Etcetera - 03/10/10

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Walla Walla Valley Soroptimists awarded four women $100 each for their efforts in bettering their lives and making a difference in their communities. Three recipients were included in the Thursday March 4 Etcetera column. The fourth recipient was Maggie Thorness from Missoula, Mont., who won the Women's Opportunity Award. Maggie is enrolled in the University of Montana College of Technology, working toward an associate degree in the nursing program. Her goal is to become a gastroenterologist. She served as a medic in the Montana Army National Guard with active duty in Iraq where she suffered a traumatic brain injury. She is the sole provider for her infant son and husband, who is ill. Additionally, she remains involved with the Montana Army National Guard. The next level of competition is at Soroptimist International of Northwest Region. For more details, see www.soroptimistwwv.org.

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Walla Walla High School's Class of 1970 will hold its 40-year reunion this summer. On Aug. 20 a no-host mixer will be at Olive, 21 E. Main St. A no-host social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 will be at the Walla Walla Country Club. Organizers are also working on a winery tour and or golf event. Cost for the weekend is $40 per person. Specific details will be mailed and will be posted online at www.wahiclassof70.com . A number of classmates are still missing. To share contact information about classmates, e-mail Don Hanson at dphllc@charter.net; or Mary Peterson at mary@lifeswheat.com.

An AmeriCorps Service Learning Project included participation by 26 students from Edison Elementary School.

The youngsters learned about peafowl, pheasants, geese and ducks in an after-school program March 3, then drew their favorite birds.

Linda Mummy and Fiona Taggart with AmeriCorps led the program and hung the artwork at the aviary.

The students' "delightful artwork ... can be seen through the viewing windows in the incubation and brooding rooms," said Joanna Lanning, Aviary caretaker with the Walla Walla Parks & Recreation Department.

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An AmeriCorps group will donate time to the aviary in May to help spruce up the facility in anticipation of the hundreds of visitors the site receives each spring, Joanna said.

"Staff at the aviary appreciate all the hard-working hours volunteers donate every year."

Pioneer Park Aviary is in the southwest corner of the historic 58-acre Pioneer Park. It is home to approximately 200 exotic birds, including pheasants, ducks, geese and doves. The facility is open to view the birds during park hours, from dawn to dusk.

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