Tuesday, April 9 is Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, honoring organizations and individuals who volunteer in our communities. A key volunteer development organization in our region, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, has undergone quite a transformation since Allen Dietz took over as executive director last August, switching from an approach of trying to meet a wide range of needs to one of strategically targeting critical community issues.
A few weeks ago, the nonprofit and nonpartisan Community Forums Network put on an education forum at Eastmont Junior High as part of an outreach campaign to ascertain where the strongest consensus is in this state for ways to improve education.
This week, hundreds of local students are getting expert coaching as part of the 15th annual Mariachi Northwest Festival. The program culminates with a student concert at 7 p.m. on Friday and two professional benefit concerts on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Wenatchee High School Auditorium.
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven González challenged local Latino students to find constructive ways to overcome negative racial stereotypes during a speech at Diversity Justice Day for Youth at Wenatchee Valley College on Monday.
Jennifer Bushong, the board president for the Miss East Cascades Pageant, stopped by the office to talk about this Saturday's event at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee. The event is in its second year and 11 young women will be vying for the right to enter the Miss Washington Pageant and it's being put on by an all-volunteer board.
When Kristina Fry of the Wenatchee YWCA rose to speak in front of a crowd of nearly 500 people at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet recently, her story made quite an impression. There was hardly a dry eye in the joint.
If we're going to change the toxic political climate in this country, a good place to start is having open community discussions focusing on where people agree. Finding common ground and building from there is essential to building a better climate for getting things done.
The Wenatchee Valley will welcome a team of marketing experts to town this week who will help us think creatively about how we might market ourselves more effectively to businesses that want to locate here and entice tourists to visit.
Amanda Coplin, the author of "The Orchardist," was back in the community Thursday night to speak at a benefit for Wenatchee High School's award-winning journalism program. The novel, was published in 2012 and has been high on the New York Times list of best sellers.
Last week, World reporter K.C. Mehaffey wrote about some innovative efforts that the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is making to increase the number of visitors to the valley and serve the local community better.