COMMUNITY A4 • HERMISTONHERALD.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2018 Murder mystery dinner at Agape House By TAMMY MALGESINI COMMUNITY EDITOR Murder and mayhem ensues as someone ends up dead in Deadwood. The biggest deal in town for quite some time, as a Texas hold ‘em tour- nament draws in people from near and far. Pre- sented by Agape House, the murder mystery din- ner theater fundraiser will leave you dying for more. Simply Catering is serving up a Wild West meal with a choice of bar- becue pork loin or beef tri-tip. The menu also includes red potato salad or broccoli salad, baked beans and rolls. And, don’t forget to leave room for dessert — it’s to die for. “Murder at the Dead- wood Saloon” is Monday, Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at Agape House, 500 Harper Road, Hermiston. Tickets are $35 each. Photo contributed by Rod Bragato Youths and chaperones head to one of the destinations during the 2017 New Year’s Eve Lock- In. This year’s event begins and ends at Living Faith Church in Hermiston. Youth event locks in New Year’s fun dle school students at one destination while high school students will be at the other. The cost is $15 per person, which is pay- able at the door. By TAMMY MALGESINI COMMUNITY EDITOR An epic New Year’s Eve party is planned for area youths. “This year is going to be hot,” said David Gutier- rez, youth pastor at Living Faith Church. “I don’t want that stigma that church is boring.” The New Year’s Eve Lock-In is Monday, Dec. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. at Liv- ing Faith, 1611 Diagonal Blvd., Hermiston. While the event begins and ends at Living Faith, church buses will transport youths and chaperones to other desti- nations, including Knocker- Ball at the Hermiston Chris- tian Center and laser tag at Campus Life. Other activ- ities available include a Fortnite dance battle, board games, pool, ping pong, basketball, a movie, pizza and much more. The entourage will return to Living Faith at midnight to ring in the New Year with live music and an inspirational message. The event ends Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 1:30 a.m. Open to youths ages 12-18, the auxiliary activi- ties will be split with mid- “This year is going to be hot. I don’t want that stigma that church is boring.” David Gutierrez, youth pastor at Living Faith Church Initially organized by Living Faith, the idea behind the New Year’s Eve Lock-In was to pro- vide a fun and safe night for youths, Gutierrez said. In the fall of 2015 when he started at Living Faith, several other youth leader- ship positions were filled in the area. Rather than being exclusive and focusing on activities for just their own groups, Gutierrez said the leaders decided to work together collaboratively. “It kind of exploded from there,” he said. “Last year, 230 students attended. It was more than we were expecting.” Born and raised in Herm- iston, Gutierrez said as a teen he started making some bad choices. When he was 16, he moved to Salem — and later Centralia, Wash- ington — when an aunt and uncle took him in. They were pastors and introduced Gutierrez to Christ. Around the age of 24, Gutierrez decided to go into youth ministry. With a nat- urally cheery and upbeat personality, coupled with high energy and social awk- wardness at times, he said it seemed to be the perfect combination. “I was able to get my energy out and connect with teens on a personal level,” he said. “And they were helping me, too.” As far as deciding the type of activities for the lock-in, Gutierrez takes the pulse of current trends — talking to teens and other group leaders. “I purposely try to fol- low trends to see what is hot or not,” he said. “I want to do things that attract teens. I don’t want a boring party.” Although not required, Agape House executive director Dave Hughes encourages people to dust off their Stetson hats, starch their Wrangler jeans and pull on pair of cowboy boots. “It’s always a lot of fun when everyone gets into it,” Hughes said. A cast of unsavory characters will leave the audience with lots of ques- tions. As everyone gath- ers for a party to celebrate the tournament’s success and to award the prize money, someone meets their demise. With a handful of locals with possible axes to grind, or high stakes gam- blers sore about losing, it’s anyone’s guess as far as “who dunnit.” Hughes said the murder mystery fundraisers are always a lot of fun. And, the Western-themed ones, he said, seem to appeal to a lot of people. “I enjoy watching the guests interact with the characters,” Hughes said. “It’s so interesting to see how they react — or should I say suspect?” In addition to provid- ing financial support for Agape House, Hughes said, the fundraiser offers a fun evening for people in the community. Also, he said it’s being held early enough that after- wards people can head to the Hermiston New Year’s Eve Bash, which starts at 9 p.m. on the festival street area. Eastern Oregon Mis- sion, the parent organiza- tion for Agape House and Martha’s House provides assistance to people in need. For more informa- tion, to purchase an event ticket or learn ways to support Agape House, call Hughes at 541-567-8774 or 541-571-7293. BRIEFS Recreation department presents family night attend are encouraged to reserve a spot. For more information, call 541-667-5018. While company is in town for the hol- iday season, Hermiston Parks & Recre- ation invites them to a family event. Activities include bounce houses, a bungee run, a velcro wall, Jacob’s ladder, corn hole, air hockey, ping pong and more. Also, concessions will be available for cash purchase. Family Friday Night is Friday, Dec. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395. The cost is $15 for ages 16 and older, $10 for ages 2-15 or $30 for a family of four (additional kids are $8 each). Children must be accompanied by a guardian. Space is limited, so those planning to 1 2 3 4 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! IMAC cooks up breakfast fundraiser A hearty breakfast is featured during a fundraiser for the Irrigon Multicultural Arts Center. The meal is Saturday, Dec. 29 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Stokes Landing Senior Center, 150 Columbia Lane, Irrigon. The cost is $4.50 per person. 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