Hospital challenges businesses to wear pink for breast cancer awareness

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Forget "casual Friday." Providence St. Mary Medical Center invites area businesses to "Care Enough to Wear Pink."

The Poplar Street medical center is challenging businesses to encourage their employees to wear their brightest pink attire to work Friday. The second annual "Care Enough to Wear Pink" celebration is a way to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

At the hospital, it's also a way to raise funds for the cause. Employees pay $5 to wear their brightest pink to work, according to an announcement from St. Mary.

The money goes into a Life Saver Fund, which pays for free screening mammograms for low-income women. The fund is maintained by the Providence St. Mary Foundation. Women do not have to be patients at the medical center in order to qualify for the funds.

Other businesses can also participate in the fundraising, if they wish. For more details, call the St. Mary Foundation office at 522-5910.

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A new location fits downtown Walla Walla fabric shop Stash like a glove.

The quilt and fabric store moved over last weekend from 43 S. Palouse St. to the larger 25 W. Main St., the former site of Express Employment Professionals.

Stash, which was started in 2009 by Kristen McVane, Kathy Hamada and Sherri Woolever, offers designer fabrics, patterns and quilting tools.

The new location, which opened Monday, operates Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 526-5141.

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Many Waters Wellness Center will host a fall open house this weekend.

The event runs 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the health and wellness center, 800 Sprague Ave.

Meet the instructors, talk to practitioners and tour the facility. Guests will also get to see tai chi fan form and tai chi for health demonstrations, which start at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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Plateau Fine Dining at Wildhorse Resort and Casino will be closed Sunday for a private party. The restaurant will resume normal operating hours Monday. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and dinner Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

The restaurant has also started its Thurstini Martini Night this month. Once a month on the second Thursday -- that means tonight -- Plateau will offer martinis using fresh herbs. Among them: a grapefruit basil martini, rosemary martini and lemon-thyme martini. A flight of them is $15. the specials run 5-7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 1-800-654-WILD or 541-966-1610.

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

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