Fort Walla Walla Museum asks for people to help

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Fort Walla Walla Museum wants you.

The museum is on the hunt for volunteers to help serve as tour docents, building attendants, office helpers, gardeners, golf-cart drivers and more for the 43rd season. In addition to the need for volunteers in those positions -- as well as gift-store clerks and those with a touch for data entry -- new programs require more helpers.

According to a call for volunteers, the Myra Road museum is starting a new "Tales o' the Trail" children's reading circle. Volunteers are needed to read aloud books of regional historic interest to children between ages 4 and 9. The readers will participate for 30 minutes on the second and fourth Sundays each month of the visitation season.

Also, the "Bloom Artists" series will feature the work of high school artists on successive weekends from April 24 through May 31. Each school will display Western-themed art by students in a juried show. Students will serve as exhibit attendants the weekends their work is displayed. However, the museum needs qualified judges.

Additionally, the Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Company needs people to represent 19th century settlers and pioneers who shaped the community. Roles are available for men, women and children, as well as musicians to play 19th century popular music with the Oregon Trail Band. A Living History season meeting is Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., and a meeting for new and returning volunteers is at 10 a.m. March 24 in the Grand Hall at the new Entrance Building. For details, call 509-525-7703

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Brenda Williams, principal broker and owner of Williams Team Homes.com, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists.

The organization is the largest nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

To receive the designation that's given to fewer than 38,000 Realtors nationwide, Williams, a member of the Walla Walla Board of Realtors, completed advanced courses and demonstrated professional expertise in residential real estate.

The designation is a sign to home buyers and sellers that CRS designees subscribe to a strict Realtor code of ethics, have access to the latest technology and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs, the announcement said.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321. ?

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