Etcetera - 01/25/10

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More than 200 people attended Edison Elementary School's Family Fun Night on Jan. 12, according the the Walla Walla School District's Week in Review online newsletter.

Area businesses discounted and donated food to help cover the cost of the free dinner, including Sweet Basil Pizzeria and Big Cheese Pizza, mixed greens from Graze Catering, ginger cookies from John's Wheatland Bakery and apple cider and bananas from Andy's Market.

The event's theme was board and table games. Edison PTA is creating social events to bring families together to get to know each other while having fun.

Many volunteers helped make the event a success including Jennifer Northam, Lynette Fogg, Bill Musick, Lucia Mumm, Karen Jorgenson and Nancy Withycombe.

The second Family Fun Night will be Tuesday with a dance party theme featuring Laura Scheuller. Get your shimmy shoes on: she will lead the chicken dance, hokey pokey, macarana and limbo, among others.

The final Family Fun Night is Feb. 9 with a theme of reading and storytelling. Many local authors and actors will read from favorite books and others will tell stories. Loren Dickinsin, former professor of oral interpretation at Walla Walla University, will be a presenter. Michael Wenberg will read Elizabeth's Song, the book he authored. Books and stories will be told in Spanish and English. The events are free and open to families of Edison students. Both upcoming events begin at 6 p.m. at the school, 1315 E. Alder St. Call 509-527-3072 for more details.

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Walla Walla High School's Conspiracy of Hope benefit concert will be Tuesday and Wednesday in the Wa-Hi Auditorium.

Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with a $5 donation to be collected at the door, according to the Jan. 22 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Conspiracy of Hope is a student production that benefits both the Dave Meyer Foundation and Love 146. The Dave Meyer Foundation was created to help athletes of low-income families with expenses associated with sports participation such as equipment and camp fees. Love 146 is a child sex trafficking protection and research foundation in which children are helped through prevention across the world. For more details about the event, contact Jillian DeBritz, Wa-Hi social studies and leadership teacher, at 526-8659.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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