Food for Thought: Girl Scouts selling fall goodies

By Loretto J. Hulse, Herald staff writerOctober 24, 2012 

Girl Scouts sell more than cookies. In the fall they sell tins full of candy, nuts and fruit slices all perfect gifts for friends, co-workers and family at Christmas.

Several Tri-City troops -- all members of the Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho -- are selling the goodies but not at grocery and other stores as they do the cookies.

If you know a Girl Scout, ask if their troop is participating. If not, call Kelly Thompson, 800-827-9478, Ext. 211. Or send her an email, kthompson@gsewni.org.

This year the selections include Mint Trefoils, Pecan Supremes, Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews, Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Almonds, Chocolate Raisins, Butter Toffee Peanuts, Whole Cashews, Double Dipped Chocolate Peanuts, Select Mixed Nuts with Peanuts, Cranberry Rail Mix and fat free Fruit Slices.

They're priced from $6-$8 with most items priced at $6 per tin. The Mint Trefoils and Pecan Supremes come in a decorative tin and the other products come in a themed can with a resealable lid.

The money helps the Girl Scouts earn money for camps, trips and books and supplies.

Yakima hop fest

Celebrate the Yakima Valley hop harvest at the 10th annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival on Oct. 6 in Yakima.

There will be a variety of beers to sample, brewing demonstrations, a cigar tent, food vendors and live music and street dancing. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. at South Third Street and Yakima Avenue in and around the Millennium Arts Plaza in downtown Yakima.

Tickets are $35 at the gate. Tickets include a commemorative beer glass and $6 in scrip to be used to exchange for beer and wine. All food is cash only. This is a 21 and over event and photo ID will be required.

The Fresh Hop Ale Festival is a benefit for the Allied Arts of the Yakima Valley, providing nearly 20 percent of the organization's annual budget.

For more information, go to www.freshhopalefestival.com. Or call 509-966-0930.

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