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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.

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As the north Okanogan pulsated with rumors of Jack Black sightings last week, I received an email from my editor saying, “Keep your eyes out. Jack Black's in town.”

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The Wauconda Community Hall Association is gearing up for its signature event, the 13th annual “Fabulous 50’s Sock Hop and Car Show,” Saturday, July 21, at 129 Toroda Creek Road.