Entertainment Brief


Gospel music jamboree set

for Sunday

after Easter

MABTON – The monthly gospel music jamboree held at Mabton’s Grace Brethren Church has been moved from the third Sunday of April to the Sunday after Easter, on April 23.

According to Richard McBride, the switch in dates is only for the month of April.

The 2 to 4 p.m. jamboree will feature an open mic session for local performers. All Lower Valley music lovers are invited to turn out for the April 23 event “…to listen to some great music,” said McBride.

The monthly jamboree regularly draws such groups as Heart Strings & Bill Lawson, Joyful Noise and Doug Diamond.

Jay Buhner to be Bears’ guest July 31

YAKIMA – In an effort to continue bringing new and exciting things to the Valley, the Yakima Bears have arranged for well-known Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner to make a public appearance at a game against the Eugene Emeralds on Monday, July 31.

The Bears hosted Edgar Martinez at one of their games last summer. Martinez’s appearance resulted in the Bears’ first ever advance sellout. Bears officials are expecting the July 31 game with Buhner in attendance to sell out even more quickly. At this time, only season ticket holders, pre-paid groups of more than 20 people and select mini-plan ticket holders have guaranteed tickets to the July 31 game.

“Edgar Night was such a great event for this community, we wanted to bring another celebrity to Yakima County Stadium,” said Bears General Manager K.L. Wombacher.

“Having a celebrity of this stature come to Yakima really provides a sense of pride to our community. Jay is excited to come to Yakima and we are certainly excited to host him,” Wombacher added.

Season tickets, as well as group tickets and mini-plans are currently still available for the 2006 season. Single game tickets go on sale Thursday, June 1, and can be purchased at the Bears’ downtown office in Yakima or by calling (509) 457-5151.

Zillah to host community

yard sale April 29

ZILLAH – All Lower Valley residents, churches, schools, organizations and businesses are being invited to participate in Zillah’s second annual community yard sale, scheduled for Saturday, April 29.

Organizers say they are open to any ideas that will be fun and help bring people into the city that day.

Those interested in manning a yard sale booth that day are urged purchase a permit at Zillah City Hall, for $1, prior to Friday, April 14. Those who obtain a permit after that date will not be included on the yard sale map that will be distributed to visitors the day of the event.

Additional information about the community yard sale is available by contacting Shelli Quantrell (829-5151).

Christian booster club auction/dinner on tap for May 19

The sophomore class at Sunnyside Christian High School will serve a steak dinner at this year’s Sunnyside Christian School Booster Club auction.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner should be purchased ahead of time to assure a place, and are available by calling high SCHS office at 837-8995.

This year’s auction/dinner is slated for Friday, May 19. It will again be staged in the Yakima Chief warehouse (520 South Hill Rd.), just off Sunnyside’s Midvale Road.

The doors to the warehouse will be opened at 4:30 p.m. for a general previewing of the auction items. The silent auction tables will open for bids at 5 p.m., with the live auction to start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Easter egg hunt

in G’view April 15

GRANDVIEW – The community of Grandview’s annual bunny breakfast and Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, April 15, at Country Park fairgrounds on Wallace Way.

The festivities kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the Kiwanis bunny breakfast, complete with hotcakes and sausage. The suggested donation for the breakfast is $4 for adults and $3 for children.

The Easter egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. The cost is $1 per child. Only youths one to eight years of age are eligible to participate. Children are reminded to bring a sack or basket to hold the eggs and prizes they find.

Event organizers say the Easter Bunny will be on-site for the fun-filled morning, and that families are also invited to walk through the petting zoo, compliments of the Grandview High School FFA.

Community concert series continues April 23

Billed as a bonus performance for new 2006-07 members, Lower Valley Community Concert Series organizers are bringing multi-instrumentalist Todd Green to Sunnyside on Sunday, April 23.

The April 23 performance is actually the final concert of the 2005-06 season. It will be staged in the Sunnyside High School auditorium, beginning at 3 p.m.

Green is a uniquely talented multi-instrumentalist who performs nationally in the fine arts and college markets. His all-original music is a blend of classical and improvised music from around the world. He studied composition, arrangement and performance at Berklee College of Music and privately with guitar greats George Benson, Pat Matheny, Christopher Parkening and Mick Goodrick.

