Etcetera - 03/12/10

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Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will offer spring vocal tuneups beginning at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St. The site is near the airport, between Tamarack Cellars and Five Star Cellars.

The vocal series for women of high school- and college-age and beyond, runs five Mondays, March 15-April 12, with a performance opportunity at 7 p.m. April 18 at First Presbyterian Church.

Tune-up participants sing songs they learn together in the Monday sessions with the chorus.

Advance registration is appreciated but not necessary. More information is available at 520-0675 or 525-9041. There is no fee. Three certified Sweet Adeline directors will work with the group. "Sweet Adelines has such a powerful program for young singers everywhere in the country -- countries, actually -- said chorus member Darlene Filla. Last year was the first time that the RISING STAR contest was held in conjunction with the international competition. Those of us who will have the opportunity to attend the 2010 International Contest in Seattle in October will have the pleasure of hearing these young contestants."

The first Young Women in Harmony chorus in the region was Second Edition from Walla Walla in the 1990s. They went to the regional contest as guests one year and sang on two of the annual shows. Members of that chorus are encouraged to join the group for the tune-up, Darlene said.

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Walla Walla Community College Skills USA Club members competed in the Skills winter conference at Lake Washington Technical College in late January. It has campuses in Kirkland, Redmond and Duvall, Wash. "We did very well. They are champions at work," said Dan Norton, club advisor.

WWCC students who placed in competition include: Candice Churchill, collision repair, first in job interview and third in extemporaneous speech; Oscar Morales, auto mechanic, second in job demonstration and second in job interview; Dave Fesler, welding technician, first in job interview and second in extemporaneous speech; Cory Maas, precision machining technician, first in job demonstration and first in extemporaneous speech.

In addition, two WWCC students were elected as state Skills USA officers: Dave Fesler, as treasurer; and Oscar Morales, as sergeant-at-arms.

The winter conference consists of the leadership portion of the competition.

In upcoming spring competition at CBC, hands-on competitions will be held for the prof/tech students i.e. auto body, welding, precision machining and auto mechanics, Dan said. At this conference, gold medal winners will earn the opportunity to represent the state of Washington at the Skills USA national competition in Kansas City, Mo.

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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