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Crow Butte Park

to host grape stomp

PATERSON - Crow Butte Park, located along the Columbia River just west of Paterson, will be the site for a grape stomp, wine tasting and barbecue Saturday, Sept. 17.

Money generated from the $45 per person ticket sales will be used to maintain and beautify the park grounds. Tickets are now available at Chateau Champoux (509-894-5005). Ticket holders will also be presented with a complimentary "Support Crow Butte Park" t-shirt at the gate of the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. event.

Crow Butte Park is a popular spot for fishermen, boaters, water skiers, campers and picknickers.

More information about the park and the fund-raising events held there is available on-line at: www.crowbutte.com.

‘Tower of Power’ set to perform Sept. 29-Oct. 2

SEATTLE - Best known for melding jazz, funk, rock and soul in the 1970s, Tower of Power will make a four-night appearance at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

Set times will be at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. the first three nights, with Sunday's performances scheduled for 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

The 10-member band is currently touring in support of "Oakland Zone," the group's first studio album in more than five years. The band is presently celebrating its 36th year together. Tower of Power was most well known in the 70s for such as tunes as

What is Hip

and

You're Still a Young Man

. The band toured regularly with Sly Stone and Creedence Clearwater Revival, often creating traffic jams when headlining their own shows.

In June 2004 the California Music Association inducted Tower of Power with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and cited the group's 2003 Sony Legacy anthology, "Havin' Fun," as soul/R&B album of the year.

Saxophonist Emilio Castillo, founder of the band who's still with the group, describes their efforts as soul music.

Tickets for the twice nightly performances can be ordered by calling (206) 441-9729, or they can be accessed on-line at: www.jazzalley.com.

Salmon derby expected to draw numerous anglers

TRI-CITIES - For those who love fishing for salmon and are feeling a little lucky, mark Oct. 1-2 on your calendar.

Those are the two days for the 10th annual Knights of Columbus Tri-Cities Prep Salmon Derby.

The main event for the annual charity tournament, which attracted more than 200 fishermen last year, begins at 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. New this year are weekly prizes that are being offered, starting last Saturday, Sept. 3.

Salmon derby organizers say there is a fantastic run of upriver, bright fall chinook expected this year.

"The salmon run this year is shaping up to be another solid run with some really big fish," said tournament coordinator Don McBride.

"This new weekly prize gives anglers a lot more opportunities to participate in the derby," he continued. "And the first prize of $1,000 for the main event means a lot of the anglers will want to save Oct. 1-2 on their calendars."

The tournament also offers seven other prizes on the main derby weekend. Best of all, said McBride, there another prize pool and a discounted entry for kids 12 years of age and under.

The weekly prizes are $100 for the biggest fish and $50 for the biggest fish caught by a child.

Derby fishing will be open on the Columbia and Yakima rivers. The prime area for most anglers, said McBride, will be the Hanford Reach, a 45-mile stretch of free flowing river upstream from Richland, where tens of thousands "upriver brights" are expected to return to spawn this year.

Huge numbers of fish are expected to begin pouring over McNary Dam in the next few weeks. McBride said fishing will steadily improve from Labor Day weekend until it peaks right at the main derby weekend.

"We expect to see a really good catch this year because the run forecast is excellent and the timing for the derby is just about perfect," he said.

All proceeds from the derby will benefit Tri-Cities Prep, a new Catholic high school that opened in 1998 in Pasco.

The entry fee for this year's salmon derby is $25, which covers both the weekly and main events. Entry forms are available at sporting goods stores in the Tri-Cities Desert Aire. The entry fee for children is only $10.

Entry forms and maps are also available on the tournament's website: www.kc3307.org/derby.

Kids get in free

at Maryhill Museum this Sunday, Sept. 11

GOLDENDALE - National Grandparents Day will be celebrated with special activities at Maryhill Museum of Art this Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Children 16 and under will be admitted free with one adult admission.

"There is something for everyone," said Carrie Clark, curator of education at the museum, located just southwest of Goldendale on Scenic Route 14.

