Buddha's Guest House opening also a fundraiser

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Curious to see the giant Buddha statue that came to Walla Walla a few weeks ago via Portland and now adorns the back yard of a new vacation rental?

Visitors to the ceremonious ribbon-cutting at Buddha's Guest House on Wednesday may improve their karma in the process.

The event at 978 Hobson St. runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. and will also serve as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross's Japan Relief Fund.

Refreshments will be served and free chair massage will be offered by Genevra Fitts, the Walla Walla licensed massage practitioner who owns the guest home with her husband, Daniel Cardoso.

Cardoso purchased the 14-foot bronze patina Buddha from the owners of a Japanese restaurant in Portland. The restaurant was closing, but Cardoso had such a fondness for the statue that he asked the owners if they would be willing to sell. The statue had been in storage seven years before he found the perfect use for it: the focal highlight of a "guest house" or vacation rental designed for meditation.

All are invited to see the statue. Donations will be collected at the property for those wishing to contribute. To learn more about Buddha's Guest House, go to www.vrbo.com/333458.

April showers are bringing up thoughts of spring flowers at Walla Walla's silk floral design studio Weeds & Wicker Flowers.

Operator Irita Entze is taking signups for weekly spring floral design classes. Openings are available for class times Wednesdays and Thursdays. The class runs 7-9 p.m. at Weeds & Wicker Flowers, 248 N. Bellevue Ave.

There is no instruction fee. The cost is for supplies only. Classes run four to six weeks depending on how many items participants want to create. Swags, centerpieces, wreaths and many more items are available to create.

Entze is also signing up participants for classes on wedding flowers and gifts. Participants are encouraged to call for a starting day. The two-hour classes begin at 7 p.m. Classes will be held as long as it takes to complete the needs for the wedding.

To learn more, call 525-0153 or e-mail irita.entze@gmail.com.

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special event this month to recognize some of the most integral people behind local businesses: administrative professionals.

On April 27 the business organization will host an Administrative Professionals Day luncheon and ice cream social at the Community Building on Fifth Avenue. The event, sponsored by Oregon First Community Credit Union, runs 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

In addition to the meal and ice cream and brownie dessert, corsages will be provided by Nature Garden Florist. Each attendee will also receive a plant, and door prizes will be given away. Entertainment will be provided by the Highway 11 Barbershop Quartet.

Tickets are $13.50 and available at the Chamber office or Century 21 Seaquist Real Estate. Anyone interested in donating a door prize can contact Susan Dohrmann at 541-938-3331.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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