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Members of the Rotary Club of Yakima are spending the next three weeks in and out of elementary classrooms throughout the Yakima School District.  Before they are done, every kindergarten through third grade student in the district will have received a brand new book of their own to keep. The Rotary Club’s Literacy Committee worked with a publishing company this year and were able to obtain 5,000 books to distribute. A detailed schedule of distribution is available by contacting either Patty Dion, Rotary Club of Yakima, 965-1650 or Mary Beth Wright, YSD, 573-7007.

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The Ike Players present their annual student-directed One-Acts May 17, 18 and 19. The three acts, directed by seniors, include a parody of “Alice in Wonderland,” an original script “Eve of the Dead,” and two dance numbers. Show time is 7:00 p.m. each evening and admission is $3 at the door. Contact  Janey Peterson, Drama Instructor, with any questions at 573-2658.

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Green Living Project’s (GLP) Soltrekker RV is exhibiting across the nation on a Mobile Tour to help promote sustainability through education. One of the tour stops will be at Gilbert Elementary School on May 18 at 9:15 a.m. In addition to experiencing a comprehensive multimedia presentation, students will be encouraged to participate in a hands-on tour of the RV highlighting sustainable technologies through interaction with the features and components of the traveling exhibit. The RV is equipped with solar panels, biodiesel engine, composting toilet, water catchment system, sustainable wood floors, insulation made from recycled jeans, and LED lighting. For more information contact Gilbert Elementary at 573-5800.

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Lewis & Clark Middle School, in partnership with the Parent Teacher Student Association and the 21st Century Program, is hosting a “Gang Awareness Presentation and Dinner” on May 22. Doors open with a Scholastic Book Fair at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. and the presentation at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be members of the Yakima Police Gang Enforcement Task Force, L-C Assistant Principal Dan Garza, and L-C Resource Officer Pepper. Topics addressed will be reasons kids join gangs, signs of gang involvement, clothing linked with gang involvement, and what parents can do if their child is involved in a gang. Presentations will be offered in English and Spanish, and childcare will be provided. Contact Lewis & Clark Middle School at 573-2200 with questions.

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Garfield Elementary School’s fourth and fifth grade students will be performing MTI’s Broadway Jr. “School House Rock” on May 24. Performances will be held in the school gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. In addition, on May 31, Garfield third grade students will be performing the musical “Go Fish.  There will be two performances of that as well in the gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Contact Christine Lavik, Garfield Music Specialist, at 573-5765 with questions.

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The Davis High School Buccaneer Jazz Big Band presents its 1st Annual Davis Swing Dance on May 25 at 7:00 p.m. Come and listen to the band perform live swing era jazz music from the likes of Ellington, Basie, Miller, Dorsey, and many more. If dancing isn’t your thing, that’s okay too. There is plenty of seating to listen to great live music, enjoy a dessert, and take it all in. Tickets can be purchased at Taylor Music, Ted Brown Music, or by contacting Jon Conrad, Director of Bands, at 573-2544.  Come on out and enjoy an evening of great music!

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The Eisenhower High School Volleyball Booster Club is hosting a middle school camp June 4-6 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Ike gymnasium. All girls and boys entering grades five through nine next fall are invited to participate. Cost is $50 which includes a camp t-shirt, volleyball instruction and daily treats. Call 573-2629 to register or email

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Celebrating their fifth year, the Ike Players are offering an exciting Summer Drama Camp June 18-22. The camp will be held in the Ike Little Theatre from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. Children will be grouped by age with two counselors per group. Campers will learn acting, dancing, singing, improvisation, props, and costuming, all in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Cost for the camp is $68 and includes a snack each day and a camp t-shirt. The Grand Finale show, performed by the campers for parents and friends, is on May 22, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre. For more information contact Stephanie at 833-7676.

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