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Ponying up for Christmas

Sunnyside’s Sierra Middle School associated student body is helping to make some area youngsters’ Christmas a little brighter, thanks to a donation of little stuffed ponies.

‘Blue Mountain Spanish Sound’ concert Saturday, Dec. 27

WALLA WALLA – The 2014 Direct Current Concert Series will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 27, with a concert by Blue Mountain Spanish Sound at the Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla.

‘BBQ Flats’ open to public next summer

ELLENSBURG – BBQ Flats, a pine forest south of Ellensburg, will soon be open to public access.

Ballroom dance classes to start

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a six-week session of ballroom dance classes every Tuesday beginning Jan. 6, 2015, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Community Center gymnasium, located at 812 Wallace Way.

Washington Shining Star Pageant Feb. 8

PROSSER – Young girls who are “differently-abled” are encouraged to participate in the Washington Shining Star Pageant to be held in Prosser on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

Carriage rides available in Prosser tomorrow

PROSSER – With the idea of majestic carriage rides and a winter wonderland for all to enjoy during the holiday season, Prosser’s 7 Degrees Floral is hosting a special event to benefit local food banks tomorrow (Saturday).

Christmas Eve services

Christmas Eve candlelight services will be conducted at Bethany Community (Presbyterian) Church in Grandview on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m.

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Winter music

A Christmas prayer

There is a curious phrase we use in Hospice: Actively Dying. It sounds counter-intuitive. Isn’t dying passive, the waning of life force, the giving back of the breath God gave us at birth?

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Naughty or nice?

This past Tuesday evening Santa paid a special visit to Sunnyside’s Sun Terrace Assisted Living and Retirement Center.

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Gifts from golfers

Members of Black Rock Creek Golf Course collected more than $800 worth of toys to distribute to needy children in the Lower Valley this holiday season.

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Wreaths Across America

Sunnyside American Legion Post 73 Commander Troy Monholland and Gold Star Mothers of Washington member Ginger Emerson of Grandview place a wreath at Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sunnyside this past Saturday.

Should you be screened for lung cancer?

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I’m wondering if he should be checked out. - Concerned Spouse

Gifts for Santa

Don’t show this to your children if they still believe.

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Behind the scenes

The Granger Historical Society board and volunteers enjoyed a day touring the Yakima Valley Museum last Thursday.