Bald eagle festival
on tap this weekend
GRAND COULEE - Bald eagles have been especially active on
Banks Lake this year, and this coming weekend will provide prime opportunties
for viewing them.
The "Bald Eagle Festival" is being sponsored by
the Grand Coulee Chamber of Commerce. Guided mini-bus tours will be offered for
up-close looks at the WSU Raptor Club's birds of prey. There will also be live
entertainment, including Spokane's bluegrass Prairie Flyer band.
The festival, now in its fourth year, has grown to include
more just eagle viewing. In addition to its educational components, the locals
of Grand Coulee are having fun with it, too, and they keep adding side events.
There will be an ugly truck contest, parade, poetry readings, as well as art
and photography contests. Also scheduled is a quilt show and a duct-tape pet
This year's festival starts tonight (Friday) with live
entertainment at the Grand Gallery Theatre. A $20 Bald Eagle card entitles the
holder to attend all the Friday through Sunday events, including the bus tours.
Children 12 and under will be admitted free with an adult.
The combination of warm, sunny days and cold, clear nights
in the Grand Coulee Dam area has kept just the right amount of ice on Banks
Lake to make fishing good for the big birds of prey. The festival will feature
the flyway that has made a local canyon a favorite winter roosting area for
large numbers of America's official national bird, located about 50 miles west
of Spokane (as the eagle flies).
"We just thought there is so much natural beauty here,
even in the winter, that we needed a way to share that with people," said
Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce President Scott Hunter.
"Putting on an event like this is a lot of work for a
small town. But we wanted to make it an event that does more than just bring in
a few tourists," Hunter said.
As part of the festival, to encourage a little spending in
local shops, merchants are offering to refund all purchases with equal amounts
of "funny money," which can be used to bid on items at an auction
A complete schedule of events can be found on-line at:
‘KinderKoncert’ set for March 6
YAKIMA - Musical selections with young listeners in mind
will fill the hall of Yakima's Capitol Theatre on Sunday, March 6, at this
KinderKoncert will feature performances by the Yakima Youth
Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carol Alexander. The Yakima Ensemble
for Strings, under the direction of Christy Baisinger, will also perform. All
told, more than 90 students from all over the Yakima Valley will be performing
KinderKoncert is a special program for children and their
families, and attracts patrons of all ages who enjoy listening to great music.
Master of ceremonies will be Anne Chapman, music educator at Martin Luther King
The theme of this year's program will be "Toys in
Symphony." One of the featured selections will be the "Toy
Symphony" by Leopold Mozart. Another of the selections will be music from
"Pirates of the Caribbean" by Klaus Badelt.
Following the program the audience will have the opportunity
to meet the musicians and play many of the different musical instruments that
will be found in the "Instrument Petting Zoo."
Thanks to a donation from Target stores, this year's
KinderKoncert event is free of charge to all who attend. The program will get
underway at 3 p.m.
Gardening symposium slated
for March 5
YAKIMA - The Master Gardeners of Yakima County will present
their 16th annual gardening symposium Saturday, March 5, at the Yakima
The 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. event will feature speakers addressing
such topics as the search for the perfect rose, the use of ornamental grasses,
small vegetable gardens and lawn care. Other topics to be addressed include
controlling invasive back yard pests, texture and design in gardens and
containers, orchids for beginners and pressed flowers.
Promoters of the symposium call it a must-attend event for
both avid and learning gardeners.
The March 5 symposium is open to the public, but
reservations are required (509-574-1600).
Sunnyside awards banquet March 12
Sunnyside residents are being encouraged to purchase their
tickets now for the no-host social, silent auction and buffet that will all be
part of this year's Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.
This year's banquet, which will honor those in the community
who have worked to make Sunnyside a better place to live, is scheduled for
Saturday, March 12, beginning at 5 p.m. at Navarro's Family Community Center in
Tickets, priced at $25 per person, are available now at the
local chamber office.
Gospel music jamboree Sunday
MABTON - Lower Valley residents are invited to take in some
great music at this coming Sunday's Gospel music jamboree, to be hosted by the
Mabton Grace Brethren Church.
The 2 to 4 p.m. event, which will include an open microphone
for anyone who wants to perform, will feature the likes of Heart Strings &
Bill Lawson, Joyfull Noise, Doug Diamond, June Lathrup, Jeff Colson, Ryan
Dawson, Oran Bar and The Gospeliers.
There is no admission charge, but goodwill donations will be
accepted at the door.