Summertime is finally upon us, and that means it’s time to start finding things to do for the kiddos and planning some family outings. But, what is there to do?
Never fear, the Chewelah Independent has you covered with a guid to places to go and things to do throughout Stevens County over the next 10 weeks.
So get your trusty pen ready and start circling. It’s time to plan your summer.
PLACES TO GO…
Chewelah offers a variety of outdoor adventures, and a few indoors too, for sunny and rainy days:
The park is a great way to spend some time together. There’s the open space for kids to run around or family and friends to gather. There’s plenty of activities throughout the summer to enjoy as well (see Farmer’s Market and Movies in the Park). With the gorgeous eastern Washington summers, there’s plenty of time and reason to get out to the park.
Hiking the mountains
There are more than 20 hiking trails in and around the Chewelah area that range from just over a quarter mile to 15 miles in distance. Add in the pure exhilaration of being in the great outdoors, and you have the makings of fun in the sun for everyone, or even just one. So, lace up your boots, take a bug spray bath and get out there!
Learn more about hiking trails in the area at newashingtontrails.com.
Camping at Browns and Waitts Lake
Spending a day at the lake is always a great choice. Pack your camping gear and your swimwear (and maybe some fishing gear) and head to Browns or Waitts Lake for some camping adventures. Nothing beats spending time with family and friends around a campfire, roasting mallows and listening to Dad’s idea of a ghost story. Or better yet, why not take a cannonball run off the dock to get those sunbathers soaked to the bone. Just be sure to pack out what you pack in, and don’t leave the fire running.
Chewelah Bowling Center
The original pin-terest for killing some time with your peeps. The tried and true pastime of bowling is fun no matter the experience level, and never fails to provide an assortment of embarrassing experiences. Join a league or go with your friends, but don’t be a turkey. Strike out and spend some of your spare time at the alley.
The bowling center is open Monday through Saturday during the summer.
Chewelah Golf and Country Club
Chewelah’s slice of golf heaven. The club offers a great course and rates for members and non-members alike. They also offer a wonderful dining menu at the Rusty Putter Bar & Grille and are always ready to hose one your events at their event and wedding venue. Whatever the reason, this is a great place to spend a summer day.
Check out Art Walk on the first Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m, and you can see their current Six Brushes watercolor exhibit anytime through the end of June.
Cold brews and BBQ are two of the best things about summer, and Quartzite Brewery has you covered… for the brews at least. Pop on in for a pint with the gang, grab some grub and kick back. There’s always something happening at Quartzite, and you don’t want to miss it.
ChewVino Wine Bar
ChewVino, an eclectic wine bar in Chewelah opened for business in December 2013, offering a hip but casual hangout for those looking to catch up with friends, unwind after work and enjoy quality wine and beer. They also offer cigars and top-of-the -line-liquor.
Melody Riders Saddle Club
MRSC strives to get people together doing family-fun equine activities for all levels and disciplines of riders. They offer Gymkhana and horse shows, clinics and other fun events. The club in Chewelah is one of the oldest horse-oriented clubs in the state of Washington, formed in the 1950’s.
Music and pizza
Fired Up Pizza is the newest spot in town and offers up a variety of neopolitan style pizzas to go along with some of their very own brews from Colville. This spot promises to be a hangout destination with great food, drinks, live music and games from time to time. Westside Pizza, located along Highway 395 in Chewelah and in Colville as well offers a wide variety of pizza selections, quick service, delivery services and gluten free-options.
There was a time when frisbees and golf were two separate activities, but then along came pioneer “Steady” Ed Headrick to create what we now know as disc golf. An inexpensive alternative to its more popular counterpart, disc golf is a great way to get out for an hour or two and enjoy the fresh air of the outdoors. All you need is a frisbee, though the specially designed disc golf frisbees are reccomended.
The 9-hole course is located at Peye Creek Park.
This summer Friday staple at the Chewelah City Park is a chance to find that special craft item, delicious, locally grown, baked food or the next plant for your yard.
Swing by and meet the vendors and producers every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Encouragement, motivation, and information about workout opportunities at The Shed, a fitness center in downtown Chewelah that offers fitness classes and workout space to its members.
Just up the road in Colville, there are a number of fun things to do:
Music, brews and pizza
Get some locally brewed craft beer and delicious pizza, all while listening to live, local musicians at the Fired Up Brewery. Chewelah residents can enjoy much of the same at the newly opened Fired Up Pizza. Both are great places to go with the family and/or spend time with friends. Westside Pizza, located along Highway 395 in Chewelah and in Colville as well offers a wide variety of pizza selections, quick service, delivery services and gluten free-options.
