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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017
COMMUNITY
Stars get ready to dance
IN BRIEF
By TAMMY MALGESINI
COMMUNITY EDITOR
Returning for a sixth sea-
son, Dancing with the Herm-
iston Stars features six com-
munity members who will
take the stage with profes-
sional dancers from the Utah
Ballroom Dance Company.
Presented by Desert Arts
Council, money raised will
help support the organiza-
tion’s mission of growing
the arts. The winner will be
determined by a combina-
tion of the judge’s scores,
audience votes and money
raised.
Scoring a perfect 30 out
of 30 from the judges during
the 2015 event, Erica San-
doval is coming back for
another chance to take home
the coveted mirror ball tro-
phy. An officer with the
Hermiston Police Depart-
ment, Sandoval performed
a memorable mambo to a
song from the movie “Dirty
Dancing.”
Edged out by audience
voting and money donated
on behalf of other dancers,
Sandoval is already politick-
ing on Facebook. She’s look-
ing to get extra votes through
donations for the 2018 event.
“I’ve got another chance
at this,” she said. “I’ve got
the dancing down but I’m
gonna need your help with
the rest.”
Rather than dancing for
individual charities like past
shows, each of the dancers
will raise money for Des-
ert Arts Council, said Mary
Corp, event co-chair. Others
hoping to claim the trophy
and bragging rights include
Cameron Bendixsen, Josh
Burns, Erik Juarez, Tricia
Mooney and Ashley Seibel.
Bendixsen, who moved to
Hermiston as a first grader in
1987, is excited to take the
stage in support of the arts.
A 1999 Hermiston graduate,
Bendixsen returned in 2013
to join his father’s law firm.
The arts, he said, contrib-
ute to the creativity, diver-
sity and unity of growing
communities.
“Our youth can flourish
Sandoval
Bendixsen
Kids can visit
Santa’s Workshop
Grange announces
holiday program
Cookie decorating, writ-
ing a letter to Santa and an
ornament craft are all fea-
tured in Santa’s Workshop.
The free event is Friday
from 6-8 p.m. at the Stan-
field Public Library, 180
W. Coe Ave. Santa will be
on hand for photos and to
give gifts to children.
For information, call the
library at 541-449-1254.
A Christmas program
and dinner is planned at the
Columbia Grange.
The public is invited to
the program, which fea-
tures a potluck meal. The
main dish is provided and
people attending are asked
to bring a salad, side dish
or dessert to share.
The event is Saturday at
2 p.m. at 32339 Diagonal
Blvd., Hermiston.
For more information,
call Doris at 541-567-8663
or Scot at 541-278-0615.
Echo organizations
to brighten holidays
Seibel
Mooney
Juarez
Burns
as they showcase their tal-
ents,” Bendixsen said.
Moving to Hermiston six
years ago, Burns is general
manager at the Walmart DC.
He enjoys the small-town
feel of Hermiston. In addi-
tion, he said the commu-
nity offers many opportuni-
ties, including those offered
through Desert Arts.
“I believe we’re better
human beings when we’ve
opened ourselves up to learn
about others,” he said. “Art
allows us to do that in an
enjoyable way, whatever the
medium.”
A Hermiston native,
Juarez is an analyst at Good
Shepherd Medical Cen-
ter and serves as a commis-
sioner for American Youth
Soccer.
“I feel blessed to be able
to be in a position where I
can help the youth in Herm-
iston,” he said.
In addition, Juarez is
looking forward to raising
money to benefit Desert Arts
programs. He’s especially
supportive of showcasing
local artists to assist in fur-
thering their careers.
Currently the Hermis-
ton School District interim
superintendent,
Mooney
started her career in educa-
tion as a teacher in Hermis-
ton in 1995. After working in
the Pendleton School District
from 2008-16, she returned
“home” to a thriving com-
munity that possesses a “can
do” attitude that supports its
businesses, schools and cit-
izens. Mooney especially
appreciates the dedication
of the Desert Arts Council
in providing quality arts and
entertainment opportunities.
“I want to give back in
support of all that is given
for our community,” she
said.
A Umatilla County native
who has lived in Hermiston
for 15 years, Seibel owns a
photography business. She
believes creativity builds
confidence and enjoys being
a part of nurturing and sup-
porting youths in an expres-
sive environment.
In addition, Seibel knows
her way around the dance
floor — she’s an instructor at
Dance Unlimited and is the
head dance coach at Hermis-
ton High School.
Dancing with the Herm-
iston Stars is Saturday, Jan.
13 at 7 p.m. in the HHS
auditorium. Tickets are $20
for adults and $10 for stu-
dents. They are available
at
www.desertartscoun-
cil.com, Hermiston Parks
& Recreation, the Hermis-
ton Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call
541-667-5018.
Individuals and families
in Echo who are in need
during the holiday season
may get a helping hand
from local organizations.
People can donate
non-perishable and pack-
aged foods, as well as fresh
potatoes, onions or carrots.
In addition to groups of stu-
dents collecting food dona-
tions, items can be dropped
off at Echo City Hall. Also,
while there, people are
invited to take a tag off the
Giving Tree to purchase a
gift for a needy child. The
unwrapped gift needs to be
returned no later than Fri-
day, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.
Echo community mem-
bers in need of holiday
assistance can pick up an
application at city hall. The
forms must be completed
and returned by Friday,
Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m.
For more information,
call 541-376-8411.
Hermiston Farmers
Market gets festive
Gift shopping, food and
a visit from Santa Claus are
all a part of the free Christ-
mas Market.
Organized by the Herm-
iston Farmers Market, the
event features 56 vendors.
The market is Saturday
from 2-6 p.m. and Sun-
day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Hermiston Confer-
ence Center, 415 S. High-
way 395.
In addition to shopping,
there will be crafts for chil-
dren, a gift wrapping sta-
tion and refreshments and
baked goods will available
for purchase.
For information, con-
tact BeAnn Smith at 541-
701-7291, hermistonfarm-
ersmarket@gmail.com
or search www.facebook.
com.
Have
yours-
Elf
a Very
happy
holiday
Designed by Karli Kretschmer,
Age 9, La Grande, OR.
She was the winner of our
annual Holiday Design Contest.
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