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Heritage University to host Secretary of State

TOPPENISH - Next Tuesday, April 25, Heritage University will host Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, who will visit the campus to promote College Civics Week.

Reed will speak to students and answer questions in the Academic Skills Center in the university's library. High school juniors and seniors are also invited to attend the session, which is scheduled to run from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Free produce

for senior citizens

Eligible senior citizens can receive vouchers for up to $40 worth of fruit and produce.

The vouchers, funded by grants from the Southeast Washington Office of Aging and Long Term Care, will be distributed by the Yakima County Department of Food Service.

The vouchers are available to single seniors with monthly wages below $1,510 and to two-person households making less than $2,035 per month.

Vouchers will be distributed to seniors during the first week of May to seniors at their senior nutrition meal site.

For more information, call toll-free 1-800-572-7354, ext. 2200.

Rattlesnake Hills tourist trail set

The communities of Granger, Toppenish, Wapato and Zillah have set an April 21 unveiling of the first of nine Rattlesnake Hills tourist trail information signs. This coming Friday's event will take place in Granger, next to the city's public works building at 503 Main Street.

The trail is a partnership of the cities and 15 other entities, such as private businesses and the Yakama Nation, to promote tourism.

State senate majority leader to address Yakima Democrats

YAKIMA - How Eastern Washington benefitted from the 2006 state legislature will be the theme of a speech presented by state Senator Lisa Brown of Spokane, featured speaker at the Yakima County Democrats' annual FDR dinner this Saturday.

The speech by Brown, the state Senate Majority leader, follows a social hour and dinner event all held at Yakima's Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. The social hour is set for 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Paul George at 509-966-5097.

Benefits planned for G'view Music Booster Club

GRANDVIEW - The first of two fundraisers for the Grandview Music Booster Club is planned for this Saturday, April 22. A car wash is planned that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grandview Community Church of God, 914 W. Wine Country Road. Donations will be accepted.

The second event is a community yard sale set for Saturday, June 3. Yard sale space is still available for the event, to be held on the playground area between McClure Elementary and Compass High School.

All proceeds from both events will promote and support the music programs within the Grandview School District.

For more information call 509-882-8537.

Children's Hospital update scheduled

The Pearl Hughes Guild of the Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Seattle will meet Friday, April 21, at the Sunny Spot restaurant in Sunnyside.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. and will provide a report on a recent Yakima County round table held in Yakima. Last year, 3,989 patients at Children's Hospital were from the Yakima Valley.

For more information on the Pearl Hughes Guild and its activities in support of Children's Hospital call Betty George at 837-3498.

Kinkade master highlighter coming to Sunnyside

A Thomas Kinkade master highlighter can make flowers bloom brighter with the stroke of a brush.

Thomas Kinkade art collectors are invited to watch limited edition canvases come to life on Saturday, May 6, at the Thomas Kinkade Knot Hole Gallery, 327 E. Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside, during a master highlighter event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information contact 837-4836.

Spring turkey hunt limit is three birds

Although the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently expanded harvest opportunities for turkeys this fall, only three birds may be harvested per person during the 2006 spring season, which runs April 15 to May 15.

During the spring hunt, two birds can be taken in Eastern Washington, only one of which may be harvested in the area that includes Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties. Two birds may be taken in Klickitat County and only one turkey may be harvested in Western Washington.

Display items sought for R.E. Powell Museum

GRANDVIEW - The board of directors for the R.E. Powell Museum in Grandview is currently searching for cultural and historical memorabilia depicting ethnic groups that have migrated into the Yakima Valley over the years.

Groups or individuals wishing to donate or loan items can call Jeanne Marie Coursey at 509-882-9238 during the museum's hours of 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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