Originally built as a movie theater in 1940, the theatre is now home for many local music and stage performances.The space is also available for rentals. Check out their website for production dates and availability. www.woodlandproductions.org.
Auto Vue Drive-In
It’s people, watching movies, in cars… Take in a double feature at the drive-in theater just four miles north of Colville. This place is straight out of the 50s, which just happens to be when it opened. You’ll be transported back in time, and for much less than you would spend at a regular movie theater.
Showings every weekend start at dusk. $7 for adults and $3 for children eleven and under.
Dominion Meadows Golfing
Get out the clubs for a round of 9 or 18 holes, or hit the range and see who’s got the longest drive. The club holds events and funfraisers nearly every weekend and has twilight golfing throughout the week. Special rates are offered for seniors (60+) and juniors (under 19).
Take a bike ride
Colville and surrounding areas are home to some great biking trails and loops full of beautiful scenery. There are trails for any skill level, whether you’re borrowing your sister’s Schwinn or rocking the latest in cycling technology. Get out the spandex, be sure to wear your helmet and find a trail that best suits your mood.
Visit newashingtontrails.com to find a trail near you, and stop by locally owned Stix & Spokes in Chewelah to get all your bicycle needs and repairs.
Colville National Forest
Over 1 million acres of forest make up the Colville National Forest. This glacier-made spot just west of the city is a great spot for camping, hiking and biking. The rivers and natural habitat are homes to a large swatch of fish and wildlife, including eagles and bears. You’ll want to answer that phone, cause it’s nature calling!
Take a dip in the city pool
The Colville City Pool is a great spot to get out of the heat and cool off. Get your best swimwear ready and jump right in (cause if you go slow, you’ll never go). The pool operates Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Two-week swim lessons are offered in July and August.
Visit colville.wa.us/pool for more information about the pool schedule and how to sign up for swim lessons.
The Stevens County Historical Society oversees a number of historical sites and museums in both Colville and Chewelah. You can visit the museum in Colville to learn a little bit about the history of the area, always an enriching time.
The museum is open during the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
…Elsewhere in the county
The fun isn’t just limited to the two C’s. There’s fun to be had all over the county:
Loon Lake – Granite Point
Located on Loon Lake, Granite Point provides a great spot for camping without all the rigors of “roughing it.” Granite Point offers cabin/lodge rentals and space for RV camping. The cabins provide beds for up to ten people and give you beachfront access to the lake and a number of water recreation activities. The resort also has boats, kayaks and paddle boards available for rental.
Republic – Stonerose Interpretive Center
Located on a site where fossils of plants, insects and animals lived millions of years ago, the interpretive center aims to “connect the public, scientific and local communities through our fossil resource.” Visiting guests, including student groups, have the opportunity to dig for their own fossils. Find a new, never-before-seen fossil, and receive credit for finding the fossil when it gets published in a scientific journal. That’ll be a story to tell the grandchildren someday.
The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September 4.
Coulee City – Grand Coulee Dam
Have you ever been to the Grand Coulee Dam? It’s “the mightiest thing ever built by a man…” Construction on the dam began in 1933 as a means to harness the power of the Columbia River and provide hydroelectric power to the northwest region. The dam is open to visitors nearly every day of the year with their visitor center, guided tours and a nightly laser light show.
Hours vary by time of year. Take a look at www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee for hours and to learn more about the dam, or you can call the visitor center at (509) 633-9265
Kettle Falls – Lake Roosevelt
Formed by Grand Coulee Dam, this national recreation area is another popular destination in the summer for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The 130-mile-long stretch of water, going up to the Canadian border, is a wonderful spot for boating, camping, fishing and swimming. It also features the historic Fort Spokane and St. Paul’s Mission.
THINGS TO DO…
…If you love animals
Jammin’ July, & Fun in the Sun
Where: NE Washington Fairgrounds
When: July 14, and August 4
What: Stevens County 4-H Horse Leaders have three shows planned for the summer. The first show, Jumpin’ Into June, took place June 23. Show two Jammin’ July, will be July 14. Both shows are open to youth and adults. 4-H membership is not required. The final show, Fun in the Sun, is August 4 and will be a state qualifier for 4-H members, but open participants are still welcome. All shows will be held at the NE WA Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required.
