What’s happening? Your weekly events post

Happy Thursday! If you’re looking for something fun to do, read on for our big list of local events. (And don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before heading to bed Saturday night!)

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’ll be talking with some smart, local women leaders tonight at Mission Ridge. Join us!

The WHS musical, “The Wedding Singer,” opens today. Eastmont’s musical, “Little Women,” opens next Thursday.

On Saturday, TEAMS Learning Center is holding its first-ever Sock Hop Fundraiser and the whole family is invited.

The Miss East Cascades Scholarship Program happens Saturday at the Numerica PAC.

At “A Different Kind of Story Time” at the Wenatchee Valley Museum on Saturday, the story is “Oh the Thinks You Can Think.” Come for the story. Stay for the craft.

Bring the kids to the Wenatchee Valley Museum on Tuesday for a LEGO Make-and-Take event.

Looking ahead:

Come to the Wenatchee Public Library next Friday, March 16, for Family-Friendly Board Game Friday.

Next Friday night, it’s the Winter Ice Gala at the Town Toyota Center.

The Wenatchee Junior Service League’s My Girlfriend’s Closet shopping event kicks off with a special preview party on March 15, then opens to the general public March 16-18. You can find some really good deals at this annual sale, and it benefits local non-profit organizations benefiting women and children.

Next Saturday, March 17, is ST. PATRICK’S DAY! There’s the annual parade in Cashmere. And the “Shortest Parade in the World” in downtown Wenatchee that begins at 7 p.m. at Orondo and Mission Streets. Afterwards, parade awards will be handed out at Pybus Public Market following a performance by Wenatchee Irish Dance.

Also on March 17, the Cashmere Museum will host a workshop for kids in grads 3-5. The “Medicine Bag Workshop: Meaning, Art, and Use” will be focused on the symbols, colors and iconography of the Medicine Bag, a sacred and culturally significant object in Native American traditions. Children will learn about the meaning and use of the Medicine Bag, and then will make their own. They will then take a tour of the museum, looking at other objects on display that connect to those same colors and symbols about which they learned.

The most popular annual event at Mission Ridge returns Saturday, March 17: the Dummy Downhill contest, in which participants strap dummies in wacky costumes to skis and then launch them down a hill. Kids love creating these things and coming up to watch the action.

Family Art Night at Pybus is March 20.

Girl Scout Cookie booth sales begin on Friday, March 23. Want to know where to find the cookies? Enter your zip code into this website for a list of local sales. (I’m not sure if it’s on that list, but my daughter’s troop will be selling at Chá Fine Teas in Pybus Public Market on March 23 and 31. OK, shameless self-promotion over!)

March 23 is Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA.

On Saturday, March 24, local mom and fitness coach Ali Wells is hosting a family fitness class. It’s the season-opener for her group, Wenatchee Family Fitness. The class begins at 10 a.m. at Walla Walla Point Park.

On March 30, gather up a group of friends for Trivia Night at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Itching to get out into nature? Many of our favorite foothills hiking and biking trails open for the season on April 1.

Every Week:

Get the whole family moving with Kids Yoga classes.

The Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market is open (and indoors) Saturdays at Pybus Public Market.

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 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 and 8:30-10 a.m. Saturdays.

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.)

Play family-friendly board games at the Wenatchee Public Library every Friday!

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 have moved to Pybus.)

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

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