Event Calendar

Here are upcoming events in the Chewelah/Stevens County area. To send your event to get posted here, please email brandon@chewelahindependent.com with all the info.

We are lucky in our area to have a piece of land spanning more than 40,000 acres that is here to protect and maintain the many species of plants and animals native to our region. The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, just a few miles east of Colville is also open for many outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and generally communing with nature. To help publicize “our” Wildlife Refuge, the Friends of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge want to encourage all nature photographers to participate in this year’s 14th annual photo contest. This year’s contest began last August 16th and continues until August 15, 2019. The main roads on the Refuge open on April 12th so there are plenty of opportunities on the refuge for taking pictures. As in past years, we are looking for entries in four categories: Animals, Plants, Human Use, and Scenic. If interested, contact Joel Anderson at onionjoel@gmail.com for rules and entry forms.

Got Horses? Want something fun to do with them this year? The Melody Riders has some suggestions that might meet your needs. The goal of the Melody Riders Club is to promote family oriented horse activities for our community. We invite you to join us this summer for some fun horse related activities for the whole family. Our arena is located just one mile south of Chewelah on Highway 395. We offer very reasonably priced entry fees and fun for all. There is something here for every rider! We also give wonderful year-end awards for riders that compete in the Western Game series!

For those who are interested in improving your barrel racing skills, we are offering you the opportunity to participate in or observe the Dusti Kissler Barrel Racing Clinic. The clinic will be held at the Melody Rider’s arena on June 1 & 2. Dusty is known in the barrel racing world as an excellent instructor that will help you improve both your horsemanship skills and your ability to enjoy the sport of barrel racing. For more information visit Melodyriders.com or contact Summerlyn Ring at 509-290-7080.

David Dunn will be conducting Horsemanship/Trail clinics on May 25 and July 21. Bring your horse and learn to conquer those “scary looking” trail obstacles. You are also very welcome to come and watch the amazing things that can be done with horses!

The family oriented Western Game series and the Fun Days are great ways to get started riding if you have dreams of competing with your horse. The Western Games Series presents year end awards to all riders who compete in five of the six schedules competitions. The Fun Days are designed to be family fun for you and your horse and are a great way to enhance the riding experience.

The Western Game days start at 9 AM on May 11, June 15 &29, July 13 & 27 and August 10. The Fun Days also start at 9 AM on June 16, July 14 and August 11. The INBRA Barrel Racers are producing a Jackpot Barrel Race after each Western Games competition. The jackpot barrel races are scheduled to start at 4:30. Check us out on Melodyriders.com and follow us on facebook for more information. We invite you to join the Melody Riders and have some fun with your horse. Membership also allows you access to the arena for personal use.

The City Public Works Department will be conducting routine maintenance of the City sewer lines starting May 1 through May 30. When cleaning the main line in the street there is a possibility of pressurizing your service line and causing a backflow to the residence. To minimize any chance of damage we ask that you leave your toilet seat in the down position and wrap a towel around the base of the toilet.  Homeowners or tenants who have floor drains attached to their sanitary sewer must seal off the floor drain with a sealed cap or pipe plug in order to prevent the possibility of sewage from entering through the floor drain.  Our apologies for this inconvenience.  For questions or problems please contact City Hall at 935-8311 or the Public Works Department at 935-8313.  Thank you.

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is now accepting applications for the 2019 summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. (See link below.) Nine YCC enrollees will be recruited. These positions will be located at Spring Canyon, Fort Spokane, and Kettle Falls. Please indicate on your application the area or areas that you are interested in working. Positions are open to young men and women who have attained the age of 15, but must not have reached the age of 19 during the term of employment. This will be a non-residential camp, and all enrollees must provide a social security number prior to entrance into the program. The estimated period of employment is June 17, 2019 through August 9, 2019. Enrollees will be paid a minimum wage for a 40-hour work week.

