Etcetera - 03/08/10

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Curves of Walla Walla is participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.

Almost 11 million pounds of food were collected last year for local communities worldwide. This time, Curves' goal is to collect 15 million pounds to help even more people in need of healthy food.

Curves is offering a discounted service fee of $30 for any new member who brings in a bag of non-perishable groceries and commits to a 12-month CD membership through March 15. Anyone can donate non-perishable food items at Curves Monday-Friday during business hours this month.

"The Curves Food Drive promotion is always exciting," said Lora Edelman, owner of the Walla Walla club. "We have a chance to help so many people at a time when the food banks are lowest. It's a win-win situation for everyone, and we're very proud to participate." For more details, contact Lora at 522-7888.

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Fourth-grader Paige Gardner organized Prospect Point Elementary's "Helping Hands for Haiti" coin drive in collaboration with the American Red Cross. She pitched her idea to Principal Chris Gardea as a student body project. With Chris' approval, she helped promote the idea with her own announcements to the school each morning. Gardner's teacher is Karen Watson. "She definitely exhibits the traits we recognize as one of our Shining Stars," Chris said.

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Applications for juried showcases at the 30th annual Arts Northwest Booking Conference are due March 22.

The conference, slated for Oct. 14-17 in Bellevue, Wash., is the region's largest gathering of performing artists, artist managers, booking agents, and presenters like theatres, festivals, college activities boards, and community arts councils, concert associations, and parks departments.

The conference has workshops, panel discussions, keynote speeches, an exhibit hall, and social events. However, Arts Northwest president.

At least 26 performing artists or groups, including musicians, dancers, and actors, are selected from hundreds of applicants by a peer panel process to present a 12-minute excerpt of their work.

At least two-dozen artists will be selected for after-hours showcases from the pool of applicants who do not receive juried showcases, plus Johnson says Arts Northwest will experiment this year with independently produced showcases in and around Bellevue.

More details regarding the latter are forthcoming at ArtsNW.org.

The juried showcases will be staged at the convention center's theatre, and the after-hours showcases will be held on the premises, too, in three contiguous spaces. Visit www.artsnw.org for more information.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313

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