Richland author publishes

An illustrated children’s book about an elf, a Santa’s magic bag and dragons is the theme of James Watts’ new book.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ auditions scheduled

Valley Theater Company will hold open auditions for performance of the spring 2018 production of “Bye Bye Birdie” in the Princess Theatre in two sessions – one for the band and one for the actors.

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Bring a child to the library

A self-guided day of reading activities is planned at the “Take Your Child to the Library Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3, at the Grandview Library, 500 W. Main St.

Free sewing classes offered

Free sewing classes are being offered each Wednesday at the local United Methodist Church, 906 E. Edison Ave. The classes began today in the parish fellowship hall. Classes take place from 1-3 p.m. for the next six weeks.

Winter reading encouraged

Book lovers throughout the Yakima Valley are invited to take the adult Winter Reading Challenge, presented by Yakima Valley Libraries.

Gallery opening focused on loss of an infant

An emotionally powerful, poignant “Empty Photo Project,” created by Washington State University Tri-Cities student Susana Butterworth, will be on display from Jan. 12 to Feb. 8 in the WSU Tri-Cities Art Gallery.

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Information night planned

An opportunity to “Discover Sunnyside Christian School” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22. At the elementary school, 811 North Ave.

Students earn Soar funds

Two lower valley seniors are recipients of Heritage University Soar Scholarships.

Need for blood

Blood drawings will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Mabton High School and from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Sunnyside United Methodist Church, Ninth and Edison. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767.

Fall YVC graduates listed

The Fall Semester Yakima Valley College graduates list has been released with the following students earning their degrees from the college.

Disposing of trees poses problem

Most people take down their Christmas tree right after New Year’s Day and some are even faster about dismantling Tanenbaum.