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Softball, Mud Run, Music keep Raymond busy this weekend

It’s a full slate of activities this weekend at the Willapa Harbor Festival in Raymond. From strolling to full out dashes (through the mud!), this festival offers something for everyone. Interspersed with activities for all, are a few pre-registered competitions; a softball tournament all weekend long and a golf tournament Saturday.

Instructor Patty Lokken will offer knitting classes at Yarn ‘n’ Darn in Grayland from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8.

Dance Club brings home medals

Members of the Dance Club of Grays Harbor participated in the Washington Senior Games dance competition in Olympia July 11 and brought home several medals. From left are Mark Van Hemert, winner of seven gold medals, Arlene Hoiland, instructor, Mary Anne Bagwell, winner of four gold medals and a silver medal, and Mark Swanson, winner of three gold medals and a silver medal.

Justice in Motion — Rent and habitability issues: Don’t waive your rights

As you drive through Grays Harbor, it is difficult to miss the substandard housing and blight—the blue tarps, sagging/mossy roofs, boarded/broken windows, etc. Sadly, many of these properties are rental properties with absentee or apathetic landlords. Affordable habitable rental properties are seriously lacking in this community and many seem to accept this as the norm. However, and I’m not sure why, we have recently received an uptick in tenant complaints about their rental properties’ conditions. A few of these tenants were in rentals damaged in the January flood; most were not.

Aberdeen ArtWalk This Weekend

The Aberdeen’s 2015 Art Walk &Rod Fest launches on Friday, July 24, with “Art Blast” on Broadway between Wishkah and Heron streets starting at 4 p.m. with an “early cruise.” Then, at 6 p.m., fans can enjoy live music, free hot dogs (while supplies last), street dancing and a beer and wine garden until 10 p.m.