April 23, 2014- Community Briefs

Sunflower Festival set for May 23

OMAK — Paschal Sherman Indian School’s Sunflower Festival will be Friday, May 23.

The event includes Sunflower Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Mission, 3K and 5K Sun Run, with registration from 9-9:45 a.m., mini powwow grand entry at 10 a.m., royalty crowning, 3-on-3 basketball tournament with registration at 9 a.m. and games at 10 a.m., a traditional feast at 11 a.m., historic photo display, drawing, tribal Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing pond, field games and other outdoor activities, storytelling, face painting, a health fair, concessions and vendors, and tribal programs displays.

During the mass, Father Jake Morton will officiate at services acknowledging first community and confirmation candidates.

Habitat board gets four new members

TONASKET — Several people have joined the Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity board.

New members are Lorraine Derig, Betty Fry, Shelli Martinez and Larry Witt. They join Kathey and Rick Ames, Sally Campbell, Shirley Devereaux, Maggie McNett, Father Jake Morton, Pat Liley and Sydne Porter.

The group recently finished building a home and is raising money for another. It plans to complete a home every other year.

Fundraisers include a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the old Gold Digger warehouse next to the Okanogan Estates winery gift shop, 1205 Main St.; a raffle, home and garden tour June 21, and a praise and worship concert Sept. 27.

Student wins award for Spanish writing

OKANOGAN — Jorge Marquez, a student at Okanogan High School, received honorable mention in the narrative, Spanish speakers category of the “Escribo en Espanol” writing contest.

Awards will be given at noon May 3 at the Seattle Art Museum. Marquez, his family and Spanish teacher Carla Pruess were invited to the ceremony.

The ceremony is expected to draw dignitaries from the state Legislative, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, University of Washington and the Office of the Honorary Consul of Spain in Seattle.

Stonerose membership weekend begins

REPUBLIC — Stonerose Interpretive Center’s membership weekend begins April 25.

Members can dig for fossils that weekend, ahead of the center’s May 1 opener. A half-dozen fossils can be kept per member, interim Executive Director Katherine Meade said.

Fossils may be dug from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 27.

People can join or renew their memberships that weekend.

The Stonerose board’s annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Northern Inn, 852 S. Clark Ave.


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