American Indian drummers and dancers will gather May 3 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. A plaque dedication is planned in memory of Christine Quintasket, whose pen name was Mourning Dove. Quintasket, a Colville tribal member, was the first American Indian woman to publish a novel. A symposium celebrating her accomplishments was last fall in Omak-Okanogan. 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. Soy Redthunder will be the emcee and Dan Nanamkin will be the arena director. A United Powwow queen and princess will also be selected for the 2014-15 year. All drummers and dancers are welcome, and host drums will be chosen at each session. The drug- and alcohol-free event is supported by the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Red Road Association and the Omak School District Salish language class.
The Merc Playhouse Children’s Musical Theater will present “Willy Wonka Jr.” on May 9-18 at the theater, 101 S. Glover St. The show is based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by Roald Dahl. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission will be charged. A “pay what you can” performance will be at 7 p.m. May 15. The cast features 33 Methow Valley children, costumes, lights and sound by Liberty Bell High students, and set pieces by the Liberty Bell High School construction, welding and art classes.
A Tonasket-area Easter egg hunt is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the school complex, 35 state Highway 20.
Lorrie Fraley-Wilson Dance Studios takes dancers to California to perform on Disneyland stage
Ferry County students encouraged to enter art competition
The high school Drama Club will present Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools” on April 11, 12, 18 and 19.
A spaghetti feed is planned for 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the Omak Drama Club presentation of Neil Simon’s “Fools.”
Would-be designers have until May 1 to sign up to create a design for Confluence Gallery and Art Center’s annual Trashion Show.
Drew Jaeger relied on songs made popular by The Platters and Vince Gill en route to claiming his second straight Washington State Nashville Country Star title Saturday.
Reilly Davis of Omak finds himself in front of the Basketball Frenzy as the NCAA men’s tournament heads into the third and final week of play.
Residents can learn about weaving, knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts May 17.
Ruth Moody to perform Saturday in Tonasket at Community Cultural Center
Birding event takes place March 28-30 in Othello
Molson Ice Fishing Festival will go on without dog sled demonstration
The annual Poetry Out Loud recitation contest is set for 7 tonight, Wednesday, in the Okanogan High School cafetorium, 244 S. Fifth Ave.