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April 30, 2014- Community Briefs

Dinner, auction set by Montessori

OKANOGAN – Children’s House Montessori School will host its spring dinner and auction at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Agriplex Annex at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road.

Dinner will be catered by El Portal restaurant in Omak. A live auction will follow.

Auction items include a barbecue basket with 20 pounds of hamburger from the Timm Ranch, Okanogan; a load of topsoil from Lees and Duke Excavating, Okanogan, and a ride on the Malott fire truck during Okanogan Days.

The auction raises money for maintenance and budget items not covered by tuition.

Admission will be charged. Tickets are available in advance from the school or parents, or at the door.

Gardeners offer spring plant sale

OMAK – A Washington State University Master Gardeners plant sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 in Civic League Park next to the library, 30 S. Ash St.

The volunteer garden-advice group will offer annual and perennial flowers, vegetable starts, herbs, bulbs and grape starts.

Master Gardeners also will offer answers to gardening questions.

Tribal poster contest entries due

NESPELEM — A children’s poster contest is under way, with entries due by 4 p.m. Friday.

The theme is safety.

The top poster in each category will be sent to the Northwest Indian Housing Association spring meeting to be entered into the regional contest.

Entrants do not have to be Colville tribal members or tribal housing residents.

Contest information is available from the housing authority, 509-634-2163.

Shafer named

MANSFIELD – Evalee Shafer has been crowned 2014 Little Miss Play Days.

Shafer, a second-grader at Mansfield Elementary School, received the top honor after a pageant Saturday. She and the other nine candidates – including princesses Beau Nordby and Tiera Miller – all had to answer judges’ questions and perform a talent.

The pageant was open to first- through fourth-graders. Nordby is a fourth-grader, and Miller is in second-grade.

Play Days royalty represents the town in its annual celebration, set this year for June 13-14.

Elders honored

OMAK — A dinner for Colville tribal elders will be at noon Friday at the Omak Longhouse on Mission Road east of town.

The menu includes roast beef, chicken, salads and other dishes. Door prizes will be offered.

Amphibians are focus of program

TONASKET – “Amphibians of the Okanogan,” part of the Highland Wonders series, will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Wildlife Biologist Scott Fitkin will present the free Okanogan Highlands Alliance program.

His work as a state biologist brings him close to some of the region’s most interesting and unique amphibians, the alliance said.

“Scott first became interested in amphibians as a child, and that interest has continued into his professional career,” the group said. “Over the years he has conducted amphibian surveys and co-led herpetology field courses for the North Cascades Institute.”

He will give an overview of local amphibian species, including their identifying characteristics, life history and presumed distribution. He will touch on the role they play in the ecosystems as secondary consumers in the food web and as indicators of environmental change.

A dinner to benefit the cultural center begins at 5 p.m. A fee will be charged.

Desserts, tea and coffee will be served at the program.


Love, Johnson perform Saturday

TONASKET — Laura Love and Orville Johnson will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Separate admission will be charged for dinner and the concert, or for just the concert.

Bassist and singer Love does folk, country, gospel and original tunes. Johnson is a country/blues guitarist and vocalist.


Two take top state awards

OKANOGAN — Okanogan High School students Emily Rawson and Nate Downey won three awards at the state high school art contest and show.

They were the only students from Okanogan County with entries in the show, sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the help of several education and art organizations, art teacher Dan Brown said.

The contest was open to all high school students.

Downey’s oil painting, “Slugs,” was judged one of the five best works in the state. Art professionals judged the best of show winners.

Gov. Jay Inslee, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and nine art and education organizations then selected their favorite pieces, including Downey’s wood cut print, “Grasp on Reality,” and Rawson’s cut and welded piece, “Heavy Metal Salmon.”

Downey’s piece was selected by ArtsEd Washington.

It was created in a workshop with Omak printmaker Mike Azzano.

Rawson’s piece was designed in Brown’s art class, and cut and welded in Lonnie Dixon’s welding class.

It was selected by the Professional Educators Standard Board.

Rawson and Downey’s works were best of show winners in the regional competition, which was a qualifier for the state contest.

They and other state winners will be honored during a reception from 1-3 p.m. May 16 in the Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.

All of the art can be viewed during the reception and during business hours of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction through May 30.


United Powwow is Saturday

OMAK – American Indian drummers and dancers will gather Saturday for the 26th annual United Powwow at the Omak Tribal Longhouse on Mission Road east of town.

The free event is open to the public.

The theme is “Families Closing the GAP: Graduate, Attendance and Participate,” with support coming from the Colville Confederated Tribes K-12 Youth and Attendance Program.

Students and families will be honored for attending school.

The powwow’s first grand entry will begin at 1 p.m., with dinner following at 5 p.m., and an evening grand entry at 7 p.m. Powwow royalty will be crowned.

All drummers and dancers are welcome, and host drums will be chosen at each session.

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