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City hosts birthday party

— The mayor hopes to see at least a couple hundred citizens at the city’s 100th birthday party on Tuesday.

“The more people, the merrier,” Mayor Gail Howe said of the event, which will be at 5 p.m. at Memorial Park, located along Lakeshore Drive.

“May is the month that we became incorporated, so that’s why we wanted to do a birthday party. We’re having our main centennial celebration in July” at Apple Pie Jamboree, she said. The 66th annual event will be July 19-21.

Tuesday’s party kicks off with a potluck, and citizens are asked to bring their favorite dish to share. Birthday cake will be served, and up for sale will be photo books of the town’s history, along with other centennial and Jamboree merchandise.

A photo will be taken at 6 p.m. of all the attendees.

“We are going to have everyone stand in the park and we’re going to take a photo looking down on everyone, just for the fun of having everyone say, ‘Happy birthday, Pateros,’” Howe said.

Pateros High School musicians will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park for the annual band and choir spring concert. The beginning band, comprised of sixth-graders, will play three pieces, the choir will sing “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical “Rent” and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira, the theme song of the 2010 World Cup, music teacher and conductor Jonathan McBride said. The marching band will also take to the street, playing a song composed by McBride, along with “Know Your Enemy” by Green Day.

The Pateros Jazz Band will wrap up the evening with renditions of Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” George Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from the movie “Toy Story.”

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