The Walla Walla chapter of American Association of University Women will hold its 35th annual AAUW Book Sale in the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center ballrooms. Books will be sold from noon-9 p.m. Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 20 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21.
AAUW is still accepting book donations, which may be made at four new drop boxes recently installed around town. Gently used books may be taken to Bright's Candies, in the back; in the alley behind the YWCA, 213 S. First Ave.; beside the front door at John's Wheatland Bakery, 1828 E. Isaacs Ave.; and by the UPS kiosk at Walla Walla Harvest Foods, 905 S. Second Ave. The boxes are emptied often. In addition, pick-up is available by calling 522-5007.
AAUW's book sale features thousands of items on a wide range of subjects. The well-attended event draws buyers from the community, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Idaho and Montana. There is a large selection of children's materials, current hardback fiction and non fiction, cooking, gardening, regional history and science fiction to name a few. There is also a variety of collectible and special interest books.
Proceeds from the event fund AAUW scholarships to women returning to college after a break due to family or career and to girls entering higher education. The local group also donates to a national AAUW fellowship program that helps fund post-graduate level work. Information regarding scholarships is available online at aauw-wallawalla.org and information will be available at the sale.
There's been a whole lot of fundraising going on in the Walla Walla Valley. A screening of "Cargo: Innocence Lost," shown Jan. 16 at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus, raised funds for Helpline's STEP Women's Shelter.
It serves single homeless women in Walla Walla County.
Stone Hut Bar amp; Grill owner Justin Watson and his staffers featured Helpline at their November benefit. Patrons and the bar raised $300 to provide heating assistance for families during the winter months.
Barnaby's and Helpline paired to serve a Thanksgiving Day feast to more than 75 people. Tim Reed, his staff and volunteers received the gratitude from folks at Helpline for that event. And Helpline will hold its annual SoupPort 2010 on April 21. Tickets are available at Helpline and the Whitman College Bookstore.
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