Lois Lowry, author 7 p.m. Monday; Omak Performing Arts Center, 20 N. Cedar St.; free; 7 p.m. April 7; Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.; free 663-1117
Celebrating the North Central Regional Library’s 50th year, Friends of the Wenatchee Library join in sponsoring author appearances by Lois Lowry throughout the area this month. Lowry has written more than 30 books for young adults, and has received Newbery Medals for “Number the Stars” (1989) and “The Giver” (1993). Copies of “The Giver” are available to borrow from participating libraries, and a series of book discussion groups take place in preparation for Lowry’s visits. For more information, contact a local library or call the number above.
First Friday reception 5 p.m. Friday; Two Rivers Gallery, 102 N. Columbia St.; free; 2riversgallery.com 888-9504
View local art on display at Two Rivers Gallery’s monthly event. Sparkling cider is served, along with a selection of appetizers. Harpist Suzanne Grassell provides music.
“Snapshots” Reception 5 p.m. Monday; Robert Graves Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth St.; free 665-5977
Seattle photographer Kenneth L. Slusher puts his work on display in Wenatchee. Selections from three of his series include black and white construction images, landscapes and portraits of artists in their homes or studios. Slusher became involved in interpretive photography as a journalism major in 1972. He has taught photography in Seattle schools, and has been featured in several Northwest publications, including Puget Soundings and Northwest Photography. “Snapshots” opens Monday and remains through May 13.
“Bear Bells That Bark!,” lecture 7 p.m. Friday; Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division St.; free, donations accepted; barnbeachreserve.org 548-0181, 548-7584
State Department of Fish and Wildlife bear and cougar specialist Rich Beausoliel brings along his Karelian bear dog for a lecture about resolving wildlife encounters and catching poachers. Beausoliel presents a slide show during the program.
David Knibb, “Grizzly Wars” 7 p.m. April 15; Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division St.; free, donations accepted; barnbeachreserve.org 548-0181, 548-7584
Seattle author Knibb discusses his book, “Grizzly Wars,” an investigative account of a long-standing grizzly bear recovery effort. He discusses the issue of trying to save a species that is dangerous to humans, and spends time answering questions after the lecture. U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist William Gaines provides an introduction.