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Posted on Apr 10, 2019

News briefs, week of April 10, 2019

WEN-CON returns for third year
WEN-CON, Wenatchee’s annual pop culture convention, a comic-con for all of the North Central Washington region, returns on Saturday, April 13, at the Town Toyota Center. In just its third year, WEN-CON has gained a positive reputation as a fun, fan-friendly and family-friendly event.
This year’s event has one of the best line-ups of talent and attractions that we’ve put together
General admission doors open at 10 a.m. The VIP experience gives ticket holders access to the event at 9 a.m. For more information and tickets, go to

Red Cross blood drive scheduled
After a winter that saw lower turnout at blood drives around the country and cancellations of some blood drive events due to weather, the need for blood donations is high. The American Red Cross has a blood drive organized for April 23, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Cen-ter. The event is sponsored by Desert Sun Dental.

Ephrata blood drive scheduled
The Knights of Columbus and Young Ladies Institute from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 24, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Ephrata Recrea-tion Center, 112 Basin St. SW.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-Red Cross (733-2767) or visit and enter “EphrataCommunity”.
Eligible donors with types O, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.
For detailed donor eligibility questions, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Pianist to perform in Moses Lake
Award-winning Russian concert pianist Ilya Yakushev will perform at Wallenstein Theatre, on the campus of Big Bend Community College, on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
Yakushev’s performances partner breathtaking arrangements of classical favorites with multimedia imaging that bring the music to life.
The Central Basin Community Concert Association has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists to the community since 1954.
Through May 15, the Early Bird Special offers $5 off a season pass. If a new or returning member purchases a Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Season by April 11, they can attend the Ilya Yakushev concert as a free bonus.
For more information, visit

Quincy library offers activities
Quincy Public Library, 208 Central Ave. S., 787-2359, offers programs at no charge, including the follow-ing.
April 10, ATLAS, At the Library After School, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
April 11, Preschool Story Time & Craft, 10:30 a.m.
April 11, Bilingual Story Time with Deb, 4 p.m.
April 12, A live stream with Tara Westover, author of “Educated,” 7-8 p.m.; the library closes at 6 p.m., but will open the back door at 6:30 p.m.; the event will be shown in the multi-purpose room via live stream from Wenatchee.
April 13, Fun with Games, 1-3 p.m.
April 15, Minecraft Session, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; sign-up required ahead of time.
April 16, Creative Coloring, 3:30-5 p.m.
April 17, ATLAS, At the Library After School, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
April 18, Preschool Story Time & Craft, 10:30 a.m.
April 18, Bilingual Story Time with Deb, 4 p.m.
April 19, Stem Kits, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; a variety of games to play with.
April 20, Keva Planks and Mazes, 1-3 p.m.

Senior Center: Serving cheeseburgers on Wednesday
Last week’s game winners at Quincy Senior Center were: pinochle – Nick Todd and Carol Simpson; Rummikub – Pam Barrow and Ruth Minor; bridge – Bev McDonald and Nancy Street; and dominoes – Mark Owens and Susan Lacy.
Wednesday’s lunch is cheeseburger, potato salad and strawberry lemonade bar. Thursday dinner is baked ham, potatoes au gratin, glazed carrots, green salad, French rolls and apple cake. Monday lunch is clam chowder, bread sticks, green salad and shortbread cookie. Tuesday lunch is scrambled eggs, bacon, scones and fruit, or soup from Monday.
Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Prices are $10 for members and $11 for nonmembers.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers, with a $1 charge for to-go orders.
Weekly activities include Monday – TOPS at 4 p.m.; Tuesday – coffee hour at 10 a.m. and SAIL class at 2 p.m.; Wednesday – bridge at 12:30 p.m., Chat and Stitch at 1 p.m.; Thursday – SAIL class at 2 p.m., din-ner at 6 p.m., followed by games at 6:30 p.m.
The center is open to all seniors 50 years and older, membership is $20 a year or $200 for lifetime. The office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Gold show next week in Cashmere
The North Central Washington Prospectors 20th annual Gold Treasure and More Show will be at the Cashmere Fairgrounds April 13-14: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5 admission, 12 and under free. Admission covers the two-day White’s Metal Detecting Hunt, 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. A coin and toy hunt for ages 2 to 10 will he be held at 11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Veterans set workshop on planning ahead
American Legion Auxiliary, Art Semro Unit 28, invites the public to attend a Planning Ahead seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the American Legion Post Home, at 276 Eighth Ave. NW, Ephrata.
It will be an opportunity to learn what’s needed to get your affairs in order before unexpected illness, disability or death. Information tables will be set up and experts will speak to help everyone plan ahead. Service Officers will also be available to help veterans sign up for VA benefits.