Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Easter weekend is the start of Spring Break for most Thurston County public schools. As families prepare to take a few days off, turn to ThurstonTalk’s event calendar for all the activities around town. Use our *new* Kids & Family section to find a new place to play or rediscover an old favorite haunt. Using the Activities drop down menu, you can sort for either indoor or outdoor stories.Here is a recap of the Easter Egg Hunts happening around Olympia this weekend. For more specific details, click here.Friday, March 29 –Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble at the RAC at 8:00 pmSaturday, March 30 –10:00 am – Westfield Capital Mall10:00 am – Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the RAC10:00 am – New Apostolic Church11:00 am – Tumwater High School11:00 am – Bucknell Field in Lacey12:00 pm – South Sound Church1:00 pm – Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & FarmSunday, March 312:00 pm – Priest Point Park2:00 pm – South Sound ManorOther events happening this weekend include:Dig razor clams in Ocean Shores this weekend.Play outside on Saturday, in honor of the 100th birthday of the Washington State Parks system.Visit the WET Science Center.Gather ideas for activities during Spring Break.Attend a performance at Olympia Family Theater or Harlequin Productions. Both local theater groups have shows throughout the weekend.Catch a roller derby bout between #1 Oly Rollers and #2 San Diego Starlettes on Sunday evening.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.
Formed in the lower categories of the Aragonese team, Lasure plays on the side, although he also knows what it is to play in more advanced positions, always on the left-handed side. Currently accumulates more than fifty presences (55) in Second (one goal). During this season, the new Tenerife defender has barely participated in nine games, three of them as a starter, which have allowed him to accumulate more than 340 minutes of play.At present, the defender is in the final stretch of the recovery of a physical ailment that has prevented him from being available to his coach in the last competition matches. It is planned to land on the island throughout this Friday. On the other hand Víctor Moreno also works to reinforce the lead. Joselu’s arrival will be officially announced in the next few hours, Real Oviedo striker with whom there is already a principle of agreement to be dressed in blue and white. The left side of Tenerife has been the ‘X File’ since the arrival of Víctor Moreno to the sports management. Last season he reinforced the position in winter with the arrival of Isma López and in the summer he opted for Robert Mazán, but neither of them met expectations. Therefore, this sector has been underpinned with Daniel Lasure (Zaragoza, 1994), who arrives on loan until June from Real Zaragoza.
UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)CLEVELAND — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes LeBron James never stops speaking up.Long an admirer of Cleveland’s superstar, Popovich praised James for his activism and for being a role model to “millions” of kids. Popovich also defended James’ right to speak after he was recently criticized by Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who said the NBA’s most high-profile player should “shut up and dribble” after he criticized President Donald Trump.ADVERTISEMENT PSG striker Neymar off on stretcher after twisting ankle Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “To me, when I heard about that, it was just an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try and tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about and when and where to do it,” Popovich said before the Spurs faced James and the Cavaliers. “It’s just ludicrous, but to not have a feel for who this guy is.“I mean, think about when he came into public view, how young was he? And to this day he hasn’t missed a step, he hasn’t fallen off the ledge and he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven’t had the same advantages as others.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They see in this guy somebody who has consistently exhibited excellence in the workplace and gives them a voice and lets them know that you can speak about anything.”James and Popovich have developed a strong bond during their years together, facing each other three times in the NBA Finals. Popovich also was an assistant coach when James played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Popovich said he’s never been around a player like James, who doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down at 33. And while Popovich marvels at James’ physical gifts, he’s more impressed by how the four-time MVP carries himself off the floor.James has had a major impact in Northeast Ohio with his community efforts. His foundation has supported kids in the Akron area to attend college tuition free, which is why Popovich was so put off by Ingraham’s remarks.“It’s kind of like the ‘Black Panther’ movie,” Popovich said. “How cool is that for kids to see that, to have that superhero? Well, LeBron’s been that for a long time. For somebody to be totally numb to that and attack him in such a childish way really speaks more volumes about that individual than it does LeBron. He’s very, very special. We should all be very proud that we have someone like that who’s willing to speak about a variety of topics and you listen to them all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Popovich shrugged off his links to James.“His career is way bigger than he and Pop,” Popovich said with a laugh. “There’s a great respect that goes both ways, for sure. I love the guy. But I guess we’ve both been around for a while and competed a few times and we’ve each won and lost. But it’s never been an individual sort of thing. He’s always been a team guy and hopefully I’m the same way.”Following San Antonio’s 110-94 win over Cleveland, James said he appreciated Popovich’s words. He also intends to remain vocal about his beliefs.