The area’s 26th Make A Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 22. The largest day of community service in the world is open to anyone who wants to make the place they live a little better. 

1. The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) was established as a Washington State Nonprofit Corporation in 2007. This followed a collaborative effort in 2000, between the Washington State Audubon Society and the Icicle Fund to purchase the property then known as Barn Beach Reserve, with a goal to…

I grew up in Brewster, where my parents owned an orchard. After I graduated from high school, I attended Central Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Science in family and consumer sciences. In my career I have only worked for non-profits; first at Catholic Family & Child Servi…

I am the oldest of three children; I came from Guanajuato, Mexico to live in Wenatchee in 1996. I am married to Erick Gonzalez and we have three children; Mauricio 22, Aleri 17, and Meztli 14 years. We are family of orchardists and own Hacienda de Gonzalez, Inc. During the past 27 years, I h…

Hi, I’m Stacey Lockhart and I’m the executive director of the Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Foundation. I attended Hanford High School in Richland and Eastern Washington University in Cheney where I received my BFA in radio and television journalism. Since graduating from college, I have sp…

I moved to Wenatchee in 2005 with my husband Philip Heideman. Wanting to get involved in this amazing community, I joined the board of directors in 2007, served a term as president and then in 2011 decided to leave my career in business development to became executive director of Wenatchee V…

Many communities in Washington experience smoke year round: during wildfire season in summer; in springtime and fall when we’re cleaning up our landscape debris, and when we light our woodstoves and fireplaces in winter.

Find a friend, motivate a co-worker, unite your family, inspire your church, do-it-yourself, get out and make the place you live a little better along with thousands of other people in North Central Washington. The 25th Make A Difference Day in North Central Washington is Saturday, Oct. 24. …

The Christian Orthodox Church is often a mystery to the “man on the street.” Trying to understand it through the lens of Roman Catholicism or Protestantism can be like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Misconceptions abound. Therefore this article will address what the Orthodox Chu…

My name is Fred Willsey and I am a veteran who is a member of the organization called the 40 & 8. I was born and raised here in Wenatchee. The 40 & 8, is a giving and caring group of U.S. veterans. There is a very deep bond between members. They are there for each other 24/7 to help …

My name is Kay Loeffler and I am the tutor coordinator at the Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties. I taught English as a Second Language in South Africa for two years and trained tutors to teach ESL in South Africa, Malawi, Morocco and in the United States. When I came home to We…

I am a retired teacher from Cashmere, and I read about a similar program in the Wenatchee paper a long while ago. So when Cheryl Wood and I were asked to head the Leavenworth Methodist Mission Committee here, we agreed this would be our first project. We got our seed money from our UMW group…

I am an almost 80-year-old social worker. I thought of The Hat Project when I moved to Wenatchee from Washington, D.C. about eight years ago. My passion is social justice.

I grew up in Baltimore, where my grandfather instilled in me a love of local history by taking me down to the docks and telling me all about our city's past (including Mafia activity!). My career has been spent in museum administration in Texas, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. When I heard o…

Hello, my name is Jason Lundgren and I’m the executive director of the Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group (CCFEG), a local North Central Washington non-profit dedicated to improving conditions for native fish through habitat restoration and community education programs.

In the name of Christ our Risen Lord — greetings! My name is Brian Bowes and I would like to introduce you to one of the best kept secrets in North Central Washington and a tremendous place for young people to learn of the love of Jesus Christ — ORTOHA Youth Camp.

Hello! My name is Chelsey Diamond and I am the educational director of Mountain Sprouts Children’s Community here in Leavenworth. I have been with this organization since 2011 designing programs and curriculum along with my staff team members. I am blessed to also teach in and out of our cla…

I am Jacquelyn Wallace, conservation director for the Okanogan Land Trust, and I work to conserve our region’s land and water resources in a way that benefits human communities and economies. I’m passionate about conservation that works for people and nature and makes good business sense. I …

I’m Trent Moyers and as airport director of Pangborn Memorial Airport, I’m lucky enough to have a backstage pass to a dynamic show. In other words, there’s never a dull moment at the airport! The airport operates like a small city with a variety of agencies that work together to make your ex…

