Note: The First Friday concert featuring Davidson Hart Kingsberry and the Swearengens has been moved from Centennial Park to Pybus Public Market.
August First Friday 5–8 p.m. Friday, multiple venues in Wenatchee, free, fb.com/wenatcheefirstfridays
Let’s hope it cools down this weekend, because you’re going to be outside — at least a little bit. The August Wenatchee First Friday event will take place in eight different venues, with a dozen or so attractions. Friday night, keep an eye out for the women of the Apple City Roller Derby team who will be handing out fliers and maps so you can plot your course. Maybe you’ll stop by Pybus Public Market and see Lance Dooley working on his 7-foot-tall statue of E.T. Pybus. Perhaps you’ll stroll past Tumbleweed and enjoy the live music of Wenatchee gentlemen Will Lukenmeyer and Mitch Byran. We’d even suggest getting something to nibble on at Lemolo Cafe and Deli before working your way across town to end the evening with live music in Pybus Public Market.
Here’s the full listing of venues:
Artisan’s Event at Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market
Featured artist Brad Brisbine at Two Rivers Gallery
Featured artist Ginger Reddington at Lemolo Cafe and Deli
Live music and featured artists Natalie and Robyn Gibbons at Tumbleweed
Featured photographer Josh Tarr at Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
Featured artist Alfred G. Simmer and “Wenatchee Valley Theater — Then and Now” display at the Wenatchee Valley Museum
Featured artists Jennifer Evenhus at Caffè Mela
Davidson Hart Kingsberry, The Swearengens performing at Pybus Public Market 7–9:30 p.m.
For more information visit wendowntown.org/content/view/244/1.
Chelan Valley Area
Chelan to Africa Benefit Concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Benson Estate Vineyards, 754 Winesap Ave., Manson, $20 425-941-1878
Now in it’s sixth year, this benefit concert works to raise money through a local organization, Chelan to Africa, to help children affected by the spread of HIV in Africa. Chelan to Africa works with the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation to improve hygiene and nutrition for children in Lesotho, Africa. The concert features local talent the Kevin Jones Band. Food and drinks from Benson Estate Vineyards will also be for sale, and an auction will take place. All of the revenue goes directly to the foundation. If you were looking for something to do this weekend, you found it — along with a way to earn a little good karma, too.
Lake Chelan Rodeo 5 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, Chelan Rodeo Grounds, 71 Union Valley Road, Chelan, $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, free under 6, $30 family pass (2 adults, 3 students) 470-0360
As if you needed one more excuse to hit up Chelan this summer. The Lake Chelan Rodeo kicks off tonight with the Rodeo Parade down Woodin Avenue in downtown Chelan at 7. It’s free to attend and free to enter, and features everything from drill teams, floats, trucks, tractors and horses. Friday night kicks off the rodeo itself — make sure you grab your tickets in advance at Chelan Shell Food Mart, you can’t get ’em at the door — with the Chelan Rodeo Grounds and all of the vendors opening at 5 p.m. Throughout Friday and Saturday enjoy trick riders, chicken races, bronc riding and a variety of other events for all the cowgirls and boys in attendance. For the cowmen and women, the beer garden will be open each night on the grounds. For more information visit lakechelan.com/includes/events/Lake-Chelan-Rodeo-2013/653.
Book signing of “Restless Fires” and “Bold Spirit” by James and Linda Hunt 1–3 p.m. Friday, A Book For All Seasons, 703 Highway 2, Leavenworth, free 548-1451
In 1867, conservationist, naturalist, and later, protagonist, John Muir walked 1,000 miles from Indiana to the Florida gulf. The walk shaped him and his ideals, and he documented the journey in a book. This year, professor emeritus at Whitworth University in Spokane, James Hunt, published his book “Restless Fires” documenting Muir’s travels and the evolution he experienced within himself. Joining Hunt will be his wife Linda Hunt, and her book “Bold Spirit” which documents Helga Estby’s walk across Victorian America with her teenage daughter for a $10,000 prize. James Hunt will also give a free presentation on his book that evening at 7 p.m. at the Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth. For more information on “Restless Fires” visit johnmuir-restlessfires.com.
Tumbleweed Film Festival 9:15 p.m. today–7 p.m. Saturday, multiple venues, prices vary by venue and event, advance tickets can be purchased at tumbleweedfilmfest.com.
Fast forward to Saturday night, when you’re bored at home and starting to think you’ve watched literally everything on Netflix. Pause. Reconsider. Rewind. Let’s try that again. For three days, four different venues (all of which have wine, beer, or food — or better yet, all three) will host an evening of short films. Here’s the list of venues and events:
Aug. 1: Blast from the Past at the Pastime Bar and Grill; admission is free, dinner is available at 7:30 p.m. for $20 by reservation (call 476-3032), and the short films are all favorites from past years.
Aug. 1: Family Films Under the Stars at Veranda Beach Resort; admission is free, wine and food available for purchase, walk in or reserve a spot at twffveranda.eventbrite.com.
Aug. 2: Brats, Brews and Films at Alpine Brewing; doors open at 5 p.m., admission is $10, German barbecue and beer available for purchase, buy tickets at the door or online at twff8213.eventbrite.com.
Aug. 3: A Special Night of Wines & Films at Esther Bricques Winery; doors open at 5 p.m., admission is $10, appetizers and wine available, local music. To camp in the vineyard call 476-2861. Buy tickets at the door or online at twff6313.eventbrite.com.
— Compiled by Holly Thorpe, World staff