To apply, contact the National Park Service or a local high school for a YCC application form.
Forms are also available through https://www.nps.gov/subjects/youthprograms/ycc.htm.
Applications must be received at our Kettle Falls Office by Friday, May 24, 2019. Please send completed applications to: National Park Service, 1368 Kettle Park Road, Kettle Falls, WA 99141. For further information, contact Alberta Gonzales-Scholl 509-754-7857.

-Chewelah Food Bank open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
-Valley Food Bank open from 12-3 p.m.
-Loon Lake Food Bank open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
-Chewelah VFW Meeting at Legion Hall, 7 p.m. (Every third Monday)
-Springdale Town Meeting at Springdale Town Hall, 7 p.m. (Every second Monday)
-Mary Walker School District Board Meeting at Mary Walker HS Library in Springdale, 6:30 p.m. (Every third Monday)

-Tech Help at Colville Library, 11 a.m.
-Colville Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Colville Eagles, 12 p.m.
-Chewelah American Legion Pool Tournaments, 7 p.m.
-Chewelah American Legion Meeting at Legion Hall, 7 p.m. (Every third Tuesday)
-Colville Toastmasters at Mt. Carmel Hospital Education Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
-Springdale Together Coalition at Springdale Community Church, 3:30 p.m. (Every third Tuesday)

-Al-Anon Meeting at St. Jospeh’s Hospital, 7 p.m.
-Karaoke at Brothers Bar in Springdale 9 p.m.
-Bingo at Colville Eagles, 6 p.m.
-Senior Lunch Bunch at Camas Valley Grange in Springdale, 11:30 a.m.
-Hunters Food Bank Open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
-Chewelah City Council Meeting at Chewelah City Hall, 6:30 p.m. (Every first and third Wednesday)
-Junior Grange Meeting at Camas Valley Grange in Springdale, 3:30 p.m. (Every First Wednesday)
-Springdale Food Pantry open, 3:30 p.m. (Every third Wednesday)
-Springdale Community Health Association meeting at Springdale Medical Center, 5:30 p.m. (Last Wednesday of every month)
-Chewelah School District meeting at Chewelah School District Office, 6:30 p.m. (Every third Wednesday)

-Thursday Jam at Dan and Jo’s in Valley, 7 p.m.
-Chewelah Food Bank open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
-Preschool Story time at Colville and Lakeside Libraries, 10:30 a.m.
-Loon Lake Food Bank open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
-Cabin Fever Quilters meeting at the Valley Fire Hall, 6 p.m. (Every second Thursday)
-Chewelah Senior Center Potluck, 12 p.m. (First and third Thursdays)
-South Stevens County Chamber of Commerce meeting, 11 am. at Loon Lake Fire Station (Every first Thursday)

-Karaoke at Chewelah American Leigon, 7 p.m.
-Chewelah Chamber of Commerce Meeting at Chewelah Casino, 7 a.m.
-Line dancing lessons at Colville Eagles, 6 p.m.
-Preschool story time at Chewelah Public Library, 10:30 a.m.
-Tech Help at Lakeside Library, 11 a.m.
-Tech Help at Chewelah Library, 2-4 p.m.
-Veterans bowl free at Chewelah Bowling Center, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Every second Friday)
-Chewelah Farmer’s Market, 11 a.m.-3:30 at the Chewelah City Park

-Texas Hold’em at Collville Eagles, 3 p.m.
-Pool Tournament at Colville Eagles, 7 p.m.
-W7GHJ (Amateur Radio) meeting, 9:30 a.m. at Valley Fire Training Center
-GFWC Springdale meeting at Springdale Food Pantry, 9:30 a.m. (Every second Saturday)
-Camas Valley Grange meeting in Springdale at 5:30 p.m. (Every second Saturday)

-Texas Hold’em at Colville Eagles, 1:30 p.m.
-Karaoke at Dan and Jo’s in Valley, 9 p.m.



