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Patsy Cline performance

set for Oct. 22

The Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club is bringing "Always...Patsy Cline," a Patsy Cline tribute show to Sunnyside.

The performance will be presented by the Lynden Performing Arts Guild and will include Patsy Cline hits, such as "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "She's Got You."

The show will also include a special performance by the Top Family Bluegrass Band.

The show is set to take place Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium. Tickets for the event are $12 and are available from members of the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club and at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

State fair discount prices offered now

YAKIMA - For those planning on attending the Central Washington State Fair later this month and would like to save a few bucks on admission and rides, the fair is offering some special prices for shopping early.

Special discount admission tickets are available through local credit unions around the Valley now through Sept. 22. The pre-sale tickets are priced at $8.50 for adults, which represent a savings of $1.50.

Also, a special family pack is now available, which includes gate admission for two adults and two youths, plus 30 ride coupons. The family pack is a $62 value, but purchased before the fair it is only $39.

Thrill seekers can save if they buy early, too. Butler Amusements ride coupon booklets are available at all Yakima AM/PM convenience stores. The booklets include 30 ride coupons that are good any day of the fair. The booklets typically sell for $30, but are only $15 if purchased in advance.

All of the discounted tickets, packs and booklets are also available now at the fair ticket office.

Leavenworth site of fall music fest

LEAVENWORTH - The first ever Leavenworth Fall Music Festival will be staged Saturday, Sept. 10, at the community's ski hill amphitheater, a 550-seat outdoor venue overlooking a valley with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

The four-hour event, from 4 to 8 p.m., will feature three entertainers: Vicci Martinez, Julep and Michael Dickes.

Martinez, although only 20, writes, sings and plays guitar with the touch of what some describe of a veteran. She is said to be an acoustic-based singer with a passionate voice, profound lyrics and incendiary live performances. The Tacoma native is building a grassroots following with her live performances throughout the Northwest and beyond.

Julep is a Seattle-based band that produces catchy hooks, punchy rhythms and soaring harmonies that counter the bittersweet weight of the lyrics. Jen Fox and Leslie Jones' rich vocal texture, laced with Fox's bass, Jim Srnec's guitar and Jason Dean's percussion serves up thoughtful and complex music that swings from delicate acoustic to crunching rock. Julep was selected as the Seatle Post Intelligencer's featured band the week of July 5-12 this year.

Dickes, for nearly two decades, has been singing songs to people of all walks of life and in all types of venues. From the saloons of the Pacific Northwest to the concert hall of Europe, Dickes' message is always clear: he writes songs that touch people. Dickes was voted favorite local musician by the readers of the Wenatchee World for three years running.

Tickets for the Sept. 10 music fest, priced at $25, are available by phoning (509) 548-5477.

Laser light show continues this month at Grand Coulee Dam

GRAND COULEE - Where can you tour the eighth wonder of the world, witness the sweat and determination of "iron" athleticism, be entertained by laser lights and experience Native American culture?

In Grand Coulee throughout the month of September, that's where.

Central Washington residents are being encouraged to tour Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete dam in North America, all this month. Visitors will be dazzled not only by its size, but also by the unprecedented engineering required to complete the massive project. Construction on the dam began under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 as part of the New Deal projects that took place throughout the nation to provide employment to men and women during the Great Depression.

The dam's visitor arrival center is open daily in September from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with guided tours available of the third powerhouse.

After a tour of the dam, visitors are invited to stick around for the laser light show. The unique show is displayed on the largest concrete viewing screen in North America and begins nightly at 8:30 p.m. Visitors will watch as brilliant lasers dance across the face and spillway of Grand Coulee Dam, accompanied by music, to tell the story of the Columbia River and its history and the dam's purpose. The entertaining and educational event is free to all visitors.

For those looking for action, Grand Coulee has that on tap as well this month. Grit, stamina and speed will be displayed by athletes participating in the Grand Columbia Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 17. The full and half iron triathlon events will begin at 7 and 9:30 a.m., respectively. With more than 300 athletes expected to be in attendance this year, the triathlon promises to provide spectators with enough grueling action to last a lifetime.

For a fascinating and enriching display of local Native American culture, visitors are being reminded to stop off at the Colville Tribal Museum in Coulee Dam. Guided tours are available and the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors are also reminded that when traveling to or from the Grand Coulee Dam area the weekend of Sept. 8-11, to not forget the Okanogan County Fair. The fairgrounds are located in nearby Okanagon.

Glass and wood exhibition open house planned

PROSSER - Hangups Gallery will host Northwest native David Craig through September at the 719 Sixth Street gallery in Prosser.

Craig's work will be featured along side a glass and wood show now being held at the gallery.

An open house to meet Craig will be held Friday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery. His show runs through Sept. 30.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. or by appointment.

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