Story time for young children is from 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Okanogan Public Library. Activities include stories, puppets, songs and finger plays, and occasionally crafts and treats. Information: 422-2609.
Okanogan Kiwanis Club meets at noon at the Cariboo Inn, Okanogan.
Jane Cody Democratic Club will meet at noon at Tamarack Pizza, Republic. The group invites anyone interested. Information: Bryan Bremner, 775-0162.
Homework help and tutoring for middle school and high school students is offered from 3-6 p.m. at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. Students have access to a computer, arts and crafts projects and free snacks and drinks, organizers say.
Okanogan County Community Action board meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Community Action office, Okanogan. The meeting is open to the public. Information: 422-4041.
Conconully Chamber of Commerce will hold a Halloween party and potluck at 6 p.m. at Conconully Community Hall. “Dress up the kids and dig out your old costumes for a night of fun,” chamber organizers urge. Entree and beverages will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. Information: 422-1298 or 422-1286.
Omak Kiwanis Club meets at 6:30 a.m. at Koala Street Grill, Omak.
North Omak Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. school days from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 in the school library. A family night event is from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The book fair will be open to explore and many classrooms will have math games available to sharpen students’ math skills, according to a school announcement. Special guest reader Rocklynn Culp will share some of her adventures while visiting Tanzania.
Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Omak Inn. Speaker will be Mary Doherty, dean of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak. Information: Penny Garrison, 422-3393.
Story time for preschoolers runs from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Omak Public Library. The featured story is “Mrs. McMurphy’s Pumpkin,” by Rick Walton. Information: 826-1820.
Kids can trick or treat the merchants of Okanogan, Omak, Oroville and Tonasket from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Chronicle and participating merchants.
Apple Meadows, Omak, will hold a free costume contest and safe trick-or-treat event from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The annual “rockaraoke” Halloween party is planned at 9 p.m. at the Twisp River Pub, Twisp. Admission free. Information: 997-6822.
Santa will arrive in Curlew around 10 a.m. for photos, visits and to take in the Curlew Christmas Bazaar in Curlew Civic Hall. Eagle Cliff Grange members will assist Santa and his elves. Organizers invite people to bring their pets for photos with Santa, too.
Tonasket Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will host a special children’s Halloween party at 1 p.m. All kids are welcome, organizers say.
The third annual Tonasket Community Cultural Center auction gets under way at 5 p.m. at the center. Admission is free. Hors d’oeuvres will be available; Reed Engel and Friends will perform. Silent and live auctions are planned, as is a raffle. The silent auction runs from 5-6 p.m., with the live auction afterward. Proceeds go toward Community Cultural Center operations.
The 4-H achievement night will be from 6-8 p.m. at the former Omak Union Hall on Riverside Drive. A finger foods potluck is planned. A family dance fund-raiser, hosted by Triple Crown Team 4-H Club, is planned. Information: 422-7245.
The Omak Stampede queen pageant is planned at 6 p.m. at the Omak Elks during Stampede’s annual banquet. Candidates are Amanda Emerson and Katie Fergus. Fee charged for dinner and Stampede membership; tickets are available at the door. Information: 826-1002 or 826-1983.
Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus will hold its fall concert at 7 p.m. at the Omak Performing Arts Center. Admission charged.
Cascadia presents Viva la Voce at 4 p.m. at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. Singers from the Methow and Okanogan valleys will celebrate the human voice. Information: 997-0222.
Okanogan Oldie Goldies Red Hatters will hold a Thanksgiving potluck at 6 p.m. Information and location: 422-1387.
Okanogan County 4-H leaders’ council will meet at 6 p.m. the Washington State University Extension office in the courthouse, Okanogan. Information: Jack Weaser, president, 476-3715; Sherry Bodkins, vice president, 486-2378, or the 4-H office, 422-7245.
Tonasket High School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, and 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the school. An open house format is planned.
Okanogan Valley Soroptimist Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Koala Street Grill. Information: Rae Jean Kelley, 422-5907.
A volunteer recognition celebration and wrap-up of 10 years of North Ferry Enterprise Committee work will be at 6 p.m. in the Curlew Civic Hall. The committee, part of the Five-Star Enterprise Community, was created nearly 10 years ago to work on the local economy from the inside, reports Jon Chrysler, Five-Star spokesman. The event includes a free community dinner to which the public is invited, he said. Information: 775-8997.
Omak High School will host the Okanogan Valley Music Educators’ Massed Band and Choir Festival. A concert is planned at 6 p.m. in the Omak Performing Arts Center. Participating schools are Lake Roosevelt, Pateros, Okanogan, Oroville and Tonasket.
Eric Stone, founder of Hollywood Actors Studio in Los Angeles, Calif., will lead an intensive weekend workshop for actors Nov. 7-8 in Tonasket. Fee charged. Registration and information: Katie Johann, 486-8131.
