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Loggins & Messina

at the Gorge in late June

GEORGE - Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, one of the most successful pop/rock duos of the 1970s, will be appearing at the Gorge Amphiteatre Saturday, June 25.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert, ranging in price from $40 to $62, go on sale this Saturday, April 30, at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets can also be charged by phone (509-735-0500).

Loggins was a staff songwriter who enjoyed success with

the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band when he came to the attention of Messina, a record producer and former member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Messina agreed to produce Loggins' first album, but somewhere along the way it became a duo effort that was released in 1972 under the title "Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In." The album was a gold-seller that stayed on the charts more than two years.

Loggins & Messina went on to release nine albums in the next seven years, amassing sales of more than 14 million units, with radio staples such as

Your Mama Don't Dance

,

Angry Eyes

,

Danny's Song

and

Watching the River Run

.

Now, after a nearly 30-year absence the duo is returning this summer with an all new concert tour and album, "Best: Loggins & Messina - Sittin' in Again."

Elvis look-a-like,

car show on tap

at Toppenish Eagles

TOPPENISH - A return to the 50s is what visitors to the Toppenish Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge will find on Saturday, May 14.

The "Rock Around the Clock" event starts that morning with a car show. Open to all car enthusiasts, the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. show is offering cash prizes.

Organizers say other fun activities throughout the day will include bubble gum blowing and hula hoop contests, as well as 50/50 raffles.

That evening, a dinner show will feature Elvis impersonator Justin Shandor, a regular performer in Las Vegas. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with Shandor set to perform at 8 p.m. Dinner show tickets are priced at $17. Show-only tickets are priced at $10. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Toppenish lodge at (509) 865-2229.

Lawn party,

wine festival

set for May 14

QUINCY - Washington select wines will be featured at the first ever Victorian Lawn Party & Wine Fest, to be held Saturday, May 14, at the historic Reiman-Simmons House in Quincy.

The event, according to Harriet Weber, will be reminiscent of old-time lawn parties, during "...a simpler time when afternoon social brought friends together."

Guests are invited to taste wines and sample culinary delights catered by the award winning Idle Hour Cafe in Quincy. Live music will be provided by folk guitarist and vocalist Richard Clarksonandharpist Rena Hopson. There will also be Victorian games, such as lawn croquet, and visitors will also have the opportunity to ride in a restored Model T Food. Local art will be on display both inside and outside the historic home.

The Reiman-Simmons House is a 1904 farm house listed on the Washington Historic Register. It is currently being restored. It was built by pioneers Samuel and Katherine Reiman, German-Russians who settled in the Quincy Valley as farmers in 1904.

The proceeds from the May 14 event will be used toward a matching grant that will allow the first and largest phase of the restoration of the home to occur.

Tickets, priced at $35, may be purchased by calling (509) 787-3757.

Youth Star Gaze planned for May 13

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting sign-ups for its 13th annual Youth Star Gaze event.

To be held from Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. through Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m., youngsters between the ages of 6 and 12 will stay overnight at the National Guard Armory. Various activities are scheduled that evening at Country Park. Dinner will be provided Friday, as well as breakfast on Saturday morning.

The cost for each participant is $10. Due to limited space and resources, registration is limited to the first 50 youths who sign up.

Parks officials also note that adult volunteers are still needed to help run the overnight program.

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