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Ride for charity open to cyclists

YAKIMA - Cyclists who want to experience Yakima's wine country on a 25-mile journey aimed at helping people in need can sign up now for the first annual Ride D'Vine to be held Saturday, Aug. 10, starting at 9 a.m. The trip will start in Yakima's Sarg Hubbard Park (111 S. 18th St. in Yakima) and end at the Hyatt and Bonair wineries in Zillah. Along the way participants will be able to stop at local wineries and sample the vintages. A "Wine Wagon" will carry any purchases to the final destination for pick up. The journey will take riders along the Yakima Greenway through hop fields and up to Konnowac Pass. Cyclists will meander along the ridge top before winding through apple and cherry orchards on the way to the vineyards. Local food vendors will be set up at the destination wineries with live music and picnic areas for riders and families. In addition to the natural beauty of the scene, riders will be invited to see Buena Nueva, one of the first affordable housing developments owned and managed by ride sponsor Catholic Charities Housing Services. The $65 registration fee includes an event t-shirt and a Rattlesnake Hills passport (a $15 value). Families can register for $125 (two adults and two children under 18). For a $5 fee, transportation back to the starting area will be provided. The event will raise funds to help those most in need through affordable housing, education and service programs. For additional information and to register call 509-853-2800 or visit the event web page at www.ridedvine.org.

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