What’s happening? Your weekly events post

Happy Thursday! What is everybody up to this weekend? Sorry the blog has been a bit, well, dead lately. I’ve been off work for the past week (more on that later..), but I’m back now, caffeinated up and ready to share some fun events! OK, here we go: (Puppy picture just because we all need more puppy pictures in our lives.)

Let’s be honest: We’re all just looking for things to do indoors right now because of all this smoke. The Rocky Reach Dam Visitor Center suggests stopping there for a few hours of fun, and I think that sounds like a great idea.

This year’s Hot August Nights production, “La Cage Aux Folles,” opens at the Numerica PAC TONIGHT! Oh là là!

The Downtown Wenatchee Summer Sidewalk Sale happens this Friday and Saturday. Shop local at discounted prices.

Friday night, Wenatchee Parks and Rec presents a free, family-friendly evening of music at Centennial Park.

Lisa Bee’s is hosting an afternoon of lawn games (for the 21 and over crowd only!). Games, beer, wine and sunshine on Saturday.

The first annual Great Northwest Milk Drive is this Saturday at the Wenatchee Farmers Market located in front of Pybus Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, mothers from around the valley are invited to this family friendly event to learn more about milk banking, start the donation process, and celebrate donor moms. For more information, please call Jody Ceesay at 664- 3771.

The hills are alive again! “The Sound of Music” is back for another fabulous season in Leavenworth. Leavenworth Summer Theater is also staging productions of “Annie” and “Bye Bye Birdie” this year.

On Saturday afternoon, stop by Lake Wenatchee State Park for a free Junior Ranger program all about bugs! Your kids will go on a forest safari for bugs in the park.

Does somebody in your family love classic cars? Check out the Hot Rodzz Espresso cruise-ins on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

Rhea Lana’s of Wenatchee holds a couple big “upscale children’s consignment events” each year. Beginning Sunday, it’s the Fall/Winter Sale! The sale will be at 212 5th Street, in the same space that houses My Girlfriend’s Closet and the Halloween store every year.

There’s so much going on at local libraries right now — from story times to puppet shows to craft groups. Check out the full calendar of library events. From 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cashmere branch, there will be a free event called Fiesta Fun! Grade school children and younger are welcome to come play games, sculpt with clay, and listen to a fun bilingual story. The day is all about learning new words in Spanish while exploring the culture around us.

Bring the kids to the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, where they can go on a Nutcracker Hunt. Regular museum admission rates apply. All the details are on the museum’s website. Sounds fun!

Looking Ahead:

On August 16, 1997, Wenatchee Valley residents baked the world’s largest apple pie. To mark the 20th anniversary of this sweet achievement, the museum is hosting a party this August 16. There will be apple pie and ice cream, and lots of stories from the big day.

The Kids’ Market returns to the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, August 19. Come out and support young entrepreneurs selling homemade or homegrown goods.

The Rustique Divas Vintage Market returns on Aug. 19-20 to Riverwalk Park in Chelan.

On Monday, Aug. 21, take part in a family-friendly solar eclipse viewing party up at Mission Ridge.

Here’s the big one: The Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival is coming up at the Town Toyota Center on Saturday, Aug. 26. Wine… Food… Music…. More wine! This is the ultimate date night, so book the babysitter now!

Every Week:

The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market is open every Thursday.

The Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market is open Saturdays and Thursdays at Pybus Public Market.

The Chelan Farmers Market happens on Thursdays.

Village Art in the Park in Leavenworth is back every weekend through October.

Catholic Family and Child Service hosts several play-and-learn events each week for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. The Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group meets Wednesdays at the First Methodist Church at 10 a.m., Thursdays at the Wenatchee Public Library at 10 a.m., and Fridays at the Hope Center at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The play sessions are free and no registration is required. For more information call 664-7350 ext. 3093.

The Wenatchee Mother-Baby Support Group at the Wenatchee Public Library meets from 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays. (And now there’s a Toddler Group, too! The toddler group meets Mondays at noon at the library. This play-time focuses on movement, exploration, and learning to play together. It’s also a time for parents to visit, connect, and find ongoing support.)

Indoor Park Play Time at Apple Valley Gymnastics, 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays.

For kids 6 and younger, head to the play gym at Sport Gymnastics, open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Story times at the Wenatchee Public Library. (Preschool Story Time: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Story Time: Mondays at 6 p.m..; Pajama Story Time: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Baby/Toddler Story Time: Fridays at 10 a.m.; NEW Family Story Time: Saturdays at 11 a.m.)

You’ll find a hands-on children’s activity and craft room upstairs at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Kids and their grown-ups get in free and it’s open during regular museum hours.

The Wenatchee Valley Mall Kids Club gets together for adventures the third Saturday of every month.

Bring the whole family out for RunWenatchee’s club run/walks on the Loop Trail every Thursday evening. (Club run check-ins recently moved to Pybus.)

For more events, this week and every week, go to ncwcalendar.com.