Etcetera - 10/27/10

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Pets and children garbed as ghosties, super heroes, goblins and Lady Gagas will be able to show off their costumes during the YMCA Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday. Kids will be able to partake of the games, prizes, tricks and treats during the free community event.

There will be game booths, face painting, prizes, healthy treats and a haunted maze, among the activities.

There will also be a photo opportunity with pets in costumes put on by the Blue Mountain Humane Society. Donations will benefit BMHS.

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Diane Biggs, director of Frazier Farmstead Museum at 1403 Chestnut St., Milton-Freewater, will be guest speaker during the annual Friends of the Milton-Freewater Public Library membership meeting.

Diane will talk about the history of Milton-Freewater, including Frazier Farmstead, tonight at 7 in the library's Albee Community Room, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave. New board members for 2011 will be elected at the meeting.

Current Milton-Freewater library card holders are Friends members and eligible for board membership. Refreshments will be served.

The Friends group was established in 1992 to support library programs and services.

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Helpline's fall blanket drive is under way. They're seeking help from local businesses, organizations and individuals to collect clean and unused blankets that can be donated to the community social service agency at 16 S. Colville St. The early fall issue of Link to Helpline also reported that Backstage Bistro and Bob Parrish, its owner, provided lunch for the agency's annual volunteer appreciation luncheon, held at the STEP Women's Shelter, 582 Ash St. The shelter is open 7 days per week from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. It serves single homeless women in Walla Walla County.

In addition, for those planning ahead for Christmas gifts, Bright's Candies will donate $5 for every pound of Renee's Rocha the Main Street sweet shop sells. Renee Unterseher provided Bright's with a family recipe for the handmade toffee. Proceeds will benefit Helpline in this venture. For more information about Helpline, call 529-3377.

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Touchet School Supporters, aided by members of Touchet-Gardena Lions Club and the Frenchtown group will host a Community Halloween party in the Touchet School Multi-Purpose Room 4 at 6 p.m. Sunday. Games, a costume contest, cake walk, photos and a healthy food table will be featured. Organizers are seeking volunteers to set up, run the games, donate cakes for the cake walk or healthy food table. To volunteer, contact Valerie at vneusch@swordsmen or 301-6987.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com.

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