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  • Charlie Oribio will participate in leadership group

    The Times|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library District announced that Public Services Coordinator Charlie Oribio was selected to participate in the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a pilot program providing leadership opportunities for rural and small library workers. Thirty library professionals were selected from across the United States and Canada to engage in residential, online, and conference experiences over the next 18 months...

  • At the Liberty:"The Garfield Movie"

    The Times|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON—Garfield (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure. After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – scruffy street cat Vic (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) – Garfield and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave this movie a 36% favorable rating, but audiences gave it 80%. It is rated PG for action/peril and mild thematic elements. Runtime is...

  • At the Liberty:"IF"

    The Times|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON — “IF” is about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends — and what she does with that superpower — as she embarks on a magical adventure to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids. “IF” is from writer and director John Krasinski, stars Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming, Fiona Shaw, and the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell alongside many more as the wonderfully unique characters that reflect the incredible power of a child’s imagination. Rotten Tomatoes critics... Full story

  • At the Liberty:"Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes"

    The Times|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON – “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” breathes new life into this global, epic franchise. It is set several generations in the future, many years after Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. Rotten Tomatoes critics... Full story

  • At the Liberty: "The Fall Guy"

    The Times|May 23, 2024

    DAYTON — “The Fall Guy” (Ryan Gosling) is a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy and try to win back the love of his life (Emily Blunt), all while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right? This movie has been rated highly by both the Rotten Tomatoes criti...

  • At the Liberty:

    The Times|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON — “Unsung Hero” is the true story of what happened after David Smallbone’s successful music company collapses and he moves his family from Australia to the States, searching for a brighter future. With nothing more than their seven children, suitcases, and their love of music, David (Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives. Based on a remarkable true story, Helen’s faith stands against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs. With their own dreams on hold, Dav... Full story

  • At the Liberty:"Murder's in the Heir"

    The Times|May 9, 2024

    DAYTON — “Murder’s in the Heir” is a live theater production of a murder mystery-comedy, which will be audience interactive. It is a gripping tale filled with mystery, intrigue, and plenty of plot twists. Set in a grand estate filled with secrets, the play follows the investigation into the murder of the wealthy tycoon Simon Starkweather. With a colorful cast of characters, including conniving relatives and suspicious servants, “Murder’s in the Heir” promises thrills and chills at every turn. This production is directed by Wolf Harter and fe...

  • At the Liberty: "The Long Game"

    The Times|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON — “The Long Game,” inspired by the book “Mustang Miracle” follows the true story of five young Mexican American caddies in 1955 who created their own golf course in the middle of the South Texas brush country. Despite outdated and inferior equipment and not professional instruction to begin with, they would go on to compete against wealthy, all-white teams and win the 1957 Texas State High School Golf Championship. This movie has high rating from both the critics (80%) and audience (97%) on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Their critics s... Full story

  • At the Liberty:"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire"

    The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON — The epic battle is an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever. The critics at the Rotten Tomatoes website did not particu...

  • Dayton Parks and Rec ask public to help prioritize pool design

    Michele Smith, The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON - Last Thursday, Columbia County Parks and Recreation Pool District commissioners Ted Lowe and Katie Leid, and Dianne McKinley spoke at the Dayton elementary multipurpose room about the next steps in planning for a Dayton community pool. The commissioners asked the attendees for their top priorities from a list of amenities, including a heated pool, a seasonal or an all–year covered pool, 0-entry to depth pool, lap swimming, water aerobics, and six lanes or eight lanes. The tabulated r...

  • At the Liberty:"Arthur the King"

    The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    DAYTON — “Arthur the King” is based on an incredible true story. Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light (Mark Wahlberg) and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. This movie follows Michael Light, desperate for one last chance to win, as he convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefines what victo...

  • At the Liberty:"Cabrini"

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    DAYTON —“Cabrini” is the powerful epic of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1889 and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini sets off on a daring mission to convince the hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society’s most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini uses her entrepreneurial mind to build an empire of hope unlike anything the world had ever seen. This movie, directed by Alejandro Monteverde (who also directed Sound of Freedom), has been we...

  • At the Liberty: Movie Premier for "Color of Threads"

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    Lights, Camera, Action! A movie premier is coming to The Liberty Theater in Dayton. On Monday April 22 at 7pm, you will get a chance to see Dayton on the big screen. In the Summer of 2023, a short movie, Color of Threads, was filmed at the Depot in Dayton and other area locations, produced by Walla Walla University. The cast is made up of Hollywood professionals as well as local actors. There will be a photo opportunity, screening of the film and a Q&A session with filmmakers/cast. Don’t wait to get your seat by going to www...