…If you like sports
Chewelah Golf & Country Club Chataqua 2 man BBQ/Scramble
Where: Chewelah Golf & CC
When: July 14-15
What: An 18-hole event that coincides with Chataqua and features competition for 2-man best ball (July 14) and best scramble (July 15). More than $2000 in prizes will be awarded and payout will be to a third of the entered field. Entry fee is $120/team.
Dominion Meadows Margaritaville Event
Where: Dominion Meadows Golf Course
When: June 30
What: Saturday, June 30 10 a.m. Shotgun Start, Four Person Scramble $50 per player Lunch, Silent auction, Live auction, 50/50 Raffle, and 18-hole bunker challenge. Prizes for best beach outfit, KP’s, and Sand Prizes. Purpose of the funds will be to purchase new equipment for our course.
Clayton Pro West Rodeo
Where: Clayton County Fairgrounds
When: July 27 – 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. both nights
What: Clayton Pro West Rodeo is a fundraiser for the Clayton Community Fair and is a great family rodeo. See some of your favorite rodeo events, such as calf tying, drill team and ranch bronc riding. Go for the rodeo, stay for the family fun.
Spokane Indians Baseball
Where: Avista Stafium at the Spokane County Fairgrounds
When: Multiple dates through September
What: The Indians are a short-season, single A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Texas Rangers. Watch future Rangers start their careers before getting to the major leagues, just like current players such as Jurickson Profar, Joey Gallo and Ian Kinsler. Avista Stadium is an award winning venue and a great spot to watch a ball game. The Indians will throw out all the stops for your gameday experience with promotions, contests and great baseball.
Where: Multiple locations in downtown Spokane
When: June 30 to July 1
What: The world’s biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament features more than 600 teams of all skill levels and ages. Included this year is a four-team pod for the national 5-on-5 West Region of ESPN’s The Basketball Tournament.
Local Legion Baseball
Where: Home games are played at the Barbour Complex
What: Chewelah’s AA Senior Legion Baseball team plays a summer schedule as part of the “AA” National League. Games are played in and around Chewelah and the region against other local teams in Stevens and Spokane Counties.
…If you like reading
Chewelah Public Library Time
Where: Chewelah Public Library
When: Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
What: An opportunity to learn and practice literacy skills through stories, songs, and fingerplays. Meet new friends and enjoy the special time in the library together. All ages welcome.
Book Discussion Group
Where: Chewelah, Colville, Kettle Falls, and Loon Lake Public Libraries
When: Chewelah – Last Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.
Colville – Adults group meets the second Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. or third
Wednesday of each monthe, 6:30 p.m., Tweens group meets the last Thursday
Of each month, 4:30 p.m.
Kettle Falls – Meets the second Monday of each month, 2 p.m.
Loon Lake – Meets the last Tuesday of each month, 3 p.m.
What: A group for all readers. Discussion groups are open to anyone interested in joining. Prospective members can take a look at the county library website to see the current and future book selections for each book group above.
Where: On air at KCHW 102.7 FM Northern Lights Public Radio
When: Every Sunday, 8 a.m.
What: A partnership between Northern Lights Public Radio and Stevens County Public Libraries brings the story of “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” to the radio airways each Sunday for twelve weeks. Beginning June 24.
…If you like family events
Where: Chewelah City Park
When: July 12 – 15
What: This summer marks 45 years of Chataqua in Chewelah, an event that draws a large number of visitors each July. The event brings all the best of a festival together with activities, food and music for all ages.
Colville Rendezvous Days
Where: Yep Kanum Park
When: August 3 – 5
What: Colville’s annual festival brings arts and crafts, music, food and activities, but the festival also puts on much, much more… such as a classic car and bike show and an annual baseball tournament. There’s something for all so make plans for a trip to Colville.
Country Fun for Everyone
Where: NE Washington Fairgrounds, Colville, WA
When: August 23 – 26
What: The aims and purposes of the NE WA Fair are to promote awareness and education in agriculture and to provide an opportunity for the general industry with a hands-on experience. To provide a place for 4-H, FFA and other youth programs and adults involved in the agricultural industry. Related arts, forestry and manufacturing businesses will exhibit their livestock, products, educational projects and demonstrations with the desired outcome of promoting the welfare of our local communities and rural living. The fair strives to have something for everyone in the family regardless of age or interest.
Clayton Community Fair
Where: Clayton Fairgrounds, Clayton, WA
When: August 24 – 26
What: Brought to you by the Deer Park Fair Association, the community fair celebrates the agricultural heritage of the area through education and enrichment. The fair provides an inviting environment where young and old alike may demonstrate, display, present or show that something special he or she has baked, grown, created, raised, sewn or trained, be it a hobby or a business.