Clark said visitors can explore the museum as an art discovery team and create a memory book with special guest artist Roberta Lavadour. She specializes in one-of-a-kind artist books. Lavadour will demonstrate and assist visitors with ways to create a memory book. All supplies will be provided free of charge.

Also this Sunday, the traveling public is invited to drive on the museum'shistoric Loops Road. The first asphalt-macadam paved road in the Pacific Northwest, Loops Road is a 3.5-mile course that includes 25 hairpin turns and scenic views. It is located four miles east of the museum.

"Here is an opportunity to get your favorite car and cruise up the historic Loops," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director of the museum. "The construction of Loops Road was heralded far and wide, and was the inspiration behind the Historic Columbia River Highway."

‘Proof’ opens last Friday of month

YAKIMA - David Auburn's Pulitzer and Tony award winning play, "Proof," will open Friday, Sept. 30, at the Warehouse Theatre (5000 W. Lincoln Ave.), located in Yakima's Gilbert Park.

Performance dates are also set for Oct. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15.

Directed by Warehouse Theatre Company newcomer Leah Hieber, the play features a cast of four actors—Rachel Kunze, Terry Langley, Aimee Hostetler and Kristofer Sundquiust.

The cerebral play tells the story of Catherine, who has given up her career in math to take care of her mentally ill, mathematician father. After his death, his student (Hal) shows up wanting the celebrated man's notebooks. Hal finds an unknown proof within the papers and Catherine shocks everyone when she claims that the mathematical proof is hers.

Hailed by

New York Magazine

as "emotionally and intellectually enveloping," "Proof" is considered one of the most thought provoking and compelling new plays of the decade.

The box office will open Sept. 23. Tickets can be purchased from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays at the box office from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at show time.

State fair gears up

for 113th run in Yakima

YAKIMA - Set on the beautiful grounds of the original state fair of Washington, the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima is gearing up for another great run. The 10-day event kicks off on Friday, Sept. 23.

More than 300,000 visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest are expected to trek to Yakima to enjoy the perfect Indian Summer weather and take in what has become the single largest family entertainment event in Eastern Washington.

Fair officials say with all kinds of free entertainment, great food, a carnival and several historic buildings filled with everything from apples to quilts, this year's fair offers something for everyone of every age.

"Every year we try to create an entertainment package that offers something for everyone," said Greg Stewart, president and general manager of the Yakima fair. "This year we are going to present a real variety of entertainment with something for every member of the family."

The fair will open on Sept. 23 with the comedy and songs of Williams & Ree, billed as the "Indian and the White Guy." Their show will start at 7:30 p.m. on the Oak Park Stage.

Saturday, Sept. 24, country music star Lee Ann Womach will perform at 7:30 p.m. Country music legend Ronnie Milsap takes the Oak Park Stage on Sunday, Sept. 25, for one big show beginning at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, country music group "Sugarland" will appear at 7:30 p.m.

The fair changes gears slightly on Sept. 28-29, as local theater members will present their rendition of the musical comedy "Bee Hive." The show will start at 7 p.m. each evening.

One of the top rock bands of the 1970s, "War," will appear at the fair on Friday, Sept. 30. Best known for hits like

Cisco Kid

and

Low Rider

, the group will perform at 7:30 p.m.

The hot pop group "Smashmouth" will perform Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Each of the Oak Park Stage performances are free with fair admission, but some reserved seats may be purchased in advance.

This year's fair will once again present daily parades throughout the grounds.

At the grandstands on the fairgrounds, motorsports, rodeo and demolition derbies will be keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Northern Spring Car Tour races will start at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23-24. Thursday, Sept. 29, the grandstands will feature PRCA bull-o-rama action. A full blown PRCA rodeo will take place at the grandstands on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. All PRCA action will start at 7 p.m. The final day of the fair, Oct. 2, the always popular demolition derby returns to the grandstands, beginning at 2 p.m. All grandstands shows are free with fair admission.

Admission to this year's fair is $10 for adults and $6 for children and senior citizens.

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