The Support Center’s annual benefit art show and auction is planned for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, at the Courtyard Downtown, Omak. Hours are 7-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Friday activities include a silent auction from 2-7 p.m., live auction at 7 p.m., a champagne reception at 6 p.m. and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m.
Bingo is planned at 7 p.m. at the Curlew Civic Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian. Information: www.curlewcivicclub.org.
A wreath-making class will be offered from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Confluence Gallery and Art Center, Twisp. Tuition charged. Registration: 997-2787.
The Methow Valley sports swap is planned at 10 a.m. at the Winthrop Barn. People can find deals on new and used ski and snow gear, say organizers. Doors will be open from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, for sellers to bring in and tag items. A bake sale is planned by Friends of the Library, and season passes for Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, Winthrop ice rink and Loup Loup Ski Bowl will be for sale. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mvsta.com or 996-3287.
Kettle River Weavers Guild will host its 10th annual show and sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Catholic Parish Hall, Republic. A variety of gift items by local artists will be available, including handmade baskets and soap, silk scarves, beaded bags, fused glass, beaded earring jewelry, knit and crochet patterns, felted hats and bags, cookbooks, greeting cards, yarn, woven bags, scarves and placemats, and more.
A jewelry class for children runs from 1-3:30 p.m. at Confluence Gallery and Art Center, Twisp. Tuition charged. Registration: 997-2787.
Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club’s annual wine and cheese tasting event will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Agriplex at the Okanogan County fairgrounds. Admission charged.
A WorkSource-sponsored job fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Best Western Peppertree Inn, Omak. Job seekers can meet with employers, apply for jobs, submit resumes and network with each other. Information: Robert Adams, 826-7541 or email@example.com.
A children’s art class featuring holiday ornaments with Ellie Easley is planned for 1-3:30 p.m. at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. Children 8-12 will use a variety of materials to create holiday ornaments as gifts, organizers say. Tuition charged. Information and registration: 997-2787.
Missoula Children’s Theater production of “The Princess and the Pea” will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Methow Valley Elementary. About 50 local children will participate. Information: Methow Arts, 997-4004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Autumn Abstractions” continues through Nov. 17 at the Winthrop Gallery.
Confluence Gallery’s annual holiday gift show, “Wings of Winter,” runs Nov. 15 to Jan. 4 at the gallery in Twisp. Information: 997-2787.
Members of the Okanogan County Artists Association will display artwork until Jan. 21, 2009, at various locations. Exhibitors and locations include Esther Hinger and Hedy Kleemeier, Family Health Center, Okanogan; Sue Edick and Sandra Walters, Mid-Valley Hospital; Barbara Conner Reed, Okanogan Library; Sharron Arbuckle, Omak City Hall; Cecelia Campbell, Omak Clinic; Sue Edick, Tonasket Library; Linda Parker, U.S. Bank, Tonasket.
An exhibit by Caryl Campbell, Steve Ward, Jeremy Newman and Allison Ciancibelli runs until Nov. 8 at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. Information: 997-2787.
A solo exhibit of paintings by Cheryl Wrangle will run through November at Cinnamon Twisp Bakery, Twisp.
Meetings open to the public:
Ferry County commissioners meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first, second and fourth Mondays of the month, and 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at 290 E. Tessie Ave., Republic. Agenda: www.ferry-county.com/board_of_commissioners.htm. Information: 775-5229.
Okanogan County commissioners meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, except holidays, in the Grainger Administration Building, Okanogan. Agenda: www.okanogancounty.org. Information: 422-7100.
Okanogan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee meets from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the health district conference room at the Public Services Building, Okanogan.
Omak City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at city hall. Information: 826-1170.
Winthrop Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at town hall. Information: 996-2320.
Okanogan County Snowmobile Advisory Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the health district office in the Public Services Building, Okanogan. Information: Joann Stansbury, 422-7300.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 4 or dropped off at the Okanogan County auditor’s office during business hours until Nov. 4. On election day only, ballots can be dropped off at the auditor’s office or Omak Public Library from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Information: 422-7240.
Okanogan County Veterans’ Relief Board meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Okanogan County Community Action, Okanogan. Information: Don Cate, 826-4849.
Okanogan County PUD commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the PUD auditorium, Okanogan. Information: 422-3310.
Okanogan City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at city hall. Information: 422-3600.
Mid-Valley Hospital commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the administrator’s office at the hospital.
Conconully Town Council will hold a hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, on the ad valorem tax levy for 2009 and another at 6:45 p.m. on vacating an alley and Greenwood Road. Both will be at Conconully Community Hall.
Riverside City Council will hold a budget workshop at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at city hall. The budget hearing on the budget is planned before the regular meeting.