Calendar of Events For May 5

Here are events going on between May 5-13

– Noon, National Day of Prayer, Stevens County Courthouse and Chewelah City Hall
This year’s National Day of Prayer events are on Thursday, May 5 and will be held in both Colville and Chewelah at 12 noon. For Colville, the event will be on the north side of the Stevens County Courthouse and in Chewelah it will take place in front of City Hall. Praise and Worship music will be provided. Various churches will also have scheduled activities.

– 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. TEDD Open House, Colville South Town Mall
Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) will be holding an open house on Thursday, May 5 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at their office in the South Town Mall, 986 S Main, Suite A in Colville. TEDD’s open house coincides with National Small Business Week, May 1-7.

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.

Tri County Economic Development District was established in 1969 and provides a variety of programs and services to support local communities and businesses in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties; including management of the Rural Opportunities Loan Fund for 10 Eastern Washington counties, operation of a Small Business Incubator in Colville for fledgling business ventures, providing small business support services, and operating a small business center with high-speed internet and WiFi which is available for free for business use.

Visitors to the open house will be treated to light refreshments, free giveaways, get to tour the facilities and meet TEDD staff, who will be on hand to answer questions. There will be several presentations highlighting some of TEDD’s key functions:
• 4 p.m. – Loan Assistant Cassindra Maravilla will explain how the Rural Opportunities Loan Fund can help your business
• 4:30 p.m. – District Planner Melinda Lee will fill everyone in on what a District Planner does and what that means for local businesses
• 5 p.m. – Small Business Specialist Barry Lamont will give an overview of the many resources and services available from TEDD for local businesses
• 5:30 p.m. – Regional Marketer Shelly Stevens will highlight some key social media marketing trends and how social media can benefit your business Tri County Economic Development District and the small business center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 509-684-4571 to learn more about how TEDD can help you grow your business, or visit us at or

– 6:30 p.m. “Pirates of Penzance” by the Valley School Staff, Valley School MPR
The Valley School Staff presents their one night-only production of Pirates of Penzance Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Valley School MPR.

Produced by special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Englewood, Co. and in loving memory of Doug Farmer. Frederic (played by Johanna McDougall) plans to give up life as a pirate on his 21st birthday and marry Mabel (Melanie Gray), daughter of Major-General Stanley (Doug Coates).

Alas, it is discovered that he was born in a leap year… Feb. 29 to be exact. As birthdays go, he is only four and will not reach his 21st birthday for 66 years. When all seems lost, the pirate crew discovers they are peers of the realm, and they give up life on the high seas to settle down as gentlemen.

Cost is $5 at the door.

– 7 p.m. Bingo Night, Chewelah American Legion Hall (Thursdays)

– 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stevens County Swap Meet, Valley Grange

Saturday, May 7
– 9 a.m. Furry 5K
– 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Pet Lovers’ Day, St. Paul Lutheran Church
Pet Lovers’ Day almost here! The NEWHS is offering low-cost vaccinations and a Furry 5K. The fun run starts at 9 a.m; vaccinations are from 10 a.m. – 2 pm. $12 and $18 vaccines! Microchips are $25. 202 N. 2nd ST W. Chewelah. St. Paul Lutheran Parking lot. For more info, call Becky 509-935-6635.

– 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. City-Wide Yard Sale, Chewelah
Bargain hunters should get ready for Chewelah’s 7th Annual City Wide Yard Sale. The big event will be held on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. With 48 sales registered in and around Chewelah, shoppers will be sure to find something for everyone.

This event is once again sponsored by The Independent and the map of all participating sales can only be found on pages 8-9 of this week’s newspaper.

All sales will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but some sellers plan to open early and/or close late. Those exceptions are noted on the map.

