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Spring Festival has something for everyone this weekend

Spring Festival has something for everyone this weekend

It's time for the 33rd Annual Moses Lake Spring Festival! The festival hits the streets with fun for all ages starting this Thursday evening.

 

The carnival kicks the weekend off starting at 4pm on Thursday evening and will run throughout the festival. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the entrance. Thursday is Buddy Night, where two can ride for the price of one. On Friday, the annual Lip Sync Contest takes the stage. This year's theme is music of the disco era and first prize comes with $400.

 

You can check out the classic car show or shop the farmer's market on Saturday. Basketball players will also be hitting the streets for a three on three tournament. Starting at 8:30pm you can cheer for the Grand Moonlight parade.

 

There are various groups preforming throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The festival closes on Sunday night with a free showing of Madagascar 3 in the park.

 

Free household hazardous waste collection

Free household hazardous waste collection

Grant County Solid Waste and Washington State Department of Ecology are sponsoring a hazardous waste collection to help make your home and environment a little safer. 

You can bring old and unwanted household hazardous waste products to the Surf 'n Slide Waterpark Parking Lot this Saturday, from 9am to 3pm, and it will be disposed of for free. Look for the words pesticides, caustic, acid, flammable, warning, danger, poison or toxic on product labels. This event is for households only and waste from farms, businesses, agencies, governments, special districts and school districts will not be accepted. 

Hazardous items include:

Girl Scouts asking for support during Idaho Gives

Girl Scouts asking for support during Idaho Gives

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is hoping the region will jump on board and donate during the first ever Idaho Gives campaign.

 

Idaho Gives is a 24 hour giving campaign sponsored by the Idaho Nonprofit Center. The event gives donors the opportunity to give to any of the 531 participating non profits across Idaho. For every $10 donation made groups will be entered to win a Golden Ticket prize. The more donors that GSEWNI gets, the more chances they have to win prize money.

 

Groups have also been divided by size into three separate scoreboards. Each scoreboard carries an additional $5,000 worth of prize money that will be divided between the top five money raisers at the end of the day. Idaho Gives also features an Everybody Wins Award, this award takes a general pool of money and divides it by the percentage if the total raised. For example, if Girl Scouts raises one percent of the total for the entire campaign, then they receive one percent of the Everybody Wins Award.

Pink tractor at the finish line

Pink tractor at the finish line

Race for the Cure runners will be greeted by something new at the finish line this year. A bright pink tractor. Northwest Farm Credit Services have been working with volunteers and donors from across the North Idaho and Eastern Washington region to get the tractor ready in time for its race day debut.

 

Northwest FCS is the finish line sponsor at this year's Race for the Cure and they wanted something big to greet finishers. Jennifer Rohrer, the Public Relations Communications Coordinator, saw a picture of a pink tractor online and thought it would be a great way to represent the communities that they serve.

 

Off Road Vehicle and Recruiting Event

Off Road Vehicle and Recruiting Event

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (04APR2013) – Grant County Sheriff’s Off-Road Vehicle Deputies will be assisting the Army National Guard’s Ephrata-based 1161st Transportation Company at a training certification course and recruiting drive Saturday April 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes.

The purpose of the course is to certify soldiers in the use of military vehicles and showcase their abilities in off-road conditions. Around 20 vehicles will be showcased including palletized load system vehicles, wreckers, and Humvees. The Guard will also be recruiting for prospective members.

Grant County Sheriff’s ORV Deputies will be on hand to assist and promote off-road vehicle safety. The Guard vehicles will be at Moses Lake Sand Dunes Lot 1, which is the area closest to the Potato Hill Road SE entrance of the sand dunes.

“This promises to be a great display of our military’s vehicle capabilities, and a great opportunity for the Guard to bring aboard new members,” said Sheriff Tom Jones.

For more information contact National Guard Specialist First Class Denice Meadows (509) 754-6058, (509) 760-1052, or (253) 376-8839.

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Annual Sandhill Crane Festival

Annual Sandhill Crane Festival

 

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is coming up April 5-7.

 

The festival was started in 1998 to highlight the spring return of Sandhill cranes to the Othello area. Visitors to the weekend event can sign up for crane viewing tours as well as other bird viewing tours. The tours are popular and several of them are already full.

 

There are many wildlife lectures that are free with general admission as well as activities for children and families.

 

For more information or to register for a tour visit the festival website  http://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org