Community Bulletin Board for week of 7/24/08

QUAD CITIES

Burn ban imposed in Okanogan County

Due to hot weather and dry conditions-there have been some pretty spectacular fires already in the region-the Okanogan County Commissioners have imposed a ban on all open fires, effective immediately.

All open fires-even yard debris, even in town-are prohibited under the ban. The burning ban has been in place in Douglas County since early June.

BREWSTER

Teddy bears solicited for hospital ER

Okanogan Douglas Hospital officials are soliciting donations of new teddy bears and other stuffed animals that are given to children who visit the hospital's emergency room.

That big busy emergency room can be a frightening place to a small child-or even a big kid-who has to visit there. Dr. Tim Bryant and his wife Luanne started a stuffed animal donation program several years ago, to provide a companion for children while they are undergoing treatment. Donations can be left at the hospital's front desk, or people can contact Patti Gurrero or Brenda White at the hospital, 689-2517.

Calvary Baptist Christian School registration today

Calvary Baptist Christian School will be open today, Thursday, July 24 for parents who want to register their children for classes for the 2008-09 school year. Registration will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at the school, which is located at the church, 116 North Jay Street.

People who want more information can contact director Judy Swanberg in Brewster, 689-4407.

Registration open for private kindergarten class

Connie Becker has announced that there are a limited number of openings in her private kindergarten class for the 2008-09 school year. Parents of kindergarten age children who want more information can contact Becker in Brewster, 689-2941 or (509) 733-1134.

Fort Okanogan brainstorming meeting tonight

People who have ideas for promoting and updating the Fort Okanogan Interpretive Center-and who have ideas for celebrating its bicentennial in 2011-are being invited to a meeting tonight, Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum just south of the junction of Highway 97 and SR 17.

Friends of Fort Okanogan are looking for ideas for the facility now and want to have a bang up celebration of its bicentennial, something to rival the centennial, when all of Washington state was invited to a barbecue. The organizers of the 1911 shindig roasted a 700-pound ox, according to old newspaper reports. A barbecue-although not necessarily ox-is one of the possibilities for 2011. Other suggestions include a full-scale replica of the fort, which was one of the first permanent non-native settlements in what became Washington.All interested history and museum buffs are invited.

Masons installation July 26

The Brothers of the Craft/Hermanos del Arte Masonic chapter in Brewster will install officers for 2008-09 Saturday, July 26 at noon at the Brewster Grange hall (which is where the chapter holds its meetings). A picnic for Masons members and their families will follow.

People who want information about the Masons are invited to attend the installation ceremony.

Bear Backers clothing sale August 2

The Bear Backers, the booster group for the Brewster School District, will hold a back-to-school clothing sale of Bear Backer gear Saturday, August 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the commons at Brewster High School.

All Bear Backer gear backs the Brewster Bears, of course; all of it conforms with the new dress code that will be instituted district wide when school resumes in late August. Along with free balloons for children, there will be hot dogs for sale for 50 cents.

REGIONAL

Michael Dickes charity concert

Chelan to Africa is excited to present a charity concert performed by Michael Dickes with Days of the Dove. The concert will be held at the beautiful Tsillan Cellars at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 25. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Riverwalk Books and Persnickety. You may also buy tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com. All ticket proceeds will go to the 'Touching Tiny Lives Foundation', which houses and supports children orphaned from AIDS in the African nation of Lesotho. Please help us make a difference for these children while enjoying a beautiful summer concert. Questions, call Amy at 860-2402.

Cossu to perform in concert

The Manson Music Boosters present Live in Concert Windham Hill Recording Artist Scott Cossu, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2008 at the Manson High School. The Manson High School Jazz Band will also be performing during the concert. Ticket prices are $10.00 per person or $25.00 per family of five. Advance Tickets are available at Allison's of Manson, the Lake Chelan Chamber and Columbia Furniture. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Wildflower field day July 31

Okanogan County young people are being invited to study wildflowers and their place in the eastern slope forest during a field day Thursday, July 31 at the Tiffany Botanical Garden near Tonasket. The class will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; participants who want to carpool can meet at the WSU-Okanogan County Extension office at the Okanogan County Courthouse at 8:15 a.m.

Participants will learn about wildflowers' niche in the dryland forest ecosystem, flower structure and life cycles and how to identify native and non-native species. Shoes good for hiking, long pants and sunscreen are recommended. Participants should bring a sack lunch.

The field day is sponsored through the Okanogan County 4-H program, but youths don't need to be in 4-H to participate. People want more information can contact Jessica Radke at the extension office in the courthouse in Okanogan.

History of Mazama program

The Mazama country will be the focus of the monthly First Tuesday program sponsored by the Methow Conservancy, scheduled for Tuesday, August 5 from 7 t 8:30 p.m. at the Shafer Historical Museum in Winthrop.

Local rancher Doug Devin will talk about the history of Mazama from its settlement in the 1880s to the present day, and will sign copies of his new book, Mazama, the Past 125 Years. Devin will be joined by Elinore Drake, Terry Karrow, Leanne Krumm Melton and other local residents, who will talk about the results of their research into the Mazama country. All interested persons are being invited; people who want more information can contact the Conservancy at (509) 996-2870.

A salmon-chanted evening

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival and Ohme Gardens have a wonderful evening planned for you. The first "Salmon-chanted" Evening will be held at Ohme Gardens Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fun gala will have delicious smoked salmon, light hors d'oeuvres, local wines, music, fun activities, plus time to stroll the beautiful and peaceful alpine gardens. A beautiful salmon gift basket will be given away during the evening. The event is a partnership that will benefit the educational programs that the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is noted for, and recognition for Ohme Gardens. "Salmon-chanted Evening" is open to everyone, tickets are very affordable at $25 per person and all proceeds will be used locally to encourage families to discover and share the wonders of our natural world so unique and special in the Wenatchee Valley. Tickets are available at Ohme Gardens, Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, Wenatchee Parks and Recreation and other local outlets. Hosted by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a free, award winning festival held at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, Sept. 18-21, 2008. For more information, call (509) 548-6662 or visit these websites: www.salmonfest.org or www.ohmegardens.com

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