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Summer playground programs on tap in S’side

There's no reason for your youngster to get bored this summer. The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department has planned a variety of summer playground programs for children 3 to 12 years of age.

Activities will range from games and story times, to campouts and sports camps, to scavenger hunts and arts and craft projects. Some of the programs come with a fee, others are free.

One popular activity, open to 6 to 12-year-olds, is the "Fun in the Sun" program. Beginning next Monday, June 14, youths are invited to visit South Hill Park, where games, and arts and craft projects will be made available. The Fun in the Sun activity days will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration through the parks and rec office is required, and there is a $4.80 fee for a three-day session. For youngsters living outside the city limits, the fee is $6.

Another favorite event is the "Lots 4 Tots" program. Open to pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5, the two-hour activity period will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at South Hill Park on Thursdays, from June 17 through Aug. 5. Activities will include games, crafts, play-time, story-time and much more. Parents are asked to volunteer by providing snacks. Daily fees range from $1.50 for youths who live within the city limits to $1.80 for all other children. Parents can register their children for the Lots 4 Tots program by calling parks and rec officials at 837-8660.

Parents seeking a full schedule of activities for kids of all ages can call the Sunnyside parks office for additional information.

Gospel music jamboree set for Sunday, June 20

MABTON - Heart Strings & Bill Lawson, Joyfull Noise and The Gosplars are just a few of the groups that will be performing Sunday, June 20, at a Gospel music jamboree in Mabton.

All Lower Valley residents are being invited to attend the 2 to 4 p.m. event, which will include an open microphone for anyone wanting to perform. Mabton's Grace Brethren Church will again be the site for the monthly jamboree, traditionally held the third Sunday of each month.

Freewill offerings will be accepted at the door that day.

South Cle Elum Depot

to be rededicated Sunday

CLE ELUM - The official opening of the rehabilitated South Cle Elum Depot is scheduled for this coming Sunday, June 13.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to join its members, the Cascade Rail Foundation and other partners at the 2 to 5 p.m. celebration. Scheduled events include talks by experts discussing the history of the Milwaukee Road railway, tours of the depot building and guided tours along a new, 1,500-foot interpretive trail through the historic rail yard at South Cle Elum. The rededication ceremony will be part of Mountains-to-Sound Greenway Discovery Days.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail Riders Foundation will be there that day with horses and wagons, and an international bike ride will culminate at the depot on Sunday.

The actual dedication ceremony is slated for 2:30 p.m., and will feature Cascade Rail Foundation President Russ Holter, Mountains-to-Sound Greenway Executive Director Nancy Keith and Washington State Parks Director Rex Derr as guest speakers.

The Cascade Rail Foundation has donated thousands of volunteer hours to save the historic depot and establish an historic district. For the past several years, the volunteers and state parks crews have worked together to replace the structure's sagging foundation and construct a new roof. Most recently, exterior siding, structural improvements, new platforms, and new doors, windows and stairs have returned the depot to the way it looked in about 1920. The next phase will include rehabilitation of the depot's interior to a point where it may eventually contain a business venture.

The South Cle Elum Depot is part of Iron Horse Trail State Park, a 113-mile converted rails-to-trails thoroughfare now available for a variety of recreational uses—including hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Mountains-to-Sound Greenway Discovery Days runs June 11-13 and will showcase scenic, recreational and historical treasures in Greenway communities along Interstate 90, from Central Washington to Seattle.

For more information on the celebration, visit the website:

Hop industry highlighted at Yakima museum

YAKIMA - The traveling exhibit, "Brewer's Gold: a history of the hop industry in British Columbia," is set up for viewing at the Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive in Yakima.

The exhibit explores the multi-faceted and often overlooked story of the hop industry. Using artifacts and photographs, the exhibit explores the industry's development, the principal growers, the "hop craze" of the 1890s and the diverse cultural and ethnic work force that included First Nations, Japanese and Mennonites, each with their own story to tell.

The exhibit officially opened June 2, and will remain at the Yakima Valley Museum through Oct. 1.

Next Thursday, June 17, the Yakima museum will debut a new exhibit, "Portraits from Eisenhower High School."

The display features photographs by Patrick Sudmeier, during during the years 1974 through 1976. Sudmeier began his experience as a photographer in 1974 at Ike. From 1891 to 1986 he worked as an assistant for advertising photographers in Seattle. During this time he produced a photo journalism project of the Hoh rain forest. Opportunities arose for him, including the U.S. Coast Guard contracting him to document their helicopter adventures. Today, Sudmeier is producing editorial, fine art and advertising photography from the mountains of Aspen, Colo.

Bluegrass music festival June 11-13

TRI-CITIES - Sacajawea State Park near the Tri-Cities is the setting for a three-day celebration of fiddle and bluegrass music, June 11-13.

The Lewis and Clark Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous will feature continuous workshops, a band scramble and evening concerts.

Professional bands scheduled to appear at the event include Prairie Flyer, the South Hill Ramblers, Badger Mountain Dry Band, Hank Cramer with Red-Haired Stepchild, and Sagebrush.

Activities on Saturday and Sunday will start at 9 a.m. Bluegrass instrument clinics by professional band members will run all day Saturday.

Admission to the festival is $20 for the weekend, $10 for a one-day pass and free for children 15 and younger when accompanied by an adult.


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