By Judy Woods
Easter is coming, everyone! Gold Bar and Sultan are both gearing up for the big hunt on Saturday, April 19. Gold Bar needs more candy. Sultan needs more volunteers, as I am sure Gold Bar does also. You are guaranteed to have a lot of fun helping the Easter Bunny spread out the Easter eggs, and making sure that those youngsters who just can’t wait still have to.
Gold Bar has raffles for the kids, and Sultan has games. It is a safe bet that Gold Bar needs more prizes as Sultan needs more games. Face painting would be greatly appreciated in either celebration, I would imagine.
A street fair with games and crafts will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sultan at River Park (by the gazebo). The Bunny arrives at 11:30 a.m. and the big hunt starts at noon. The hunt area is all divided off so that each age group has a better chance of finding some goodies. If not, the little ones will get some help.
In Gold Bar, the celebration begins at 9 a.m. with the giving out of raffle tickets until 9:30 a.m. at the Gold Bar Elementary School grounds. The Easter Bunny will be there to greet everyone as they come. The big hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. The kids put the plastic eggs in their baskets or containers to hold the eggs.
The hunting areas are separated so that the little ones have a good chance, too. Then the kids bring them to the Red Hat Ladies to exchange the eggs for the prizes of candy. The raffles are for really nice Easter baskets given out by area merchants.
A celebration will also be held at Lake Tye in Monroe from 9-11 a.m. They are inviting everyone to come and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. For more information call the Senior Center at (360) 794-6359.
Invitations have been issued for the Sky Valley Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. This gala event is being held on Thursday, April 17 to celebrate volunteerism in the community. This is a good way to meet a very large group of positive thinkers and maybe even hatch a few new ideas to create even more exciting things for this area, you never know. Just bring a dessert, yourself and a guest, and we will all meet at the Mountain View Christian Fellowship Church, located at 211 6th St. in Sultan. The theme for this year is yellow, so if you have something in yellow that you could wear, put it on; otherwise don’t worry about it. A good time will be had by all.
The library is offering some interesting programs next week. First of all, there is a story time for preschoolers on Monday mornings, April 7-28 at 11 a.m. Then there is the “World of Costumes” for kids 5 and up. I think that that would be a neat wa to introduce kids to geography. Then the teen program is as interesting as always. It is called “Circuit Building” and happens on Wednesday, April 9 at 2:30-4:30 p.m. If I was to describe it, I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what I was talking about.
Dan Chaplik, the Superintendent of the Sultan School District, took a few of us on a tour of the high school and Sultan Elementary. It was as fascinating as I thought it would be.
Some of the questions they were asking were hard.
“If a buoy is placed out in the ocean, would it move away with the wave action or would it stay in the same place as it was?” “What is the story on the pink fish with white scales and hot pink gills?” “How does ‘revenge’ relate to ‘justification’?”
The metal shop was a dream world for my husband; he would have stayed there if he could.
Would you believe that the kindergarten was already thinking of words with the “uh” sound and spelling them out on the board? We were even given an outstanding cup of coffee; we could have had espresso if we wanted. Those who didn’t sign up for the tour really missed out.
Dan said that he would give another tour whenever people requested one.
Gold Bar is hosting a benefit for the citizens of Oso on April 12 and 13 over in Gateway Park. They plan on having a bake sale, music and a big barbecue for volunteers. It sounds like they are planning on having a lot of “down home” fun. For more information call City Hall at 793-1011.
On Saturday, April 19 the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce is having their 23rd Annual Dinner and Auction. The theme is Outdoor Adventure. This is the largest fundraiser for the chamber all year. It will be held at Camp Houston in Gold Bar. The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., an absolutely top-of-the-line dinner will served at 6 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 7 p.m.
The tickets to this grand event are $35 each in advance, $40 at the door or $260 for a table of eight. You don’t want to miss this one if you can help it.
For more information on how or where to buy the tickets, call (360) 793-0983, visit The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce at 320 Main St. in Sultan, or visit www.skyvalleychamber.com.