A4 • HERMISTONHERALD.COM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 COMMUNITY Comics to perform STAFF PHOTO BY KATHY ANEY David Gomez won best in show Saturday night at the Hermiston High School Swim Team Variety Show. Hermiston shows talent in fundraiser for swim team fundraiser. Team members partici- pate in the talent show, as Twenty-two acts graced well as helping out behind the stage at the Hermis- the scenes. ton High School swim “We probably start plan- team talent show Saturday ning a year out,” Hamblin night, treating the audience said. The team holds audi- to music, dance and a little tions, coordinated by Ham- blin’s wife Lynne, about a comedy. With performances month before the show. from elementary school Hamblin said they likely children to college students auditioned between 45 and and a local dentist, the sev- 50 acts this year. enth annual show drew in He said they try to talent of all kinds. include the community, Audience members and feature a variety of were able to vote for their performers. top two favorites, and a Students were trained secret group of judges the previous night to help selected the two “best in behind the scenes. show.” Winners of the “I’ve been working “crowd favorite” cate- backstage, moving stuff gory were Mischa Meyer, and getting the mics in a Hermiston student who place,” said swim team played piano and freshman Marcus sang “Beautiful Mangione. For more photos Thing.” Second Hamblin said from the show, place, decided the show is neces- sary for the swim by fans, went see A15. team to be able to to five year-old practice. Because Ester Contreras, who sang the song “Little Hermiston does not have an indoor pool, the high Snowflake.” Contreras was a judge school team has to take favorite, too, taking second a bus to Pendleton every place in the “best of show” day to practice at BMCC’s category. First place went pool. He said next year, to David Gomez, a recent they may end up using the Hermiston High School pool in Boardman, but it graduate who dazzled the will still cost money. crowd with his rapid and “We have the highest elaborate guitar skills. transportation budget at the Gomez said he had per- high school,” he said. formed at the show when Hamblin said they he was in high school, and anticipated raising between has been playing guitar for $4,000 and $5,000 from many years. the event. “It’s been three years He said some of the of solid practice, but I’ve performers have been been developing my skills involved since the show since second grade,” said started. Gomez, who also plays Ashante Sanders, a drums and sings. He is self- Hermiston High freshman, taught, and plans to attend sang the song “Dancing in Blue Mountain Commu- the Sky” for her third year nity College, before trans- at the talent show. Sanders ferring to Eastern Ore- had brief trouble with her gon University to pursue a microphone, but quickly music degree. recovered, delivering a Charlie Clupny reprised song that had a special his role as emcee, but message for someone she promised the crowd that lost. he had a new set of jokes. “I sang it for my This year, they all had a grandma,” she said. “I sea-faring theme. heard it was one of her The event, which raises favorite songs.” money to help the swim Contreras said she had team offset transportation performed on stage once costs for using the Blue before, and enjoyed sing- Mountain Community ing in front of people. “I want to start learning College pool in Pendleton, is the team’s only annual guitar,” she said. By JAYATI RAMAKRISHNAN STAFF WRITER Kermet Apio Derek Richards Cory Michaelis By TAMMY MALGESINI COMMUNITY EDITOR stand-up, performing in nearly each state as well as several Canadian prov- inces. He’s a past winner of the Seat- tle Comedy Competition and was a semi-finalist in San Francisco. He works at clubs, corporate events and cruise lines. “It’s a good thing to have that diver- sity,” he said. “When one market slows, there’s always another to fall back on.” Richards, who is originally from Detroit, now calls Las Vegas home. Prior to launching his career in com- edy, he performed on-air radio work. He eased into the comedy scene at a club in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As the show’s host, the club’s owner gave Richards the latitude to do a few min- utes or more while introducing the eve- ning’s comics. “It was a great way to be brought into the business,” he said. Among Richards’ favorite gigs are USO shows at Guantanamo Bay, as well as U.S. bases in Iraq, Afghani- stan and Kuwait. He said it was nice to be able to provide a release valve for soldiers. “I