“For me as an athlete and for me as a role model, I just try to do my part to help these kids and the youth understand how important their lives are and they can become anything in this world,” James said. “No matter the negativity that may be going on around them, there’s always a brighter side. For me, while I have this platform, I will continue to do that and continue to lend my voice and lend my spirit and lend my inspiration to these kids, because I know exactly what they’re going through because I was one of them at one point in time not too long ago.“Pop is definitely one of my all-time favorite people that I’ve ever crossed paths with in my life.”ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during practice for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. — The roar sounded like Sunday at Augusta National.This was Monday afternoon, and it was so sudden and thunderous that it reached the clubhouse. It was loud enough to startle spectators who wondered what they had missed. They had a pretty good idea who it was.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters He hasn’t won the Masters since 2005, so long ago that only 18 players from then are in the field this year, and 15 of them are Masters champions.“You hear guys talk about the early 2000s and that intimidation factor,” said Rickie Fowler, who made his major championship debut 10 years ago at Torrey Pines, where Woods won his 14th and last major. “The young guys in a way have heard about that. I think they’re getting to see some of that as far as his presence and him being out on the golf course and getting a glimpse of what he’s capable of. But I think we relish the opportunity to play against him and see him back to maybe close to where he was.”Monday is typically a lazy practice round at the Masters, which has only 87 players competing this year. Most players have been to Augusta National over the last few weeks to get acquainted with any subtle changes and recall sight lines. That’s the heavy work, followed by a light load in the practice rounds this week to conserve energy.So it was unusual to see so many people, so late in the afternoon, chasing after Woods.He is not a one-man show when it comes to slipping on the green jacket. Rose badly wants one, especially after missing a short par putt on the 17th hole and losing in a playoff last year. So does Jason Day, who still hasn’t watched the 2013 highlights when he lost a two-shot lead with three holes to play and saw Adam Scott become the first Australian to win the Masters.Rory McIlroy is going for the career Grand Slam. It’s a long list of contenders, typical of a sport that is getting deeper with talent each year.But when it comes to star power, collectively they don’t match the impact of Woods. That much was evident by the size of the galleries and the spike in the television ratings when he was on or near the leaderboard on Sunday during three Florida tournaments.“I think when it comes to Tiger and the Tigermania that comes with it, everyone wants to see him win and play the way he did before,” Day said. “Everyone is kind of champing at the bit for him to kind of get here and see how he’s moving and everything. I think everyone is kind of solely focused on Tiger and what he’s going to do here and seeing if he can get to No. 15. But that’s fine with us. That’s fine with me.”Day believes it can only help him, McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and many others not get caught up in the hoopla and go about trying to get into contention. And if Woods happens to be there on Sunday, then no worries. Or maybe fewer worries.“I think on my good day I’ve got a good chance of beating him. I honestly believe that,” Day said. “I think that there’s 10, 20 other guys out there that honestly believe they can beat Tiger as well at his good day. … But there’s going to be a buzz around Augusta this week with Tiger being on the grounds, and it’s going to be exciting to see.” Tiger Woods is back at the Masters.Woods teed off with Justin Thomas and Fred Couples shortly before 3 p.m. when thousands of fans were making their way toward the exit. Thousands more crowded around the tee, lined the first fairway and followed him down the par-5 second hole. Some of them rushed over to the third hole to stake out a spot. Most of them surrounded the second green, and they were responsible for all the noise when Woods chipped in from behind the green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAbout the only thing missing was a beam of light from the heavens.Any talk about this being one of the most anticipated Masters in years starts with one player. Woods is at Augusta National for the first time since 2015, at least with his golf clubs, and he showed during the Florida swing of the PGA Tour that he is more than capable of winning a fifth green jacket. Osaka, Gavrilova among seeds advancing at Volvo Car Open In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When Tiger walked onto the range today, you can tell there’s an anticipation and an excitement from the crowd to watch him compete again,” Justin Rose said.Woods was at Augusta National last year only for the Champions Dinner, and it wasn’t much fun. If the pain in his lower back wasn’t enough, it was looking out at the course he loves and knowing that he wouldn’t be playing the major he calls a “players’ heaven” for the second straight year, and maybe never.Fusion surgery — his fourth on his lower back in four years — followed a few weeks later.And now it looks as though he never left.Woods still hasn’t won a tournament in the five PGA Tour events he has played this year, but he has shot par or better in his last 10 rounds. He was runner-up by one shot at the Valspar Championship. He was one shot out of the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational until indecision sent his tee shot on the 16th hole out of bounds.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments
