Methow open house
Participating organizations in the annual Give Methow fundraising drive have been hosting a series of “mini-events” to highlight the Funday Monday matching funds days. Each Monday one Methow Valley nonprofit has hosted an open house designed to help introduce you to the work of a few of the valley’s organizations. The remaining open house is on Monday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-noon, at Methow Trails, Winthrop, with presentations by Methow Trails, Methow Valley Trails Collaborative, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Winthrop Rink, Methow Recycles, Methow Valley Nordic, Friends of the Pool, Methow Cycling Team Education Association.
Methow At Home will host a remembrance ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Twisp Town Park picnic shelter. Light a candle, place a photo or name or whatever feels right for you. There will also be time to share a story, poem, music, food, or silence to honor our loved ones who are no longer here. To register for the free event, visit methowathome.org.
All about bats
The Methow Conservancy’s next First Tuesday program (Nov. 7) will be a Zoom-based presentation on “The Bats of Washington State,” with Niki Desautels of Bats Northwest. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Register at https://methowconservancy.org/news/category/events. Learn about the bats that share your backyard.
Methow At Home hosts a free discussion — “What does grief ask of us? Why do we have to grieve?” — with Therese Johnson on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Winthrop library. To register, visit methowathome.org.
Christmas Bazaar in Twisp
The annual Christmas Bazaar in Twisp will be held on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, at the Methow Valley Community Center. The free event showcases more than 60 artists and craftspersons, offering high-quality original art, photography, silver jewelry, beaded earrings, pottery, clothing, quilts, herbal products, glass, handmade soap, wooden items, handmade bags, ornaments, cards, and more. The American Legion Auxiliary in the kitchen will provide lunch and treats. Although tables are filling fast there is still time to apply. Go to www.methowcommunity.org for more information and to download an application form.
Veterans Day in Brewster
A Veterans Day event will be held at the Brewster Legion on Saturday, Nov. 11, including a member drive spaghetti dinner from 3-7 p.m. At noon there will be a ceremony to burn old American flags. The dinner is free for members whose dues are paid up. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holidays at Sun Mountain
Sun Mountain Lodge is planning several events in the coming holiday season:
• Enjoy a Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 23) buffet from noon-8 p.m. Cost is $89 for adults. Make a reservation by calling (509) 996-9707.
• Celebrate Christmas (Monday, Dec. 25) with a four-course gourmet dinner in the ballroom, offered noon-8 p.m. Stay tuned for pricing.
• Ring in the New Year on Sunday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m.-1 a.m., with dinner, dancing, games, fireworks and more, featuring live music with Brennen Leigh. Cost is $150 per person.
For more information, visit www.sunmountainlodge.com/events.