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S’side museum open house set

for this Saturday

The Sunnyside Museum halls have been decked out for Christmas, in anticipation of welcoming a large crowd to a holiday open house, scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 3.

Museum board members point out that the 1 to 4 p.m. open house is an excellent way to get into the holiday spirit just prior to Sunnyside'a annual Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

"Everyone is welcome to come warm up while checking out the exhibits," said museum spokesman Pate Kezele.

She explained that the Miss Sunnyside court will be on hand serving homemade cookies, coffee and punch.

"We also expect an early visit from Santa, as well as a performance by the Sunnyside Orchestra," Kezele said.

Between musical performances, Sunnyside Museum board members will be showing a new video that highlights the community of Sunnyside.

There is no admission fee to attend Saturday's open house.

Christmas play

to be staged twice in mid-December

The story of a family preparing for Christmas, realizing that something is missing and then beginning a search to find that missing something, will be acted out at Sunnyside's Grace Brethren Church the weekend of Dec. 17-18.

The play, "One Special Christmas," will be presented by members of the Sunnyside church. The cast totals 12 church members. Also performing will be the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church choir.

Two performances are being offered for the viewing pleasure of all Sunnyside area residents. The first production is slated for Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The second will be staged Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:50 a.m.

The performances are free to all who attend.

Serving as the director of the play is Alyson Allen. Charlene Bussert will direct the church choir during the performances.

Bickleton Country Christmas Bazaar on tap this Sunday

BICKLETON - Lower Yakima Valley residents are being encouraged to enjoy the holiday magic of a country Christmas celebration, scheduled for this coming Sunday, Dec. 4.

"Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday while enjoying a delicious home cooked lunch," enthuses Vicki Moore, one of the spokesmen for this year's Bickleton Country Christmas Bazaar.

The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. bazaar will be held in the Bickleton Grange hall, where visitors can casually shop among the varied craft booths and choose from numerous handmade craft items and home baked holiday goodies.

Moore said many of the crafts that will be offered for sale are custom designed and one-of-a-kind items.

Those who trek to Bickleton are also encouraged to enter holiday drawings at the bazaar, simply by donating a canned food item for the community's annual food drive.

The highlight of the afternoon, according to Moore, will be the holiday auction, which all proceeds benefiting the Bickleton High School library.

"There has been some very nice items donated for the auction, everything from toys, tools and automotive to a night's stay at a bed and breakfast in Hood River," Moore said.

This year's Bickleton bazaar will also feature a home cooked soup and sandwich lunch, with pie as dessert. The Bickleton High School junior class is sponsoring the luncheon as a class fund-raiser.

Holiday concert open to all

next Monday

YAKIMA - A holiday concert, presented by the Yakima Valley Community Band, is open to all Valley residents next Monday, Dec. 5.

The 7:30 p.m. performance will be presented at the Eisenhower High School Little Theatre (702 S. 40th Ave.) in Yakima.

The Yakima Valley Community Band traditionally performs concerts throughout the year free-of-charge as a service to the local communities.

Monday's concert, directed by Dick Schactler and Ruth Scott, is sure to delight the audience with a variety of holiday music. International music from around the world will be performed.

The Dec. 5 concert is open to the public and admission is free.

Toby Keith

to headline country music show in Yakima

YAKIMA - If Toby Keith's previous tours are any indication, hundreds of thousands of country music fans are about to receive some serious entertainment as the "Big Throwdown II" rolls out in January 2006.

Country music star Toby Keith will perform in the Yakima SunDome Thursday, Jan. 26, one of the stops on his 2006, 25-venue tour. Show time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Joining him on stage will be Joe Nichols, currently in the top five on both the country album and singles charts. Also scheduled to perform is Show Dog Nashville label mate and frequent songwriting collaborator Scotty Emerick, as well as fast-rising newcomer Danielle Peck.

The headliner of the show, Keith, has become a multi-platinum powerhouse and household name while selling 25 million albums. Earlier this year he opened the doors to his own label, Show Dog Nashville.

Tickets for the Jan. 26 show, priced at $59.75 for reserved seating,

will go on sale Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at Ticketswest outlets and by phone at 1-800-325-SEAT.

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