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Darigold Dairy Fair to host eighth annual kids Easter egg hunt

Lower Valley children are invited to fill their Easter egg baskets with candy and prizes at the eighth annual Darigold Dairy Fair Easter egg hunt.

Tami Silva, manager of the Sunnyside Dairy Fair store, said all children up to the age of nine are eligible to take part in the Saturday, March 26, festivities.

"No kid will leave without something," Silva promises.

Silva has arranged for four egg hunting sessions that morning. The first, to begin at 10 a.m., is for toddlers up to the age of two. A 10:15 a.m. session is for children three and four years of age, a 10:30 a.m. session is for children five and six years of age, and the 10:45 egg hunting session is for children seven to nine years old.

She said parents will not be allowed into the fenced-off egg hunting enclosure.

Silva said approximately 3,500 plastic eggs will be on the Dairy Fair grounds that day, each with candies and prizes inside.

For those children who have special needs, Silva encourages their parents to contact her by 9:30 a.m. the morning of the hunt to make special arrangements.

"One year we had a child with Down's Syndrome," she said. "All of our special needs children leave with their Easter baskets packed full of goodies."

Last year's event drew about 500 children. Silva said she is expecting another large turnout for this year's Easter egg hunt.

Assisting the Dairy Fair crew with this year's hunt will be members of both the Sunnyside police and fire departments. Silva said Police Chief Ed Radder has committed to having both a police car and a patrol motorcycle at the event so children can get an up-close look at them. Also helping out will be the Sunnyside Police Explorers unit. Silva said Fire Chief Aaron Markham has arranged to have a firetruck and an ambulance at the event, as well.

"This is our eighth annual egg hunt," said Silva. "I've been here for all of them. It seems like it just gets bigger and bigger every year."

G’view senior center offers Friday dances

GRANDVIEW - You're never too old to dance, so say organizers of the Friday evening dances at the Carl L. Stevens Senior Center in Grandview.

All Lower Yakima Valley senior citizens are being urged to turn out for the twice-a-month dances, held the first and third Fridays of each month at the center. The doors to the senior center open at 7 p.m. on dance nights, with the music lasting until 10 p.m.

The cost to attend the dances has just recently risen from $3 per person to $4.

Those who attend are welcome to bring finger food, although it isn't a must.

The Grandview center is located at 401 West Second St.

Bunny breakfast, Easter egg hunt set for March 26

GRANDVIEW - A full morning of activities will greet those who attend the Saturday, March 26, Grandview Kiwanis Club Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt at the Country Park Fairgrounds on Wallace Way. Also on hand, promise organizers, will be the Easter Bunny.

The Kiwanis Club's bunny breakfast, featuring hotcakes and sausage, is open to the entire Lower Valley community, beginning at 8:30 a.m.. Meal costs are set at $4 for adults and $3 for children.

Promptly at 10 a.m. the Easter egg hunt will get underway. Youths up to the age of eight are eligible to participate. Children are asked to provide their own containers in which to gather the eggs. There will be a $1 fee for children to participate.

Children are also being invited to visit the petting zoo at the March 26 event. Zoo animals will be provided by members of the Grandview High School FFA chapter.

In addition to the Grandview Kiwanis Club, other sponsors of the event include the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce and the Mid-Valley Chrysler dealership.

Last minute reservations being accepted for YVCC wine tasting gala, auction

ZILLAH - It's not too late to attend tomorrow evening's "Taste Washington Wines Gala & Auction."

Ellen Bentley, a spokesperson for the Yakima Valley Community College-sponsored event, said organizers are still accepting late reservations.

The Saturday, March 19, gala and auction will be held at Zillah's Silver Lake Winery. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and will include tasting of wines from 10 different Yakima Valley wineries, silent and live auctions, music by the YVCC Jazz Combo and a bounty of flavorful foods and desserts from Essencia Artisan Bakery & Chocolaterie of Yakima.