Although Liberia is an agriculturally-rich country, with abundant vegetation and fertile soil, it is still a challenge getting farming to be prioritized above other sectors of the economy.Many Liberians associate farming with hard work that leaves the body in poor condition, while others view it as an occupation that generates low financial income.Most people prefer comfortable government jobs or to be employed in the private sector. These so called “office-jobs” are seen as being superior to agriculture, the sector which produces the very food we eat.Nevertheless, among Liberians who support farming, there are those like former Nimba County Superintendent Robert Kamei; who believe that the Agriculture sector is the best place to be.Expressing his views in a chat with the Daily Observer recently on his farm in Nimba County, Mr. Kamei said, “I am proud to be retired from public life to become a private citizen, especially in the agriculture sector. I enjoy being a farmer because it is less stressful than politics. It also allows me to contribute to government by providing employment opportunities for the people of my country.”Prior to joining government in 2006 and retiring 2009, Mr. Kamei worked with the Bong County Agriculture Development Project (BCADP) in the 1980s.“I was born on a farm where my eyes were opened to the benefits of farming. I decided to go into agriculture because my interest lies in it. This is why after leaving government I came to my farm; because I am already used to it,” Mr. Kamei acknowledged.Except for Poultry, the retired Nimba Superintendent and Agriculturist is engaged in all spheres of farming; crop production (rubber, rice, cassava, oil palm, plantain and bananas) and animal husbandry, which includes cattle production, goat and sheep production, fisheries, and piggeries.Mr. Kamei said though farming brings income, it has been quite challenging and cost intensive to make a farm as an individual.He stressed on the lack of support from government to the nation’s farmers and the preference given to the importation of the nation’s staple food— rice— rather than supporting locally grown varieties; is discouraging to farmers.He lamented the loss of 12 cows and 15 goats due to improper care when he had just started.“Thank God for Food Enterprise Development (FED) that came in with a goat production program, which allowed me to acquire 21 goats for rearing.”Mr. Kamei said in addition to the goats, FED helped to fence 12 acres of land with another 13 acres added later for keeping his livestock.“I was able to get a loan from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) that allowed me to purchase 25 cows. Unfortunately, we were not given sufficient time to pay; as a result we were forced to sell them to pay the bank.”The interest Mr. Kamei has in Agriculture is not only confined to his Dingamon farm along the Sanniquellie Highway. He also has two acres of oil palm, 15 acres of Cocoa farm, and 50 acres of rubber in Yarwin Mensonnoh District, lower Nimba.He said there are about 40 Liberians working on his farms in the county and hopes to increase the number as time goes by.Mr. Joseph Suah, the head worker on Mr. Kamei’s farm, gave the Daily Observer a tour of the farm. He said one of the major problems facing the animals on the farm is harm caused by snake bites.He said those animals that died were bitten by snakes and that they are rectifying the situation by planting certain trees that prevent snakes from coming into the fence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After leaving Brazil without a win four years ago, Japan made a dream start to their Russian campaign even though head coach Akira Nishino was only appointed in April.In an explosive start to the Group H clash, Colombia defender Carlos Sanchez earned the first red card of Russia 2018 with a handball after just four minutes.Japan took a shock lead when Shinji Kagawa netted the resulting penalty before Juan Quintero equalised with a free-kick for Colombia to make it 1-1 at half-time.Brazil 2014 topscorer James Rodriguez came on for the last half-hour after labouring in training with a calf strain but could not pull his side level after Osako’s goal.Travelling Colombia fans turned the Mordovia Arena into a sea of yellow, but were soon stunned into silence.When Osako fired in a shot from Japan’s first attack, Sanchez blocked the effort with a raised arm.Referee Damir Skomina showed him a straight red card after pointing to the spot without referring to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).The Colombians bitterly protested but Kagawa drilled home the spot kick to put Japan ahead in the sixth minute.It was the second-fastest red card in World Cup finals history, bettered only by the 52 seconds it took Jose Batista of Uruguay to be sent off against Scotland at Mexico ’86.After the dismissal, Colombia poured forward and their captain Radamel Falcao twice went close.Colombia coach Jose Pekerman made a tactical switch on 31 minutes, with Wilmar Barrios replacing Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado.The pressure paid off as Quintero’s low free-kick flew under Japan’s wall and crept inside the post shortly before half-time. The goal was confirmed by goal-line technology.Japan pressed after the break, forcing Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina into a string of saves.To a deafening roar from Colombia fans, Rodriguez came on for Quintero on 58 minutes, just before Barrios earned a yellow card for clattering Kagawa from behind.Japanese pressure paid off when Osako, who was a constant menace to the Colombia defence, leapt highest from a corner and guided his header in off the post with 17 minutes to go.The goal jolted Colombia into life as Rodriguez then Barrios went close at the other end.Bayern Munich star Rodriguez earned a late yellow card for sliding into Japan midfielder Genki Haraguchi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Japan stuns Colombia 2-1. Photo/GETTY ImagesSARANSK, Russia, June 19 – Yuya Osako exacted sweet revenge for Japan on Tuesday as the Blue Samurai beat Colombia 2-1, becoming the first Asian side ever to beat a South American team at the World Cup.Osako’s 73rd-minute winner meant the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages of Brazil 2014 as Colombia played with a man down for 86 minutes in Saransk.
