Allied Arts continues art programs this spring

Kids have been shut indoors for too long by now, leaving parents wondering just what to do with them. It’s time to get artsy.

Allied Arts of Yakima has several new art programs lined up in the next few months.

Fly Your Kite & Rock Your Banner. 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays through March 28. Instructor Mindy Clark helps kids create kites and banners using markers and watercolors on recycled materials, emphasizing shape, color, value, line and pattern. Cost: $10 per person; register at Allied Arts of Yakima, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0930. Classes are held at the Selah Library, 106 S. Second St., Selah.

Magazine Beads. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through March 30. Instructor: Diane Smith. Cost: $10 per person. Drop-ins welcome. Classes held at Allied Arts of Yakima, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0930.

Open Studios. 12-3 p.m. Saturdays through April 27. Open, drop-in studio. Art teacher on-hand to facilitate projects. Cost: $5 for one adult and child together; $2 each additional child. Art supplies included in cost. Classes held at Allied Arts of Yakima, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0930.

Pop Art Portraits. 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, April 4-25. Clark teaches students to create portraits using markers, glue, oil pastel, printing and collage to study line, color, pattern and balance. Cost: $10 per person; register at Allied Arts of Yakima, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0930. Classes are held at the Selah Library, 106 S. Second St., Selah.

Collage with Rausenburg and Beardon. 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, May 2-30. Instructor: Mindy Clark. Cost: $10 per person; register at Allied Arts of Yakima, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0930. Classes are held at the Selah Library, 106 S. Second St., Selah.

Arbor Day Festival

The 14th annual Arbor Festival is 10 a.m-3 p.m April 13. With “tax day” just around the corner, this would be a great time to allow yourself to breathe, relax and enjoy nature.

The free event is designed for the entire family. This year’s theme is “Nature’s ‘Tree’rific Art,” to emphasize the celebration of the many wonders and varieties of natural science and conservation. Hands-on learning activities, crafts and displays will be on-hand, and up to 40 stations will be set up and run by various organizations in the area. As many as 600 families will be able to take home a tree to plant on Arbor Day, which is April 26 this year.

The Arbor Festival takes place at Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima. Call 509-248-7337 or visit ahtrees.org for more info.

Kids’ Fish-In is April 27

It’s fishing time, for “reel”! The Yakima Greenway will host its annual Kids’ Fish-In event 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. April 27. The first 1,000 kids, ages 5-14, will receive a rod, reel, tackle and bait, angler education and T-shirt. Each child has a chance to take home two fish, and there will be plenty of fish for the taking: the pond is filled with 5,000 rainbow trout. The fun takes place at the Greenway’s Reflection Pond, 111 S. 18th St., Yakima. Call 509-453-8280 for more info.

YYSO Spring Concert April 28

The Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform its spring concert, “Spring Destinations: The Americas — Music from North and South America,” April 28. The free, family-friendly concert starts at 3 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima. Call 509-248-1414 or email yyso.yes@gmail.com for more info.

Two days of “Skippyjon Jones” at The Capitol Theatre

With a name as popular as Skippyjon Jones, it’s no wonder the Capitol Kids show will be here for not just one, but two days this spring. “Skippyjon Jones” is set for May 6 at 10 a.m. and noon, and May 15 at 10 a.m. Just as the book series with the same name has captivated young and adult readers alike, this show should appeal especially to pre-K through 3rd grade students.

Cost for each ticket is $5. For more information, call 509-853-8000 or go to capitoltheatre.org/Capitolkids.cfm.

Yakima Farmers’ Market opens May 12

Beginning May 12, Yakima Farmers’ Market runs each Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. until the end of October. Each week, vendors provide patrons fresh local produce, crafts, activities and locally-made products. Live music is also offered.

Yakima Farmers’ Market is located in front of the Millennium Plaza on South Third Street in downtown Yakima, between Yakima and Chestnut avenues.

509-457-5765. yakimafarmersmarket.org

Yakima Greenway’s Kiddin’ Around kicks off in April

Yakima Greenway will offer a number of daily and ongoing activities for its Kiddin’ Around program starting in April and running through the summer. Check out this list of daily activities for April and May, and be sure to head to the daily calendar to read more about each.

April 14: Spring Thaw Jamboree

April 20: Yoga for Kids

April 27: Kids’ Fish-In

April 28: See Spot Run

May 5: Golfin’ Around

May 10: Runnin’/Walkin’ Around

May 11: Family Field Day

May 18: Disc Golfin’ Around

May 18: Golfin’ Around

May 19: Color Naches Fun Run

Other ongoing activities are planned. The “Techin’ & Trekkin’” program runs Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The free activity lets you check out a GPS to record your mileage as you walk, run or bike the Greenway.

The “Photo Scavenger Hunt” is also available Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. You’ll use a digital camera to take photos as you walk the Greenway. Free.

“Walkin’ the Dog” is available Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 12-3:30 p.m. This free activity lets you check out a dog from the Humane Society of Central Washington and go for a walk. Kids need to be accompanised by an adult. For this activity, call the Humane Society at 509-457-6854.

For information on all other activities, call the Yakima Greenway at 509-453-8280 or visit yakimagreenway.org.

Yakima Mavericks open play soon

So you’re lamenting the fact that there are no “professional” sports teams left in Yakima. Not so! The Yakima Mavericks, the area’s professional minor league football team, has already been digging into the turf in preparation for its 2013 season.

After kicking off the season with a road game, the Mavericks come home April 27 to play South King County Colts. The other home games are May 11 vs. Bellingham Bulldogs, June 8 vs. Vancouver Vipers, June 22 vs. Portland Monarchs and June 29 vs. Springfield Buzzards.

The Mavericks, part of the Pacific Football League in the Pacific Northwest, play home games at Marquette Stadium, 5400 W. Chestnut Ave., Yakima.