‘Be A Scientist’ program returns
Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School will continue its “Be A Scientist” program for the 2023-2024 school year. Local scientists, engineers, and science enthusiasts are invited to inspire seventh-grade students on their science projects.
Volunteers will help students frame questions, design experiments, analyze data, and present results. The program’s goal is to boost student engagement and enthusiasm for science.
In previous years, Liberty Bell students have excelled in science fairs, and this year, the school aims for every student to prepare projects that can be entered in the regional fair.
A volunteer orientation and training session is scheduled for Thursday (Nov. 16) from 2-3 p.m. For more information, contact Matt Hinckley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game night in Mazama
Game night returns to the Mazama Community Club on Thursday (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m. Choose from Qwirkle, Code Names and Scrabble, or bring a favorite of your own. The free event is open to the public.
A look at local wildflowers
The local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is offering a free power point program on local wildflowers, presented by local wildflowers aficionados, on Thursday (Nov. 16) from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Cove II building in Twisp. For more information, email email@example.com.
Twined sally bag classes
The Methow Valley Interpretive Center in Twisp offers “traditional twined sally bag” classes on Saturday (Nov. 18 for) beginners and on Sunday (Nov. 19) for advanced students, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Cost is $60 per class or $110 for both classes (includes supplies). Limited to 12 participants, registration required at www.methowvalleyinterpretivecenter.com/events/.
The classes will be led by Culture Keepers and master weavers Bernadine Phillips and Brandon Finley, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and are descendants of the Wenatchi, Methow, Lakes and other tribal bands. Students will learn how to make two small Plateau twined sally bags, using acrylic yarn and hemp.
Last Repair Café of 2023
The last Repair Café of the year will be on Saturday (Nov. 18) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coldwell Banker coat drive
Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate/Winthrop has launched its Fall Coat drive for local kids, and will continue the drive through Dec. 9. Bring new and slightly worn, clean coats, vests and parkas to the Coldwell Banker Winthrop office at 503 State Highway 20; or to Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp. The clothing will be sorted, cleaned, and transferred to local nonprofit partners for distribution to needy kids.
Dealing with dementia
Methow At Home is offering a free four-part series, “Caring for People Living With Dementia,” on Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at the Twisp Valley Grange, from 2-4 p.m. each day. Learn more about this disease process and how it relates to communicating, connecting and serving someone living with the disease. The sessions will be facilitated by Kathy Merwin, who is part of the Methow At Home team as staff, member and volunteer. To register, visit methowathome.org.
The Methow Community Club will have a general membership meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m.
Memory Care Café
Methow At Home offers a free presentation, “Methow Creative Aging Memory Care Café” at Confluence: Art in Twisp on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 2-4 p.m., led by local artist Janet Fagan. This is a program for adults living with dementia and their care partners that offers an opportunity for social and expressive engagement in a setting that is designed to promote confidence and inspire joy in participants. The Cafe hosts hands-on artmaking along with music and art discussions that meet all involved where they are with love and acceptance in a sensory sensitive environment. To register, visit methowathome.org.
How our plants evolved
Methow At Home will host “The Evolutionary History of Plants in the Methow Valley (AKA Everything’s a Miracle),” with naturalist Dana Visalli, via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 9-10 a.m. Visalli will tell the evolutionary story of our local plants, including how they acquire the energy for life, how they reproduce, and how they have managed to adapt to the heat and drought of summer and the freezing temperatures and deep snows of winter. To register, visit methowathome.org.
Bazaar at the Barn
The annual Christmas Bazaar at the Winthrop Barn will on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Local artisans and craft vendors will offer holiday gift options.
Mistletoe Madness is back
Reserve the date: Mistletoe Madness, Twisp’s season shopping event, returns on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2-6 p.m. in downtown Twisp and beyond.
Local shops will be adorned with holiday decorations and offering special discounts and other deals.
Other attractions include art and food vendors, entertainment and performances featuring holiday tunes, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts and a gift-wrapping station.
For information, visit www.twispwa.com.
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.