Abajian to host child safety event

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Abajian Toyota will host the DNA LifePrint Child Safety Event this weekend.

The Walla Walla auto dealer invites parents to bring their children to the lot at 606 N. Wilbur Ave. on Saturday for new biometric fingerprinting and a DNA identification kit.

The program -- endorsed by anti-crime activist and host of "America's Most Wanted" John Walsh -- is intended to equip parents with tools recommended by the FBI and Department of Justice should their children ever go missing. According to the announcement, parents greatly increase their chances of quickly recovering their child if they immediately provide an FBI-certified biometric 10-digit fingerprint profile, a DNA sample, a high-resolution full color photograph, and current statistical information.

The event at Abajian runs 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Parents will get the biometric 10-digit fingerprint profile for their children. Biometrics is the most advanced technology currently available for obtaining fingerprints. The prints are immediately submitted into the FBI database as soon as a child is reported missing. Doing that makes the prints available to all law-enforcement agencies throughout the country.

The program also provides the free high-resolution, full-color digital photo of the child, a free child safety journal to provide law-enforcement with vital information and other facts needed immediately after a child is reported missing and a free home DNA identification kit.

There will be no data-basing at Abajian, meaning that the only record of the visit to the event is handed to participants to take home. Abajian keeps no records on file.

Free pizza from Big Cheese Pizza, soft drinks from Coca-Cola and free fun tattoos for the kids will also be part of the event. For more details, call 525-1920.

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Tongues will be wagging for this weekend's grand opening celebration of Walla Walla's new natural and holistic pet food and supply store.

Wags to Whiskers, 1903 E. Isaacs Ave., which opened more than a month ago, is celebrating with free samples, discounts and drawings.

Visitors to the business, owned by Linn?copy; and Dan Wagner, will receive free samples of treats, food and pet items, including canned, frozen raw and kibble foods. A free dog toy will be given for any dog that enters the store dressed in a costume.

Everything storewide will be discounted 20 percent.

The only limit is for one case of canned and one bag of dog and one bag of cat food.

Other items are buy-one-get-one-free. Drawings for treats and pet food will take place throughout the day with a grand prize of a three-month supply of pet food.

Located behind the Magic Touch Car Wash, Wags to Whiskers operates 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and is closed Sundays. For more information, call 529-4444.

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

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