June 4-16: Interpretive Center Opens in the Methow, LitFest Wraps in Tri-Cities

Presentations of roadside attractions and ’50s sci-fi films round out varied mix of free public events.

This Week & Next highlights upcoming events and news from Humanities Washington, our many community partners and like-minded organizations around the state.

Look for the latest edition every Monday morning, or check out our full calendar at Humanities.org.

THIS WEEK (June 4-9, 2012)

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A photo from the collection of Tillie Timentwa Gorr, a tribal descendant who will be speaking at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center Saturday (June 9).

TWISP – The Methow Valley Interpretive Center celebrates its grand opening this weekend, with presentations on the natural features and native inhabitants of the region. Methow tribal descendants will host cultural workshops and talks on Saturday (May 9) [Details]. On Sunday (May 10), the center celebrates the geography and natural environment of the valley, with an interactive hike with naturalist Jack Nisbet [Details].

The center’s grand opening celebration received support from Humanities Washington’s grant program. For more about the center, check out this recent Spark In the Field story.

TUESDAY (June 5)

The 2012 Mid-Columbia Literary Festival’s final About the Book takes place Tuesday (June 5) in Richland.

RICHLAND – Mid-Columbia Literary Festival’s About the Book, a lively night of literary discussions and “must-read” recommendations [Details]. For more about the festival, check out Spark’s recent In the Field feature.

THURSDAY (June 7)

PASCO – Mid-Columbia Literary Festival Writing Competition awards [Details].

SATURDAY (June 9)

CENTRALIA – Speakers Bureau’s Harriet Baskas, What is That?: Unusual and Offbeat People, Places, Things, and Events in Washington [Details].

NEXT WEEK (June 10-16, 2012)

SUNDAY (June 10)

Harriet Baskas

Harriet Baskas

SNOHOMISH – Speakers Bureau’s Harriet Baskas, What is That?: Unusual and Offbeat People, Places, Things, and Events in Washington State [Details].

WEDNESDAY (June 13)

CHEHALIS – Speakers Bureau’s Robert Horton, Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s [Details].

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