Sage 'n Sun: June 11, 12, & 13
Relay for Life: June 19-20
Dash of Color 5k: June 20

June 6 - Ephrata Farmers Market Opens
Located on C Street NW, in front of the Grant County Courthouse. 

June 11 - Chief for a Day

Chief for a Day celebrates the lives of nine children from throughout the county, each of whom endures and overcomes considerable physical or developmental challenges every day. Each child is honored and "empowered" as chief of a local law enforcement or fire agency for the duration of the celebration day. This special ceremony will take place at 2 PM on the front lawn of the Grant County Courthouse. 

June 11-13- Sage-N-Sun
The annual Sage-N-Sun Festival is scheduled starting with the Rotary Youth Parade on Thursday night at 7 PM. The Lions Club fun run registration opens at 6:30 AM and the race begins at 8 AM. The Grand Parade begins at 11 AM and racing at Ephrata Raceway Park starting at 7 PM will finish up the Sage-N-Sun weekend. More information can be found HERE.

June 13- The Great NW Air Race
Airplanes will be staged at the starting line at 9AM with take off at 11AM. Event will take place at the Ephrata Airport. For questions about the event, contact the Port of Ephrata at 754-3508. 

June 13- Living Museum at Grant County Historical Museum
Experience people dressed up in old fashioned clothes as you explore and witness the adventure of persons back in the olden days throughout the buildings in the Museum.

June 15- Splash Zone Season Opens
You can purchase season passes at the City of Ephrata.

June 18 - The World's Largest Swimming Lesson
Register today to be a part of the Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson! Check in begins at 7:30 AM. For questions, please contact the City of Ephrata Parks and Recreation Department, 754-4601. 

June 19-20- Relay for Life of Columbia Basin
Walk for a fight against cancer at Relay for Life which will be held at the Ephrata High School Track starting Friday at 6 PM and ending Saturday at 9 AM. You can sign up to participate or make a donation HERE.

June 19 - July 12 - Masquer's Theater: Bob, A Life in Five Acts
From the moment of his birth in the ladies room in a fast food restaurant, nothing has ever gone right for Bob... A fast paced comedy put on by Masquer's Theater. Directed by Cheri Barbre. For more information contact Masquer's Theater at 246-2611. 

June 20 - Dash of Color 5K
10:00 AM at Patrick Park, $25 for Individual or $95 for a team up to four. Poster and more information below, to register click HERE

July 14 - Chamber Business After Hours
The next Chamber Business After Hours will take place at the Ephrata Best Western Rama Inn. The event will run from 5-7 PM, refreshments and appetizers will be provided. There will be a $5 cover charge to attend. 

July 17-18 - Basin Summer Sounds
This year's headliners are: DoctorfunK, Greg Rolie, Austin Jenckes, and Chance McKinney. Music will run from 5PM-10PM on Friday night and 11:45AM-10PM Saturday night. Food and craft vendors will be on site as well as a beer garden that will be open during the musical performances on Friday and Saturday. Ephrata Rotary's 3-on-3 tournament will take place Saturday morning, starting at 8AM, as well as the Car and Toy Show which will from from 8AM-3PM. For more information and entry forms you can visit the Basin Summer Sounds website by clicking HERE or the Chamber's website by clicking HERE.
Basin Summer Sounds sponsorship opportunities are still available! If you would like to find out more information about becoming a sponsor contact Alayna Lodi at 289-9713 or the Chamber office at 754-4656. It is with the help of the Ephrata community that Basin Summer Sounds is able to take place every year, thank you for your support! 

Click HERE to see the Chamber's full event calendar on their website

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Chamber Office Hours for the Week of June 1st - June 5th

Wednesday, June 3rd: 11AM - 2PM
Thursday, June 4th: 11AM - 2PM
Friday, June 5th: CLOSED

Although the office will be closed on Friday, Danielle will be checking email throughout the day and can be contacted at 760-7943. Normal business hours will resume the following week. If you need to set-up an appointment outside of scheduled business hours please contact Danielle at the Chamber office, 754-4656, or by email at
Thank you!
CHAMBER BOOKS (Check it out, it's FREE advertising!)

