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Special Olympics breakfast slated for Friday, July 8

YAKIMA - The Yakima County Sheriff's Department will host its ninth annual Special Olympics breakfast, open to the public, Friday morning, July 8.

All proceeds netted at the 6:30 to 10 a.m. fund-raising breakfast will benefit the Special Olympics program in Washington state.

Last year, law enforcement agencies statewide generated more than $333,000 for Special Olympics. In Yakima County last year, the Sheriff's Department raised approximately $34,240 for the Special Olympics program.

In past years the Yakima County Sheriff's Department has offered breakfast, lunch and dinner at its July fund-raiser, but due to the move of the department to the old McGuire Lumber site, only breakfast is being offered this year.

The July 8 breakfast menu will consist of two eggs, ham or sausage, pancakes, coffee, hot chocolate and juice.

Maryhill Museum old-fashioned 4th

open to local folks

GOLDENDALE - Lower Yakima Valley residents are being invited to an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration at the Maryhill Museum of Art, located just south of Goldendale on Washington Scenic Route 14.

The 1 to 4 p.m. festivities on Monday, July 4, will include a concert by the Mill Creek Band and the barbershop harmonies of Chordially Yours.

Those who trek to the Goldendale area museum, a castle-like chateau overlooking the Columbia River, are also invited to participate in potato sack and egg-in-a-spoon races. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, or can purchase an all-American hot dog and potato salad from Cafe Maryhill. Those who attend the July 4 event will also have the opportunity to design and make their own flag.

"It'll be a great day for families under a canopy of shade trees in the museum's picnic grounds," said Carrie Clark, museum curator.

Within the museum, additional art-making projects will be offered in the Eye See Resource Room, which has many hands-on activities and books.

Sunshine & Wine set for Saturday

YAKIMA - Yakima's annual Sunshine & Wine celebration will be held this Saturday, June 25, in the Agricultural Building at State Fair Park.

More than 40 wineries and 12 restaurants and caterers will be featured under canopies at State Fair Park. Attendees will sample food and taste wine while listening to the live music of Blind Lemon Pie. Many of the participating wineries will be offering samples of their medal-winning wines. The food tasting and wine sampling gets underway at 2 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the festivities move into the Agricultural Building, where the winners of the Washington State Wine Competition will be announced. It is also where auctioneer Paul Newman will help raise more money for the preservation and renovation of the historic State Fair Park buildings.

Funds raised at past Sunshine & Wine events were used to install a new kitchen in the south annex of the Agricultural Building. The kitchen will be used for the first time this Saturday by restaurants and caterers. The full functioning, 323 square foot kitchen houses custom hickory cabinets, a slate floor and all new appliances.

Tickets for Saturday's Sunshine & Wine celebration, priced at $70, are available by calling (509) 248-7160.

Kestrel Festival

on for tomorrow

PROSSER - Live demonstrations of falcons diving for prey, as well as exhibits of kestrels and other birds of prey are sure to delight those who attend the seventh annual Kestrel Festival at Prosser's Kestrel Vintners tomorrow (Saturday), June 25.

The primary purpose of the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event is the official release of the 2001 Signature Edition Syrah from the winery's Kestrel View Estate Vineyard. In addition to the opportunity to taste the new release, many other Kestrel wines will be made available for sampling, including the third edition of Lady in Red.

The wine tasting will be ongoing throughout the day. But for those who bring an appetite, a BBQ lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the same time frame, Marsha Flamm of the Raptor House Rehabilitation Center in Toppenish will be showing life kestrels and other birds of prey on the winery's front lawn.

Weather permitting, Steve Seibert will coordinate falcon diving demonstrations in the field next to the winery, at noon, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Also at this year's festival, wildlife artist Lynn Bean will have several of her paintings on display.

Kestrel Vintners produces 30,000 cases of premium and reserve wines annually at its 15,000 square foot winery in the Prosser Food and Wine Park. The winery also owns the renowned Kestrel View Estate Vineyard, which overlooks the Yakima Valley from its 1,200-foot elevation and consists of some of the oldest vines in Washington state.

Teen summer swing dance classes on tap

Professional dance instructor Jim Ide—full of charm, humor and patience—will serve as the teacher for swing dance classes, especially geared for Sunnyside teenagers this summer.

Swing, it appears, is a popular dance that is back in style.

The classes will be held Aug. 15-18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Registration forms are available at the Sunnyside Recreation office, located at the Sunnyside Community Center in South Hill Park. Forms are also available on-line at: ci.sunnyside.wa.us.

The cost to take the classes is $10 for those teens who reside in Sunnyside, $12.50 for those who live outside the city limits.

Mariner Moose

set to appear

at Bears game

this Saturday

YAKIMA - The Mariner Moose is coming to Yakima this Saturday. His appearance is one of several major entertainment events to be hosted by the Yakima Bears baseball team this summer.

The Seattle Mariners' mascot will make his only appearance of the year in Yakima tomorrow (June 25), beginning with a noon to 1 p.m. autograph session at the U.S. Cellular office on Nob Hill Boulevard.

The Moose will then lead the cheers in the stands at Yakima County Stadium for tomorrow night's 7:05 p.m. game between the Bears and the Vancouver Canadians.

Team spokesman Jonathan Yardley said the Mariner Moose is sure to team up with the Bears' mascot, Boomer, during Saturday evening's game.

The Mariner Moose won't be the last Mariner representative to visit Yakima this summer, though. The Bears will host Edgar Martinez Night on Friday, Aug. 12, when the Yakima team takes on the Tri-City Dust Devils. Less than 300 general admission tickets remain for the former Mariner great's first ever appearance in Yakima.

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