1 W V C W O R K F O R C E E D U C A T I O N G R A N T S Tid Bits Newsletter S P R I N G A Little Apple Blossom History I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E : Calendar of Events 2 SkillSource 3 Community Action Council 4 Fun Freebies in 5 town! Easy crock pot 6 recipe Coffee filter butterfly 6 The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Association is a Washington non-profit corporation. Formerly, it was a semiautonomous division of the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce, and is now an independent organization. It is the oldest major festival in the state of Washington. The Festival was born in 1919, the brainchild of Mrs. E. Wagner, wife of the district's first apple shipper and a native of New Zealand. She enjoyed the festivals of her childhood so much that she suggested beginning a similar festival in the Wenatchee Valley. The Ladies Musical Club produced the first festival in 1920, and the first Apple Blossom Festival Queen was Fern Prowell who reigned over the festivities, then called "Blossom Days." The one-day event in Memorial Park involved songs, speeches, Maypoles, and baseball. The event drew large delegations of business and community leaders from throughout Seattle, Spokane, and North Central Washington, and its continuance was assured. In 1921 the Commercial Club, forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce, took over sponsorship of the celebration. The first parade was held that spring. From this birth, our celebration carries the distinction of being the first Apple Blossom Festival in the country, and the oldest major festival in Washington. Only Sequim Irrigation Days in Western Washington is older than our Apple Blossom Festival. Six festivals passed before the opening of the Stevens Pass Highway, Wenatchee's first direct link to Seattle. When Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon made airborne history terminating the first non-stop, trans-pacific flight in 1931, fourteen festivals had come and gone. Following a three-year hiatus during the outbreak of WW2, the Festival was re-named the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival to more accurately reflect the importance of the Apple Industry to North Central Washington and the State. In 1967, Wenatchee established a sister city relationship with the Amori Apple Blossom Festival in Japan, and the nation watched history being made after the 50th Festival as the first human stepped onto the surface of the Moon. 93 years strong, the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival now draws thousands of visitors from around the world during the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May *information from appleblossom.org**
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3 V O L U M E 1, I S S U E 1 P A G E 3 Don t forget to apply for graduation if you plan to graduate Spring or Summer! Contact Registration for more information at **You don t have to walk in the ceremony unless you choose to, however it s required to apply for graduation for it to post on your transcript** Thai Chicken, Mango & Pineapple Salad What you ll need: 1 (14-ounce) can regular or light coconut milk 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste, or more to taste 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks 4 cups salad greens **Recipe from spoonful.com** How to make it: 1. In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, red curry paste, orange zest, and orange juice and reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture in a separate container. In a ziplock bag, toss together the chicken breast chunks and half of the marinade from the bowl. Toss the fruit and the remaining marinade in another ziplock bag. Let the food marinate at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. 2. Prepare a charcoal fire or heat a gas grill to medium-high, and oil the grates. Thread the chicken and fruit pieces onto separate skewers. 3. Grill the skewered chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once, or until the chicken is cooked through. Grill the fruit skewers for 2 minutes per side, turning once, or until you have visible grill marks. Remove the meat and fruit from the skewers and serve them over salad greens drizzled with the reserved marinade. Serves 4. Need help finding a job? Visit Skill- Source at 223 N. Chelan (Omak students go to 126 S. Main St.). Attend one of their many workshops focused on job finding skills and personal enrichment, as well as their ACE workshop, a comprehensive job skills and personality assessment program aimed at directing each student towards a successful pathway. SkillSource can help with a variety of job search functions, including building a successful resume, writing an eye opening cover letter and building confidence for that crucial interview. Some additional job postings and searches can be found at:
4 Recipe from epicurious.com P A G E 4 Community Action Council Community Action Council has been serving the Wenatchee Valley since 1965 with such programs as the Literacy Council and the Wenatchee Weatherization Project. For information regarding services visit them at or give them a call at (509) Omak students can reach the Community Action Council at (509) If you need help with food benefits, housing, home weatherization, the purchase of a computer or any of a myriad of other circumstances, visit their web site or give them a call to find out more information! Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes Ingredients: 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature 3 cups powdered sugar, divided 4 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel, divided 2 large eggs 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour 1/4 cup buttermilk 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided 12 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam Fresh raspberries (optional-for garnish) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Using electric mixer, beat butter, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and 3 teaspoons lemon peel in large bowl until blended, then beat until fluffy and pale yellow. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat in half of flour. Add buttermilk and 2 tablespoons lemon juice; beat to blend. Beat in remaining flour. 2. Drop 1 rounded tablespoonful batter into each muffin liner. Spoon 1 teaspoon raspberry jam over. Cover with remaining batter, dividing equally. 3. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted halfway into centers comes out clean, about 23 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan on rack. Meanwhile, whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon peel in small bowl. Spoon half of icing over 6 cupcakes. Whisk 1 tablespoon raspberry jam into remaining icing. Spoon over remaining cupcakes. Let stand until icing sets, about 30 minutes. Garnish with raspberries (if desired). I always win. Because I come out of every situation still whole, still new, and still capable of moving forward. Every experience of my life moves me on to my next experience. All my experiences teach me wisdom, give me courage, and set me free to go on living.- Kenny Shultz T I D B I T S N E W S L E T T E R