– Ron Watson Arleta Let’s build the fence Re “Bush asks Congress to OK $1.4 billion aid to Mexico” (Oct. 23): President Bush wants to give Mexico $1.4 billion of our taxpayer dollars. After his meeting with Bush, Mexican President Calderon had the gall to say the U.S. is not doing enough to stop the flow of arms and etc. “southward.” Let’s stop the flow northward and use the $1.4 billion plus the $50 million planned for the other Central American countries and build the fence. Let’s man it with the helicopters, surveillance planes, drug-sniffing dogs, etc., that were to be sent to Mexico. Drones (the Predator would be fun), and the military would also help stop the flow northward. – Carol Milton Woodland Hills Ours do inhale Re “Supervised injection site for addicts weighed” (Oct. 19): So, San Francisco is trying to create an injection site where addicts can “shoot up” heroin, cocaine and other drugs. One need only take a look at L.A.’s City Council at City Hall to see how effective that program’s been. – Bruce Jones Eagle Rock Fires With all these fires, where were our elected leaders – before this started? Every year, all the fire chiefs warn them when and where there will be major fires, yet their calls are never heeded by our so-called leaders. The politicians always seem to have plenty of money to spend on their futile wars on drugs, and even more on futile wars with other countries. Why do we have 100,000 National Guard troops, and several hundred thousand military troops, if not to help in such emergencies? Clearly, these could be deployed as needed ahead of the known fire paths, instead of sitting on their bottoms waiting for somebody’s next war to start. The real war is right now, folks. Look out your backyard. – Richard Borbely Simi Valley Actually visit Re “Council payroll” (Your Opinions, Oct. 19): I am sure Councilman Zine’s office gets several thousands of letters and even more phone calls, on a daily basis. I have gotten up out of my easy chair and actually visited his office in Reseda and made friends with his staffers (Irma and others) who are always cheerily available with great advice and directives. With their help and the Neighborhood Watch meetings, my neighbors and I have cleaned up graffiti and furniture dumping, closed down a drug pickup corner, and generally improved our quality of life here in Reseda. When trouble arises, we have names of people who are readily available to come out and help us. City government works for us. However, letter writer Dave Mahar needs to drive over there and talk to real people. – Mary McMannes Reseda Our own drug abusers Re “Boo McCartney” (Your Opinions, Oct. 15): The writer blames the Beatles for introducing drugs to the USA. Let me inform him that the American entertainers were using marijuana and cocaine before the Beatles were born. (In case he did not know). – Alan Falconer Northridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Emergency taxation” (Your Opinions, Oct. 21): I enjoyed Winnetka Neighborhood Council President J.J. Popowich’s letter bemoaning “… elected officials not using neighborhood councils as the advisory panels they were established to be” when it came to the emergency phone tax scam. Such political naivet might be refreshing if his Pollyanna-ish view of L.A.’s city leaders’ contempt for the neighborhood council system didn’t mean more money out of his own pocket. The fact is, Popowich, you got your clock cleaned by a council of public trough-slobbering toadies and a slimy mayor who wouldn’t grant you any more consideration than he showed his own wife. Los Angeles has the representation it deserves. – Dink O’Neal AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Burbank Just nuts Re “Bush asks Congress to OK $1.4 billion aid to Mexico” (Oct. 23): Why is President Bush giving Mexico $1.4 billion? Let’s see, we have how many hospitals that have closed? Aren’t we running low on water in some places? Didn’t someone say we need more money for the fence even though it was voted on – that’s another story? And for the drugs coming from Mexico, just build the fence first. And let’s see what happens. I mean let’s do something other than the same old thing that we all know will never work – throwing money at a country that is corrupt.
