North Central Washington Wine Awards 6–9 p.m. Saturday, Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Ave., $40, ncwwineawards.com
Everyone knows that local is best. And what better way to go local than with your next glass of wine? Class up your weekend with the North Central Washington Wine Awards, a nonprofit event that will support that Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, as well as determine the best wines from Chelan, Grant, Okanogan and Douglas counties. Maybe wine isn’t your thing — don’t be discouraged: some of the areas best distilleries, breweries and restaurants will be present, too. Regardless of which you choose to sip on, you can sit back and enjoy the live music of the Confluence Jazz Trio until the big moment when North Central Washington’s best wines are revealed.
Four Minutes of Fame, 6:30 p.m. today, Milepost 111 Brewing Co., 407 Aplets Way, Cashmere, free, 293-9215
Maybe you’re a writer yourself, or maybe you just happen to be a fan of fine literature. Either way, this evening at Milepost 111 Brewing Company offers something a little different this summer. Following a bit of socializing, local writers will share their poetry and prose at 7 p.m. The event is casual and the readings will be brief. Interested in sharing your creations with the crowd? You can email email@example.com or call 293-9215 to reserve your spot. Prefer to just listen? Pull up a seat, admission is free.
“The Summer of No Regrets” 6–8 p.m. Friday, 1–3 p.m. Saturday, A Book For All Seasons, free, 548-1451.
Don’t be fooled by the name. “The Summer of No Regrets” is far from just a summer fling. Well, it sort of is. But don’t be tricked into thinking it’s a shallow romance. Author Katherine Grace Bond will discuss her book Friday, with any young adult writers. Maybe you’ve read it and you have some burning questions? Now’s your chance. Following her presentation, which will double as a writers workshop on Friday, Bond will hold a free book signing on Saturday, where you can get your copy signed, or shake hands with its author if you missed her before. For more information about the event visit abookforallseasons.indiebound.com. For more information about the author visit katherinegracebond.com.
Young Pianist Camp Concerts, 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7409 Icicle Rd., $15 for Saturday, free for Sunday, (877) 265-6026.
To wrap up the Icicle Creek Young Pianist Camp, the faculty and the camp’s 18 students will perform a concert. The faculty, performing Saturday, consists of Oksana Ezhokina, Chair of Piano Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, and Kimberly Russ, solist and collaborative pianist appearing with Seattle Philharmonic, Cascade, Sammamish, Port Angeles, Central Florida and Seattle symphonies. The students include 18 pianists who have been studying for the past week. The student performance is free to the public. For details visit icicle.org.
Eclectic Methow Home Tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Confluence Gallery, 104 Glover St., Twisp, $25, 997-2787
You might want to stash your power tools before you head out on this tour, just in case you come back a little too enthused about home renovation. But it’s understandable — there’s a lot to get excited about. The tour will visit some of the most impressive views, refurbished homes and landscaped yards in the Methow area. The goal is to give everyone from homebuilders to gardeners a little something to mull over when they get back home, and the resources to pursue their own projects. Have friends that are interested in home renovation? Bring three of them along and get tickets for $20 apiece. For more information, visit confluencegallery.blogspot.com.
Celestial Cinema 6:30 p.m., Friday, Spring Creek Ranch, 22 Belsby Rd., Winthrop, $10 suggested donation, free for kids under 10, springcreekwinthrop.com
Whether you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids, a quiet place to take your date, or a way to spend a summer night with some friends, Celestial Cinema is the coolest way to share a movie with someone. With local food and drink available beginning at 6:30 p.m., you can grab some dinner from Northcott BBQ, Rocking Horse Bakery, Old Schoolhouse Brewery or a variety of other local vendors. Take the kids to the crafts and activities at 7:30 p.m., and then curl up with a blanket to enjoy “Up” under Winthrop’s starry night sky. If you can’t make it this weekend, “The Goonies” are showing on the same schedule next the weekend of Aug. 16. And you can feel good about your night out, too: all proceeds from this weekend go to the Confluence Art Gallery, and next weekend’s go to Little Star Montessori School.
— Compiled by Holly Thorpe, World staff