Participating sales will also be marked by signs and balloons. For more information on this great event, visit

– 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stevens County Swap Meet, Valley Grange
– 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. FFA Mother’s Day Plant Sale
– 6 p.m. Chewelah’s Got Talent, Chewelah Peak Learning Center
– 7 p.m. Woodland Productions Spring Concert, Woodland Theater in Kettle Falls

– 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stevens County Swap Meet, Valley Grange
– 2 p.m. Woodland Productions Spring Concert, Woodland Theater in Kettle Falls

– 11:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mary Walker High School Blood Drive, Springdale
The Inland Northwest Blood Center is holding a Mary Walker High School Community Blood Drive at Mary Walker High School on Monday, May 9 from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Community volunteers led by Wendy Lind will be coordinating the local blood drive.

INBC needs an average of 200 blood donors every day to meet the needs of more than 35 hospitals in the Inland Northwest. A single donation can save the lives of up to three people!

10:30 a.m. NeWGS Meeting, LDS Church in Colville
The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 a.m.

The NeWGS Librarian, Norma Yost, will introduce us to, which according to, “helps find shared ancestry between persons who have uploaded their autosomal DNA (atDNA) results from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder.” She will share with us how it can help get the most from your DNA results.

We will take a break for lunch at noon and meet again in the same location at 1:30 p.m. for our general meeting and program.

There is a lot happening at the Stevens County Historical Society (SCHS) in Colville. Our guest speaker will be Dennis Vaagen, the new President of SCHS. He will give us an update on the Keller Heritage Center and share his future plans for the museum. Our next guest, local author and retired newspaperman, Pat Graham will then try to stump us with a fun trivia game on local history.

All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society’s meetings.

– 6 p.m. Aglow Meeting, Colville
Our regular community lighthouse will meet May 12, second Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Colville Ag Center with guest Edie Sevey. Many are familiar with this witty and dynamic speaker through attending area retreats. She is a joy to listen to and a delight to know. As a young woman and being a new Christian with what she considered no ‘talent,’ Edie reasoned that the church needed someone to greet people and make them feel welcomed, so she did just that, adding warm hugs. To this day, God’s love continues to flow through her in a beautiful way. As she was faithful and grew in confidence, God began using her to share her life with others, but her greatest desire is to see them healed and restored.

Edie and her husband John had always loved children, and fostered more than 80 over the years as well as raising two children with numerous grandchildren to follow. Though John is now deceased, their marriage of some 55 years proved just how amazing God’s love and faithfulness is. For more info contact Kathleen, 680-1411 or Kim, 684-3467.

Aglow International is a Christian organization for men and women. There is no admission and visitors are welcome.

– 7 p.m. Bingo Night, Chewelah American Legion Hall (Thursdays)

FRIDAY, May 13
– 11:30-5:30 p.m. Chewelah Farmers Market, City Park
The year 2016 marks the ninth season of the award-winning Chewelah Farmers Market.The market continues to be located in the beautiful Chewelah City Park’s Northeast’s corner.

Beginning Friday, May 13, the market will be open every Friday rain or shine, from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., ending this fall on October 21.

Our Grand Opening of the regular market season will be the beginning of the market’s first year of offering SNAP/EBT to our community. We have been very excited about this and are so pleased to offer a $2 “Fresh Bucks” coupon to go alongside every $5 of SNAP/EBT spent to those who participate.

“Super Special ‘Light up the Park’” Pumpkin Seeds will be available for all. See how big a pumpkin you can grow, and then bring those pumpkins down to the Chewelah Park to add to the “Light up the Park” celebration on October 29! There will be a special market day each month of the season starting in July with fun activities and contests celebrating a fruit or vegetable in season. Events include the World-Class Cherry Splat, Zucchini Boat Regatta down the Chewelah Creek, Apple Pie Eating Contest and finishing the season with the Pumpkin Bowling Contest leading into the Chewelah Arts Guild “Light Up the Park” annual celebration.

We welcome new vendors to come and enjoy the park with us. We also continue to offer the Community Booth, available to day vendors. For market rules and a vendor registration form, please visit: or call 509-980-2032. Like us on Facebook at and keep abreast of the exciting new Chewelah Farmers Market, year 2016!