MAY 22: Pub-Talk with the Northeast Washington Forest Coalition 
Join Quartzite Brewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a FREE event presented by the Northeast Washington Forest Coalition, one of the most successful forest collaboratives in the United States. We’ve been working with the Colville National Forest for over 15 years to promote forest restoration and wildlands protection while contributing to a local, thriving economic within our communities. Join us for an interactive presentation and discussion about ecological forest restoration on our forests across boundaries and the importance of including recreation in forest planning. Free food will be provided and beverages are available for purchase from the brewery.

MAY 23: Trivia Night at Quartzite Brewing
Put your thinking caps on for Trivia in support of the Chewelah Valley Land Trust down at the Brewery! All proceeds help get a local forest developed in our community set aside for recreation, and sustainable forest management. Thursday May 23 from 6-8 pm. $10 for a team of 4 or less, $5 per person if more than four (5 people max). Signups are from 5:30-6 p.m.

MAY 24: Catch 22 Memorial Day Veterans Fundraiser
Each day in this country, an average of 22 U.S. Military Veterans will commit suicide. That’s 22 too many. With Memorial Day coming up, we want to remember the fallen heroes both abroad and here at home. Join us at the Colville Pour House for a night of music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and camaraderie in support of the local veterans that we still have among us, come out and share in remembering the lost and honoring those still present in our community.Bring your veteran friends and family to enter them into a drawing for a patriotic quilt and other prizes, as well as SWAG from American Freedom Fund and our partners. Meet members of the AFF Patriots veteran shooting team and other supporters of the veteran community in our area.

MAY 24-JUNE 2: Park Avenue Players presents Sylvia
Well. It has finally happened. Park Avenue Players is finally going to the dogs. Chewelah PACA is happy to announce the spring play “Sylvia” by A. R. Gurney. Greg (Bill Barnes) and Kate (Deanna Barnes) have moved to Manhattan after twenty two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park-or that has found him-bearing the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives. The play will be directed by Margee Richart and opens the 24 th of May for 2 weekends. Not only will an actor play the role of Sylvia (Bonnie Spencer), but it’s going to be a dog-themed production. Two of the shows will be a dinner show and we’ll be serving hot dogs and drinks as you watch the hilarious comedy. Steve Warner and Patricia West complete the fabulous cast. We are also joining with Becky Washington and her Becky’s Best Buddies Program. She’ll be advertising for us and giving away a few free tickets at her fundraising events on the 4th and 18th of May. During the month of May the Chewelah Center for the Arts will have on display dogs she is trying to find homes for. “Sylvia” runs 24, 25, 31, 1 June 2019 at 7 PM and 26 May and 2 June at 2 PM at the Chewelah Center for the Arts. Dinner shows are the 25 th and 1st and are $20.00 in advance and $22.50 at the door. Show only tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. Set your calendars for the Month of May as one to not only support the arts and enjoy a great show, but to also help many of our local lonely buddies. I’m talking about the dogs, not the actors.

-MAY 24: Mixed Man and Woman 9+9 Event at Chewelah Golf and Country Club, 1 p.m.

MAY 24: Chewelah Museum Season Starts May 24
Like gardeners planning flower beds, the Museum volunteers spent the winter planning ways to make our town’s wonderful collection of antiques and artifacts come to life. As weather warmed, cleaning and rearranging began. A new reception area, a meeting area, and new exhibits are in progress. Questions you didn’t even know you had will be answered by the new exhibits: Why did the ancestors make a day of doing laundry? What should you look for when digging in the ground? What would Best Buy have looked like in 1925? The Museum will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends, on Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is located at 3rd and Washington Ave., almost directly east of Zips. See you next weekend.

MAY 25: Nostalgia Days Car Show at the Chewelah City Park.
9 am – 3 pm. Free to all. Cars, truck motorcycles – if you are proud of it we want to see it. Public is welcome. Trophies will be awarded. Donations are accepted, as well as participation encouraged in silent auction and raffle to cover cost of show. Enjoy a family-friendly event in the beautiful Chewelah City Park. Information: Tom Dailey 509-684-4333.

