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Posted on Feb 1, 2019

News briefs, week of Jan. 31, 2019

FFA puts on donkey basketball event
The Quincy FFA will host a donkey basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Quincy High School gym. If you have been before you know how fun it is, but for those who’ve never heard of donkey basketball you are in for a treat, Quincy FFA says. It’s basketball, but in order for players to shoot and score, they have to be astride of a donkey.
Quincy FFA members are out in the community selling tickets: $8 for adults $6 students (ages 7-12) and kids $4. All seats are general admission and will be available at the door for $1 more. For more information, contact the FFA officers or advisers at 509-787-3501.

Free food distribution set
A Second Harvest Mobile Market free distribution of food will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Quincy Community Health Center, 1450 First Ave. SW, Quincy. No appointments or documentation are needed, but bring a box or bag to carry food.
The event is supported by Moses Lake and Quincy Community Health Centers with special thanks to Dell, Microsoft Data Center and Amway.
For more information, call Mary Jo Ybarra-Vega at 509-787-6423 or email Priscilla Tovar at

Bunco fun found at Senior Center
It’s Bunco time! 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 12, at the Quincy Senior Center, at a cost of $10. Everyone is welcome to join the fun. Prizes will be given.

George hall hosts music
The George CoffeeHouse series features Heartbreak Pass at 7 p.m., Feb. 9. The concert will include refreshments, and admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free. The event is held in the George Community Hall, 403 W. Montmorency, George.
Kevin Pace & The Early Edition is scheduled for March 16, and Pickled Okra for April 6.
The traditional First Friday Jam at George will be 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 1, with a potluck starting at 6 p.m.

Seniors: Serving meatloaf
Last week’s winners were: pinochle – Betty Boorman and Ruth Atwood; Rummikub – Ruth Minor and Pam Barrow; bridge – Kate Jensen and Pam Toevs; and dominoes – John Michael and Nona Linden.
Thursday’s dinner is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, green salad, dinner rolls and carrot cake. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Prices are $7 for members and $8 for nonmembers.
Monday’s dinner is creamy carrot soup, cole slaw, bacon cheddar biscuits and sugar cookie. Tuesday is scrambled eggs, bacon, toast (white or wheat), sliced apples or soup from Monday. Wednesday is cheeseburger, potato salad and chocolate chip cookie. Thursday, Feb. 7, is caramelized baked chicken legs, vegetable fried rice, green salad, French rolls and oatmeal raisin cookie.
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. Senior citizens may have lunches delivered Monday through Wednesday in-side Quincy city limits for an additional $2; call 787-3231.
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.

Masquers puts on ‘The Humans’
The 2016 Tony Award winning play “The Humans” will be presented by Masquers Theater in Soap Lake starting Feb. 15. It will run for three weekends, through March 3, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
“The Humans” tells the story of a Blake family Thanksgiving day. Erik and Deidre (played by Darryl Pheasant and Patty Jardine) travel to the new apartment of their younger daughter Brigid (Emma Russel) and her boyfriend (Justin Rowland). Also at dinner is sister Aimee (Penny Sanford) and grand-mother Momo (Rosalee Chamberlain). During the course of the day, secrets are revealed by each per-son that cause concern, frictions and reactions.
Director Cheri Barbre says the play touches on many aspects of modern American life. The assistant director is Bevan Olstad.
“The Humans” is for mature audiences and not suitable for children.
Tickets are available at, or call the box office at 509-246-2611.

Agriculture convention returns to Spokane
Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum are ready for the 2019 show, Feb. 5-7, at the Spokane Convention Center. The show is where industry professionals go to meet, learn and grow. More than 300 exhibitors and conduct 44 professional seminars and forums relating to agribusiness from large-scale operations to small acreage farms and ranches are expected.
The opening session again hosts Dr. Art Douglas, retired Professor Emeritus, Atmospheric Science Department, Creighton University, presenting his 2019 Forecast for Weather Conditions. That session will also announce winners of the coveted AgriBusiness Council’s ‘Excellence in Agriculture Awards’.
On Wednesday morning, the program features Dr. Randy Fortenbery, Chairman, WSU School of Economic Sciences with the annual Agriculture Economic Forecast.
Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students 12-18, under 12 free. Pre-show discount tickets can be purchased at North 40 Outfitters stores in Washington and Idaho. Tickets are good for all three days of the show.
For more information, visit

Geology group announces meeting
Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, 127 S. Mission, Wenatchee.
The scheduled speaker is Nick Zentner, the animated and gifted teacher/geologist from CWU. His topic is supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.
The program is free and open to the public.