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Hospice benefit auction July 30

The 2005 Lower Valley Hospice benefit auction, the major fund-raiser for the Sunnyside-based agency, is slated for Saturday, July 30.

Navarro's Community Center in downtown Sunnyside will host the event. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the live auction will get underway at about 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $25 for singles, $40 for couples and $200 for friendship tables that seat eight, are now available at the Hospice office.

According to Hospice officials, volunteers from the surrounding communities are busy preparing for the annual event. To date, the auction item list includes craft items, a riding lawnmower, sports gear, wine, gift baskets, meal certificates, and yard and garden items.

Lower Valley Hospice serves families in both Yakima and Benton counties. When a cure is not probable, Lower Valley Hospice staff members help to maintain peaceful and comfortable end-of-life care.

Funds raised through the auction are used to provide care and services to those needing end-of-life care. Lower Valley Hospice is a stand-alone, non-profit program founded in 1978. It is a state licensed, federally certified agency that relies on the annual fund-raising auction and dinner to pay for the expenses, not reimbursed, that go into providing the end-of-life care.

Maryhill Winery to host Bob Dylan concert July 30

GOLDENDALE - Picturesque Maryhill Winery near Goldendale will host a Bob Dylan concert Saturday, July 30, beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced at about $50, went on sale today (Friday) at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Dylan is on a short list of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. He's known for coupling a love for all forms of American popular and folk music with a personal and poetic songwriting style, instead of relying on professional craftsmen or standard tunes.

Influenced by Woody Guthrie, Dylan proved that an entertainer didn't have to be a technically perfect singer or musican to make billiant pop music. The songs on his 1963 "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" album catapulted the artist to stardom.

Dylan's music influenced a new generation of musicians—such as the Beatles and Stevie Wonder—to start crafting songs about what was important to them.

These days, Dylan tours constantly and records less often than he used to, but as his 1997 album "Time Out of Mind" proves, the musician still has a lot to say and continues to do it in a way that few others can.

Other artists whom Maryhill Winery will host this summer include BB King, Amy Grant, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and ZZ Top. Concert information is available on-line at: www.maryhillwinery.com.

Mud bog races

set for July 9

Fans of mud throwing Jeeps and other 4-wheel drive vehicles won't want to miss an upcoming event in the Lower Yakima Valley. The Tuff Enuf Cascade Crawlers will present their annual Lower Yakima Valley mud bog races Saturday, July 9.

The site of this year's races will be the former SunnyGrand Speedway, located just off Yakima Valley Highway between Sunnyside and Grandview.

Spectator gates will swing open at 9 a.m. that morning, with racing to start at 10 a.m. sharp. Admission prices are set at $5 per person, with children 10 years of age and younger to be let in for fee.

Organizers say due to liability reasons, absolutely no alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the site.

Four-wheel drive owners who want to compete that day can do so for a $35 registration fee. The registration fee for members of the Tuff Enuf Cascade Crawlers is $25. Same day sign-ups will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. A drivers meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Annual Renaissance Faire coming to Tri-Cities

RICHLAND -

The 19th annual Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire will be held at Howard Amon Park in Richland June 25 and 26.

The fair, which brings to life Elizabethan England, opens Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. with an opening parade, followed by a day of jousting tournaments, live chess matches and a visit by Greenwood's queen, lords and ladies. In addition, a special presentation of William Shakespeare's

The Tempest

will be presented Saturday and Sunday afternoons. A variety of merchants and musicians will add to the festivities.

Tickets are $8 at the gate for adults and $6 for children 12 and under

Check the players web site at www.wizkeep.com for times and daily events.

Tickets go on sale for Circus Chimera

Advance tickets for Circus Chimera are now on sale at the Sunnyside

Daily Sun News, 600 S. Sixth St. Advance tickets are $7 per person.

The circus will be in Sunnyside July 5, 6 and 7, at the old Speck driving range located next to C. Speck Motors on Allen Road.

The circus is being presented by Sunnyside Lions Club. The big top show times are 7:30 p.m. on July 5, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on

July 6 and 7.

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