MAY 27: Between The Rivers Gathering in Valley
If you’ve seen reality TV shows like “Alone” or “Mountain Men” and have been curious about learning primitive, ancestral and survival skills, here’s your chance. About 80 primitive skills and self-sufficiency experts will teach hands-on classes at The Between the Rivers Gathering May 27-June 1 at Grouse Creek Farm, 3586 Solokar Road, Valley, about 10 miles south of Chewelah on Highway 395. It’s the seventh year for this family-friendly event attended by students of all ages. Students can learn to start a bow-drill fire, brain tan a deer hide, weave a bark basket, felt wool, make a bow, arrows and arrowheads, forage for edible and medicinal plants in the woods and much more at this Northeastern Washington ancestral skills and self-sufficiency gathering. The week-long community event is focused on basic skills and knowledge including “camping, finding food, creating tools and art from what is given in nature, and the ancient skills of making fire, finding water, clothing ourselves, and most importantly, enjoying a simplified life—especially in the outdoors,” said Patrick Farneman, executive director of Bridges to the Past, the nonprofit organization that produces the event. Evenings after classes, participants gather around the campfire for singing and playing acoustic music. One evening features a talent show. The event’s Scottish Highland Games are Thursday, May 30th beginning around 7 p.m. Campers dress in traditional kilts and Scottish garb and participate in a caber toss, rock toss and footrace.

MAY 25-27: Annual Quilt Show
Over 100 quilts from local quilters are displayed each year on Memorial Day weekend. A “Challenge” package is offered each year complete with a theme and kit of materials for the following year’s show. Challenge quilts and winners in various categories are displayed. Vendors provide information and displays of materials, patterns and  more. Additionally a Tea Room provides a lovely respite, special desserts and  a featured artist.

MAY 30: Colville Baseball Shrimp Boil and Auction Fundraiser at Colville Elks Lodge
Colville baseball is hoping to improve its fields and upgrade equipment with its Shrimp Boil and Auction Fundraiser on May 30 from 6-8 p.m. The organization is hoping to raise $10,000. It will benefit baseball players age 4-19 in little league, U10, U12, junior high and high school and A and AA legion teams. Tickets are $25 for dinner, $40 for couple in advance, and $30 dinner $50 couple at the door. Tickets avaliable at Clarks AllSports, Barb Weeman Insurance or from a Colville baseball player.

-MAY 30: Paideia Graduation, 6:30 p.m., Valley School Gym
-MAY 30: JJSHS Band Concert at JJSHS Cafeteria, 7:30 p.m.
-MAY 31: JJSHS Special Olympics heading to state

MAY 30: Gess Elementary Kindergarten Registration
If you have a student who will be attending Gess Elementary Kindergarten, please register your student on May 30 at Gess.  Registration information will help us to develop classes for next year.  Children must be five years old before September 1, 2019. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization record to registration.  If you are unable to attend registration on May 30, please contact the Gess office at 685-6800 ext 8-4002.

MAY 31: NE Washington Association of Realtors 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Enjoy the 11th Annual NE Washington Association of Realtors Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, May 31 at 12 p.m. at the Chewelah Golf Course. To register email rita@newarealtors.com or visit www.newarealtors.com.

-MAY 31: No Chewelah Chamber of Commerce Meeting

JUNE 1: Arden Community Club Community Yard Sale
The Arden Community Club is having a COMMUNITY YARD SALE on Saturday, June 1 at the Arden Community Hall at 636 Hall Road. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone can bring their sale items. Cost is $10 outside, $15 inside and set up begins at 7 a.m. Bring you own tables and chairs. For more info call 690-4925 or email humbird01@yahoo.com.

-JUNE 1: Mary Walker High School Graduation, 11 a.m. Mary Walker High School Gym in Springdale

JUNE 1: Bingo Night at the Camas Valley Grange
Enjoy bingo at the Camas Valley Grange in Springdale on Saturday, June 1, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and games starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Camas Valley Grange No. 842. Food available for purchase in the grange kitchen. Come early and get your seat with you supervision, even your children can play. There is an awesome “Blackout” prize. For more info please call Sandie at 258-7105 or Darlyn at 290-8974.

