ETCETERA - James Lavadour to give presentation at Crow's Shadow

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Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts will host its annual open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

Painter and organization founder James Lavadour will present a gallery discussion on the institute and his participation in the organization's recent collaborative printmaking project, "Amongst Friends," which featured the work of Lavadour and six other Native American artists, Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, Truman Lowe, Lillian Pitt, Kay WalkingStick and Marie Watt. The talk will begin at about 6 p.m. All visitors will be entered into a free drawing in which three random winners will receive a monotype print from the 2009 Monothon fundraiser. Light refreshments will be provided.

For further information about the drawing and event visit www.crowsshadow.org or call 541-276-3954. The nonprofit arts organization is on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The address is 48004 St. Andrews Road, outside Pendleton.

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Exchange Club of Walla Walla recognized four area high school seniors for its Youths of the Month awards. Recipients are David Brock and Isabel Benito Isidoro, both from Prescott High School, and Olivia Welker and Andrew "Drew" Christina from Walla Walla High School.

They each wrote essays that addressed the Youth of the Month/Year theme, "America's youth and community service: Shining the light of volunteerism."

They are now eligible to compete for the local club's Youth of the Year awards and $1,000 college scholarships. All of the students are active in sports, school clubs and other related activities. David holds a 3.424 gpa and is the son of David and Michelle Brock. The daughter of Antonio and Josefina Benito, Isabel holds a 3.102 gpa. Olivia holds a 4.0 gpa and is the daughter of Kimberly Montooth and Gerald Scott Welker. Drew and twin brother Brett are the sons of Dan and Lynn Christina. Drew has a 4.0 gpa.

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Since first-grade teacher Wes Sanders' class at Green Park Elementary won the school Mathathon three years in a row, he challenged the other classes to raise more than his, or he'd shave his head.

Tressa Baker's second-grade class bent their efforts to the task and raised the winning amount of $1,382 for the PTA.

Thus Wes let second-grader and top fundraiser Brandon Snider shave off his locks on Oct. 22.

The school-wide PTA fundraiser is an annual event wherein students take a math test and get donations for their work. Funding comes in through flat donations or pledges per correct answer.

More than $13,000 was raised this year, pushing the PTA past its goal. Nearly 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the school's special programs and classroom supplies. Individual prizes went to the five top money raisers: Brandon got the hair-cutting honors as he raised $653 and received a $200 grand prize. Second-place winner and first grader Charlie Gonzalez got a $100 gift certificate to Inland Octopus for raising $597; Mary Kennedy, first grade, raised $532 and earned a third-place $75 gift certificate from the toy store; and fourth-place honors went to third grader Amaya Gale and her fourth-grade sister, Tayla, who each raised $310 and got $50 gift certificates. Sarah Sisk, PTA president, organized the fundraiser and was quite pleased that 47 percent of the student body participated. Of those, 24 students raised $150 or more and will be treated to lunch with Mike Lambert, principal. Sarah said she was grateful for all the community support that helped them meet and surpass their goal.

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Touchet Booster Club members are holding a Hog Wild raffle. Club members are selling $1 tickets at all home games for two chances to win half a cut and wrapped hog, and assorted gift baskets. The drawing will be during the last home basketball game before Christmas. Touchet Booster Club supports high school sports. The group has sent several athletes to sports camps, bought the football team sports bags for its equipment and supplied the girls softball team with equipment bags.

The group also supplies teams with snacks and/or sack lunches for some of their away games.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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