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Leavenworth plans wine tasting event

LEAVENWORTH - What better way to spend a weekend than enjoying fine wine, mountain scenery, fresh fruit, great music, and arts and crafts?

All this and more will be at the Leavenworth Wine Tasting Festival, slated for Aug. 20-21.

The Cascade Foothills Farmland Association and the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce are hosting the fourth annual event at Smallwood's Harvest on Stemm Road, about two miles east of Leavenworth on Highway 2. Smallwood's Harvest features a large grassy area surrounded by fruit trees, billed as the perfect setting for such a wine tasting event.

Organizers say the weekend is a great opportunity to bring the family out for a fun two-day event. Adults will be able to sample local wines from 20 wineries, with live music, fresh fruit and local cuisine to be offered, as well.

Also scheduled for the two-day festival are a car show, antique displays, arts and crafts booths, and children's activities. The site of the festival, Smallwood's Harvest, also offers children's swings, a farm animal park and a cow train.

The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A $15 ticket is good for a souvenir wine glass and three sampling tokens. Additional sampling tokens will be available for $1.

Experimental

aircraft enthusiasts invite public to breakfast fund-raiser

PROSSER - Where else can you go and eat breakfast, then get an up-close look at numerous airplanes, all for just $5.

The Lower Valley chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is holding its annual fly-in, drive-in or walk-in breakfast fund-raiser on Saturday, Sept. 3. The site of this year's breakfast is the chapter house, located at the Prosser Airport.

Breakfast, at a cost of only $5 per person, will include hot cakes, eggs, ham, coffee and orange juice. The money raised through breakfast sales will help the club members continue their goal of making flying for fun, sport or any other form of general aviation available to the general public.

All Lower Valley residents are invited to see the club members' airplanes up-close, and to talk to the pilots. "Young Eagles" rides, for first-time flyers between the ages of 8 and 17, will also be offered that morning.

"If you've ever dreamed of flying, join us," said Robert Potter, treasurer of the local chapter.

Ellensburg museum plans kids’ activities

ELLENSBURG - The Clymer Museum of Art will host two children's events next week, Aug. 18 and 20.

The first, on Thursday, will be a "children's art afternoon," set to be held from noon to 4 p.m. The first two-hour session participants will design their own silk scarves. From 2 to 4 p.m. children will be invited to create a stained glass project.

The cost for both projects is $10 per child, or $5 to participate in just one of the projects. Advanced sign-ups are encouraged, although walk-ins will be welcome if space permits.

The Aug. 18 children's projects are being presented in conjunction with the current "Celebrating Nature in Silk & Glass" exhibit at the Ellensburg museum. That exhibit features the silk paintings and glasswork of Port Angeles artist Melissa Penic. She will be on-site next Thursday to assist children with their projects.

Saturday, Aug. 20, the Clymer Museum of Art will host Nan Doolittle, a nationally certified expressive arts therapist who operates the Flying Pig Expressive Arts Ranch just outside Ellensburg. Children are invited to explore their expressive and creative sides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, led by Doolittle, who promises that kids will get messy while having fun.

The Aug. 20 activity fee is $5. Early sign-ups are suggested, as the special event is limited to just 20 children.

Good mules sought for fair

YAKIMA - Central Washington State Fair officials are looking for a few good mules.

For the first time, state fair officials are offering a livestock category for mules to be entered and shown at the fair. Mules are scheduled to be shown, along with open class horses, from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2.

Entry information is available in the state fair exhibitor guidebook, currently on-line at: www.fairfun.com.

Barrel/raft race slated for Aug. 20

CROW BUTTE - Twelve miles west of Paterson, at Crow Butte Park, the second annual Barrel/Raft Race will be held Saturday, Aug. 20.

Families are being encouraged to attend the popular event, which will also include a silent auction, wine tasting and a BBQ lunch, priced at $5 per person and $20 for entire families.

This year's barrel/raft race will include two classes of competition—motorized vessels (10 hp. maximum) and human powered rafts.

The rules are simple. Rafts must be assembled the day of the event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the race site. The race, itself, will begin shortly thereafter. Each participant will be limited to using no more than four barrels, which will be supplied to all who enter. Other raft-building materials, which can be pre-assembled prior to the day's event, must be supplied by the racers.

Entry fees are set at $25 for individual racers and $50 for teams, which are limited to four persons per squad. More entry information is available by contacting Bob Brown (509-948-6069).

All proceeds generated at the Aug. 20 race day event along the Columbia River will benefit Crow Butte Park.

Western Art Show returns to Toppenish Aug. 19-21 weekend

TOPPENISH - Art lovers are invited to attend the eighth annual Toppenish Western Art Show, scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 19-21. It's one of the few events where patrons are urged to interact with the artists on-site.

Shady Railroad Park in downtown Toppenish will again be the venue for this year's show.

A total of 36 noted artists are lined up to showcase their works of wildlife, western and Native American art in pastels, acrylics, oils, water color and ink. Also to be displayed are sculptures, pottery, metals and photographic works. Some of the featured artists include Mavis Willson, Jerre Nighthawk Raven, Sandra Haynes, Jan Whitefoot and Everett Russell.

This year's show will be open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

There is no charge to attend the art show, nor is there a fee for children to participate in the popular "Kids 'N Art" event, which will be held Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m.

Friday is reserved for the public to interact with the artists as they demonstrate their artistic skills, as is Sunday.

Saturday is more structured, as the day opens with the "Kids 'N Art" event, where children will learn directly from Whitefoot and Raven as they create paintings to take home with them. From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday a silent auction of the artists' works will be held, followed at 4 p.m. by a "Quick Draw" session, where the participating artists will complete a painting, from scratch, in just one hour. The "Quick Draw" paintings will then be auctioned off. At 6:30 p.m. that evening, visitors are invited to participate in the annual Lions Club steak feed, with meal costs set at $12.

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