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As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been writing my entertainment piece for a month or so. I don’t think it’s for a lack of trying, but rather a lack of words.

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Few musical artists have the ability to capture the hearts and souls of millions of fans. And even fewer have the ability to do it for more than six decades and across a vast musical spectrum - from jazz to country, and folk to pop.

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REPUBLIC - Winning last weekend’s Outhouse Races competition were Curlew FFA members James Houston (jockey), Andrew Hailstone and Kenneth Delaney; all of whom are students at Curlew High School.

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TONASKET – Winterfest comes to Tonasket this weekend, with events Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7.

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OMAK — The Omak Chamber of Commerce is holding their third annual Festival of Trees for non-profits at 12 Resort Casino, with a cocktail gala and live auction Saturday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

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OKANOGAN — The first-ever Washington State Nashville Country Star Christmas show is planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Fifth Ave.

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OROVILLE - Dennis and Nancy Peterson know just about every musical group in Okanogan Valley, and are helping to nurture the next generation of aspiring musicians.

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TONASKET — Michellee Fox is the Community Cultural Center’s new executive director, and she hopes to see the building become a place used by all community members.

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CAYUSE MOUNTAIN — An empty field nestled in the Okanogan Highlands will soon become the most populated community in Okanogan County.

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REPUBLIC - The first Get Out Fest is planned for June 27-30 at the Ferry County Fairgrounds and surrounding area.

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GRAND COULEE – A new, all-access virtual reality learning experience is being launched this weekend at Grand Coulee Dam.

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OMAK – Although “A Christmas Story” is set during the holiday season, its message is appropriate for Mother’s Day.

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OMAK – Children’s Dance Theater will celebrate 25 years of existence with a production of “Alice in Wonderland” this weekend.

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OMAK – The 16th annual Omak Film Festival opens Jan. 31 and features seven current and acclaimed films.

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OKANOGAN – Okanogan High School Dawg Stars drama club will present “Somewhere Else Dreams,” a dinner theater production, Jan. 23-24 and Jan. 26.

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TWISP – The third annual William Stafford Birthday Reading of Poetry will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Confluence Gallery, 104 N. Glover St.

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OKANOGAN – The 11th annual Poetry Out Loud recitation contest will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Okanogan High School cafetorium, 244 S. Fifth Ave.

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OMAK - Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus musicians continued the tradition of giving the Okanogan Valley a grand Christmas gift when they performed the “Winter Magic Returns” concert Dec. 8.

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OMAK – Aspiring high school-age singers can sign up starting Jan. 1 for the 15th season of the Washington State Nashville Country Star competition.

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BREWSTER – A special performance of Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” is planned when Brewster Elementary School students give their holiday concert tonight, Dec. 5.

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OROVILLE — Cops N’ Kids events kick off Dec. 8 in Oroville with law enforcement officers taking underprivileged children shopping from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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TONASKET — Winterfest weekend kicks off this Friday evening, with The Company Band at the Kuhler, 302 N. Whitcomb Ave., playing at 9 p.m.

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OMAK – “The Curious Savage,” staged by the Pioneer Players drama club at Omak High School, opens this weekend in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

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OKANOGAN – A Roaring ‘20s theme is planned for Saturday’s annual Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club wine and cheese tasting event, but there won’t be any speakeasy passwords required.

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The season opener for the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus featured trivia, but the Oct. 20 concert was anything but trivial.

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OMAK – A trivia quiz will be part of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus season-opening concert Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of seeing two outstanding country music legends - Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis - in concert Saturday, Sept. 8, at Mill Bay Casino’s Deep Water Amphitheater in Manson.

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OKANOGAN - BrassWorks will perform from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Okanogan Valley Farmers Market in Legion Park.

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OMAK – A free classical music concert, featuring a Chinese pianist and an Arizona guitarist, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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A full line up of entertainment, for a variety of musical acts to magic and a hypnotist, is planned at this year’s Okanogan County Fair.

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Memories will be made when the Okanogan County Fair opens on Thursday, Sept. 6, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 9. The usual showing of farm animals - cared through the long spring and summer months by countless numbers of county youth - will vie for that special recognition and ribbon.

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A trio of book signings are planned for local author Theresa Wise following the release of her first book, “The Captive.”

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Boots and cowboy hats filled the North Central Washington Fair grandstands Friday, Aug. 24, as the iconic 1990s country music group BlackHawk performed as this year’s headline act.