Proceeds generated from the sale of tickets, priced at $70 each, will benefit the establishment of YVCC's Grape & Wine Education Center. The college needs to raise $140,000 to reach its $500,000 goal to receive a $500,000 matching grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The grape and wine center will be located in the renovated Safeway store building in Grandview.

Reservations to tomorrow evening's fund-raiser can be made by contacting Bentley (882-7064), although a limited number of tickets are expected to be available at the door that evening.

‘Blue’s Clues Live’ at Yakima SunDome on Friday, May 13

YAKIMA - WestCoast Entertainment will present "Blue's Clues Live! Blue's Birthday Party" at the Yakima SunDome on Friday, May 13.

The one-time performance is slated to begin at 7 p.m. that evening.

Tickets sales will begin on April 2 at the Yakima SunDome box office, on-line at www.ticketswest.com and at all TicketsWest ticket outlets.

"This represents a new opportunity for WestCoast Entertainment," said Jack Lucas, vice president of the firm.

"We are extremely excited to be promoting an event at the Yakima SunDome, and look forward with much anticipation on trying to build upon the types of entertainment events being presented at the SunDome," Lucas added.

Lucas said with Blue's Clues Live debuting in the Yakima market this spring, it is another indication that WestCoast Entertainment hopes to bring a new dynamic of events to the Yakima Valley region.

Spring jazz showcase set

for March 26

YAKIMA - Nationally renowned saxophonist Lenny Price will join the YVCC Jazz Ensemble at this year's spring jazz showcase, set for Saturday, March 26.

Price will play with the Yakima Valley Community College jazz students in their

last concert of the year before departing on a 10-day performing tour of Europe.

Two shows will be offered on March 26: the first at 4 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Both performances will be in YVCC's Kendall Hall auditorium. General admission tickets, priced at $5, will be available at the Kendall Hall box office the day of the show. Seating is limited.

Sunnyside parks department again offering egg hunt

The 24th annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Sunnyside Food Pavilion and the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department, will be held Saturday, March 26, at Central Park.

The free event is open to children under six years of age.

A craft-making session will open the day's fun at 9:30 a.m., with the hunt for wrapped candy to start at 10 a.m. Children are advised to bring their own baskets to store the goodies they find.

Parks and rec officials report that an adult must accompany all youngsters who participate, although adults won't be allowed to assist the children during the hunt.

Pianist performance next Tuesday in Sunnyside

International pianist Alpin Hong will be giving a 45-minute

performance for local students at the Sunnyside High School auditorium Tuesday, March 22.

Called an "Encore" performance, Hong's mini-concert for the district's students is

financed by the Lower Valley Community Concert series, said Pat Kezele, a spokesperson for the concert association.

She said the 10 a.m. performance is being offered in addition to Hong's 7:30 p.m. concert at the auditorium for a largely adult audience.

The extra performance for students is funded by concert association ticket sales and local organizations.

"The Tuesday evening concert is also the beginning of our campaign for new concert members," she said.

Kezele said tickets for Alpin Hong's March 22 evening concert will be $5, as opposed to the usual $25. Prospective members are encouraged to take advantage of this one-time offer.

Before the concert, during intermission, and after the concert, new memberships for the 2005-06 concert series will be on sale at a reduced price of $35 for adults, $80 for families and $15 for students.

Current members are also encouraged to renew their memberships at this reduced price, Kezele added.

Series prices will return to their normal cost after the last concert of this year's series on April 16, which will feature Northwest Baroque, she said.

Zillah actors

to present ‘Seussical’

ZILLAH-

Seussical

, a musical based on the stories of Theodore Geisel, known to most as Dr. Seuss, will be held at the Zillah High School auditorium Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Additional performances will be presented

Saturday, March 19,

24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m.

The play features characters from 15 of the Seuss classics, such as Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Whos from Whosville, the inhabitants from the Jungle of Nool and Mayor Yertle the Turtle. The play is directed by Lynn Brant.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available at the door.

For additional ticket information call Brant at 829-5565.

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