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Motopony plays Caffè Mela tonight, a homecoming for guitarist and singer Mike Notter

WENATCHEE — Mike Notter is a realist. Even now, as a valued member of two acclaimed Seattle-based bands, the Wenatchee native is keeping his day job as a window washer. It’s the responsible thing to do, he says. But with one of those bands — indie rockers Motopony — having a bit of a moment, releasing a new album and hitting the road, there may soon come a time when Notter hangs up his squeegee.

Back to the blues: Winthrop festival returns for 28th year

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, when four separate wildfires merged into one massive force that destroyed 300 homes in Okanogan County. While the largest wildfire in Washington history raged and smoke and panic spread through most of the Methow Valley, nearly 2,000 people gathered on a ranch just outside of Winthrop to dance and sing the blues.

Smokejumper shares stories from 26 years on the front lines of fire season

Fire season is upon us. We who live in Wenatchee and in Douglas County know this is true. And they say the season gets longer every year, the fires more intense, more difficult to manage. Politicians and firefighting agencies argue about what to do and what’s to blame. After 26 years fighting fires — first with a local agency in California and then for the federal government — Jason A. Ramos is tired of the bureaucracy. He just wants to put out fires.

Check it Out: Our picks for fun in NCW this week

The summer entertainment season is upon us, and opportunities for live music, festivals and theater abound — many more than we have space to mention here. But if you twist our arms, we’ll admit that these are a few of the fun things we’re most excited about this week. Be sure to check out the Planner for an expanded list of events.

Summer concert series returns to Ohme Gardens tonight

Ohme Gardens — with its serene pools of water, shaded stone pathways, cool temperatures and unbeatable views of the valley — is about as special a backdrop for live music as you can get around here. Tonight, the five-show Summer Concerts in the Gardens series kicks off at the alpine retreat with Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Powers and his band. All shows start at 6:30 p.m. The series organizers, Robert and Rio Sandidge of RLS Productions, will set aside 25 percent of the net ticket sales for an endowed Wenatchee ...

Theater bids adieu to Festhalle

LEAVENWORTH — For the past 10 years, Leavenworth Summer Theater has staged summer and winter plays at the city-owned Festhalle. But next summer’s show will be LST’s last at the popular downtown venue, as the city and the non-profit theater company were unable to reach an agreement on a new Festhalle lease.

Cabaret Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets are on sale to the Numerica Performing Arts Center’s 2015 Hot August Nights production, “Cabaret.” Don Fox and Jaime Donegan will produce and direct 11 performances of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, August 6-8, 12-15, 19-22 at 8:00 p.m.