Etc. - 12/23/09

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Garrison Middle School's Students of the Month for November include Ulyses Razo, sixth grade; Jennifer Cho, seventh; and Eddie Kaminski, eighth.
Staffers nominate students for the honor, which includes a certificate, their photos displayed in the school lobby's showcase and lunch at a restaurant of their choosing with the principal.

Ulyses as cited for working very hard; Jennifer is described as compassionate, helpful to other students and a hard worker in class; and Eddie is "an excellent office assistant, is very professional and always eager to help."

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Commitment to Community held its annual neighborhood Christmas Party Dec. 13 at the Housing Authority Gym.

Hundreds of neighbors enjoyed the evening of festivities, said Julia Leavitt with C2C.

The event included activities for kids, such as pin-the-nose-on-Rudolph, and live music and a reenactment put on by a local theater group. Neighbors made the meal shared by everyone.

Santa Claus made a guest appearance. Each child got a gift and many a laugh as each child sat on Santa's lap.

Because of the help of local neighbors and organizations, the event was made possible with coordinating efforts from C2C, said Julia.

The neighbors from Washington and Jefferson parks and Edith and Carrie streets all work with C2C on neighborhood projects and events.

The C2C staff guesstimated how many gifts to have for the kids based on how many participated last year, and how many people were invited this time, Julia said.

If anyone from another part of town is interested in learning more about C2C they are encouraged to contact Julia at 540-0583, or her supervisor, Nancy Carter, at 876-7216.

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The North Bennet Street School in Boston admitted Arini Esarey of Walla Walla as a student. She has started a two-year training program in traditional bookbinding.

One of the country's oldest schools for craftsmanship training, the North Bennet is known internationally for its rigorous teaching methods, and for its role in promoting the preservation of traditional crafts skills, according to a release.

The school marks its 125th anniversary year in 2010. In addition to bookbinding, the school provides full- and part-time programs in violin making, piano technology, jewelry making, carpentry, locksmithing and cabinet and furniture making.

Arini graduated in 1999 from Walla Walla High School and in 2005 from Reed College in Portland.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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