Mark Higgins, communications director for the Walla Walla School District, attended Walla Walla High School’s Trunk-or-Treat on campus Oct. 31 and e-mailed his impressions to Shelley Mann, Key Club faculty advisor and ASL teacher.
"Thanks for organizing this event. It was great. My in-laws were in town and they kept saying what a tremendous gift this was to the community. I agree."
Mark took several photos of participants and club members, which are shown here. As was reported Nov. 8, three top prizes were awarded to students, whose efforts in decorating 17 club vehicles drew in more than 550 children.
In addition, nearly 714 pounds of non-perishable food was donated to Christian Aid Center. Kiwanis Club members Jay and Sharon Gerbino, Nina Conn and Don Priest served in various capacities, from crowd control to serving Big Cheese-donated pizza and soda from Pepsi to the club workers.
Impress Salon on Plaza Way strives to keep its employees abreast of the latest styling techniques. To that end, Sierra Zamora, Brittany Culver and Tania Mendiola attended a Toni Guy Advanced Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., in late August. The four-day hands-on advanced education included new trends in cut and color. The trio also attended a two-day hands-on release of TIGI’s newest collection "New Puritan" Oct. 4-5 in Boise.
Michelle Stanton, Tami Olmstead and Jan Corn completed a five-day advanced "Progressions" course at TIGI Academy New York City Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
"At Madison and 61st, the location is premium for absorbing the energy and diversity of the city," Jan said. They enjoyed being able "to perfect skills taught by the best creative team in the hairdressing industry, as well as alongside other talented stylists from around the world."
On Sept. 22, Tania and Sierra attended a class in Spokane with Kevin Givens, TIGI/Bed Head international cosmetics director. His hands-on session used Bed Head makeup that included how to create extreme eyes, sexy brows and tinted lips.
The entire salon staff participated in a training session Oct. 16 with Sharon Schweitzer, Jane Iredale Skincare Make-up regional educator.
Jan added that Jessica Acosta a full-time esthetician and manicurist/pedicurist, recently joined the Impress Salon staff. She completed an advanced esthetician program in Utah that emphasized skin and bodycare wellness. She’s also received training in medical esthetics including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser hair removal and cellulite reduction. In June, Jessica also attended the International Esthetic Convention in Las Vegas, which included the most recent technology and products in skin care.
Girl Scout Troop 1357 members placed flags provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars on veterans’ graves Nov. 10 in Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S. Second Ave. The girls marched in the Veteran’s Day parade, wearing red, white and blue and carrying American flags. One member raised funds to be able to supply more flags, said their leader, Christina Jacobs.
They have placed flags in the veterans’ section of the cemetery for the past three years, but this is the first time they’ve done it on Veterans Day.
The seven members have worked hard in the community doing several service projects, Christina said. Their current goal is to place a flag on the grave of every veteran buried in Mountain View Cemetery come Memorial Day. It’s a challenge as they don’t have a specific registry from which to identify the ones that aren’t buried in the military section.
"The girls want the community to know how important our veterans are to them," Christina said. Members hope to gather information from the community, she said. She can be contacted at 525-2619 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Christina and T.J. Nordman have led the same girls since they were 5-year-old Daisies, Christina said. Now some of the girls are 12-year-old seventh-grade Cadets. There are also members aged 11 and 5, she said.
Joshua Conley, president of Walla Walla Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda business club, said they met with great success in their haunted house venture.
"We were so successful that our club discussed and voted on returning $8,000 in money and support into the very community that pulled together to assist us," Joshua said.
"Our Temple of Terror saw nearly 1,900 people enter and almost 1,800 leave through the exit door (most of them running).
Every customer had a mixture of horror and elation on their face and all of the reviews we managed to get from the few that did not run was that it was an incredible show."
There were nearly two dozen scenes and roughly 100 volunteers, including a well-organized security team.
"We were very surprised at just how successful this event ended up being. It exceeded all of our expectations, including the amount of setup work and size of the event."
A focus group of PBL members determined the money should be allocated to child abuse prevention, shelters, education and more.
They are leaning toward the YWCA women’s shelters. "I understand there are kids’ corners in each and we would like to put some time and elbow work to getting these upgraded and maintained," Joshua said.
The PBL club voted to give 15 percent to literacy programs for the purchase of books for children; 15 percent to child abuse prevention; up to 15 percent to help support the YWCA; and 20 percent to WWCC for two partial scholarships.
Other proceeds will be added to Valley Residential’s fund to buy a handicapped-accessible van; a portion to March of Dimes, in addition to the amount already raised on donations; and an undetermined amount to provide Christmas for several families.
Joshua also said PBL members are grateful to the many companies that assisted or donated to their cause.
