ILWACO — The talent has been chosen, the lights have been set, and the stage is ready for the opening of “The Peninsula has Talent” contest sponsored by Peninsula Players. One of the contestants will win the prize of $250.

The semi-finals will be held Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at the River City Playhouse at 127 Lake Street SE in Ilwaco, with the shows beginning at 7 p.m. The finals will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. The performances will be in the form of a contest. There will be 10 different contestants performing during each of the evening performances. Five of these contestants will progress each night to the finals.

It is said that there is a lot of talent on the Peninsula. This proved to be true as acts jockeyed for a place in the contest last Thursday and Friday evening at the preliminary judging. The talent ranges from a 10-year-old ballet dancer to a joking banjo player. Included are soloists, small bands, comedians, and many more.

Three celebrity judges and the audience will choose the winners during each performance. The judges’ choice will count 50 percent, while the voting of the audience will make up the other 50 percent. The celebrity judges for the show are Amanda Frink, Clint Carter and Dobby Wiegardt. All of the judges have backgrounds in the entertainment industry.

The show is based on the popular “America has Talent” TV show. It will be the judges’ and the audience’s job to narrow down the field to one winner. Each night the winners for the finals will be announced. On Sunday afternoon the winner will be presented with a quarter of a grand.

Peninsula Players will be providing jovial interludes between acts. The emcee for the evenings is the talented and witty Karl Johnson. Johnson may be remembered for his many roles in Peninsula Players’ productions. The shows are being directed by Rob Lindberg with help from many of the Peninsula Players.

This is a great chance to spotlight some of the talent in the area as well as a benefit for the Players. In order for the local community theater to continue, funds are necessary for building maintenance and other costs. Peninsula Players President Rita Smith hopes the community will come out and support the event and the Players.

Tickets will be available at the door for all of the performances. The tickets will be $5 both Friday and Saturday and will be $10 for the finals on Sunday afternoon. Tickets for all three shows will be available for $15 and can be purchased at the box office on Friday evening for the entire weekend.

World Kite Museum honoring Chinese New year

LONG BEACH — The World Kite Museum is presenting an exhibit honoring Chinese New Year opening Feb. 9 and running through March 10. Celebrate the ‘Year of the Snake’ with the World Kite Museum in Long Beach! The exhibit features unique artifacts that celebrate the wisdom of Chinese artisans as well as offering families the opportunity to create some original artworks of their own. This exhibit features unique and beautiful authentic artworks on loan from local collectors, the Meloy family. You will also have the opportunity to view dozens of hand painted Chinese kites from the extensive collection. There will also be a special exhibit inset focusing on the classic Chinese myth “Journey to the West,” where attendees can view all the antics of the Monkey King alongside artifacts and kites that are based on one of the first published tales. On opening weekend, Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, special guest artists will be on hand to create calligraphy for you and your children.

The World Kite Museum strives to educate families and children through interactive exhibits by creating experiences that tell the story of kiting and its effect on world culture, art and scientific innovation. This is the only museum of its kind in the United States and it holds one of the largest collections of contemporary and Chinese kites. In addition to the Asian New Year exhibit, the museum features exhibits of bird kites from all over the world, an exhibit on WWII kites and their uses, as well as free kite making for you and your family included in admission. The museum is open Friday through Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children (2-16) and $4 for seniors (60+). For more information call 642- 4020 or email to: info@worldkitemuseum.com.

Colette Beaulaurier to work at resort in Bavarian Alps

NASELLE — Colette Beaulaurier, a 2007 Naselle High School graduate, left Dec. 17 for Germany. She will be working for the U.S. Department of Defense as a civilian employee at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in the Gamisch-Partenkirchen area. The lodge is located in the Bavarian Alps about 56 miles south of Munich.

For 60 years the Armed Forces Recreation Centers in Europe have supported the European Command with rest and recreation centers for U.S. Service members and their families in the Bavarian Alps. Established in the winter of 1945-46 as an R&R center for the U.S. Occupation forces, Armed Forces Recration Centers immediately initiated programs to enhance the morale of the war weary soldiers. The resort provides recreation, sports, tours and lodging for overseas American service members and their families.

With Germany centrally located in Europe, Beaulaurier plans on doing a great deal of sightseeing on her days off. She will return home January 2014.

Beaulaurier graduated from Western Washington University in June 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation with a focus on tourism and a minor in communications. She is the daughter of Scott and Patti Beaulaurier of Naselle.

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