Etcetera - 03/22/10

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Walla Walla Symphony is now on Wikipedia, said Michael Wenberg, symphony CEO. Information can be accessed at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walla_Walla_Symphony. The page offers a description of the symphony, its youth programs and concert series. The orchestra was founded in 1907 and bills itself as the "oldest continuously operating symphony west of the Mississippi." Yaacov Bergman has been music director and conductor since 1987. About 1,000 people enjoy concerts the symphony performs predominately at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus.

A number of partners support the symphony's efforts. For 2009-2010, the Wikipedia article notes they include the Kinsman Foundation, Sherwood Trust, Washington State Arts Commission, Baker Boyer Bank, Banner Bank, Helen Logan-Schneider, Richard Jr. and Deberah Simon, Key Technology, Community Bank, U.S. Bank, Walla Walla General Hospital, Wheatland Village, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center and Doug and Jo Winn.

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Members of Delta Gamma sorority and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Whitman College will hold a Walk-a-thon April 10 to raise money for the Breast Cancer Special Needs Fund through Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

Registration is 10 a.m. at Ankeny Field on campus. Walking starts at 10:30 and continues until 4 p.m. Emily Nickels, Delta Gamma Philanthropy chairwoman, can be reached at whitmanwalkathon@gmail.com, or call 206-300-7263. Checks should be made out to the Breast Cancer Special Needs Fund.

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Organizers with the McLaughlin Union High School Class of 1980 are planning their 30-year reunion for Aug. 6-7. They're on the lookout for several classmates for whom they need contact information. For details or if you haven't yet heard from the committee, contact Mariann Hanson Harmon at 541-938-7608 or mariann.harmon@charter.net; or Valona Leischner Tucker at v_tucker@q.com.

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The semi-annual rummage sale at First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St., will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 7-8 and 8 a.m.-noon April 9. Most of the proceeds will go to local, regional, national and international missions. Recently, the church made a $1,000 donation to the Haiti Relief fund, which was raised during the fall rummage sale. For more details, call Sue Gillespie at 525-1890 or 540-9813.

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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