Etcetera - 05/04/10

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Hoe, hoe, hoe. Volunteers are needed for a landscaping project May 22-23 at Sharpstein Elementary School. They want to transform a section of lawn at the southeast corner of the school into a natural, native landscape. Beautiful, medicinal and edible shrubs and flowers native to Walla Walla County will be used, project organizer Beth Thiel said in the April 30 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review. They need help moving sod, hauling mulch and placing rocks. To volunteer, contact Beth at 525-0969 or bethbri@bmi.net.

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Toys, puppets and urchins are being sought for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Pinocchio."

Auditions for show will be held at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 E. Sumach St., for Walla Walla-area young people in first through 12th grades.

Plan to stay for the entire two hours, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Little Theatre on June 21. If cast, the tuition is $45. Rehearsals will be 10 a.m.-noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The Friday time will be announced later. Performances will be 7 p.m. June 25; and 3 and 5:30 p.m. June 26. For more details, call 301-8000 or www.ltww.org.

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Walla Walla Community Hospice received a generous gift from Seven Hills Winery in the form of 82 wine barrel halves. Through word of mouth, the barrels were snapped up at $20 apiece, some to be employed as planters. That fundraiser plus some other donations, brought in $1,770, said Laurie Klicker, WWCH marketing coordinator.

The oak barrels impart flavor for an average of just three years in the winemaking business, so to bring further use they're recycled, often as planters, or by taking the staves and reconstituting them as tables, chairs, easels, lazy susans, glass racks, bottle and hanging pot racks, pastry-bread-vegetable-flower baskets and dog beds.

If you're handy, check out the ideas I found online by searching for recycling wine barrels.

Proceeds from the sale of these retired barrels will help provide compassionate care to people in the end stages of life, and support for their loved ones and caregivers, Laurie said.

For more details about Hospice, call 525-5561 or online see www.wwhospice.org.

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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