The 2006-07 membership drive is currently underway, and season tickets can be purchased the day of the April 23 concert.

Marilyn Monroe, Elvis look-a-likes to perform at FOE lodge in Toppenish

TOPPENISH – The Toppenish Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge will host both an Elvis look-a-like and Marilyn Monroe imitator at a dinner show on Friday, April 28.

Lodge Manager Pam Kuntz said both performers are currently ranked as the world’s No. 1 imitators of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, from both an appearance and sound aspect.

Dinner show tickets, available now at the Toppenish Eagles lodge, are priced at $20 per person. Tickets for the show only are retailing for $15.

Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., with the entertainment to start immediately after that.

The evening’s festivities, also to include a live band for dancing after the show, are open to all Eagles members and their guests.

Lewis & Clark travelogue to be shown April 18

“Into the Unknown,” a travelogue on the Lewis & Clark expedition, will be presented to Lower Valley residents Tuesday, April 18, at the Sunnyside Christian Elementary School gym.

Don and Fran Polen, who produced the travelogue, will make the April 18, 7:30 p.m. presentation on a digital projection system, complete with Dolby digital sound.

It was 200 years ago that the “Corps of Discovery” explored the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.

Donations will be accepted from those who attend the travelogue.

Ellensburg WineWorks opens on Main Street

ELLENSBURG – The historic Pascal Grey home on Main Street in Ellensburg has traded hands. Formerly known as Meadowlark Farm Guest House, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse and retail space, built in 1887, is now the home of Ellensburg WineWorks and GuestHouse Ellensburg.

Owners Gordy and Cathy Wollen, who also own the Yellow Church Café, purchased the building in March of this year. Ellensburg WineWorks opened last weekend, while GuestHouse Ellensburg has continued to operate throughout the change in ownership.

“One of the greatest things about Ellensburg is the history and character that each building brings to the community,” said the owners. “At the same time, we see a need to adapt to the changing scene of Ellensburg. We want to share the appreciation of wine in our town.”

Ellensburg WineWorks is participating in First Friday Art Walk today (Friday) by hosting local artist Austin Smith and guitarist/vocalist Dan Black. The Wollens are also offering samples of nine wines created by winemaker Don Wood of Icicle Ridge Winery.

“Tourism and travel of Central Washington, as well as the sale of Washington wines, have steadily been on the rise,” said Mr. Wollen. “The idea to open a wnie shop in the center of Washington state was a no-brainer.”

Plans for a wine club, monthly winemaker dinners and even non-alcoholic varietal wine tastings are already in the works at Ellensburg Wineworks.

“The goal of Ellensburg WineWorks is to provide wine drinkers with a higher quality of wine than you can find in your local chaine store,” said Wollen. “And help educate the people living in Central Washington, as well as anyone with Internet access, who consider themselves to be non-wine drinkers.”

Local photographers among the winners

at Larson Gallery’s annual competition

YAKIMA – Larson Gallery on the YVCC campus in Yakima will continue displaying the entries in this year’s National Photography Exhibition through Saturday, April 29.

The juried competition was judged by Seattle Times staff photographer Alan Berner.

The winners in this year’s juried competition were announced at an opening reception this past Sunday. “Best of Show” honors, as well as the top prize of $350 in cash, went to Arianna LaPenne of Brooklyn, N.Y. for her photograph, entitled “The Kiss.”

Of the 18 award winners, six hail from the Central Washington area. They include Rob Prout of Yakima, Larry Wright of Prosser, Roy Hatfield of Selah, Tami L. Sawyer of Ellensburg, Robert Inouye of Naches and Justin Beckman of Ellensburg.

Prout and Wright each won two cash awards.

Among the photographers who won honorable mention honors were Glen Bach and Betty Severin of Ellensburg, and Yakima’s Phil Crane, Dena Elzie and Andrea Gonzalez.

This year’s Larson Gallery competition received submissions from 17 states for a record high of 467 photographs. A total of 97 of them were accepted to be displayed.


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