Free classes coach money management

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Get $100 and learn how to manage it -- the mantra of a new consumer finance program that starts next week.

A weekly class over the next four weeks will offer participants tools to keep their money in order. The classes are sponsored by Banner Bank, Blue Mountain Community Foundation/First Fruit Funds and the Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition.

Budgeting, balancing checkbooks, managing credit, getting a home loan and avoiding identity theft will all be part of the free classes. Those who complete all four classes will receive a $100 certificate that can be used toward opening a new Banner Bank e-checking account.

Space is limited to 35 people, and registration is required.

The two-hour classes begin next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the YWCA, 213 S. First Ave. The first session focuses on the basics of banking and borrowing. To register, email nsleavitt@hotmail.com . For more details, call Kathy Covey at Blue Mountain Action Council at 529-4980.

Saturday will be a blessed day for downtown restaurant Thai Bon Appetit.

In honor of the Spokane Street eatery's second anniversary, owners Kamthorn "Kam" and Vilaiwan "Villy" Lertworasiri have invited Buddhist monks from a temple in the Tri-Cities to perform a ceremonial blessing at the restaurant.

The ceremony at 25 S. Spokane St. begins at 11 a.m.

Thai Bon Appetit opened in October 2008. The Lertworasiris built a reputation for their tempura chicken and numerous other dishes as operators of the Dim Sum Inn at the former Blue Mountain Mall. That business closed after 15 years in 2006, and the couple introduced their Thai Bon Appetit downtown two years later.

It's time to "Think Pink."

Misbehaven Spa and Salon will host its annual Think Pink Event next Tuesday.

The daylong celebration runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and is a fundraiser for Providence St. Mary Community Breast Center.

The signature $7 pink hair extensions will help raise money for the cause. Storewide discounts will also be available, as will a gift basket raffle for a spa package, a "pink" professional blower dryer and more. Two Bare Minerals classes will also be presented (reservations are required for that), and an array of refreshments will be available at the salon, 115 W. Alder St., said owner Misbehaven owner Jeanese LeFore.

For more details or reservations, call 526-4585.

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

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