5 Craft from familyfun.go.com V O L U M E 1, I S S U E 1 P A G E 5 Fun Freebies! Get Outside! Visit Wenatchee's Riverfront Park, a 31- acre park set on the banks of the Columbia. The park offers 11 miles of paved, level trail for walkers, bikers or roller-bladers, as well as a playground and a swimming beach. Get some exercise on the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, a 10-mile, paved path that starts in Riverfront Park. Grab your backpack and head to Wenatchee National Forest. This 2.2- million-acre forest has more than 3,000 miles of trails ranging from steep inclines to barrier-free for physically challenged hikers. Trails near town include Clara and Marion Lakes, a 3- mile trail that climbs 900 feet and is open to motor bikes and horses. Festivals Every year from the last weekend of April through the first weekend in May, Wenatchee's downtown turns into a party that draws thousands of guests from around the world. The annual Washington State Apple Blossom Festival features parades, carnival rides, golf tournaments, food fairs and live entertainment. Since 1919, the festival has celebrated the blooming orchards that surround Wenatchee. Most events are free. Cross the Columbia to East Wenatchee for the Wings and Wheels Festival at Pangborn Airport. Held every first weekend in October, this free event honors the first non-stop flight across the Pacific, which took off in Japan and landed in East Wenatchee in Festivities include a fly-in, car and motorcycle shows, music, dancing, kid's activities and a food and craft fair. Museums The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center offers free admission every first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests to can learn about the region's rich cultural and natural history. Exhibits include artifacts from the 11,000-year-old Clovis civilization, recreations of historic homes, farms and shops, railway dioramas and photographs from almost 100 years of Apple Blossoms Festivals. Rocky Reach Dam has provided hydroelectric power for Wenatchee and beyond for more than 50 years. The dam spans the Columbia River just east of town and offers a free visitor's center with a museum, interpretive exhibits, a fish ladder and a snack bar. Rocky Reach Dam also maintains landscaped gardens with picnic areas. Art & Culture Each first Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m., head to downtown for First Friday. Stroll the streets as businesses stay open late and host artist receptions, musical performances, art exhibits and refreshments. Most events are free. Participating venues include the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, the Performing Arts Cen- Information from traveltips.usatoday.com ter of Wenatchee and a variety of downtown galleries, cafes and shops. If you miss First Friday, you can still take an art walk. Art on the Avenues, a non-profit organization, places works by local and national artists at locations around town. The organization offers a free map of the more than 75 pieces. Many of these sculptures and installation pieces are for sale, but you can look for free! A Doorstep Garden Materials needed: Old boot Pebbles or aquarium gravel Potting soil or loam Small bunch of annual flowers Instructions: 1. Remove the lace from the boot or loosen it enough to allow the tongue to be pulled forward. 2. Fill the bottom of the boot with a layer of pebbles or aquarium gravel to provide drainage. 3. Pack in a 2-inch layer of potting soil. 4. Fit in the root base of annual flowers (pansies, marigolds, or impatiens work well). 5. Gently pack more soil around and on top of the roots.
6 Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Recipe from food.com Ingredients: 1-2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast 1 (18 ounce) jar of your favorite barbecue sauce (I love K.C. Masterpiece!) 1 medium sweet onion, sliced 4-6 hamburger buns An easy weeknight meal that doesn't heat up your kitchen in the springtime! Instructions: 1. Remove all visible fat from the chicken and toss it in the crock pot. 2. Place the onion slices on top of the chicken. 3. Pour the barbecue sauce over top. 4. You may not need the entire jar, just enough to cover the chicken. 5. Cook it on LOW for 8 hours or until the chicken is nice and tender. 6. Shred the chicken with a fork and knife; scoop the mixture onto the bottom buns and top it with the top buns. Coffee Filter Butterfly Clips What You ll Need: Black pipe cleaner Paper coffee filter Water color paints Paint brush Water Wooden clothespin 2 (4-6mm) Wiggle eyes Scissors How to make it: 1. Cut the black pipe cleaner to about 4" 2. Using water color paints, paint the coffee filter to your liking. Let dry. 3. Fold the filter like an accordion. 4. Slide the folded filter in-between the opening of the wooden clothespin. 5. Fold the pipe cleaner in half. 6. Separate the ends of the pipe cleaner. 7. Bend one end of the pipe cleaner over about 1/4. 8. Repeat with other end. This makes the antennas. 9. Slide the pipe cleaner in-between the opening of the wooden clothespin. 10. Fan out the butterfly's wings. 11. Glue the wiggle eyes on the clothespin. Craft from: craft.caboose.com WVC utilizes the Emergency Text Alert System, whereby notifications of campus emergencies are sent via TXT message to your mobile phone. Log on to and sign up today! We re on the web! Visit us at