January 11th: Methow GenNxt “Methow Futures” Meet-Up, 5:30-7:00pm at 24HR Mart in Twisp (Glover Street). Project GenNxt meets again! Join fellow Methow GenNxters to review an organized summary from the November gathering, look at the main themes and issues that came up, and then discuss how to move forward with topics of interest, potential activities and more. See more and join the group here.
January 21st: Methow Trails & Methow Conservancy Birthday Bash with The Paperboys at the Winthrop Barn. We’re turning 20! Help us celebrate at our joint birthday bash with Methow Trails (they’re turning 40!). We’ll dance the night away to the Paperboys and have some birthday fun. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2721890. See above for more details.
February 4th Winter Wildlife Tracking, with David Moskowitz, 8:30am – 12:30pm, $45. This class is full, but you are welcome to get on the waitlist.
February 6th – March 13th: The Life & Times of Methow Mammals - 13th Annual Conservation Course. The course will run for six weeks from February 6th to March 13th with one class per week on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn. $170. See all the details here.
The first-annual William Stafford Birthday Reading will be held on Thursday, January 12th from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Trail’s End Bookstorein Winthrop. Featured readers include Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Christine Kendall, Sam Lucy, Kelleigh McMillan, Sam (Eileen) Owen, Shannon Huffman Polson, Liberty Bell High School sophomore Leo Shaw (whose English Honors’ project focuses on William Stafford), and host Cindy Williams Gutiérrez. The featured readers will read one Stafford poem and a poem of their own that resonates with the Stafford poem. Following the featured readers, U.S. Forest Service retiree Ardis Bynum will speak briefly about the Stafford Methow River poems enshrined in plaques along the Methow River and in the North Cascades. Audience members will then be invited to share their favorite Stafford poem or a personal story about William Stafford. All are welcome to this communal tribute to poet William Stafford renowned for his guiding wisdom and his love of the land. Bring your favorite Stafford poem or tale to share!
The Methow Naturalist editor Dana Visalli will be teaching a class called “Big History: The Evolutionary Journey of Life & of Homo sapiens” at TwispWorks on Monday evenings January 2 – February 13, plus additional optional video and discussion sessions on Wednesday evenings. Cost is on a sliding scale, $0-$130. Contact Dana to enroll or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-997-9011.
Methow Trails hosts “Nature of Winter Snowshoe” tours every Saturday from Dec 31 - Feb 25 at both Sun Mountain and Jacks Hut at the Freestone Inn. These family-friendly snowshoe tours start at 11:00am and are led by local volunteers who focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more. See more details here.
The Community Foundation of North Central Washington Scholarship Program (CFNCW) is now accepting applications. The deadline for most scholarships is March 1st. CFNCW manages over 90 scholarship funds with varying criteria established by generous donors who want to help students achieve their dreams. Many of the scholarships seek to support students with the greatest financial need. Students can review scholarships through the online Scholarship Guide, which allows students to sort and filter scholarships by geographic area, GPA, award amounts, study area, and other specific criteria. See all the details here.