Etcetera - 09/20/10

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The upcoming Walla Walla Association of Realtors Care & Share Annual Food Drive is the perfect opportunity to set aside non-perishable food items for those in need.

Realtors, their associates, friends and families will collect such things as commercially canned fruits, vegetables, tuna, soup and boxed mac and cheese and dinner mixes, peanut butter, dried beans and peas, cereal, sugar, rice, flour and other staples.

The local Realtors have held this drive for 20-plus years, according to a flyer. They will leave bright orange plastic donation bags on door knobs. Those who wish may fill the bags and leave them in a visible spot at the front of your home before noon on Sunday, Oct. 17 for pick up. Donations may also be dropped by a collection poit at the Plaza Branch of Baker Boyer Bank on Oct. 17 and barrels will be in place at local businesses in October.

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Walla Walla Community Hospice hosted its ninth annual Pond and Garden Tour fundraiser on Sept. 11 and garnered $9,500 in net proceeds, said Laurie Klicker with Hospice.

They sold 458 tickets at $20 apiece and the most-visited garden entertained 456 guests. Folks went on self-guided tours of 10 Walla Walla-area gardens, which included at least one pond or water feature in their design. Garden hosts were John and Susie Golden, Manford and Betty Simcock, Maury and Debbie Fortney, Ken and Linda Seibold, Skip and Jane Harrold, Betsy Harkins, Dick and Maria Fondahn, Ikune Sawada, Doug and Malinda Saturno, Michael Wilcsek and Coralee Mackey. The event was also supported by a group of 49 volunteers.

Proceeds will be used to provide care for patients at the end of life and support for their families.

The 10th annual tour is already planned for Sept. 10, 2011. If you missed the event, there are photos online at ww.hospice.org/ that offer numerous shots of unique, creative gardens, ponds, creeks and other water features at each site on the tour.

The non profit WWCH works to provide quality hospice care to adults and children facing a limited life expectancy. No patient is denied hospice services for financial reasons. Quality hospice care is offered in Walla Walla, Columbia, and Northeast Umatilla Counties. The office is at 1067 Isaacs Ave. More information is available by calling 509-525-5561.

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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