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‘Honk!’ auditions to be held Sept. 3

The first Saturday in September, during Labor Day weekend, the Valley Theater Company will conduct auditions for its fall musical, "Honk!"

The full-length musical is a delightful retelling of the story of the Ugly Duckling.

The cast will be comprised of eight children between the ages of 6 and 12 in scripted roles, four children and teens in chorus roles, 12 adults in chorus and supporting roles, and four adults with lead roles.

The "Honk!" auditions will be held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon for children 6 to 12 years of age, and from 1 to 3 p.m. for older children and adults.

Due to time constraints, say Valley Theater Company officials, no late arrivals will be allowed to audition. The auditorium doors will be open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition times.

The performance dates for the fall musical are Thursday, Nov. 17; Tuesday, Nov. 22; Friday, Nov. 25; and Saturday, Nov. 26.

Art, rubber stamp festival scheduled

SPOKANE - Manufacturers from across the U.S. will be offering rubber stamps, scrapbooking supplies, embossing tooks, stencils and many other embellishments to paper crafting artists at the Washington Art & Rubber Stamp Festival in Spokane the weekend of Sept. 10-11.

Festival organizers say the two-day event is not only a much anticipated shopping event for established stampers and scrappers, it's a great learning opportunity for those just getting interested in these popular and fast growing hobbies.

Free demonstrations will be conducted both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission prices are set at $5 per person for a two-day pass, although children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Show hours at the Spokane Convention Center will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

S’side pigeon show Labor Day weekend

More than 20 exhibitors are expected to show 200 or more fancy pigeons at the second annual Sunnyside Pigeon Show, set for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-4.

Central Washington Pigeon Club members Hank and Jeanette Ebbelaar of Outlook and Verle and Elaine Kirk of Sunnyside are hosting the event at the St. Joseph's Church gymnasium.

As part of this year's show there will be a pigeon raffle, as well as a sales area for exhibitors who wish to sell some of their stock.

Judging will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Roger Hansen of Marysville will serve as show judge. He will select best of breed in approximately 40 separate categories.

Sunday morning the finals will be held, where not only best rare pigeon, best sporting pigeon and best fancy pigeon will be selected, but one pigeon will be chosen as best in show. A reserve best in show will also be chosen.

Raffles and an awards presentation will follow.

A potluck dinner is planned for Saturday evening for all exhibitors and any interested parties from the public. The dinner will begin about 5:45 p.m.

Arts festival planned this coming weekend

GOLDENDALE - The second annual Maryhill Arts Festival, say organizers, promises to be an exciting and uniquely Northwest experience. Held under a canopy of trees in Maryhill Museum's picnic grounds, a fun-filled weekend is planned where art, music and food can be enjoyed by all.

Admission to the Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, event is free. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

More than 50 talented artists from throughout the region will showcase original, quality art alongside a special exhibition by the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association. Also, the museum's "Outdoor Sculpture Invitational" exhibit, featuring 15 large scale works, will be on display.

"Visitors are invited to stroll through displays of beautiful paintings, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, sculpture and much more," said Colleen Schafroth, the museum's executive director.

"Many of the artists will be giving art demonstrations and there will be free art-making activities for children," Schafroth said.

Hourly musical presentations on the stage will include jazz guitar by Charles Crosman, jumpin' music with Joanie's Chipsters, and the sweet sounds of such groups as Swing Crew, Growling Old Women, the Old Time Fiddlers and the Mill Creek Band.

The festival's food court will feature a wide selection of treats from the Lyle Hotel Restaurant, Casa El Mirador, the Oregon Candy Company and Cafe Maryhill.

Maryhill Museum of Art is located on Washington Scenic Route 14, just southwest of Goldendale.

Hisey Park to host ‘Granger Cup Invite’

GRANGER - Boating enthusiasts are being invited to attend the first ever "Granger Cup Invitational" on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Hisey Park.

The Radio Control Model Boat Club will stage the first ever Granger races from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day.

Both the Central Washington Radio Control Model Boat Club and the Puget Sound Fast Electrics will be on hand with 15 drivers and 30 radio controlled boats. The radio conrol operators will test their skills in hydroplane, tunnel hull and outrigger model boat races around a one-tenth mile course.

All Lower Valley residents are being invited to attend the free event, and are welcome to visit with the drivers, view the boats and find out how much fun radio control boating can be.

Along with the boat races that day, Hisey Park's Dinostore concession stand will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving breakfast burritos to start the day, along with its regular fare. There will also be a satellite concession stand located at the pond area for racers and on-lookers' convenience.

In addition, paddleboats will be available for rentals ($5 per half hour), which will allow a bird's eye view of the boat races while paddling around the pond. The Dinostore also will offer Surrey bike rentals.

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