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College Place Lions Club members have hatched a Hooks, Health and Hoards of Treasure event. It will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23 at College Place Lions Park, 801 Larch St., said Crystal Walk, club president.

Lions and other volunteers staff three events for the general public to enjoy, she said in a release.

The free Fishing Derby runs from 9-11 a.m. Kids 14 and under can try to hook some of the 600 newly stocked trout from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. A raft of prizes will be offered.

The brand new 62-foot-long Northwest Lions Foundation Health and Vision Screening van will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Walla Walla Community College nursing students and Foundation volunteers will provide free health screenings for visitors of all ages, checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure and sight and hearing loss.

"Lions have always worked to improve the health of their communities especially in the area of sight. We trace that emphasis back to 1925 when Helen Keller asked for our help," Crystal said.

In addition, a community garage sale will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Individuals and non-commercial organizations may rent a table from the Lions for $10 to display their treasures for sale.

"Since so many people will be in the park we thought that a Community Garage Sale would be a good idea," she said. Tables may be reserved by calling 525-4810.

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A truly community effort to procure a new baseball backstop at Garrison Middle School will come to fruition at 3:45 p.m. Thursday with a dedication ceremony there, 906 Chase Ave. It will be followed by the first pitch of the 2011 Garrison baseball season.

The Walla Walla Valley Select Baseball program fundraiser was spearheaded by chairwoman Peggy Needham. Efforts generated $9,000-plus for materials to replace the aging baseball backstop, a release from Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online said.

"This backstop was in desperate need of replacement. Not only is the Garrison field utilized by the middle school, it is utilized by summer ball as well. It will be wonderful to have an additional field to use for summer and fall baseball programs," Peggy said

Rotary Club of Walla Walla installed the original structure in 1958 for use as a Pony League field. Eagle Construction of Walla Walla installed the new one and Walla Walla Public Schools paid for the installation expenses.

Now in a more forward position, the new backstop will enhance competitive play, allow for additional fan seating and improve safety by increasing the overhang to lessen the chance of cars and spectators being hit by foul balls.

A sign Key Technology donated bears the names of contributors of $500 or more to the project, which will be sited on the backstop. Those donors include: Mike and Peggy Needham, Tom and Sydnee Watson, Stubblefield Trust, Eric Kimball, Walla Walla Babe Ruth, Walla Walla Valley Select Baseball, Rotary Club of Walla Walla and Gary Carlson.

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At least 110 people attended the College Place Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 446 Ladies Auxiliary annual youth recognition luncheon March 27, said member Barbara Ellwein.

The friends, family and VFW members enjoyed listening to the students, who read their essays for the group. VFW sponsors the annual Patriots Pen youth essay contest. A homeschooled seventh-grade-level student, Tiera Hays, won locally, as well as first place at district and second place in state competition, Barbara said. Tiera's brother, Tyler Hays won first place for eighth grade at the district level, Barbara said.

State Commander Jerry Herker attended the luncheon to present Tiera with the local award, Barbara said. Fifth-grade winners: Tom House, first place locally and district; Chris Philbrook, second; Robert Walsh, third. Fourth-grade winners: Zachery Faughtenberry, first place locally and at district; Honesty Alexander, second; Jacob Bradshaw, third; and Devon Harshman, fourth. VFW sponsors an annual essay contest for students. This year, 18 first- and second-graders participated. Most of the students were from Waitsburg. The eight judges who considered the essays are members of Alpha Tau Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, from Walla Walla.

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Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee members hosted a 10-day friendship and goodwill visit from 14 Japanese students. During their home stay here, they learned about education, history and industry, said Robert Keatts, local committee chairman.

The students participated in a dogwood tree planting ceremony March 24 at Pioneer Park in conjunction with Walla Walla Rotary Club. It dedicated the 30-year sister city relationship between the Walla Walla and Sasayama Rotary clubs.

On March 25, the group met with Mayor Barbara Clark at City Hall where she presented Hideki Niki, a city official from Sasayama, with a proclamation declaring March 24-April 2 as Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Week. The visitors stopped at Walla Walla High School, Walla Walla Valley Academy and Garrison Middle School where they participated in class activities and interacted with students.

They gained a historical perspective of Native American history and early Euro-American exploration in the area while at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Fort Walla Walla Museum, Jonathan M. Wainwright Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Heritage Park and Tam?°stslikt Cultural Institute. They also learned about the economy through a field trip to First Fruits at Broetje Orchards.

The Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City affiliation began in 1972, when mayors of the respective cities, John D. Swank and Shoichi Fujii entered into agreement and signed documentation, Robert said in a release. Keiichi Fujii, Soichi's son, came to Walla Walla as the first one-year high school exchange student in 1976. This year, the third generation of the Fujii family participated in sister city activity, Robert said.

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Walla Walla High School Crest Club members and GESA Credit Union employees are co-sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive from noon-5 p.m. Friday at GESA, 1603 Penny Lane. Both groups are stressing the importance of donating blood, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

About 60 percent of the nation's population is eligible to give blood, but only 5 percent do in a given year. Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Each unit of blood saves three people's lives. Those interested in donating are encouraged to make appointments for the Blood Drive by calling Jessica Crudup at 524-4782 or online at www.redcrossblood.org, enter code GCUwalla.

"We are excited to work with GESA Credit Union and the Red Cross. This is a great opportunity for our students and club members to help organize an event that impacts people's lives," said Michelle Higgins, Crest Club advisor and Wa-Hi social studies teacher.

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Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary teamed with Chris Plucker's Pioneer Middle School seventh-grade advisory class to offer a public tour of the Aviary off Whitman Street at Pioneer Park from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Those who take the self-guided tour around the Aviary will stop at five stations en route students will talk about various aspects, such as its history, endangered birds, why it should be saved, other birds and the Adopt-A-Bird Program. Passports participants receive will be stamped at each station and for those who complete the tour a certificate is presented, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online reported. Tickets will be pre-sold for suggested donations of $5 for students, $8 for adults or $15 per family. Suggested donations will be the same on the day of the event.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com.

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