News briefs, week of March 16, 2017
Water plans pushed back due to weather
The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District said it will start filling the West Canal later than previously planned due to unforeseen winter weather conditions. The revised date being scheduled is Friday, March 24. Priming will continue on smaller canals and laterals through the first week in April, depending on the weather and the demand for water deliveries.
Telephone recorders will still be available on March 27 in all watermaster offices for water ordering. This service will be available on Saturdays and up to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays for the following Monday’s water order throughout the season, the district said.
Water users are urged to contact their respective watermaster headquarters to receive current information and schedules regarding this revision, the district said.
Sheriff provides boater education
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is offering four boater education courses in 2017.
State law requires most operators of motorboats with a motor of 15 horsepower or greater to get a boater education card. Boat operators who were born before Jan. 1, 1955, are exempt.
These courses are free of charge. All materials and testing supplies provided.
Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/grant-county-sheriffs-office-boater-education-course-washington-registration-29290148623.
Senior project teaches dance
A dance workshop is planned from March 14 to April 21 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3:30-5 p.m. This senior project is for ages 14-19, regardless of gender and is free of charge. Participants will learn a few hip-hop routines, learn about dance as an art form and have fun while exercising in the dance room of the Quincy Activity Center, 105 Second Ave. SE. Participants can arrive any time and jump right in without having attended before.
Cashmere Community Concerts slates band
Cashmere Community Concerts and Fern Hill Bluegrass Band will ring in the season on Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. Fern Hill approaches its bluegrass music in the style of the classic bands of the 1950s, according to the event organizer. The event is at the Cashmere Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Drive, in Cashmere. The cost is $3 at the door; a pass-the-hat donation is suggested of $8 to $11 for the musicians. Find more information at www.cashmereconcerts.com.
Play to come to Quincy library
Book-It Repertory Theatre of Seattle will bring the book “Goin’ Someplace Special” to life at several North Central Regional Library branches over spring break. The children’s book, written by Patricia C. McKissack, is about an African-American girl growing up in the segregated South of the 1950s and the challenges she faces going to the public library by herself. Along the way, she rides a bus, navigates busy city streets, encounters a friendly woman tending a church garden, and she eventually reaches the library where everyone is welcome. The free library program is scheduled for Quincy Public Library at 3 p.m. on April 4.
Seniors: Serving mint trifle dinner
Last week’s game winners were: Rummikub – Ruth Minor and Bonnie Kniveton; dominos – Mark Owens and John Michael; pinochle – Betty Seader and Nick Todd; and bridge – Barb Kennedy and Aldene Duchscherer.
Thursday Rotary lunch is Reuben, broccoli salad, fries and mint trifle; dinner menu is corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, rolls and mint trifle. Dinner is served at 6 p.m; the price is $7 for members and $8 for nonmembers.
No lunch Friday. Monday is leftover Monday. Tuesday is twice-baked potato, chicken salad wrap and ice cream sandwich. Wednesday is broccoli cheese soup, egg casserole and lemon cupcake. Lunches are served at 11:30 a.m., and prices are $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers. There will also be a $1 charge for to-go orders.
Weekly activities include Monday TOPS at 4 p.m.; Tuesday coffee hour at 10 a.m. and SAIL class at 2 p.m.; Wednesday bridge at 12:30 p.m., Chat and Stitch at 1 p.m.; Thursday SAIL class at 2 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. followed by games at 6:30 p.m.
The center is open to all seniors 50 years and older. Membership is $20 a year or $200 for lifetime. The office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
School District offers preschool screening
The Quincy School District screens children for entry into the Preschool Special Education Program weekly throughout the school year in a program serving children ages 3 to 5 with developmental delays. The screening takes about 30 minutes and will determine whether a child needs further testing to qualify for the program. A parent concerned about a child’s development anytime throughout the year may call 787-4548 to schedule an appointment. There is no cost for the screening, and if a child qualifies for the program there is no cost for services.