Etcetera - 10/25/10

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Day care is offered to children in the community from ages 1 to 5 at the YWCA My Friends' House.

The center is on the lookout for a person experienced with bike repair to fix some much-loved bikes.

With all the budding artists, the center also has an ongoing demand for white and colored construction paper and paint, to use for cutting, to create books, drawings, stencils, paintings, for color mixing, costume making and much more.

Under Director Angela Thongdy, the licensed, non-profit center offers childcare from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Various activities encourage the children to learn, grow and develop at their own rate. "Our goal is to develop a positive self image for children; helping them develop confidence in their abilities to learn, play, and socialize."

Online see www.ywcaww.org to learn more. Donations can be dropped off directly to My Friends' House at 121 E. Birch St., or call 509-525-7034 for more specifics.

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It was 25 years ago when folks in the Walla Walla Valley with roots traced to Italy established the Italian Heritage Association. Their aim was to preserve and preserve stories about their families who settled here and their farming, cooking and dancing traditions.

The 25th annual Italian Heritage Festa kicked off on Oct. 9 with a rededication of the Columbus statue in front of the Walla Walla County Courthouse.

It was erected through funds donated by the Italian-American community in 1911, said Lorrie Rizzuti Toye, IHA secretary. Melvin Buttice, the oldest active IHA member, placed a flower wreath at the base of the statue.

Recognition was also given to past IHA princesses in attendance, Trisha Buttice, Haleigh Downing, Kylieann Perkins Olson, Serenity Perkins Olson, Aubrey Ponti and Marilyn Washabaugh.

Barry and Judy Zaro Jaquins were elected 2010 Festa honorees.

IHA continued the celebration at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds in the Activities-Science and Memorabilia-Heritage Flower buildings.

The Bob Deccio Band from Yakima performed Oct. 9 and the children and adult Italian folk dancers performed Oct. 9 and 10.

Forty members of the Manuel/Magnoni family came for the annual family reunion at the Festa Italian dinner served by Barbara Buttice and her Walla Walla High School culinary students, Emilio Buttice and Vince Cannone.

The Oct. 10 grape stomp brought out the adventuresome, Lorrie said.

Eight children participated, five in the 5- to 7-year-old group and three in the 8- to 10-year-old group.

Adult teams Melting Pot, with Eric Martuscelli, Louie Murry and Jim Sanders, earned cash, for taking first place in grape crushing. We're Grapes, with Nathan Castoldi, Ryan Castoldi and David Eaton placed second; and Locati By Association, a team of women, Debbie Ellis, Kylieann Perkins Olson, and Desi Weber came in third.

David Destito again won the Best Red Pasta Sauce contest in a repeat performance. Marilyn Crumpacker McCann beat the rest in the Best Biscotti contest with her orange twice-baked Italian cookie.

"Fun was had by all," Lorrie said.

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