What is it?
  • A book highlighting the different businesses in Ephrata
  • Each page will have a business’s unique story, picture, and answer the question "why should someone visit/use your business?" 
  • Recipe section - Insert your favorite family recipe
  • Coupon section - Include coupons/promotions you may have for your business
How can you be involved?
  • To have your business included in the book is FREE for all Chamber members! If you are not a Chamber member and would like to be featured in the book, the cost will be $50. 
  • Interviews will be conducted over the phone and/or in your business during the months of June and July by volunteers from the Ephrata High School. To schedule an interview please contact the Chamber office at 754-4656.
Where will the Book be Distributed?
  • The Chamber Book will be distributed throughout the community in businesses and at a variety of events in Ephrata such as Miracle on Main Street, Small Business Saturday, Wine & Art Walk (2016), and Basin Summer Sounds (2016).
Call or email the Chamber office today to make sure your business is included in the book! This is a FREE service for all Chamber members to promote your business! 
Chamber office phone: 754-4656
Chamber email address:

Basin Summer Sounds sponsorship opportunities are still available! If you would like to find out more information about becoming a sponsor contact Alayna Lodi at 289-9713 or the Chamber office at 754-4656. It is with the help of the Ephrata community that Basin Summer Sounds is able to take place every year, thank you for your support! 
 C O M M U N I T Y  N e w s  
May 21, 2015

The local 4-H and FFA program is building stream in our community.  Ephrata and Soap Lake 4-H and FFA youth are actively working with their livestock projects for upcoming fairs. Local youth involved in 4-H and FFA are the future of farming and may go on to be farmers themselves or work in the Ag industry. 
These 4-H and FFA youth need our community and financial support.  Typically, farm families with 4-H and FFA youth have financial support at local fairs from the community that the family trades goods and services with.   Those participants from non-farm families seem to struggle to get the financial support at least equal to the majority of animals sold at local fairs. They are unknown in our community and sometimes come from low income or struggling family dynamics.
The Ephrata-Soap Lake Ag Boosters Club is a group of local volunteers from our community whose purpose is to raise local awareness and support for our local Ag youth.  Volunteers attend the livestock sale at the Grant County Fair in August to show support and purchase livestock on behalf of the monetary donations received.  Unfortunately, our local Booster Club does not have enough money to travel to all the various fairs.
For several years, local area farmers, businesses and those in the political arena within our community have so generously donated money to the 4-H and FFA Ag Booster Club.   Past donations from these groups have been vital and while their support is so appreciated, funds are limited to cover the current and growing needs at the fair.   If you have had children involved in 4-H or FFA or just have a love of Agriculture and would like to show your financial support, please contact the Ephrata Chamber of Commerce to find out more information.
Thank you in advance from the 4-H and FFA Ag Booster Club for your continued support to our local 4-H and FFA youth. You can send your pledge, add-ons and donations to Ephrata/Soap Lake Youth Ag Boosters, PO Box 275, Ephrata, WA  98823.   
The Ephrata Farmer's Market will be open June 6, 2015. There will be a ribbon cutting, music, master gardeners, produce and vendors galore! 8AM-Noon in front of the courthouse (C Street SW). 


 Thursday – June 11th

  2:00 pm      Chief for a Day

  7:00 pm      Rotary Youth Parade

 Friday – June 12th

  3:00 -- 8:00 pm      Food & Commercial Goods

  5:00 -- 8:00pm      Entertainment

 Saturday – June 13th

  6:30 am    Lions Fun Run

  8:00 am    Farmers Market

  11:00 am    Grand Parade (trophies awarded at Grand Stage after parade)

  12:00 – 7:00 pm    Entertainment, Food, Commercial Goods

 12:00 – 5:00 pm    Museum (Live Display)

 7:00 pm    Racing at Ephrata Raceway Park

Find more information at and find us and follow us on Facebook!

We look forward to a great Festival enjoying with you and your family excellent local entertainment, great Festival food, children's activities and to finding that one of a kind item from one of our many food and craft vendors
Please contact us if you have any ideas, interest in participating,
and/or would like to join the board.
Ephrata Lions Club
27th  Sage ‘n’ Sun Fun Run Registration Form

