Arts in brief, for the week of April 18

Organizers of the Winthrop R&B festival were recognized by the Washington Fesetival and Events Association.

WENATCHEE — YWCA NCW will host a series of events April 25 as part of Stand Against Racism Week.

♦ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wenatchee Valley College, Stand Against Racism Campus Day. Celebrity speakers and educators will offer public presentations. Speakers include Alejandra Castillo CEO of YWCA USA, Lisa Herrera of Northwest Immigrant Right Project, Enrique Morones of Border Angels, Alyssa Martinez of YWCA NCW, comedian Ernie G and WVC faculty members Derek Sheffield and Kestrel Smith. Additional entertainment includes art displays and information on immigrant justice. Food will be available during the event. There is no cost to the public, but $3 parking passes are required to park in WVC lots.

♦ 5:30 p.m. at Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Standing in the Shadows Panel Discussions. Four panel discussions will discuss immigration. Castillo will be one of the panelists. Tickets cost $15.

♦ 8 p.m. at Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Comedy for a Cause. Los Angeles comedian Ernie G will perform. He has appeared on Comedy Central and HBO. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and include first drink.

Wenatchee Valley College’s Omak campus will also hold a Stand Against Racism campus day from 9:50 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24.

Tickets for the evening events are available online at


WENATCHEE — Sustainable Wenatchee will host its second annual Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pybus Public Market.

The fair will include booths from local organizations, children’s activities, information about the NCW Eco Challenge, demonstrations on how to store a bike when taking the bus and a display of electric vehicles.

Twisp’s Printmade Apparel Company will offer screen printed T-shirts with a Sustainable Wenatchee design. Guests can bring their own blank tees (colors other than black or white) to be screened for a $5 donation or can purchase an eco-friendly T-shirt for $15.

Six short presentations will be offered at the Pybus Kitchen:

♦ 10 a.m., Working toward a zero-waste kitchen

♦ 10:40 a.m., Composting with worms

♦ 11:20 a.m., Demonstration of sustainable cheese

♦ Noon. Dr. Joan Qazi on climate reality

♦ 12:40 p.m., Natives in your landscape

♦ 1:20 p.m. Preserving the night sky

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WENATCHEE — Sign ups are open for the next Write on the River Four Minutes of Fame open mic. The reading is set for 7 p.m. May 15 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Local authors are invited to read original poetry or prose in four minute open mic slots. Sign up to read by contacting Marlene Farrell at

Special guest readers include the winners of WOTR’s 2019 writing competition.

Snacks and beverages will be available during the event.

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WINTHROP — The Washington Festivals and Events Association recently honored the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues festival with seven gold awards.

The festival received these awards: best event photo, best radio ad, best website, best social media, best social media ad campaign, best T-shirt design and best event recap. 

Entries for the annual awards are judged by professionals working in related fields. The association offers professional development for festivals and events with members across the state including local chambers of commerce and non-profits.

The 32nd Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival is happening July 19-21. For more information, visit