Spokane County Interstate Fair
Where: Spokane County Fairgrounds, Spokane, WA
When: September 7 – 16
What: This year’s theme is “Lettuce turnip the jam” and the fair will be rockin: Come for the carnival rides, or the vendor booths in the fair & expo center. You can stay for the rodeo or one of the musical performers. Enjoy your standard food fare and one of the many, many more scheduled events throughout the week. There’s something for everyone.
…If you like the arts
Movies in the Park
Where: Chewelah City Park
When: July 6 and August 8
What: Head to the park for games, music and movies. Games are set up for the kids beginning at 6:30 p.m., and live music begins an hour before the double feature begins. Movies range from G to PG-13, with the G-rated movie always kicking the showings off at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Chataqua Film Festival
Where: Chewelah Center for the Arts
When: July 14, doors open at 12:45 p.m.
What: A showing of 15 three to five-minute original films centered around a specific theme, this year’s theme being a .99 cent prop. Region I entrants (within 120 mile radius of Chewelah) will be
on hand to discuss their films and answer questions with viewers.
Woodland Productions: Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Where: Woodland Theatre, Kettle Falls
When: July 11-14, 19-22
What: Woodland Productions presents Alice in Wonderland Jr., a children’s musical.
Colville’s Annual Sidewalk Sale & Street Faire
Where: Multiple locations in downtown Colville
When: July 19-21, beginning at 10 a.m. on all days
What: This is the one time during the year that downtown retailers sell their wares on the sidewalk! There are additional booths available for vendors to participate and sell their goods, too.
Additional activities include: entertainment, live music at Pour House in Heritage Court all three days, sidewalk chalk drawing contest and a scavenger hunt.
Country Dancing Lessons
Where: Rusty Putter Bar & Grille
When: Every Monday starting July 9 at 6 p.m.
What: Dave and Rey will be giving country dance lessons. Come on out and kick up your heals while having some fun and getting some exercise. Fee is $20 per couple
for four sessions, $10 for single for four sessions. Individual sessions can be paid for as well.
Where: Mirabeau Park Meadows
When: June 30 beginning at 1 p.m.
What: A free one-day music festival for all ages featuring music by Jus Wright, Black Braley, Pants, Tyler Alai ft. Willis, Brotha Nature, Waxer, The Canned Vegetables, Drew Cichetti and more.
…If you like music
Summer Reading Program Kickoff Concert
Where: Yep Kanum Park
When: June 30, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What: Libraries rock and members of An Dochas, Murphy’s Law and The Sara Brown Band are going to prove it. Funding provided by The Vinson Fund and Friends of the Libraries of Stevens
6th Annual Area 36 Blues and Music Festival
Where: 1270 Naff Rd., Colville
When: July 14, Begins at 12 p.m.
What: Area 36 Blues & Music Festival Shriner’s Hospital for Children is is July 14 and this year is going to be a Donor Celebration Party to celebrate past, present and future donors! Please visit their website and contact them to be “invited” to the party!
…If you like adulting
Spokane Brewers Festival
Where: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
When: August 4
What: Spokane Brewers Festival is the ideal event for anyone who loves craft beer made right here in the Inland Northwest. With a laid-back attitude and a full complement of award-winning
beers, the festival reflects the craft essence of Spokane and the surrounding region with this mantra in mind: DRINK LOCAL.
Tickets can be purchased at the Spokane Arena box office, through ticketswest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT. Space is limited to 3000 people.
Scenic Pend Oreille River Train
Where:Starts in Newport, WA
When: July 14-15, Augut 4-5
What: This is the same train ride formerly run by the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club and now operated by the Newport/Priest River Rotary Club. The train operates three times on the day of operation and takes passengers along the Pend Oreille River. This is “the same route Native Americans followed and lived along for millennia. We’ll trace the footsteps and paddle strokes of early French couriers d’bois, grizzled sour doughs on their way north to the Klondike gold rush, steamboat gamblers, loggers, miners, homesteaders and outlaws.”
Evening Light Lavender: U-Pick Lavender Festival
Where: 5552 S. Wallbridge Rd., Deer Park, WA
When: July 7-8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What: Evening Light Lavender Annual U-pick Festival is a time filled with fun and restoration while enjoying the beauty of the view and lavender fields. U-pick lavender, food vendors, artisan
craft vendors, live music and children’s activities are all part of the fun. Evening Light is also partnering with Blessings Under the Bridge for the festival. They are asking for donations of toiletries
such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair brushes, combs, shaving supplies, soap, etc.