Just so's you know, there are several places locally that are hosting New Year's Eve celebrations if you want to party like it's almost 2010:
Merchants Ltd., 21 E. Main St., Coyote Kings will rock the New Year at Pub 21 in Merchant's. Music will begin at 9 p.m. and cover is $5. After 32 years, Bob and the Austin family are selling the shop, so it's their last hoorah and a welcome to new owners Tom Maccarone and Jake Crenshaw.
Backstage Bistro, 230 E. Main St. Soul, funk and rhythm and blues, ala Motown, can be had at 9:30 p.m. for $10 with keyboardist Jimmy Holden (from Etta James' band), and bassist Wayman Chapman (from Chaka Khan's band). Reservations are available at 509-526-0690.
CrossRoads Steakhouse, 201 E. Rees Ave., for a dinner and party, or pay $10 cover without dinner that includes appetizers at midnight, party hats and favors and rock 'n' roll and country music by The Frog Hollow Band.
Walla Walla Village Winery, 107 S. Third Ave., across from Wamu/Chase Bank. Open Mic starting Thursdays 7-10 p.m.. Hosted by Blue Mountain Spanish Sound. Signups by phone, call 509-876-444 after 4 p.m.
Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge, 611 N. Main St., Milton-Freewater, The Penrose Lane band will begin playing at 8 p.m. For ticket and general information, call 541-938-3633.
Two area sudents made Oregon State University' scholastic honor roll fall term. Amber M. Steinhoff, Dayton, a sophomore in natural resources, and Sheila J. Thurber, Walla Walla, junior, biology, were among the 611 students who earned straight-A 4.0 gpas.
Mira Gobel, Walla Walla High School associate principal, and Rob Ahrens, science teacher, reported to school board members Dec. 15 on the school's Yamate Japan Cultural Exchange Program.
Students from Japan will visit Walla Walla April 9-23.
The students will stay with host families during the two-week timeframe. Mira and Rob plan to host students in their homes and are looking for other host families.
Rob went to Japan in 1986 as a high school student through this program, which began in 1969.
Wa-Hi students will be in Japan July 18-Aug. 4 to complete the exchange program. Students will stay in the large city of Yokohama, near Tokyo.
Mira and Rob said Walla Walla students will have opportunities to sightsee and learn more about the country and its culture.
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