‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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)