Thursday, February 22, 2024

Community News & Events


Cashmere Library Events

Cashmere Teen Poetry Slam 

Thursday, February 16. The community is invited to support local teens and participate in the judging as 15 Cashmere students perform their original compositions to the theme “My Future Me.” The teens will be evaluated by a panel of judges and votes cast by the audience. The free, public event begins at 7 p.m. in the BSA Fireplace Room at the Cashmere Riverside Center.

Prizes will be awarded, including a grand prize of $100.This will be the third Teen Poetry Slam organized by the Cashmere Public Library and Cashmere High School English Department and  sponsored by Friends of the Cashmere Public Library and local businesses. The first two events were held in 2019 and 2020, but then the program went on hiatus due to the pandemic. “I love putting on the Cashmere Teen Poetry Slam because it celebrates our local teens and the art of poetry in such a positive way,” said Cashmere Branch Librarian Lisa Lawless. “It is also wonderful to work with the high school English department. We usually have between 70 and 90 people attend this event, and everyone leaves smiling.”


Celebrate Black History Month with NCW Libraries in February

Explore books, movies, music, documentaries and more by Black authors, illustrators, filmmakers, and musicians in the library district’s physical and digital collections. 

Black History Month  is a national celebration in partnership with the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment of the Humanities, and other institutions and organizations to honor Black voices, stories, experiences, and contributions.

NCW Libraries is hosting a Black History Month reading challenge on the Beanstack app

Many of the library district’s 30 branch libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan, and Ferry counties have put up displays of books, movies, and materials by Black authors and creators. In addition, library staff have curated lists of suggested reading for children, young adults, and adults. 

Anyone with a library card can stream movies and documentaries online through Kanopy; read, watch movies, and listen to music on Hoopla; and read or listen to books on Overdrive through the Libby app. All three services are free. Explore all NCW Library’s  resources and reading lists for Black History Month at

Leavenworth Summer Theater Auditions

Leavenworth Summer Theater is pleased to announce February auditions for their 2023 summer season  The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Last summer, LST welcomed more than 70 local and traveling performers to create theater magic under the stars, including 20 local children. This will be Leavenworth Summer Theater’s 29th season offering family-friendly outdoor music theater in the foothills surrounding Leavenworth. They welcome more than 20,000 locals and visitors annually to performances at Ski Hill and the Hatchery Stage. Audition information was posted at on Feb. 1, and auditions will take place in Leavenworth Feb. 18-26. See website for detailed dates, times, and locations.

Upper Valley Scholarship for Women Returning to Higher Education

Applications are now being accepted for the Upper Valley Scholarship supported by P.E.O. Chapter JF, Leavenworth, WA. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist women in need of financial help in returning to higher education at an accredited university, college, or technical school in the State of Washington. This needs-based scholarship must be used for school expenses and will be paid directly to the school. Applications must be received for consideration by April 30, 2023. Scholarship funds will be available by the Fall of 2023 and be sent directly to the school financial department upon confirmation of enrollment. Women applicants must be seeking further higher education at either the undergraduate or graduate level and meet the following criteria: Applicant must be age 30 or above and reside in Chelan or Douglas County, WA. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or returning to a higher education program after a two-year or more absence. The colleges, universities, or technical schools where applicants have been accepted must be fully accredited and within the State of Washington, however, out-of-state on-line accredited schools, are acceptable.  Applicants may re-submit applications each year until they complete their programs of study.

 Women interested in applying for the scholarship may receive more detailed information concerning the application process, as well as request the application forms by sending an email to the Scholarship Committee at the following address:


The Cascadia Conservation District

The regular board meeting will be in person and call-in / Zoom meeting, held on Friday, February 17, 1:30 p.m.  If you wish to attend in person, please call the office as space is limited.  More information and instructions will be available on our website at or by calling the district office, 509-436-1601.

Genealogical Society meeting

The Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society will hold a hybrid meeting on Monday, February 13 at 2 p.m. Ohio-based genealogy educator Dana Palmer will present "Get It Together: Organizing Your Family Research." Meet in person at Douglas County PUD Auditorium, 1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee; and via Zoom, contact to receive Zoom information.

Call 509-782-4046 for general information. Free and open to the public.



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