2-Mile Course and 5-Mile Course
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Co-Directors:       Mark Wanke                                                  Karin Buchmann, Registration
                                    PO Box 486,   Ephrata, WA  98823               (509)754-3771 or (509)787-3929
Time:                             Registration is from 6:00-7:45 at Ephrata Middle School,     384 A St. SE
Runners will assemble at 7:45 for pre-race instructions--race starts promptly at 8:00 AM
Entry Fee:            Advanced Registration:          $15.00 (must be received no later than June 9th)
                                                                                    NO SHIRT entry fee:           $10.00
                                    Family entry fee:                     $40.00 for three (pre-registered only)
$52.00 for four  (pre-registered only)
$64.00 for five  (pre-registered only)
$12.00 for each additional (pre-registered only)
$20.00 (NO SHIRT $15.00) AFTER JUNE 9, 2015     (INDIVIDUAL ENTRY ONLY)
Please make checks payable to:               Ephrata Lions Club
(All fees non-refundable)
Thanks to our sponsor!                 Lindsay Water
Course and Distance: The race starts at the bottom of the hill on Nat Washington Way.
2 mile course-             All pavement, challenging hill at the start, through residential area, with a fast downhill finish onto the lawn at the Middle School.   Runners and walkers
Time & Water at 1 mile
5 mile course-             All pavement, challenging hill at the start.  Course takes runners & walkers around the Port of Ephrata. Fast downhill finish onto the lawn at the Middle School.  Times at 1 & 3 miles, Water at 2 & 4 miles
Facilities:              Restrooms are available at the Middle School.  First aid available on the course
and at the finish line.
            Age Divisions:     2 mile-0-5; 6-7; 8-10; 11-14; 15-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+
                                                5 mile-0-9; 10-13; 14-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+
Awards:                   T-shirts to all finishers.  Awards to top male & female finisher in each race, as well as medals to the top three finishers in each age division. Award winners must finish race under own power.  ONLY ONE AWARD PER PERSON!  All awards to be presented after the finish of the race. 
Ephrata Lions Club, P.O. Box 486 Ephrata, WA 98823                                  circle one
(please print clearly**only one entry per form)                                             2 mi     or    5 mi
NAME                                                                                                                                                SEX       M         F
DATE OF BIRTH                              AGE ON RACE DAY                       PHONE                                             
ADDRESS                                                                             CITY/STATE/ZIP                                                     
T-Shirt size:   Youth large    (Adult) Small    Med.      Lg.    X-Lg.      NO SHIRT    
XX-Lg(add $2.00)   
WAIVER:  I know that running a road race is a potentially dangerous activity. I should not enter & run unless I am medically able & properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running this event including, but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, the effect of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic, and conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me.  Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, myself and anyone acting on my behalf, waive & release the Ephrata Lions Club, the City of Ephrata, all their sponsors, representatives, and successors from claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event.  In addition,
SIGNATURE:                                                                                                                        DATE:                                               
(Must be signed to run.)
PARENT’S SIGNATURE:                                                                                        DATE:                                               
(If under age 18)


ASK THE PROS AT SCORE! JOIN OUR WORK SHOPS. The Central Washington SCORE organization is one of more than 600 in the United States with more than 13,000 mentors, 12 of which are in North Central Washington. The local SCORE group is sponsoring a series of workshop sessions that will run through most of 2015 which will address different business factors. It isn’t too late, so reserve your place for any or all of these workshops.  SCORE mentors and other experts will lead these sessions. You will come out of the sessions with a solid basis for making decisions regarding what you want to do.
June 9, 2015                   How to Buy or Sell a Business
June 23, 2015                 How to Choose and Buy the Right Franchise
July 14, 2015                  Understanding Financial Statements
July 21, 2015                  Managing Your Money
September 8, 2015         Financial Fundamentals of Running a Business
September 22, 2015       Cash Flow Management
October 6, 2015              Record Keeping and Taxes
October 20, 2015           Working With Your Bank
All meetings will be held in the SCORE Office at 2 South Chelan (lower level). The meetings will start at 12 noon and will end by 2:00 PM. There will be time for Q & A.  Bring a “brown bag” lunch if you wish.  The fee for each workshop is $25.00 or $100.00 for 6 workshops.  Remember more than one person from your business can attend
You will want to register early since the meeting space is limited.  Please register by calling the SCORE office at 509 888 2900.
 Meetings  Meetings  Meetings 

Chamber Board Meetings  Held the second Wednesday of each month at 7 AM at the Port of Ephrata. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Next meeting: June 10th. 

Ephrata Chamber Business Connections  Would you like to join a group that is dedicated to helping Ephrata businesses succeed? The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 17th at 7:45 AM at iFiber. 

Basin Summer Sounds Want to be involved in the planning of the 2015 Basin Summer Sounds? The next meeting will be Thursday, June 11th, 7AM at Columbia Basin Hospital.  
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