Young professionals want new members

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The Young Professionals of Walla Walla organization is looking for new members.

Young professionals -- as well as the young-at-heart -- are invited to the group's monthly social event next Thursday at El Sombrero on Ash Street. The group meets 5:30-7:30 p.m. for networking and socializing. El Sombrero will offer drink specials, and Wines of Substance has donated wine for a door prize.

More than 300 local professionals have become involved in the organization over the last year. The monthly gatherings include no pitches or seminars, emphasized Michael Mettler, vice president of marketing for the Young Professionals.

There is no financial commitment to join the organization. One goal, however, is to provide opportunities for young professionals to become more involved in the community and business scene.

The organization helps members stay active in the community through volunteerism at community events, such as Feast Walla Walla, the Ducky Derby and the Chamber Music Festival, Mettler said. This year the organization is partnering with the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation to coordinate and manage Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend, he said.

For more information, visit youngprofessionalsofwallawalla.com or find the organization on Facebook.

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From Walla Walla to Woodinville. Otis Kenyon Wine makes its debut today on the western side of the state with the unveiling of its new tasting room.

The Walla Walla Valley winery, 23 E. Main St., is the latest of a cluster of area wineries to expand to Woodinville wine country in an effort to provide greater access to consumers west of the Cascades. The new space is at the Apple Farm Village, 14525 148th Ave. N.E., near the Hollywood School.

The winery is named in tribute to four generations of Otis Kenyons. One in particular brings a mysterious flair to the family name. Almost a century ago, dentist James Otis Kenyon became notorious when he burned down a rival businessman's office. Fifty years after the legendary arson and his subsequent estrangement, grandson Stephen Kenyon reunited the family before James died at 101.

The winery's new tasting room in Woodinville -- a complement to the existing local operation --will be open noon-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information visit otiskenyonwine.com.

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Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition and Banner Bank are teaming up for another Money Smart class next month.


The program is the FDIC's award-winning financial education course for adults. Space is limited and registration will be taken on a rolling basis, according to the announcement.

Classes begin Tuesday, May 4, and run 6-8 p.m. A light supper is available at no cost for participants starting at 5:30 p.m. Organizers are trying to also explore the possibility of child care for those who need it. Banner is offering its own incentive to participants: Those who complete all four classes will get a $100 gift certificate from the bank.

A fifth optional class will also be offered before the start of the program. On April 27, a session on identity theft will be offered not only to Money Smart participants, but also the general public.

Registrations for the program should be directed to Noah Leavitt, coordinator of the Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition at: nsleavitt@hotmail.com . Other questions can be directed to Kathy Covey from Blue Mountain Action Council at 529-4980.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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