The Naches-Cowiche Canal and Reservoir, or…as we like to call it, the POND, has been emptied. The irrigation season is over and winter is nigh. It’l be refilled in the spring for a new season in the orchards, vineyards, and fields.
There are three paths over the Cascade Mountain Range between the “East Side” and the “West Side.” Interstate 90 is the middle, and most direct route from Yakima to Seattle. The second option is US 12 passing over the range nearer Mt. Rainer. Winter has arrived up there, and it’s absolutely beautiful!
I spend many Thursday mornings at the Yakima Rotary Food Pantry at 7th and Center Streets. Each Thursday morning, volunteers repackage fruits, vegetables, rice, oatmeal, and other food items for distribution to customers each Friday morning. Each week, the Pantry serves over 400 families! The Rotary Food Pantry is just one of about a dozen food providers in town. There is great need, and many working to fill that need.
Central Lutheran Church held an “occasional” Oktoberfest-2016 Celebration and Fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, October 9. 2016, at the home of Ann and Bruce Willis in Yakima, to raise funds (with the help of Thrivent Financial) to help support Habitat for Humanity’s efforts in El Salvador!
Brats, sauerkraut with bacon and apples, Auntie Annie’s pretzels, root beer floats, and brews of all kinds were available.
Much is happening at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima! We’re excited about what’s already going on at CLC, and excited about what we can all do together in the future. The ministry possibilities are endless! So many wonderful people eager to serve in the congregation. We celebrated “God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday on September 11th. Carolyn will be installed as their Senior Pastor on October 8th. We have an Oktoberfest Celebration on October 9th to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity-El Salvador. This congregation has supported Habitat for many years. Such commitment and discipleship!
Had a nice afternoon at the State Fair on Sunday, September 25th. There are county, local community fairs across the state and several regional, State Fairs throughout the year: Central Washington State Fair in Yakima, Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, and THE Washington State Fair in Puyallup which hosts a state fair in the Spring and in September each year! The night time photo below is from the CWSF website, but it’s a beautiful view of the park at night. We were there during the day. LambBurgers were our “new food at the fair” for this year. Must try something new from their creative culinary offerings!!! The Yakima SunDome is a round building, an arena on the fairgrounds that seats over 6,ooo. It hosts sporting and other events throughout the year, and business booths during the state fair. Next to the fairgrounds is the Yakima County Stadium which hosts the Yakima Valley Pippins, a “wood bat” baseball team of the “West Coast League.” Yet another cultural experience to look forward to!!!
Late Wednesday afternoon, September 28, 2016, Carolyn and Dave left Yakima in their Prius for St. Paul, NE to fetch Carolyn’s mother, Mary Frances. We drove Wednesday and Thursday, arriving in Grand Island, NE on Thursday evening where we spent the night. Early Friday morning, we drove the 25 miles north to St. Paul and picked her up from the Brookefield Park Nursing and Rehabilitation center. We left St. Paul and drove home Friday and Saturday, once again taking Interstates 80, 84, and 82. It’s a beautiful trip, but a very long one. All went well. She’s now living at The Landmark Care Center here in Yakima.
Dave is volunteering with “On the Corner,” a free after school program at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima for elementary and middle school program for students from area schools who need a place to go and socialize, study, and learn after school gets out until 5:30pm each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon throughout the school year. Dave is working with 4th and 5th graders.