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Business Roundup | IRIS seeks volunteers to help with ‘citizen’s handbook’

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From left, Sally Wren and Peggy Dreisinger, East Wenatchee, enjoy a scone and a view of climbers from the window of The Last Pitch Cafe inside the Riverfront Rock Gym.

IRIS seeks volunteers to help with ‘citizen’s handbook’

WENATCHEE — A local advocacy group for rural communities has begun putting together hundreds of community success stories for a new book that promotes “whole community thinking.” But they need some help.

The Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship (IRIS) plans to release the multi-platform book — called “Thinking Like a Community” — in the fall of 2020 to “enhance a sense of belonging, inspire action and build community,” according to an IRIS press release.

Labeled “a citizen’s handbook,” the IRIS compilation of local stories will “show how our actions can affect each other and the natural world,” said the release.

Right now, the nonprofit is seeking volunteers to help transcribe more than 300 recorded interviews gathered since 2005. Once completed, the transcripts will be available for archiving and writing and production projects. Transcribing can be done remotely from any place in the region, said the IRIS news release.

To volunteer, call IRIS Legacy Project director Nancy Warner at 888-7374, or email her at nancy@irisncw.org.

 

Galaxy to feature ‘Galaxy’ on Free Comic Book Day

WENATCHEE — A galaxy-sized celebration of the comic book universe is zooming into sight.

Galaxy Comics, comic book hub for North Central Washington, will mark Free Comic Book Day from noon to 5 p.m. May 6 — the day after the release of Marvel’s new movie “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.”

And get this … a “Guardians of the Galaxy” issue will be one of a handful of special editions Galaxy Comics will give away that day. The “free” list includes 31 titles, including comics featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Wonder Woman, the Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Barbie and Underdog.

This event is a reminder that hundreds of comic book titles are still being published on paper every month, appealing to a wide range of ages and interests,” said Dean Ball, owner of Galaxy Comics, a participant in Free Comic Book Day since its launch in 2002. “Readers can pick up a few free comics that day and try out some titles they may want to keep collecting.”

Ball said movies and TV shows have energized the comics medium in recent years. The two biggest publishers, Marvel and DC, have a total of six movies set for release this year, he said. Organizers of Free Comic Book Day estimate 2,300 stores worldwide will participate this year and give away over 5.7 million comics.

For more info, contact Ball at Galaxy Comics, 1720 Fifth St., Wenatchee, call 663-4330 or visit zcomics.net.