  • Columbia County Community Pool workshop April 18

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    DAYTON — The Columbia County Parks and Recreation Pool District will host a community work session on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dayton School Multipurpose Room. The work session will be led by board commissioners Ted Lowe and Katie Leid. Community members are invited to come and collaborate in developing a vision for a community swimming pool. The work session will build off the results from the Pool Party session hosted by the Friends of the Dayton Community Pool in 2022. The CCPRPD says this is the time for the c...

  • At the Liberty:"Kung Fu Panda 4"

    The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    WAITSBURG — “Kung Fu Panda 4” starring comedy icon Jack Black who returns to his role as Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master, with a hilarious, butt-kicking new chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved action-comedy franchise. After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po the Dragon Warrior, is called upon by destiny to … give it a rest already. More specifically, he’s tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. Rotten Tomatoes crit...

  • Grace Trump, Joshua REser are P.E.O. Citizenship Award recipients

    The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    DAYTON ­— Grace Trump and Joshua Reser were chosen as the recipients of the 2024 P.E.O. Citizenship Award. This award is given to the outstanding young man and woman in Dayton High School’s senior class, judged on qualities of character, scholarship and activities. Especially emphasized are honesty, courtesy, amiability, morality and punctuality-the marks of a good citizen. Recipients are selected by the high school faculty, the associated student body officers and the P. E. O. Awards Committee. P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational orga... Full story

  • At the Liberty: "Kung Fu Panda 4"

    The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    DAYTON — In “Kung Fu Panda 4” comedy icon Jack Black returns to his role as Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master. The movie is the hilarious, butt-kicking new chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved action-comedy franchise. After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po the Dragon Warrior, is called upon by destiny to … give it a rest already. More specifically, he’s tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. Rotten Tomatoes crit...

  • Construction, furnishings, and ribbon cutting at Dayton's new childcare, Rosemary's Place

    The Times|Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON-YWCA Walla Walla held an open house on Saturday, March 16, inviting families from Dayton, Waitsburg, and neighboring areas to tour the new childcare center, RoseMary's Place, located in Dayton, Columbia County. Parents had the opportunity to explore the center, meet the staff, and learn more about the high-quality childcare services for children aged six weeks to six years. RoseMary's Place, housed in the renovated Booker Rest Home on the Columbia County Health System (CCHS) campus, is... Full story

  • At the Liberty:"Ordinary Angels"

    The Times|Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON — “Ordinary Angels” is based on a remarkable true story. It centers on Sharon Steves (Hilary Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed Schmitt (Alan Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it. What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles, and ordinary angels. This movie has... Full story

  • At the Liberty:"Dune: Part Two"

    The Times|Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON—The saga continues with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast. This movie, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning “Dune.” This big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and many other well-known actors. “Dune: Part Two” will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while o...

  • At the Liberty:"Dune: Part Two"

    The Times|Feb 29, 2024

    The saga continues with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast. This movie, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning “Dune.” This big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and many other well-known actors. “Dune: Part Two” will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath...

  • At the Liberty: "The Color Purple"

    The Times|Feb 22, 2024

    DAYTON — This bold new take on the beloved classic invites you to experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond. This new movie is rated highly by both critics and the audience (82% and 95% favorable) on the Rotten Tomatoes website. That website’s critics consensus is “Building on the legacy of the previous film adaptation while incorporating elements of the stage musical, “The Color Purple” is a crowd-pleasing testament to resilience in the face of trauma.” The audience says “Much more than a remake...

  • "Barns of Columbia County" Exhibit at the Dayton Historic Depot

    The Times|Feb 15, 2024

    DAYTON — The Dayton Historical Depot Society is delighted to announce the opening of its much-anticipated public exhibit, “Barns of Columbia County,” from February through December 2024 at the Dayton Historic Depot. The exhibit is a journey through the agricultural heritage of Columbia County, showcasing the architectural styles, historical significance, and personal stories of the region’s iconic barns. From architectural enthusiasts to history buffs, visitors will find an exploration of the...

  • Ellen Brigham named Director of Library Sevices

    The Times|Feb 15, 2024

    DAYTON - Ellen Brigham has accepted the Director of Library Services position at the Columbia County Library. Brigham served as the interim director following Todd Vandenbark's resignation in July 2023. The new director said in the CCRLD February 11, 2024 newsletter, "Thank you so much to everyone who has supported and used the library over the last year. You're what makes library services so rewarding, and I'm looking forward to many more years with our wonderful community....

  • At the Liberty:"Mean Girls"

    The Times|Feb 15, 2024

    DAYTON — “Mean Girls” is a new twist on the modern classic from the comedic mind of Tina Fey. “New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. “As Cady sets to take... Full story

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