JUNE 2: Women’s Monthly “Relaxing for Your Soul” Fellowship Group
On the first Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m. Start the month out right with this fellowship group where we will laugh, share, and fellowship with old and new friends. Contact Rey for more info at reynettadeveau@gmail.com or 512-461-2621.

-JUNE 4: JJSHS Senior Baccalaureate at JJSHS Cafeteria, 7 p.m.

-JUNE 6: First Thursday Artwalk, 5:30-8 p.m. in downtown Chewelah.
-JUNE 6: Senior Center Potluck, 12-1 p.m.
-JUNE 6: Mother’s Tea at St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, 4 p.m.
-JUNE 6: JJSHS Senior Awards Night, 7 p.m.
-JUNE 8: Rev It Up For the Vets, 9-11 a.m.
-JUNE 8: Jenkins High School Graduation, 11 a.m.
-JUNE 8&9: Springdale Open Rodeo
-JUNE 11: Junior High Promotion at JJSHS Gym, 6 p.m.
-JUNE 13: NE Washington Humane Society Car Show, 4-5 p.m.

JUNE 14: NEW Health Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Springdale Dental Clinic
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Springdale Dental Clinic at 105 N. 2nd Street in Springdale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ribbon cutting will happen at 10 a.m. with the open house to follow. This is in celebration of the new building for NEW Health Springdale Dental

JUNE 15: 9th Annual Front Porch Farm Garden Tour
Come explore our garden and greenhouses in this self-guided garden tour at Front Porch Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Farmers Dee and Liz will be on hand to answer your questions and explain our gardening practices. Once again this year we’re going to keep it low key–there are no tickets, no cost, and no food provided. Just drop by any time to this open house style “Meet the Farmer” tour. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch if you’d like! More info: https://frontporchfarm.net/tour/

-JUNE 18-21: Junior Golf Camp at Chewelah Golf Course and Country Club

JUNE 20: A Taste of Chewelah
This annual event is a major Guild fundraiser that supports art events and scholarships in our community. This is a walking event that features downtown Chewelah restaurants where a variety of entrees chosen by the chefs are served in the restaurants. The works of local artists can be seen gracing the walls and street musicians  add to the festivities. This event is based at Quartzite Brewery Co. where dessert is served and many intriguing Art items are offered in our annual silent auction. Tickets are limited to 250 and will be sold at Valley Drug, Akers United Drug, ChewVino Wine Bar and on this website on the Home Page.

JUNE 20: Chewelah Community Blood Drive
The Chewelah Community Blood Drive will be at Dad’s Espresso located at 2309 B. Hwy 395 in Chewelah from 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

JULY 20: Jenkins High School Chewelah Class of 1969 Reunion
Mark your calendars for the Jenkins High School Class of 1969 50th Class Reunion! Please send your email address to lindajolee@aol.com so organizers can send you more information about the event. If you have classmates that are friends on Facebook, invite them to the reunion. Organizers hope to contact everyone either through Facebook or asking some of you to do the detective work! The reunion will be at 2909 S. Howard in Spokane.

AUGUST 2-4: Colville Rendezvous Days
Colville Rendezvous Days is Colville, Washington’s annual community celebration featuring 3 days of great entertainment on 2 stages. There are craft, food, and commericial vendors, the Classic Car and Bike Show, our annual baseball tournament, and much more. Participate in the Pioneer Dance, swim in the city pool, and for the children we will be having more of our inflatables (water slide, obstacle course, maybe a bounce house). There’ll be plenty of fun in the summer sun for everyone. See you there!

AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 1: 2019 Phychic Sasquatch Spritual Retreat
Learn more about Psychic Sasquatch at this event at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center. The event will include workshops, presentations, ceremonies, vendors, raffles, crystal skulls, music and drum circles, sharing circles, meditations, spiritual and shamanic items and healing services. For more information go to www.psychicsasquatch.com/Events.

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