The countdown is on for downtown tricks and treats.
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is planning its annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat event for Halloween. Since the holiday falls on a Sunday, this year's trick-or-treat event will take place the Friday beforehand.
From 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29, participating businesses will open their doors and pass out treats to the community's li'l ghosts and goblins, witches and warriors.
The annual tradition drew an estimated 3,000 kids and parents last year. This year, organizers are hoping to shut down part of Main Street to vehicular traffic to boost safety during the event.
The foundation's staff is working with the city to close Main Street between Second Avenue and Palouse Street. Vehicles would be allowed to remain parked on Main Street but could not move until 5 p.m.
Businesses interested in a group bulk-candy order should call the foundation office at 529-8755.
A cluster of tasting rooms on upper East Main Street will kick off a monthly wine event this weekend.
The Uptown Wine Walk will take place the second Friday of October, November and December.
Four "uptown" wineries -- Fort Walla Walla Cellars, Sinclair Estate Vineyard, Stephenson Cellars and Walla Faces -- will extend their hours of operation Friday until 8 p.m. or later so participants can enjoy their wines before and after dinner. Mill Creek Brew Pub and Backstage Bistro will also participate by offering specials on those wines. Music and discounts on bottle and case purchases will be available. Winemakers and owners will be on hand to discuss the wines, and samples of the library wines and tastings will be offered.
Spofford Station Foothills Vineyard is having a Lucy-style crush party and spaghetti dinner this weekend.
The merriment runs 3-6:30 p.m. at the vineyard, 85131 Elliot Road at the state line in Milton-Freewater. The event is $65 per person and includes crush, dinner and two glasses of wine.
Participants should be dressed for fun in the vineyard. They'll get to pick grapes, stomp them -- a la "I Love Lucy" -- and start the winemaking process before dinner.
The menu includes antipasti and wine; roasted fennel and fresh orange arugula salad; broccoli sauteed in wine and roasted garlic; pultanesca and pasta with Cabernet Cow meatballs; crusty baguettes with capanola and olive garlic mash; and Limoncello and rhubarb brioche bread pudding. Guests must be at least 21 years old. For reservations call 956-9743 or e-mail: email@example.com .
E Street Driving School is gearing up for new fall classes.
The Southgate driving school, owned by Brian and Beth Luxton at 915 S. Second Ave., will offer several class options this season.
The first begins Oct. 12 and runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 18. The two-hour class is 4:30-6:30 p.m. those days.
The second class runs Nov. 2-Dec. 15. It also takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but runs two hours later, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The final class of the season is a Sunday-only course that runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 to March 20. For more information, call 527-7898 or visit: www.estreetdrivingschool.com .
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.