Eatery puts new spin on 'happy hour'

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The Whitehouse-Crawford is ringing in a new "Cocktail Hour" at 5 p.m.

The fine-dining restaurant that brought new life to a 100-year-old converted planing mill, is now adding its own take to what's commonly known as "happy hour," said chef Jamie Guerin.

In this case, cocktail hour runs until 6:30 p.m. nightly, except Tuesdays when the restaurant, 55 W. Cherry St., is closed.

All drinks, beer and wine by the glass are discounted 20 percent (excluding wines by the bottle). Guerin said discounted bar menu specials will also be offered.

"We are hoping people will stop in after work, or before the movies, or before a night on the town," he said in the announcement. For more details on the restaurant operation, call 525-2222 or visit: www.whitehousecrawford.com.

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'The Trainer of Champions" is coming to Walla Walla this weekend. Mixed Martial Arts coach Robert Follis, head coach ar Portland based Team Quest gym, will offer his physical and mental training techniques in a three hour seminar Saturday at CALHOON'S Martial Arts Fitness. The seminar is open to members and nonmembers of the Isaacs Avenue gym owned by Ryan Calhoon. Lest anyone think the training applies only to potential cage fighters, Calhoon said the seminar's focus on mental training will have applications in everything from business to everyday life. So those who don't want to participate in the physical training can pay half price and listen to the presentation.

Follis has worked extensively with former UFC Light-Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Fame member Randy "The Natural" Couture, former Pride Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight Champion Dan "Hendo" Henderson and Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Silver Medalist Matt "The Law" Lindland, among many others. "It's kind of like having Michael Jordan come to town and put on a basketball clinic," Calhoon said.

Saturday's event runs 9 a.m.-noon at CALHOON'S, 1711 E. Isaacs Ave. The cost is $50 in advance for members; $75 at the door. The cost for nonmembers is also $75, but discounts are available for nonmember groups. The seminar is available for all ages, and Follis will offer private lessons at discounted rate of $75 per hour, or $100 per hour for two people. Private lessons must be paid in advance. For more details, call 520-6642.

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Walla Walla Mayor Barbara Clark sings the praises of public transportation in a video produced by proponents of Valley Transit.

The video was created in support of a sales-tax increase that would be used to help fund operations of Walla Walla's public transportation service.

Clark, a co-chair of the The Campaign for Valley Transit who also serves on Valley Transit's board of directors, lends her voice to a video and song titled "Thank Goodness for the Bus!" You can check it out at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Z0ziiQ1eA.

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Pacific Power and The Salvation Army's Project HELP are asking for assistance from customers to help with the energy bills of their less fortunate neighbors.

The energy provider asks customers who afford it to donate to Project HELP.

Pacific Power customers are receiving special envelopes with their February bills. Donations are passed directly from Pacific Power to Project HELP. Last year, local customers donated almost $5,900, and the company added more than $19,000 to help Walla Walla area customers. Pacific Power's customer service number is 888-221-7070.

In the 12-month period that ended last June 30, Project HELP in the Walla Walla area helped pay energy bills for more than 350 local households. That need is expected to be at least as great this year, according to recent national surveys.

Contributions to Project HELP are tax deductible. Additional mailings will be made in June 2010.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs or direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's customer service number is 888-221-7070.

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


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