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March 15
Yakima Valley Vintners Hosts Scholarship Fundraiser

​YVC's Teaching Winery, Yakima Valley Vintners, will host a memorial scholarship fundraiser in honor of the late Mike Wallace. Wallace was a huge supporter of YVC's Vineyard and Winery Technology Program and was an adjunct instructor for the past seven years. The event will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm in the Yakima Valley Vintners Tasting Room, 110 Grandridge Road, Grandview, WA. It will provide the opportunity to meet with Mike's former students and learn about his legacy with our program. This fundraiser will include facility tours, a Mike Wallace Trivia Contest, the opportunity to taste the currently released award-winning, student crafted wines and contribute to the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship. Anyone touched by Mike's lifelong commitment to the Washington Wine Industry is encouraged to attend.

Michael A. Wallace, a leader in the local wine industry passed away in October 2016 at the age of 74. He was born on July 30, 1942 to Jerrell Claude and Deelda Irene (McNally) Wallace in Seattle, WA where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Rainer High School in 1960. Mike then entered the U.S. Air Force and served until receiving an honorable discharge on August 31, 1964. He then graduated from Western Washington State University with bachelor of art degrees in history and English. He worked as a medical researcher in the Department of Viticulture and Enology while completing graduate work at U.C. Davis. There he met Walter Clore, "the Father of Washington Wine." He moved to Prosser the next year, planted his vineyard and worked for Clore at the WSU Research Station for four years. Mike and his parents established Hinzerling Winery, the third oldest winery in the state and oldest family owned and operated winery in the Yakima Valley. He taught winemaking and agriculture at Yakima Valley College. One of Mike's reasons for teaching wine related classes at the YVC program was to encourage his students to stay and seek their careers in our valley filled with great opportunities. Mike helped found the Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting Weekend and the Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area which was approved by the federal government in 1983. Memorial contributions may be made to the Yakima Valley College Wine Technology Program. ​

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: or call 509.882.7007.

March 13
Basic Mountaineering Course

​For outdoor enthusiasts, Yakima Valley College will offer a Basic Mountaineering Course this Spring Quarter 2017.

5455 REC 076 BASIC MOUNTAINEERING; M 7:00-9:30pm

  • The class will be held April 17 to June 24, 2017. There are six evening classes at YVC (April 17 to May 22, 2017). The rest of the course will be taught onsite, outdoors. This course will cover basic equipment, risk and hazard evaluation, physiological needs of climbers, basic rock climbing through easy fifth class, how to set up a top rope system, safe methods of snow and glacier travel, and crevasse rescue techniques. This class is offered as a self-support, community service, non-credit course.

    Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18. Required: general physical fitness (ability to carry a pack with overnight gear three miles uphill over uneven rocky and snowy terrain), personal gear such as pack and appropriate clothing, transportation to field sessions, reading from text, participation in class and field sessions, and a possible overnight.

Fee Schedule: $15 payable to YVC at registration and up to $200.00 to Central Washington Mountain Rescue, payable by the first night of class.  You have the option of paying the class fee online at:  See instructions on website for payment process.​

Space is limited. Register between March 22-29, 2017. For additional information contact Marilyn Vancrey at (847) 878-0208 or send her an e-mail at:


March 13
Auditions: The Taming of the Shrew

YVC Playmasters Hosts Auditions for the Spring Production of The Taming of the Shrew

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College Playmasters will host auditions for William Shakespeare's comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Auditions will be held Monday, April 3, 2017 and Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:00pm in Kendall Hall, Building 12, Auditorium. Students and community members are encouraged to audition. No prior acting experience necessary. Individuals should prepare a one minute Shakespearean monologue, be prepared to do cold reads and possibly some movement! Call backs may be held April 5th.

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments—the "taming"—until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina's more desirable sister, Bianca. The Taming of the Shrew has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, ballet, and musical theatre. Information provided by: ​

The production will run June 1-4, 2017. For more information contact Ray Pritchard at  / 509.834.4554.

March 10
ESL Classes

​Register Now! Spring Quarter ESL Classes at Yakima Valley College

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College (YVC) is now enrolling students for spring quarter English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. ESL is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Contact the location you wish to attend to get the current entrance assessment schedule. You do not need an appointment, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spring quarter begins March 30. Morning classes are Monday through Thursday. Evening classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the evening from 5:30-8:20pm.

ESL is offered at three locations. Call for site specific schedules. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                     509.574.6850

  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                           509.882.7000

  • Toppenish Learning Center: 720 W. 3rd Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                     509.834.4550​

March 10
Wild Reverence

Yakima Valley College, in collaboration with the Yakima Environmental Learning Foundation (YELF) and Trout Unlimited (TU), presents a showing of the documentary Wild Reverence. The free event will take place Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, Parker Room.

Filmmaker Shane Anderson made a pilgrimage to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State to the rivers he once fished as a boy. His relationship with the wild steelhead and the rivers in which they met upon taught him just how precious life can be. What was once a childhood fishing trip has evolved into a journey to discover why his favorite fish is disappearing from rivers and appearing on the Endangered Species list. How could this wild and beautiful creature slip toward the abyss of extinction? Wild Reverence embarks on a quest to begin a movement to enact real change not only for the steelhead but for all ecosystems. Information provided by: ​

For more information: 509.574.4858 /

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