NWGG donates $100,000 to local groups, nonprofits

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In a banner year, a farmer-owned cooperative is spreading the wealth.

The board of Northwest Grain Growers, which said in a news release it has had its best financial year since its inception in 1929, has voted to donate $100,000 to educational institutions and nonprofits.

The board voted to give $40,100 to school programs that directly benefit farmers: seed breeding programs at Washington State University and Oregon State University and a commercial driver training program for farmers at Walla Walla Community College.

A committee appointed by the board also divvied up $59,900 among Blue Mountain Action Council, Blue Mountain Chapter of the Red Cross, Children's Home Society of Walla Walla, Christian Aid Center, Helpline, The Cardinal's Nest of Waitsburg, Walla Walla Council of Campfire USA, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Center at the Park and YWCA.

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Local artist Todd Telander is starting an art school.

The Telander Art School, which meets at the artist's 1249 Bryant Ave. studio, will begin classes Sept. 1, according to a news release.

"I believe everyone can learn to draw and paint when specific skills are introduced in a supportive and non-judgmental environment," Telander said in the release. "Within all of us is an artist that only needs the space and encouragement to develop."

Six-week sessions are planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon and evening.

Separate sessions are offered for 6- to 9-year-olds, children 10 and up and adults.

The children's classes run from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and besides demonstrations, instruction, assignments and materials include a healthy snack. Class sizes are limited to 10 students, and tuition is $200.

Adult classes, for beginners to experts, run $300 for the six-week sessions. Class sizes are limited to six students, and� critiques, demonstrations and personal instruction are in store.

For more information, contact Telander at 509-540-0068 or todd@toddtelander.com or go to www.toddtelander.com.

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Pay it forward could meet pay it backward starting today.

Positive Life Radio is promoting "the drive-through difference," which it says boils down to paying the bill for the person behind you when you're picking up a burger or a latte.

The push for kindness to strangers runs through Monday.

"We want people to have fun sharing a simple gesture of friendship in our community," station General Manager Kevin Krueger said in a news release.

The station suggests handing a friendly note to the person at the pay window to pass along, too.

"Give it a try just once," Krueger said. "We think you'll love it."

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