Etcetera - 10/15/10

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Children's author, songwriter, performer and recording artist Jos-Luis Orozco will give two programs for elementary school children on Monday at the YMCA large gym on Park Street.

The first performance will be 9-10 a.m. for kindergarten-second graders; and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for third- through fifth-graders from Sharpstein, Blue Ridge, Green Park and Edison Elementary schools.

Jos-Luis uses music as a learning tool, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online.

"Music promotes every important aspect of a child's development. It sparks and enhances language, listening and cognitive skills as well as motor and coordination skills."

Jos-Luis uses field-tested, traditional Latin-American songs and original compositions in English and Spanish, to show how the teaching of core elementary subjects, such as basic concepts, language development, listening skills and movement expression can be a positive and fulfilling experience for children and the adults who care for them.

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Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online notes that the numbers are in. The 2010-2011 United Way Campaign recently ended and the United Way reported that Walla Walla Public Schools employees' contributions are up $3,000 from last year.

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The financial support from district employees and from individuals and other businesses in the community will help fund various programs under the United Way umbrella of support.

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The Blue Mountain Heart to Heart Board of Directors bestowed its Man of the Year award to Raul Morales.

The 12-year veteran supporter and staff member received the honor during the group's September meeting Raul was cited for a "deep personal commitment to providing risk reduction education to his client audience and to the humanity he brings to each aspect of his work."

Raul was also cited for his dedicated service to Promotores de Salud.

BMH2H will sponsor World Aids Day events, including a 7 p.m. memorial service Dec. 1 at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 73 S. Palouse St. Refreshments will follow in the Atrium. It will be preceded earlier in the evening by a gathering at First Avenue and Main Street for a vigil and special activities designed by the WAD Committee.

The October newsletter added that the theme for World AIDS Day is universal access and human rights. Campaigners around the world will join to commemorate the theme and remember and honor those whose lives were cut short by the HIV virus.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at 526-8313.

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