Etcetera - 04/20/11

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This is for all those women who have saved their prom and bridesmaid dresses and any other dressy gowns of note.

One of those frocks just might be perfect for the first Mom Prom, a benefit to support The Moms' Network.

All women are encouraged to get gussied up in their "royal wedding" best for the April 29 event 7-11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St. A $10 donation will be accepted at the door.

The evening will include dancing, dessert and a no-host bar. And being dressed in such finery presents a photo op with the British Royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Because after all, it's the couple's wedding day, too.

Turns out April 29 is National Mom Prom Day. Beth Swanson, president of The Moms' Network, said, "we could not pass up on an opportunity to celebrate this event. It is a wonderful excuse for all women to put on a gown, dance and raise money for The Moms' Network." A raffle will be held for prizes such as Walla Walla Sweets tickets, Va Piano wine, gift certificates to the Beehive Cut & Color Bar, Sweet Basil Pizza, Walla Walla Bread Co. and wine from Mannina Cellars.

So c'mon, girlfriends, check it out. For additional information, see www.themomsnetworkww.com

The Moms' Network is also holding its second annual diaper drive through June 11. New, unused diapers (open packages are OK) may be brought to any of these drop-off locations: Plaza Way Safeway; Kmart, Walmart, YMCA, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, or The Moms Network booth at the Farmers Market, where cash donations may be made. Donations go to Helpline for local families in need. Last year TMN donated 1,600 diapers.

Prospect Point Elementary School's urban forest increased by one tree after students there planted it with Barbara Clark, Walla Walla mayor.

The event was part of an Arbor Day Celebration. The city of Walla Walla and Parks & Recreation and Urban Forestry Advisory Board organized the learning opportunity for students, who also took home potted oak trees to plant. The kids, under the direction of Denise Hurst, music teacher, also gave a vocal performance, noted the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

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

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