Etcetera - 03/29/10

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Catholic Daughters of the Americas Washington State Court is hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser April 18, said Christy Ann Hall, chairwoman of the state fundraising committee. The Fazzari family will prepare the feed, which will be at Assumption Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St.

CDAWSC is raising funds for a Habitat for Humanity house to be built in Washington state as the group's state project. They are $10,000 short of being able to receive a matching grant from the national organization in July, Christy said. They hope folks will partner with them and are asking for $100 donations or any amount people can contribute. Checks should be made to Washington State CDA. The group is also seeking donations for a rummage sale that will be May 16 at 515 Newell St. Call Christy at 525-3958 for more details, including the times for these events, or e-mail christyannhall@charter.net.

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Helpline's SoupPort luncheon will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21 at Blanchet Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 425 W. Alder St. Drs. Mark Brown and Sam Kirtley will provide piano music during the fundraiser.

The chicken noodle, cream of broccoli, seafood chowder, split pea and ham, vegetable and cream of tomato with basil soups will be prepared by Walla Walla Community College culinary arts students. In addition, bread will be served and every person attending will get to choose from a variety of hand-decorated ceramic bowls. Many groups and individuals around the Walla Walla Valley painted the bowls. For tickets, $25 apiece, contact Helpline at 529-3377 or send payment to Helpline at P.O. Box 776, Walla Walla.

Funding from SoupPort helps those in need. In 2009, Helpline handled 18,758 cases and 2,458 households from Burbank, College Place, Dixie, Prescott, Touchet, Waitsburg, Wallula and Walla Walla, as well as those who were homeless and others from out of the area. Their ages ranged from birth to over 70 years. Of those assisted, 2,172 were women, 1,969 were men, 1,307 were boys and 1,245 were girls.

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Rising Sun Clubhouse is dedicated to providing support through social rehabilitation opportunities for those with mental illness to reach their full potential. Several months ago, the Clubhouse welcomed Lanetta Romero as its new job developer. She holds a bachelor's in psychology and has worked on Palouse Counseling's crisis response team. She aims to help members acquire employment in the community.

For more details about Rising Sun, e-mail risingsunclubhouse@yahoo.com, write P.O. Box 2583, Walla Walla, stop by 35 W. Chestnut St., or call 529-0120.

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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