Spring BirdFest offers four days of avian activities

The 2019 Leavenworth Spring BirdFest lands May 16-19.

Activities range from paid tours to free strolls and exhibitions.

The Song Bird Concert is set for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 16 at Snowy Owl Theater at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. The concert will feature the Marlin Handbell Ringers and bird-inspired poetry and prose by Heather Durham, Cynthia Neely and Derek Sheffeld. Admission is by donation, with a suggested amount of $10.

The festival’s keynote address will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. May 17. Speaker Richard Crossley is the award-winning author of “The Crossley ID Guide.” He also co-founded the Pledge to Fledge birding initiative, The Cape May Young Birders Club and race4birds.org. Admission to the talk is $25 or $22 for Wenatchee River Institute members.

For more information and a complete list of events, call 548-0181 or visit leavenworthspringbirdfest.org.


Annual pow wow returns

Native American dancers and drummers will perform in the 31st Annual United Pow Wow May 11 at the Omak Tribal Long House.

The first grand entry begins at 1 p.m.; dinner follows at 5 p.m. The evening grand entry is set for 7 p.m. Dave Madera is the master of ceremonies and Cody Saint is the arena director.

The event is free and open to the public. All drummers and dancers are welcome.

For more information, visit wvc.edu/news.

East Wenatchee

Clearwater to host live country rock and football meet-and-greet

The Clearwater Saloon and Casino has announced a pair of upcoming events:

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Live music from the Night Riders country rock band. Doors open at 4 p.m. There is a $5 cover and guests must be 21 or older to attend.

4 p.m. June 9, meet-and-greet with the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks football team. Players will sign autographs and meet fans. A free meal will be served during the event.

For more information, call 888-2003 or visit wwrld.us/2LJQsdR.


Ring in spring with a dance around the maipole

Celebrate spring during the 2019 Bavarian Maifest Friday and Saturday in downtown Leavenworth.

The annual celebration includes live music and entertainment. Friday’s itinerary includes a cider sip organized by the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Saturday’s entertainment includes chainsaw carving, Bavarian music, Maipole dancing and trebuchet performances by Knights of Veritas. Sunday will feature more performances and a fun run.

A group of Leavenworth-area artisans will host a Maifest Makers Market during the celebration. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The tent will be located on Commercial Street, across from the Cascade Medical Center. The pop-up market will feature curated goods created by local and regional makers.

For more information and a list of events, visit leavenworth.org or call the chamber at 548-5807.


Exhibition showcases an abstract new direction for local artist

O’Grady’s at Sleeping Lady will hold a no-host happy hour and an opening reception for Pacia Dixon’s “The Joy of Being Present” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The show includes 36 paintings and 10 sculptures. It will remain on display through June 23.

Dixon’s exhibition includes plein air watercolor landscapes and 10 new abstract color field paintings. Connie Celustka will play harp music during the reception.

In a press release, Dixon described her new abstract work as a spiritual endeavor. “These paintings are meditative in nature, as I have been praying for my friends and loved ones in their struggles,” she said in the release.

For more information, visit sleepinglady.com or call 548-6344.

— Lindsay Francis, World staff