Entertainment Briefs


‘Rock the Gap’ slated for June 4

YAKIMA - How does a fine summer evening of sipping local wines and dining on salmon while classic rock music plays in the background sound to you?

If the idea appeals to you, mark Saturday, June 4, on your calendar. The Yakima Kiwanis Club and the Yakima Greenway Foundation will host the third annual "Rock the Gap" event at Sarg Hubbard Park that evening.

The festivities will get underway at 5:30 p.m. with half-price beverages. The wine will be provided by Rattlesnake Hills region wineries, with beer from Sunnyside's Snipes Mt. Brewery also to be made available. The "happy hour" will include a silent basket auction.

At 6:30 p.m. a salmon dinner, catered by the Deep Sea Deli, will be served. The musical entertainment will soon follow, provided by Yakima's own "Blind Lemon Pie."

"This event is being held to raise funds for the beautiful Yakima Greenway and to purchase and install much needed wheelchair-accessible playground equipment for Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School's multiple disability classroom," said Kirsten Stoffer, one of the organizers.

Stoffer notes that VIP tables and event sponsorships are still available. Those who want to reserve a table or serve as one of the sponsors of the event are urged to call Cami Leonard at (509) 949-2192.

‘Walk in the Woods’ planned for April 16

YAKIMA - The folks at the Yakima Area Arboretum are inviting families to take a "Walk in the Woods" at the sixth annual Arbor Festival.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the arboretum. Nearly 30 free, hands-on activities hosted by area organizations and businesses will be be set up for participants. Among those are a bird of prey display, sunspot viewing, a woodworking project and a display of drought tolerant trees that will be given free of charge to the first 200 visitors.

Smokey the Bear is also scheduled to make an appearance for the younger members of the families who turn out for the festival.

Organizers are touting the event as both educational and fun for the entire family.

"The festival is a great way to provide a natural, outdoor environment for educating our community on conservation issues," said Loretta Zammarchi with the Yakima County Solid Waste Division, one of the event's founders.

The sixth annual festival is one way Yakima celebrates state and national Arbor Days. Washington state designates the second Wednesday in April as Arbor Day. Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated April 29.

Lewis & Clark authority to speak during bicentennial series in Richland

RICHLAND - Gary E. Moulton, editor of

The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

, will be the featured speaker for an April presentation of the continuing Tri-Cities Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Speakers Series.

Moulton's presentation, "Lewis & Clark's New Look," will take place at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Admission is free and made possible through the generosity of several sponsors.

Moulton's presentation will explore alternative ways of judging the character and personality of the leading figures of the Corps of Discovery. Declared heroes by an earlier age, the reputations of Lewis and Clark have been tarnished or redefined in recent years. Perceptions of Lewis have gone from the best and brightest of his generation to a deeply troubled individual. Perceptions of Clark have changed from intrepid explorer to brutal slave master. Moulton will focus on how and why the ideas and images have changed over time.

Sanchez’s Latino band set to appear

in Seattle this month

SEATTLE - The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band will appear at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle for four nights, April 21-24.

Touring in support of his latest release, "Instant Party," Sanchez returns to the Seattle nightclub with fellow musicians George Ortiz (timbales), Tony Banda (bass), Serafin Aguilar (trumpet), David Urquidi (baritone sax), Javier Vergara (sax), Francisco Torres (trombone), Salvador Vasquez (bongos) and David Torres (piano).

Set times are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Long-time fans know that next to the bedrock style of Latin jazz he inherited from Tito Puente, Cal Tjader and Mongo Santamaria, the sound that has had the greatest influence on Sanchez is the funky, danceable brand of R&B and soul music that was the rage when he was a teenager in the 1960's. It was during that decade that an audacious blend of Latino and African-American musical culture, later to become known as boogaloo, was emerging. Today, boogaloo has become an increasingly important part of Sanchez's evolving repertoire.

Sanchez's Grammy Awards are only complemented by the lavish media coverage he continues to earn. In the past two years, his now famous visage has graced the covers of such publications as

Jazz Times


Jazz Education Journal


Tickets for one of his sets during his four-night run at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, priced at about $26, are available by calling (206) 441-9729.


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