For more details, contact Joshua at 509-301-7831 or e-mail email@example.com .
A veterans recognition event Nov. 9 honored 48 Wheatland Village residents, all veterans of World War II or the Vietnam War.
The local AmVets group presented the colors and the military branch of service flags.
"It was a moving tribute to those who served and who are currently serving," said Bob Weller, a Wheatland Village resident and former U.S. Navy pharmacist mate 1st class and a Marine medic.
Tom Vandenberg, maintenance director at Wheatland Village and a Vietnam veteran, said it was "nice to see the veterans honored and given the recognition so deserved and not treated the way we were when we came home."
On Nov. 10, those same veterans were "treated to an amazing assembly put on by the JROTC" at Walla Walla High School, said Mary Wollmuth, marketing director at Wheatland Village.
Four Wheatland Village residents, all World War II veterans, were featured in a 12-minute video at the assembly that highlighted their career in the military. The video presentation also featured Wa-Hi students talking about heros and the military, Mary said. On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the veterans rode in the Wheatland Village bus, which was decorated for participation in the Veterans Day parade downtown.
Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 992 and Ladies Auxiliary honored a number of local World War II veterans during Veterans Day festivities Nov. 11. The veterans and the service they gave as part of "The Greatest Generation" were cited.
"These men risked their lives flying B-24s, landing on Omaha Beach, fighting in Iwo Jima, preparing to invade Japan and freeing Europe from the Axis powers," said Larry Diederich, VFW 992 member.
Linda McBride with the VFW 992 Ladies Auxiliary said they participated in an Oct. 24 Make a Difference Day activity by collecting non-perishable food items for a disabled veteran and his family. The disabled veteran’s son is a JROTC cadet at Walla Walla High School.
It was made really special when World War II veteran Jerry McBain and wife Wilma, VFW Auxiliary District 10 president, attended the special Veterans Day Celebration at Wa-Hi. All the veterans and their wives were accompanied into the assembly by JROTC cadets.
"We were honored to be escorted by the son of the disabled vet and we had a nice conversation with him. He said his family was very appreciative of the Auxiliary’s thoughtfulness," Linda said.
Helpline aims to blanket the community’s residents in need with warmth. Donations of twin- and queen-sized blankets, new or clean and in reasonable condition, will be accepted during business hours at the office, 16 W. Colville St. Fellow U-B employees held a blanket drive for Helpline recently, which gave the 36-year-old emergency social services agency a boost of 12 blankets. Helpline also needs donations of personal hygiene products, laundry detergent, peanut butter, plastic grocery bags and cash, according to the fall issue of Link to Helpline. For those seeking ideas for holiday gift giving, The Helpline Cookbook is available for $10 while supplies last. For more details, call 529-3377, write P.O. Box 776 or online see www.helplineww.org.
Carnegie Art Center’s Picture Lady program is up and running again because of efforts by Edison Elementary parent Augusta Farnum. She’s chairing the program, according to the Nov. 13 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review newsletter online.
Recently 32 volunteers completed the Kandinsky, Picasso and Chagall workshop.
With posters, Power Point presentations, paint, wire, pastels and mono print techniques in tow, volunteers have been challenged to present and conduct an art project with as many students as possible in the elementary classrooms at Edison, Berney, Prospect Point, Sharpstien, Green Park, Blue Ridge and Assumption.
"Success has been reported all over town," Augusta said. "Please keep an eye out for the first projects at the teacher conferences."
For more information on the Picture Lady program, contact Augusta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance has come from:
Mari Sanders, Jayne Eacker, Cheryl Heller, Mimi Mott, Emily Tillotson, Laure Quaresma, Jenny Lemma, Karen Bayne, Jane Baffney, Cyndy Knight, Sara Stadola, Sarah and Adam Sisk, Jack Kammer, Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Krista Davidson, Catherine Blethens, Tiffany Jenes, Jean Gibbs, Sue Fink, Melissa Gardner, Mary Ann Duffy, Anna Conway, Kelly Nelson, Lisa Stott, Trevor Dorland, Denise Shives, Kara Billingsly, Denise Isenhower, Theresa and Dan Adam, Kirsten Leal, Jennifer Sievers, Scott Caldwell. Heidi Cohan, Elizabeth Calder, Shirley Rodenberg, Becky Musick, Kay Schisler, Kelly Gabel, Penny Taylor, Patrice Townsend, Darcey Fugman Small and The Carnegie Board, Staples, Walla Walla Electric, Platt, ProBuild, Yale Glass, Sysco, CreekTown, Whitehourse Crawford, Home Depot, Walla Walla Community College Parent Child Co-Op and Walla Walla School District.
Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at email@example.com or afternoons at 526-8313.