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Lions clubs

plan three nights of turkey bingo

Three Lions clubs from Granger, Zillah and Naches have scheduled turkey bingo social events for the month of November.

The first is being hosted by the Naches Sunshine Lions Club, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Prizes of turkeys will be awarded until all of the turkeys have been handed out. The turkey bingo giveaway will be held at the Naches Intermediate School cafeteria. Proceeds raised from bingo card sales, priced at 25¢ apiece, will benefit the Naches food bank. Lions club members will also be accepting canned food donations that night to benefit the food bank.

The Zillah Lions Club will host its turkey mixer on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Zillah Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bingo cards will retail for 25¢ each, and refreshments will be available.

The Granger Lions' turkey bingo night is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lions clubhouse, starting at 5:30 p.m. As in Zillah, refreshments will be served and bingo cards will sell for 25¢ each.

Debby Boone headliner

at Jazz Alley

SEATTLE - Vocalist Debby Boone will present two nights of heart-warming jazz music at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley the second week of next month, Nov. 8-9.

Boone is currently promoting her first Concord Records' release, "Reflections of Rosemary." Promoters say she has created an intimate musical portrait of her mother-in-law, the legendary singer Rosemary Clooney. The CD is a collection of 14 tunes distinguished by Boone's strong, striking vocal talents and a very personal, emotionally rich story line.

"I wanted to select songs that would give an insight into Rosemary from a family perspective, and from themore than 30 years that I spent with her," said Boone.

Produced by Clooney's long-time producer/manager, Allen Sviridoff, the CD includes guest appearances by Scott Hamilton on sax and John Pizzarelli on guitar.

Boone earned instant fame in 1977 when the song

You Light Up My Life

became an overnight hit. The song, which outranked even The Beatles by claiming the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for 10 straight weeks, sold in excess of 4 million copies. Boone went on to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year following the release of that song. Since her remarkable entrance into the music industry, she has won two additional Grammy Awards and has received seven Grammy nominations.

Set times for Boone's performances at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle are 7:30 p.m. each night. Reservations for either show can be made by calling (206) 441-9729.

Kids to be admitted free

for ‘Day of Dead’ program

GOLDENDALE - Sunday, Oct. 30, Maryhill Museum of Art visitors can participate in a traditional Mexican "Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) program. The 1 to 4 p.m. program is open to all ages and children under 17 will be admitted free with one paid adult.

Featured activities will include musicians, artists and traditional Mexican folk dancers.

"Bring your entire family for an afternoon of fun activity and celebration," invited Carrie Clark, curator of education at the Goldendale area museum.

Clark said visitors will be able to try their hand at painting their own papier-mache skull and watch traditional Latin American folk dancing.

"It'll be a great day for families to learn about this tradition that honors ancestors with colorful art, food, music, flowers and altars," Clark said.

The title, Day of the Dead, conjures up images of ghosts and goblins, however it has its roots in ancient Mexican traditions that celebrate in a festive way the lives of relatives who have passed on.

"It is not a somber, sad event," said Clark. "Instead, families share stories about their ancestral loved ones, prepare favorite foods, create elaborately decorated artwork, play music and dance."

Throughout the afternoon, the Hood River Mexican Folk Dance 4-H Club and the Heritage University Multi-Cultural Dance Club will demonstrate traditional Mexican dancing, plus the Los Temerosos musical group will perform traditional Mexican mariachi music.

The Maryhill Museum of Art, a castle-like chateau overlooking the Columbia River, is located on Washington Scenic Route 14, just west of U.S. 97 near Goldendale.

First holiday bazaar of season Saturday

GRANDVIEW - Homemade soup and pie, a bake sale and handmade crafts and gift baskets will be featured at the first Lower Yakima Valley holiday bazaar of 2005, set for this Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Grandview Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Tomorrow's bazaar at the East Second and Birch Street church will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is being hosted by the women of the Grandview church.

Tickets for the luncheon will be priced at $5.50, and $3.50 for just pie and coffee. Tickets will be sold at the door of the church that day.

An added feature this year will be a "white elephant" sale table. Proceeds from these sales will be given to Pastor Mike Hogg, formerly a youth pastor at the Grandview church, to help him restore his New Orleans church which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Haunted house, Halloween carnival coming to Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview police reserves and the Valley Theatre Company will again team up to offer a Halloween carnival at the Grandview Fairgounds on Monday, Oct. 31.

Intended as a safe alternative for Halloween trick-or-treating in town, the carnival will feature plenty of candy, games and a costume contest.

The carnival, set to run from 6 to 9 p.m., is free and open to all ages.

Volunteers are needed in all areas, ranging from organizing the games to frosting cakes for a cakewalk.

For more information or to help, contact the Grandview Police Department at 509-882-2000.

Also just in time for Halloween, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce will offer a haunted house. The house, located in the Iowa Building at 131 Division Street, is open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening.

All ages are welcome to the haunted house. A one dollar admission is required, which includes six game booths. Hot dogs and soda will also be available for sale.

For more information call 509-882-2100.

The Thug Scholar in S’side Sunday

The Thug Scholar, a Christian rap artist, will make an appearance at Sunnyside's Cornerstone Church this Sunday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

Born Anthony J. Blackman in June 1975 in New York City, he moved with his parents to Mobile, Ala., where life began to decay for him. His parents were both alcoholics and his father was very abusive. A self-admitted thief and drug pusher, Blackman eventually became a member of the infamous Gangster Disciples, which led to a two-year prison term. After a second two-year stint in prison, in 2000, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming the greatest gangster rapper ever.

After a near fatal overdose in Miami, Fla., Blackman decided to seek God. He says it was on March 9, 2001 that he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Shortly after, he was introduced to a man in the music business, which led to his first debut CD, "The New Era." That brought him a promotional tour, where he started proclaiming Jesus Christ to everyone whom he came in contact.

Blackman soon found himself in the spotlight, making appearances on television and at college campuses. His single, entitled

Just Us 3

, has been getting a lot of air play on radio stations in Detroit, Memphis, Miami and Montgomery.

His techniques of ministering have been described as real, raw and rare. He has performed at numerous church events, youth conferences, concerts, jails, colleges and the public school system.

Currently, Blackman is a student at Mid South Community College in West Memphis, in pursuit of a business degree. He is also a member of Dominion & Praise Global Ministries in Memphis, under the leadership of Apostle Lincoln & Lea Dent.

Lower Valley residents are being invited to attend the Cornerstone Church in Sunnyside this Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. to witness Blackman's ministry.

Anthony J. Blackman...

AKA The Thug Scholar

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