Spring is (finally) in the air!

Although winter took a while to end, we can finally feel the long-awaited sun beaming and rising temperatures in the Yakima Valley. It’s the perfect time to go out and do things you couldn’t do while wrapped up in your warm house this past winter. As many of us wait for the festivities of summer, there are still many fun activities to do in the spring weather.

Go outside

The weather change makes it a perfect time to go out and enjoy the sun. You can either go on a walk around your neighborhood, or take a stroll on the Yakima Greenway. If you want to do some shopping outdoors, try a farmers market! While walking around, you can take in the sun while buying some fresh produce and the other things a farmers market has to offer. The Yakima Farmers Market in Union Gap opens on May 12.

Plant a garden

Take advantage of the season and bring some new plants to life! Having your own garden is a great way for you to spend your time this spring. You can plant some fresh fruits or vegetables, or put some new flowers in your yard. If you don’t have an area to plant a garden, you can find an indoor plant. You can find gardening materials at home improvement stores, like The Home Depot or Lowe’s.


A new season calls for a clean closet. Organize your house! You will feel much better once its all done. Get rid of that shirt that you haven’t worn in over a year. Getting rid of all your old clothes will make room for new ones. Try shopping for some looser and light clothing to be comfortable in the new temperatures. Also try to find some new sandals for the season. Check out the new Marshalls that opened in Union Gap on April 4.

Go to a concert

Spring is the time to get out and go on a road trip. It’s the perfect time to drive out to another city and go to a concert! Some of the artists coming to the Pacific Northwest this upcoming spring include dream pop duo Beach House (playing at Seattle’s Moore Theatre on May 8), famous indie rock artist Mac DeMarco (playing at The Showbox in Seattle on May 11), and country star Thomas Rhett (playing at the Tacoma Dome on May 18).

Melissa Mendoza is a junior at West Valley High School.