Famous producer tells Pateros grads to aim high

Valedictorian says Class of 2014 can take on the world

Ehren Kruger may be a successful screenwriter and producer of several Hollywood blockbusters, but as he told Pateros High School’s graduating class Saturday, it was a long road to get there.

Flag Day centennial set

The community is gearing up to celebrate the 100th year of Flag Day celebrations at the Wauconda Community Hall on Saturday.

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Shakespeare comedy gets ’60s vibe

Opening night proceeds go to Tonasket Food Bank

Shakespeare meets the 1960s in a two-weekend production of the Bard’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Star fundraiser set

A fundraiser for the Washington State Nashville Country Star program will be at 5 p.m. June 21 at the Okanogan Eagles Club, 1820 N. Second Ave.

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Show reunites ’70s boogie band

Omak singer hopes to take the stage

A band that was a hot West Coast draw during the 1970s and ‘80s will offer a reunion concert Saturday in the former Fletcher’s Key building, 120 Pine St.

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Hang with Jack Black? Yes, you can

Tonasket residents’ actor son offers prize in fundraiser for Water Ranch

One lunch charity raffle winner will be able hang out with famous Hollywood actor and musician Jack Black this month, and at the same time help support the proposed Tonasket Water Ranch and Pool Project.

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Crash claims longtime rodeo cowboy Condon

Funeral service is Monday at tribes’ Omak Longhouse

Larry “Little Beaver” Condon and friends were shooting the breeze when someone asked the famous bullrider how the heck he got to Madison Square Garden for competition in the 1960s.

Friendly show returns to Omak

People choose 1940 Ford pickup as best

A huge turnout provided the region with a ton of cars and vendors at the 21st annual Swap Meet and Car Show presented by the Friendly OK Car Club on May 9-11 at East Side Park.

Motorcycles rally for charitable causes

Blues fest joins rally

The 12th annual Run for the Border motorcycle rally and fundraiser will be Saturday with a run from Wenatchee to Oroville.

May 14, 2014- Arts & Entertainment Briefs

May 14, 2014- Arts & Entertainment Briefs

May Festival features full lineup

Traditional May Pole Dance set for Saturday afternoon

This weekend’s 80th annual May Festival will feature a weekend-long lineup of events from royalty coronation to a parade, basketball tournament, bass tournament and the traditional May Pole Dance.

Colorama returns with parade, races and more

Pro-West rodeo performances are Friday, Saturday

Colorama Festival returns this week for its 57th year with popular activities, from a carnival to a parade, helicopter rides, races and more.

‘Wizard’ arrives in Omak

Two-weekend run begins Friday; show includes ‘Jitterbug’

“The Wizard of Oz” blows into the Performing Arts Center on Friday for its first weekend of a two-weekend run.

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Egg hunters win prize baskets

Children turn out for Easter egg hunts

Vintage Faire is Saturday

Shoppers can get their ‘junk fix’

Vendors from all over the Northwest are expected for Saturday’s fourth annual Vintage Faire. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. ‘ “It’s great to offer such a great venue for people’s junk fix,” said Kris Little, one of the event’s three organizers. The 50-plus vendors will offer antiques, salvaged items, jewelry, vintage goods, repurposed wares, farm junk and furniture. Booths will be in the beef barn, commercial building, the north end of the home economics building and outside. “Glampers” will offer items for glamorous, vintage-style camping. Food and beverage will be offered in the CattleWomen’s red barn and a “Blue Ribbon Bar” will be open in the grassy midway area. Beverages and an ice cream stand area also planned. Music will be provided by a brass band and a guitarist. A Vintage Faire Store will offer souvenirs, including hooded sweatshirts, beer cozies, antique replica toys, candy, canvas shopping bags and a photo booth at which people can dress up and take photos. “You could spend a whole day” at the faire shopping, eating and watching other shoppers, Little said. Last year’s faire drew around 2,300 people. “Every year we get more,” Little said. “It’s grown. It’s blown away our expectations.” “It brings in a lot more people to the fairgrounds and the community,” fairgrounds clerk Loretta Houston said. “It’s awesome. I can’t wait.” She said the faire is one of the bigger events at the fairgrounds, with several buildings and the outdoor area used. The RV area also sees increased use during the weekend. Little said some people bring wagons or wheeled wire shopping carts to haul away their purchases. Members of the Okanogan High School wrestling team will be on hand to carry larger items to vehicles in exchange for a donation to their team club. The Vintage Faire was started by five women “who love to junk” and wanted to share that love with others, Little said. Other founders are Tria Skirko, Brooke Somes, Teresa Sheeley and Kelly Buchert. Sheeley and Buchert have since bowed out of the faire. “We are just in awe that it worked,” Little said. “Now, people look forward to it.” Vendors are expected from Okanogan County and other Eastern Washington locales, and as far away as Idaho and Oregon. Shoppers come from all over the Northwest and into Canada. The organizers use a jury process to select vendors for a mix of vintage and handcrafted items. “We have pretty high standards,” Little said. Buying vintage items “can be an addiction” as shoppers hunt for specific items, great buys and things they didn’t know they needed, she said. It’s also a social event, as people greet friends they haven’t seen for awhile. “A lot will just sit and watch what other people bring out” in the way of purchases, Little said. “Some watch and giggle. Last year, one guy was out in the parking lot, tailgating, while waiting for his wife.”


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