My name is Laurel Turner and I am the new interim executive director of the Women’s Resource Center of NCW (WRC). I am so honored to be part of this agency with its legacy of service in the Wenatchee Valley and its place in the hearts of so many in the community. Right after I joined WRC I r…

CASA is a volunteered-powered network of committed people—from all walks of life—who believe society has a fundamental obligation to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.  CASAs are people, just like you, who believe that every child has the right to be…

Serve Wenatchee Valley is a partnership of Christian churches in our valley attempting to be the hands and heart of Jesus for families in need. Our approach is to realize that each person we meet is an unrepeatable miracle of God’s design, dearly loved by our Heavenly Father, as we meet phys…

I am married to Carmen and we have two children, Jaden and Conor. I became involved in Young Life after graduating from Central Washington University and moved to Moses Lake, when friends invited me to YL meeting. I was instantly hooked and volunteered for 11 years before leaving a career in…

I’m Amanda Levesque, Education and Outreach Specialist for Cascadia Conservation District. Conservation Districts are non-regulatory, grant-funded agencies committed to the wise stewardship and conservation of natural resources and we are passionate about our work. Cascadia Conservation Dist…

I’m Nicole Flanagan, president of Junior Service League of Wenatchee. JSLW is a relatively new non-profit in the Wenatchee Valley. Established in 2008, JSLW’s membership has grown tremendously. We have just over 190 members spanning many generations ranging in age from 20 to 90.

The fifth annual Journey to Bethlehem begins Dec. 4 and continues nightly through Dec. 7. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 9:30 p.m. Average annual attendance is over 3,600 travelers.

I am Allison Williams, executive services director for the City of Wenatchee and I am passionate about MAKERS!

Still deciding if you’ll go to the Wenatchee High School Choral Department’s musical production of “Hairspray”? Here are five hair-raising reasons to see the show.

My journey with Lighthouse Christian Ministries began nearly four years ago on a cold and rainy night in January. My youngest son and I just completed a father/son dinner and were headed home when a random thought popped into my mind about visiting the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen. This thought l…

What: A hilarious comedy with two actors playing 20 wacky characters from the mythical small town of Tuna, Texas. This show was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard in 1981 and has played to hundreds of audiences ever since. It is a laugh-out-loud send up of small town Texas c…

As a student in the Eastmont School District from 1978 to 1991, I was earnestly aware of those “shining stars” who provided the people in our valley with avenues of hope, purpose and support. Personally, I can reflect on many along my journey: Camp Fire volunteer leaders, church youth group …

Work outside or inside, make a donation, spend the day or just a few minutes, help a pre-organized project or create your own. It doesn’t matter how small or how large your project is. When it comes to Make A Difference Day, everyone is invited to participate and all projects matter.

I’m Carlene Anders and I’m looking for volunteers for Make a Difference Day. As the executive director of the Pateros/Brewster Long Term Recovery Organization, I need you to spend Saturday, Oct. 25 in Pateros helping victims of the Carlton Complex fires get ready for winter.

WENATCHEE — I’m Blake Murray , a retired automotive technology instructor. I taught for 16 years at Wenatchee Valley College. Before that I worked at Valley Auto Dodge in Wenatchee for 20 years, 17 of them as service manager.

Music Theatre of Wenatchee has enjoyed a tradition of excellent community theater in the greater Wenatchee area since 1961. It is a non-profit enterprise governed by a volunteer board of trustees. Our goal is to provide quality entertainment and a chance for community members to share talent…

Note: The first of a seven-concert Bluegrass series begins Saturday with Beppe Gambetta and Dan Crary at 7:30 p.m., Cashmere Riverside Center. For details: cashmerecoffeehouse.com or 548-1230.

Wenatchee Valley College celebrates its 75th year from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday with campus tours, a barbecue, kids activities, lectures and a Wenatchee Big Band concert. The event is free and open to the public.

The Wenatchee Figure Skating Club is an independent, non-profit U.S. Figure Skating Member organization whose mission is to promote figure skating and enable its members to develop their potential by providing encouragement, support and opportunities for instruction.