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Brenna Dimmig | New Día de los Muertos event will rise again

I met with Miseal Ferardo Perez for lunch in late October. Before the food even arrived, we were deep in conversation about Día de los Muertos. The beloved Mexican celebration was fast approaching and we were dizzy with anticipation. So dizzy — and possibly delusional — that we thought it would be a good idea to throw a Día de los Muertos fiesta on a week’s notice. The Wenatchee Community Center could host the event, Misael offered to organize food and entertainment, I’d make event fliers.
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Hanz Scholz | Methow Valley Nordic Team to hold auction

The Methow Valley Nordic Team is an organization that “shares the love of Nordic skiing with area youth.” The team teaches cross country skiing, both classic and skate techniques, to about 110 children from the ages of 5 years old through high school. Many of the children also compete in their age group in races throughout the Northwest, going as far north as Central British Columbia and east as far as Bozeman, Mont. A fair number of the children are on a scholarship program with the team, meaning that without ...
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John Braun | Garden Terrace a well-kept secret

Some people say that Garden Terrace is one of the best-kept secrets around. What they mean is that the owner, Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Homes, is a charitable, nonprofit corporation and that the 146 apartments of Garden Terrace are managed so well that the public is seldom called on for support. Eight-six of those apartments carry HUD Section 8 subsidies to help our mission provide a home for people who have few housing options available.
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Artie Pongo | orangutan is an art-making space

At 10 N. Mission St. here in Wenatchee, some local artists have created orangutan, a shared artists’ studios with storefront window display. The new space provides an incubator effort in establishing affordable workspaces here in North Central Washington and the “windowspace” is a drive-by art experience.
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Ian Fair | Speakers, field trips at Wenatchee River Institute

Wenatchee River Institute’s (WRI) fall field-science programs are all in full swing in Leavenworth and throughout the Wenatchee Valley. The Red Barn Friday lecture series, local elementary student Field Days, and the start of WRI’s 12-week Wenatchee Naturalist course offer opportunities for students of all ages to explore the natural history of our area.
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Carin Smith | Update on Wenatchee’s public off-leash dog park

I’m the chair of a local group called FIDO (Friends Improving Dog Opportunities) that is working to create a network of public, no-fee off-leash areas in the Wenatchee Valley. We have made great progress over the summer towards our goal of creating the first such park. It will be part of the Hale Park property, which is located south of Pybus Public Market along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail. The off-leash area will be the 2.5 acres south of the Pedestrian Pipeline Bridge. If you go down there, you ...
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Carin Smith | FIDO wants to offer first public, no-fee dog park

I’m the chair of a local group called FIDO (Friends Improving Dog Opportunities) that is working to create a network of public, no-fee, off-leash areas in the Wenatchee Valley. In early 2014, after a process of public input, the city of Wenatchee gave approval for an off-leash area of approximately 2.5 acres at Hale Park. They asked FIDO to work with the city for planning and ongoing maintenance of the future park. The site is located at the end of the Loop Trail, south of Pybus Market and under the ...
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Jenny Pratt | The YWCA is there when needed most

If I had a dollar for every time someone came to the YWCA and said “I never thought this could happen to me ...” I would not have to write to you for support today. I’ve used those words myself, and maybe so have you. The words that come next can vary from the depths of extreme abuse or homelessness and financial distress to something hopeful, like the need for free job training in order to get a job.