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Force Awakens Star Wars fans in Sunnyside

Costumes expected for Episode VII today

The Force is strong in the Lower Valley.

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Sounds of the season

Director Martin Pittis leads the Sunnyside High School orchestra through a performance of “French Noel” during last night’s winter concert.

‘Letters to Santa’ to appear Friday

Second graders from Sunnyside and Mabton will have an opportunity to share their holiday artwork and letters to Santa in a special publication that will be inserted in this Friday’s paper.

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One man’s dream

Jerri Honeyford and Dave Van Dyke rehearse their lines for the opening of “The Shoemaker’s Dream.”

Christmas tree lighting festival highlight

The lighting of the community Christmas tree on First Avenue at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, will culminate an afternoon of old fashioned holiday activities.

Valley Theater announces cast selection

Valley Theater Company has announced the selection of cast members for “See How They Run,” a comedy to be presented at Prosser’s Princess Theatre in February.

Mabton bazaar Saturday

The Greater Mabton Association’s annual Christmas Bazaar will be held from, 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Mabton’s Learning Center, 805 Washington St.

Holiday classic in town

The Eugene Ballet Company will present the Nutcracker Ballet at the Capitol Theatre, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Winter market begins Saturday

The annual Winter Market opens at 9 a.m. Dec. 12, at the city park, 1329 Sommers Ave.

Trinity Dance’s winter show this weekend

The Trinity Dance School will present “Christmas Spirit” at the Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave., at 7 p.m., Dec. 11 and 12. A 1 p.m. Saturday matinee is also planned.

Candlelight vista offers a magical walk

More than 1,000 candles will line the mile-long pathways through the Yakima Area Arboretum gardens from 6 to 11 p.m., today and Saturday.

Molasses and pie classes offered

An opportunity to spice up the holidays is offered at 6 p.m., Dec. 17, at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2140A Wine Country Road.

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Little drummer boy forming his own band

With Mom and Dad, of course

After building his own drum set at the age of three, a six-year-old Sunnyside boy now plays drums in a trio with his parents.

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Lighting up the night

Festivities draw a crowd to downtown

Activity filled downtown last weekend in the build up to the 27th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Kids lighted parade brightens up downtown

Rudolph, Charlie Brown and, of course, Santa all made appearances during Friday’s second annual Kids Lighted Christmas Parade along a three-block stretch of Sixth Street.