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Farmers invited

to WorkSource breakfast Friday

PROSSER – Information on what is being done to increase the number of workers available to farmers will be presented to local growers this Friday, March 17, at a special breakfast meeting at Prosser’s Horse Heaven Hills Best Western Inn.

The 7 to 9 a.m. meeting is being hosted by WorkSource, the state’s employment agency. There is no cost to growers to attend.

According to WorkSource spokesman Larry Sanchez, local growers will learn about the new system that is in place to help them access more workers. Sanchez said screening and recruitment of farm laborers is the main focus of the state’s ag initiative.

More than 300 invitations to Friday’s breakfast meeting have already been mailed out to Valley farmers. Those growers who did not receive an invitation but would like to attend the March 17 meeting are encouraged to contact Mark Rodriguez at (509) 836-1125.

Comedian

slated to perform at Eagles lodge

TOPPENISH – The Toppenish Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge will host comedian Kermet Apio, billed as one of the top five comics in the Pacific Northwest, this coming Saturday, March 18.

Tickets for the dinner show, which can be reserved by calling the Toppenish lodge at (509) 865-2229, are priced at $15. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show only are selling for $10.

Saturday’s social event is open to all Eagles members and their guests.

Safe driving class on tap next week

A 55 Alive safe driving class, geared for mature motorists, will be offered at the Sunnyside Senior Center (1400 Federal Way) next week, on Tuesday and Thursday, March 21 and 23.

Instructor Gil Brook will cover hearing loss, physical changes in older drivers and medication that can impact driving skills for those over the age of 55.

The eight-hour class is being divided into two, four-hour sessions. The first session will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 21, the second session on March 23 during the same hours.

Brook said participants must attend both classes to receive the course certificate, which, he said, can lead to lower automotive insurance rates.

Cost to attend the classes is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required, by contacting Brook (882-1330) or the Sunnyside Recreation Department (837-8660).

Farm Products Guide open

to local growers

The 2006 Yakima Valley Farm Products Guide is now being put together.

All Yakima Valley farmers who want to be listed in the guide are asked to contact Lino Guerra (837-8897) as soon as possible.

The guide is distributed to libraries statewide, as well as to ag extension offices, hotels and motels, RV areas, visitor centers, chambers of commerce and truck stops.

The guide is primarily published for tourists, homemakers and those who can vegetables and fruit.

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