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‘Intimate Affair’ returns to Prosser

PROSSER - Red wine and chocolate! That delicious pairing will draw dozens of visitors to Prosser in mid-February.

The 10th annual "Intimate Red Wine & Chocolate Affair" returns Friday, Feb. 18, at the Prosser Community Center. Those who attend will have the opportunity to taste red wine from local, premier wineries, as well as indulge in a cornucopia of white, milk, dark and bittersweet chocolate.

Providing special background music throughout the two-hour event will be Dr. A and Friends.

All of the visitors to Prosser that evening are being invited to continue their self-indulgence by visiting the Valley's wineries at their leisure during the remainder of Red Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Most all Valley wineries will be offering red wine and chocolate samplings Feb. 18-20.

The sponsors of the "Intimate Red Wine & Chocolate Affair" is Lower Valley Hospice. Proceeds raised at the 7 to 9 p.m. event will benefit that agency. Tickets, priced at $20 for singles and $35 for couples, are presently on sale at the Lower Valley Hospice office (3920 Outlook Rd.).

For the fifth consecutive year, the "Ultimate Chocolate Judgment" contest will be held at the beginning of the "Intimate Red Wine & Chocolate Affair." The entees will be judged by a panel of chocolate connoisseurs, who will award a $150 cash prize. The entrees will then be judged by those in attendance at the Feb. 18 social event. The "People's Choice" winner will also be awarded $150 in cash. Those interesting in preparing a chocolate dessert for the contest can obtain a copy of the rules by calling (509) 837-1676.

Valentine’s party, dance scheduled

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Senior Center will be the site of both a Valentine's Day party on Monday, Feb. 14, and the annual "Parade of Hearts Valentine's Dance" on Friday, Feb. 18.

All Lower Yakima Valley senior citizens are invited to attend both events.

The Feb. 14 party will begin at 10:30 a.m. Organizers promise great music, games, door prizes and lunch. Those who plan to stay for the noon luncheon meal are asked to call (509) 882-9230 at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation.

The Feb. 18 dance at the Grandview center (401 W. 2nd St.) is limited to the first 100 people who purchase one of the $5 tickets. Tickets are currently on sale at the Grandview SEnior Center. The 7 to 11 p.m. social event, to feature both music and refreshments, is a semi-formal/formal affair.

The Grandview Senior Center also hosts dances for senior citizens (55 and older) the first and third Fridays of each month, from 7 to 10 p.m. $3 donations are accepted at the door on those nights.

Casting call issued for Toppenish play

TOPPENISH - The Toppenish Creek Players have issued a casting call for actors ages 16 and older for their spring production of Neil Simon's "Fools."

Tryouts will be held at the Toppenish Masonic Lodge (12 E. Third Ave.) Jan. 24, 25 and 27 at 7 p.m. each evening.

An abrupt departure from Simon's usually slick, sophisticated comedies, "Fools" is a charming, silly folk tale set in a Ukranian village. In this warm family show, a tutor arrives in the remote village to find that a 200-year-old curse has burdened the villagers with stupidity so profound that they sweep dust into their homes and milk cows upside down to get more cream. When he falls in love with his stupid but lovely charge, the tutor must break the curse to save the village and marry the maid.

Those who want more information about the types of characters featured in the play should contact Ginny Wells at (509) 854-2422 or (509) 945-6846.

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