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Outlook Grange booster night open to the public

OUTLOOK - Friendship and great food are being offered to Lower Yakima Valley residents by Outlook Grange #256 this coming Saturday, Nov. 6.

The Grange will be hosting its annual booster night potluck dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

"We invite the public to come join us at our grange on Van Belle Road for a feast of good food and comradship with friends and neighbors," said Grange spokesman Pat Barr.

She said families are invited, and there is no charge except to bring a dish to share. Grange members will furnish the main dishes.

Following the potluck meal, at 8 p.m., a brief meeting will be held to showcase the meaningful ritual of the Grange, said Barr. She said there will also be entertainment and door prizes.

Barr went on to explain that the Grange welcomes everyone to express their desires, wants and needs so the Grange can show support locally, regionally and nationally to implement positive results.

She said the group also sponsors junior granges, where youths from 5 to 14 years of age conduct their own meetings and learn leadership, initiative and good citizenship skills that they can use the rest of their lives. The junior grange members also participate in arts and crafts projects, take field trips and work on community service projects.

"As they progress into high school there is an active youth group with valuable scholarships available towards college and higher education," Barr said.

She said granges, like several other organizations, are experiencing hard times now through loss of membership. Barr said in the past the Grange was the primary source of family entertainment, but now with the new age of electronics and expanded recreational activities, less young families find the time or desire to join the organization.

"This has led to scattered family members and the loss of close knit families spending quality time together," Barr said.

She said all members of the Outlook Grange urge the public to enjoy a great meal and explore the possibility of becoming a grange member this coming Saturday evening.

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