don’t care how bad your day is, you’re not getting shot at,” Richards said about typical jobs. “It feels really good to go out and do these shows for our troops.” Michaelis brought comedy to Sno- homish County in Washington with the Everett Comedy Night, which has sold out its monthly shows for more than five years. Initially thinking comedy would be a one-time gig, Michaelis taught high school history for 12 years before ditching his day job. While he still substitute teaches, Michaelis enjoys the flexibility of managing his own schedule. He said there are too many restrictions in many 9-to-5 jobs. “I like the freedom with stand-up,” Michaelis said. “I talk about my life and make it funny — absurd things turn into funny comedy.” Melonville Comedy Festival began in the early 1990s as a fundraiser for the Umatilla County Fair. After the fair board discontinued the event, Warren Smith decided to take it on to continue bringing national acts to Hermiston. Tickets are available at www.mel- onvillecomedyfestival.com, the Herm- iston Chamber of Commerce, located in the Cornerstone Plaza at 1055 S. Highway 395 Suite 111, by call- ing 541-567-6151 and by contact- ing Smith at 541-561-7488 or melon- firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, search Facebook for “Melonville Comedy Festival.” L aughs will be plentiful as a trio of funny-men take the stage during the Melonville Comedy Festival. The annual comedy show features co-headliners Kermet Apio and Derek Richards. Also, Cory Michaelis will open the show. The 21-and-older event is Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395. Tickets are $35 each. Midway Bar & Grill will offer a no-host bar. In addition, athletes and coaches from the local Special Olym- pics team will sell food to raise money for expenses. Apio, a Hawaii native now based in Seattle, was working for United Air- lines when a co-worker introduced him to open mic nights at the Comedy Underground in Seattle. After attend- ing a few times, Apio’s buddy signed him up. He’s been doing stand-up com- edy full-time since quitting his day job in May 1990. “It’s such a unique job,” Apio said. “There is nothing like it. It’s such a fun thing to make people laugh.” Apio has found success doing IN BRIEF Reading challenge offers cool treats The Blizzard of Books reading challenge will offer a tasty treat to young readers during January. The Hermiston Pub- lic Library is encourag- ing youths to spend some of their indoor time reading books. Kids in pre-kinder- garten through second grade can enter a drawing for a Dairy Queen treat for every six picture books they read. Children in third grade and up will receive an entry for every two “chapter books” that they read. The drawing will be held Jan. 30. For more information or to register for the program, stop by the library at 235 E. Gladys Ave. For questions, call 541-567-2882. Red Cross blood drive set for Jan. 15 The monthly American Red Cross blood drive is Monday, Jan. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Medical Center, 610 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston. While walk-ins are wel- come, it’s helpful for vol- unteers if people make an appointment, said volun- teer Patti Perkins. To sched- ule a donation time call 800-448-3543. Blood products are always in high demand, Perkins said. The need is even greater now due to the onslaught of winter storms and wildfires, which pre- vents some areas from hold- ing regular donation drives. For information, contact Perkins at pzperchek@char- ter.net. For more about the Red Cross, visit www.red- cross.org. Youth art show in search of entries All young artists are invited to enter the 2018 Art- WORKz Junior Art Show & Competition at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. In addition to showing artwork in a gallery setting, youth artists will vie for prizes and be the guests of honor during a reception. Open to all artists 18 and younger, the show includes all art mediums, including sculpture, paintings, draw- ings, printmaking, glass, mixed media, photography, fiber art and computer-gen- erated artwork. There is no entry fee. Submissions are due by Jan. 18 at Tamástslikt, located near Wildhorse Resort & Casino. During the maintenance closure, which begins Jan. 8, submissions will be accepted at the muse- um’s front entrance. The show will hang Jan. 27 through March 17. And, the artists’ reception is Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. For more infor- mation, visit www.tamasts- likt.org. For questions, call 541-429-7700. 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