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LI00fl0000 EAL STILL At a glance WHO: Comedian Howie Mandel WHEN: 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 2 WHERE: Little Creek Casino Resort ADMISSION: $35, $55, $75 TICKETS: 1-800-667-7711 Courtesy photo Comedian Howie Mandel -- who hosted "Deal or No Deal" and serves as a judge on "America's Got Talent -- took inspiration from Richard Pryor and Steve Martin. Mandel promises 'giant party' at casino By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com omedian Howie Mandel says pa- trons can expect "a giant party" during his two shows March 2 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shel- ton. "It's pretty out there ... It's very improvi- sational and in the moment," the longtime standup and "America's Got Talent" judge said in a telephone interview with the Mason County Journal. With a career that spans three decades across multiple mediums, who is Mandel's audience these days? "Probably English- speaking people," he dead- panned. Mandel performs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 2 at the re- sort's Skookum Creek Event Center. Born in Toronto, in 1955, Mandel said he was inspired by comedians Richard Pryor and Steve Martin. He was visiting Los Angeles in 1979 when a friend coaxed him into going onstage on ama- teur night at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. A producer in the audience hired him for an appearance on the comedy game show "Make Me Laugh." Still, he kept his day job as the owner of carpet stores in Toronto, he said. Mandel's "Make Me Laugh" stint led to talk show appearances, and a gig as Diana Ross's opening act. A lingering image from his early shows: Mandel would place a surgical glove over his head just past his nose, and then inflate it with his nose. From 1982 to 1988, Mandel portrayed Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the criti- cally acclaimed television drama "St. Elsewhere." But his talk show, "The Howie Mandel Show," lasted only one season, 1998-99. See MANDELL on page A-20 Harstine Island News Wild Felid Advocacy Center offers art contest for children I get a warm feeling even when temperatures are near 25 degrees because back east they have been liv- ing with snow and tempera- tures well below zero for a couple of months now. Although it is a little cold, I'm begin- ning to se e a few buds pushing their way out. Remember, it's Valentine's Day and unless you have a few bleeding hearts, crocus By MIKE or grape hyacinths pop- CALLAGHAN ping up in the yard, you will have to go to the store for that bouquet of flowers. The HICC wants to invite everyone to its monthly meet- ing Feb. 14. Sandy Murphy sent us this notice: "This month is the second presentation in our series of'Harstine Island Clubs & Organizations' featuring Bill Burrows as our guest speaker. Bill will share some insights and anec- dotes from the com- munity club history as found by the His- torical Preservation Committee in its organizational efforts for the Centennial Celebration. "At 6 p.m. we will begin with the centennial flag dedi- cation at the flag pa- vilion. As many of you know, Richard Peet donated the flag this past fall. It was sent to Arlington National Cemetery, where it was flown over the Tomb of the Unknown Sol- dier and returned to us with a Certificate of Dedication to the veterans of Harstine Is- land. Nick Neuerburg will be the emcee at this ceremony, and will introduce Sgt. Maj. Dan Hernandez, instructor for the Shelton High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDC). Jay Grayson (April Hanson's father and Harstine Island resident) was instrumental in organiz- ing this event along with the help of Shelton's Memorial Halls VFW and Legion of- rices. The Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer will complete the dedication. Inside the hall the 2,000 Flagpole Dedication will be playing along with the 'Shot Heard Round the Island.' Please join us for this memorable piece of islarld history along with a few more surprises!" The Wild Felid Advocacy Center is inviting students from kindergarten through 12th grade, parents, teach- ers and youth leaders to par- ticipate in the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. An informational meeting will take place at the Harstine Island Community Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 15. Attendees will get information on how to submit their works of art. Endangered Species Day will be observed on May 16. For information, contact Shelleen at 427-4466. On Feb. 20, the Commu- nity Emergency Response Team (CERT) group will meet at the Island North Fire Sta- tion. They will gather there at 6:30 p.m. Although we have had a mild winter, you never know when we could have storms like they are having on the East Coast. So, just having a plan, just orga- nizing with a neighbor or just having a few extra supplies stored away could make the difference of survival. And these are the things that CERT talks about. They are a self-help group that plans for future calamities with the goal of getting you and your family through them success- fully. On Feb. 23, Inquiring Minds will have its second pre- sentation. Harriet Baskas will bring her photo-filled collection of Washington history. She will share stories of museum artifacts that are rarely shown to the public. Doors at the com- munity hall will open at 1:30 p.m. and the presentation will start at 2 p.m. Mason County Journal- Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014- Page A-15