Elks, Ice Chalet team up to honor US veterans

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The Walla Walla Elks and the YWCA Ice Chalet are teaming together to offer a night of fun Thursday in honor of veterans.

An exhibition hockey game will take place at the Ice Chalet, 211 E. Birch St., at 6:30 p.m.

The Elks will provide food outside the building. Veterans and their families will be treated to hot dogs, chips, pop and an evening of action on the ice, according to the announcement.

Admission and food are free for veterans and their families. No reservations are required, and vets are encouraged to bring their spouses, kids and grandkids.

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The Walla Walla Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing.

At least a dozen businesses have been established as dropoff sites for new unwrapped toys for children in need, and a number of events have been scheduled for the cause, organizers say.

Last year's efforts resulted in toys for 706 local children, said Beth Swanson, who organizes the event with the support of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.

Those needing to request toys can pick up applications at St. Vincent de Paul, 308 W. Main St. from Nov. 22 through Dec. 3, or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St. from Dec. 5 through 10. Toys will be distributed Dec. 18 and 19 from St. Paul's.

Those wanting to drop off toys can do so at Book amp; Game Co., 38 E. Main St.; Community Bank, 28 E. Alder St.; Providence St. Mary Medical Center, 401 W. Poplar St.; Inland Cellular, 1605 S.E. Meadowbrook Blvd., College Place; Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St.; AAA Washington, 1361 Dalles-Military Road; WW Motor Supply, 1830 Isaacs Ave.; Applebee's, behind the Plaza Safeway; Tumac Outdoor Equipment, 902 W. Rose St.; Tumac Machinery, 3037 E. Melrose St.; O'Brien Chevrolet, 1395 Dalles-Military Road; and the Waitsburg Hardware amp; Mercantile, 134 Main St.

Other upcoming events: Downtown Walla Walla salon City Slickers will host a "Cut-a-thon" Nov. 21. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day visitors to the shop at 14 W. Main St. can be a free hair cut in exchange for a new toy or cash donation.

On Nov. 27, the local Marines will set up at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to collect toys.

Also through Dec. 15, Book amp; Game Co. at First and Main will offer a 20 percent discount for purchases at the store for Toys for Tots.

For more information, visit www.walla-walla-wa.toysfortots.org or contact Swanson at 301-7471 or bethswanson@charter.net.

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Commuters breezing past Plaza Way this morning may have got a jolt about a new coffee business in the works.

"Roasters Coffee" is reportedly slated to open this week in the parking lot of Lorenzo's Pizza.

The location was formerly the longtime home of Heidi's Grind before becoming a hot dog and sno-cone stand last summer. Now the stand has new ownership.

Tri-Cities resident Wes Heyden has taken over the spot, according to filings with the city of Walla Walla Development Services Department.

Heyden started Roasters in the Pasco area, according to an online search. A sign this morning at Walla Walla's newest coffee stand indicated the business will open Thursday and offer free drinks.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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