DDTV: Little Caela Carr was heartbroken when she heard Jim McGuinness would no longer be managing Donegal.Caela, just 5, is from Cashelshanaghan, Letterkenny, and is in Junior Infants at Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton. Her songs before and after the All Ireland final has made her a bit of star.She’s wiped her away her tears now Jimmy’s gone – and finished with this wee song.Click play to watchDDTV: CAELA SINGS A SONG TO SAY ‘GOODBYE’ TO JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Caela Carrgoodbye songJim McGuinness
A French backpacker has issued an SOS to a kind Donegal farmer who gave herself and her friend a lift yesterday.The hitch-hiker lost her phone and believes it could be in the farmer’s car.Although she didn’t get his name, he is 45 years old and has three children aged 17, 10 and 8 and his wife, who works in insurance, plans to do the Dublin Marathon. The couple have a Landrover and live in rural Donegal.The man kind gave the backpackers a lift when he was collecting sheep from Connemara and driving them back to Donegal yesterday.The phone is a Nokia Lumia and contains lots of contacts and photos and is of great sentimental value.If you are the farmer or you may know him, then perhaps you can pass on this email address to arrange for the phone to be collected. They can get in touch by contacting email@example.com BACKPACKER SENDS OUT SOS TO DONEGAL FARMER FOR HER LOST PHONE! was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:backpackerdonegalfarmerphone
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Bing and Ranier crops are still a week to 10 days away from ripening, maybe more, said Jennifer Beeler, president of the Leona Valley Cherry Growers Association. “This spring, when we had that rain, it pushed everything back. The cherries have to have 71 days from bloom to ripe fruit,” Beeler said. Despite the lateness, this year’s crop is a bumper one, she added. The orchards avoided the spring frosts that in previous years have damaged the blossoms or fruit. “They have tons and tons of cherries,” Beeler said. LEONA VALLEY – Mother Nature has cooperated – a little bit, anyway – ripening enough cherries for some Leona Valley orchards to open for Saturday’s Cherry Parade and Festival. Most of the town’s two dozen “u-pick” orchards will open in late June, because cool and rainy weather in March and April delayed the cherry blossoms, but at least two will be open by Saturday. “The serious pickers will be standing in line,” said Gary Shafer, whose 4,000-tree Villa Del Sol orchard includes 1,000 of the Brooks variety that ripen earlier than the Bings and Raniers predominant among Leona Valley orchards. Orchards’ opening dates will be reported on the growers association telephone hotline at (661) 266-7116. The town’s annual Cherry Parade, which was scheduled months before growers knew the crop would be late, will be 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade runs along 90th Street West, beginning at Leona School on Leona Avenue and heading north to Elizabeth Lake Road and then east to the Leona Valley Community Building. The parade theme is “Hip-Hip Hooray, It’s Cherry Day,” submitted by Hanna Clark, who will ride in the parade as junior grand marshal. Grand marshals will be longtime Leona Valley residents Tom and Judy Brundage. The Cherry Festival Craft Fair follows immediately after the parade at the community building, 8367 Elizabeth Lake Road. Besides country-style creations by local artisans, the fair will feature live music, a cherry pie-eating contest, games and 4-H Club equestrian events. Besides Shafer’s Villa Del Sol on Elizabeth Lake Road at Godde Hill Road, Sky Meadows Orchard on Elizabeth Lake Road west of 90th Street West is also expected to be open Saturday, Beeler said. Some orchard owners have scheduled June 17 openings, and others are waiting to see how their fruit ripens, Beeler said. Blessed with an altitude and climate suited for cherries, Leona Valley for decades has been home to cherry ranches that open their gates each spring so visitors can enjoy the country atmosphere and pick the fruit themselves. Visitors come from all over Southern California, and even from Japan and Europe. Beeler runs the valley’s oldest orchard, Hobart’s, whose oldest trees were planted in 1959. Growers say their cherries taste better than store-bought fruit, which must be picked before they are fully ripe so they will last long enough to be purchased. “The longer they set on the tree, the more sugar they’ll get, up to a point,” Shafer said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!