Etcetera - 11/02/10

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An invitation has been extended to elementary and middle school students to a Moon-stravaganza at Whitman College's Hall of Science Planetarium from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Students will learn about the Moon, Earth's favorite satellite, and the rest of the universe, reported the Walla Walla Public Schools Oct. 29 online Week in Review.

Answers to such questions as why the Moon occasionally turns blood red; why surfing is impossible without the Moon; and is the Moon's composition really cheese will be addressed.

Third- through eighth-graders are encouraged to attend.

The activity is part of a senior astronomy major's thesis in astronomy education.

Parents/guardians must accompany their children and will be asked to fill out a consent form allowing the use of a short, anonymous quiz that will be taken by the students in the study.

For additional information, contact Faith Tucker at fcmtucker@gmail.com or (650) 279-9179.

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A silent auction of artwork, decorative home and handmade items, collectibles, dinners, trips, use of vacation homes, homemade baked good, baskets of gourmet treats, games, books, wine, china dishes, bird feeders, exercise equipment, services such as gardening, lawn mowing and various lessons, and more will be featured from 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday at Campbell Hall in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 324 Catherine St.

Proceeds will benefit St. Paul's Scholarship Fund for students attending college, university or technical institute.

The $10 per adult admission includes hors d'oeuvres and sparkling cider or wine. Children will be admitted free.

Auction items were provided by church parishioners and businesses nearby and beyond, Sandi Blackaby said. For additional details, call Sandi at 529-2261.

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Former Walla Walla resident Rodolfo Ar?copy;valo, president of Eastern Washington University, spoke at Walla Walla High School Latino Club's Oct. 28 meeting.

Rodolfo grew up in a migrant farm worker family. He talked about how pursuing his education allowed him to make significant, "better" decisions in his life.

The Edinburg, Texas, native is the son of migrant workers who worked in the Walla Walla and Yakima valleys. His family lived at the Walla Walla Labor Camp for short periods of time and his eldest sister graduated from Wa-Hi, Walla Walla Public Schools Oct. 29 online Week in Review noted.

Rodolfo is a first-generation college graduate. He encouraged the 70-80 Latino Club members to seek an education beyond high school, possibly at EWU. The number of Latino students at EWU has doubled since 2006, which is the year he started there.

ContactAnnie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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