Etcetera - 04/12/10

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A 2010 City of Trees Arbor Day Award will be presented to Blue Ridge Elementary School PTA and former Principal Connie Taylor-Randall during the Walla Walla City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall. Thirty-seven Blue Ridge students and their families planted 70 new trees at Blue Ridge in April 2009. "This was a great turnout and by all reports, a great day for all involved," said Jim Dumont, city of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation director, stated in a letter to Connie. "Your enthusiasm for your students and community is truly contagious and I am sure these students 'caught' an appreciation of trees and their role in the environment."

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Pioneer Middle School students and families will package meal packets for third world children from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday. Additional volunteer support is needed, the April 9 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review noted. The project is linked to the Children of the Nation organization.

Volunteers will assemble food packets, which will be shipped directly to Africa, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to feed hungry children.

Holly Carrera, Pioneer PTA president, needs 50 to 60 volunteers. A candle fundraiser in December turned over 100 percent of ots proceeds to support the project. For more information, contact Holly at mcarrera@charter.net.

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McDonald Zaring Insurance employees are helping in the fight against cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and are seeking community support, said Sheila Peterson.

The MZ crew will be host a Bunco party at the Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St., from 6-8 p.m. May 13. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. R.S.V.P. to Glenda Thompson at glenda.thompson@mcdonaldzaring.com or Cherie Engebretson, cherie.engebretson@mcdonaldzaring. To learn more about Relay For Life please visit RelayForLife.org.

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Pheasants Forever's annual banquet Feb. 27 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds was successful thanks to the efforts of the many volunteers and attendees, said Ann Bisgard. Proceeds from the auction and raffles will be used in the shelter belt and food plot programs for Walla Walla and Columbia counties. Plans for another water source are afoot. The raffles and auction were successful because many local merchants and businesses who donated items and services, Ann said. Lori Fischer, banquet chairwoman, coordinated efforts of the members in an event that saw 300 people attend. Doug Case and his crew from Grandma's Catering served up the meal.

The next event is a pre-season youth pheasant hunt in October. Habitat enhancement programs are ongoing throughout the year. For more details, call 529-7521 or 529-2994.

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