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Mike Irwin | Campbells have grand view for the Grandview

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The Campbell family, owners of Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, have gotten into the property management business. First client? Grandview on the Lake, the 93-room condo hotel that’s just across the bridge from the Campbell complex. The Campbell team will be in charge of the Grandview’s day-to-day operations, including the front office, housekeeping, laundry, accounting and marketing. Maintenance and grounds upkeep aren’t part of the deal, so you won’t see any of the Campbells out mowing the grass.

NWAACC, not thwack

The Wenatchee Valley continues this month to pull in the sports tourism bucks. More than a dozen college tennis and golf teams swing into the area Sept. 21-22 for the inaugural NWAACC Fall Festival. You wise guys think that’s the sound of a tennis racket in a power serve — nwaacc! — but it’s really the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. They’ll be playing golf at Highlander Golf Club in East Wenatchee and tennis at the Wenatchee Racquet & Athletic Club (WRAC), staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and (we have on good authority) diving into platters of ribs at Country Boys BBQ. Get more info at

Outstanding in their field

What’d one scarecrow say to the other scarecrow? “Man, I’m stuffed.” From this point on, everything you learn about scarecrows will be better than that lame joke. And you can learn lots about the hay-headed hobgoblins (or whatever they are) at a how-to-build-them demonstration set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Overall Kitchen and Bath Design Center, 129 Cottage Ave., in Cashmere. It’s the kickoff event for Scare-Crazy in Cashmere 2013, a Chamber-sponsored fright fest that runs through October. About 20 businesses around town are expected to make and erect all sorts of scarecrows — both frightful and boo-tiful — as part of the harvest-, autumn- and Halloween-themed affair. Questions? Call the Chamber at 782-7404 or read the event guidelines at What’s a scarecrow’s favorite fruit? Straw-berries.

Fun at the lake

The Manson Business Association has a slick new website that’s chock-full of info about the village on Lake Chelan, including an interesting array of spas, wineries, restaurants, inns and lodges, summer vacation rentals and boat-fishing businesses. The home page has a photo of the downtown swimming area, which has to be one of the best (and free) swimming facilities in North Central Washington. See it all at

One humongo-bucket of buttered popcorn, please

Thanks in advance to Sun Basin Theatres for scheduling a handful of intriguing movies for the Taste of Movies Film Festival on Sept. 20-22 at the Liberty Cinemas. It’s part of the 12thannual Taste of Harvest Festival sponsored that weekend by the Wenatchee Downtown Association. Scheduled flicks include “Blackfish,” a highly-praised documentary about orcas; “Unfinished Song,” a sweet story about singing senior citizens; “Kon-Tiki,” an exciting bio-pic about explorer Thor Heyerdahl; and “Much Ado About Nothing,” the striking black-and-white version directed by whiz-kid Joss Whedon. There’ll also be a sing-a-long showing of “Grease.” Tickets: $8. Watch this newspaper’s Go! section for dates and times.

Asanas on asphalt

And speaking of the Taste of Harvest, downtown Wenatchee’s iLa Yoga Studio will sponsor “Yoga in the Street,” a free hour-long vinyasa session (for all levels) beginning at noon Sept. 21 in the intersection of Orondo Street and Wenatchee Avenue. Yes, the streets will be closed to traffic, but bring an exercise mat (street yoga scratches your asphalt) and water. And speaking of water, iLa’s stand-up paddle yoga takes place Saturdays through September and then ends for the season. So now’s your chance to do a headstand on a paddleboard. And speaking of heady experiences, try iLa’s Harmonious Awakenings with DJ Hyfi on Tuesdays — yoga and rhythms blend in a mental-physical dance. Learn more at

We’re feeling better already

The Quincy Valley Medical Center Foundation just got $10,000 to upgrade the hospital’s outpatient physical therapy clinic. That’ll include a new ultrasound machine, resistive-training machine and a recumbent stepper for knee- and hip-replacement patients. The donation came from the W.E. and Millie Jones Charitable Trust, which funds all kinds of projects and scholarships around Quincy. Maybe they’d spring for an espresso machine? Just thinking.