Tax prep firm holds 'block party'

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H&R Block is celebrating the end of tax season with a "Block Party" hosted by Eastgate businesses.

From 9 a.m.to midnight Wednesday the tax preparation firm, 493 Wilbur Ave., will offer punch cards to those who drop in. Punches can be retrieved at businesses throughout the neighborhood. Those who return the card to H&R Block can enter a drawing for a gift basket to take place 9 a.m. Thursday.

According to H&R Block local Manager Heidi Kincheloe, several businesses will have special activities for punch-card holders. Those who don't can still offer punches.

Money Tree, which operates 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, and Java Hut, which runs 7 a.m.-5 p.m. that day, are two that will have special activities, Kincheloe said in the announcement.

For its part, H&R Block, the main sponsor for the event, will have a spinner set for discount tax returns for clients, as well as snacks. The office will remain open through midnight. For more details, call 529-7210.

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A new and "pre-loved" children's and maternity store will be among the first tenants of the new Country Store Consignment Center.

Little Mud Pies Clothing Co. will offer clothing, furniture and accessories when it opens at the Country Store, 2205 Isaacs Ave., on May 1.

The business is owned by Amber Miller, who buys and sells new and next-to-new items that are clean and checked for safety standards. Items purchased are name brand, trendy and clean, according to the Little Mud Pies Web site.

Hours of operation will be Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more details, call 629-PIES or visit: www.littlemudpies.vpweb.com.

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The Walla Walla Sweets are still on the lookout for pipes.

Walla Walla's new baseball team is recruiting singers to perform the National Anthem before each home game.

Local and regional talent will get to perform before the games start at Borleske Stadium.

Applications are available at www.wallawallasweets.com. Those who visit the site should click on the "Borleske Stadium" tab and select "Special Events." Applications are also available at the Sweets downtown office, 109 E. Main St.

Performers will be asked for a demo audio file or to provide two references on their singing abilities.

For more details, call Beth Swanson at 522-2255 or e-mail: beth@wallawallasweets.com .

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

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