Free tai chi class on tap Saturday

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Ever wondered what a tai chi class would be like?

See for yourself Saturday during a free class at the Many Waters Wellness Center, 820 Sprague Ave. at Jefferson Park.

Sandi Wicher of Harmony & Health said the beginning-level Tai Chi for Arthritis class at her operation will take place 9:30-10:45 a.m. Certified instructor Beth Fraser-Wirth will lead the session. This specific class was developed by Dr. Paul Lam and endorsed by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Wicher said in the announcement.

The program is suitable for all ages and gives a chance for newcomers to experience ti chi. For more information, call Wicher at 386-4305.

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Thundering Hooves, a family-based operation known for the grass-fed beef, lamb, goat and pastured poultry raised on the certified organic pastures of a fourth-generation Walla Walla farm, has made the cover of the Washington State Department of Agriculture's new handbook.

A photo of Thundering Hooves beef is one of seven photos on the cover of the WSDA's Small Farm Direct Marketing Handbook.

The book provides information about the resources available to farmers, how to operate a farm business, marketing strategies and regulations on specific products.

According to the announcement from the agriculture department, the various chapters of the 125-page book address licensing, food safety, organic certification and marketing directly to consumers through farmers markets, retailers and institutions, community supported agriculture, farm stands and much more.

"Helping farmers sell their products and increase the economic viability of small farms is the core mission for our Small Farm and Direct Marketing Program," WSDA Director Dan Newhouse said, in a prepared statement. "A lot of farm wisdom went into this handbook and we paid special attention to summarizing pertinent rules and regulations in plain language."

The new handbook, partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, builds on what was formerly called The Green Book, last revised in 2006. The handbook is expected to be a resource not only for farmers, but also county health departments, farmers market managers, agricultural professionals and anyone who wants to know the ins and outs of selling farm products direct to consumers.

Printed copies may be obtained by e-mailing your address to smallfarms@agr.wa.gov or by calling Leisa Schumaker at 360-902-1926.

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Treating yourself to a tasty meal will raise money for a good cause at the Whitehouse-Crawford this weekend.

Chef Jamie Guerin said 10 percent of net sales from meals at the fine-dining restaurant at 55 W. Cherry St. will be donated to Partners in Health for relief efforts in Haiti.

The Boston-based Partners in Health has been on the ground in Haiti more than 20 years with a mission to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.

Whitehouse-Crawford operates 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday. For more information call 525-2222.

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Tails are wagging over the new groomer at the Spaw at Haute Dog Pet Resort.

Cortny Ponticelli has joined the staff at Walla Walla's luxury pet resort, 1177 Abadie St.

Immediate appointments are available for those pets whose owners have proof of current vaccinations. The full range of grooming services include clips, trims, shed-out service, "pawdicures," facials, mud baths and coloring.

For more information, call 525-1312 or visit hautedogpetresort.com .

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

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