Etcetera - 04/21/11

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This event is a marvel to behold: after the horn blows the local Easter egg hunt wraps up in a heartbeat. So ensuring your little hunters are on time, or even early is highly recommended.

Exchange Club of Walla Walla will host its 52nd annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. sharp Saturday, in Pioneer Park.

Thousands of foil-wrapped chocolate eggs will be broadcast on the lawn and there will be 21 Easter egg hunt prizes, including three bicycles.

Separate areas will be designated for the littlest hunters from ages 1-3 ; 4-6 ; 7-10 and special needs. Alexandria Communications is sponsoring the event and volunteer Jim Bock will emcee.

I have the feeling aspiring spelling bee champions are perusing word lists to be ready for the upcoming elementary spelling bee sponsored by Altrusa Club of Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Registration is under way now for the bee, which will be May 14 at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

Registration forms are available on the Walla Walla School District website. The deadline for applications is April 27. Registration for the bee will be limited to the first 100 entries received.

The Bee is for third-fifth graders whose principal residence is in the Walla Walla Valley.

For additional details, contact Linda Thorson with Altrusa, 527-4300 or 522-0812.

NAMI and Rising Sun Clubhouse are on the lookout for anything and everthing for a joint fundraiser yard sale.

They're asking area resident to seek out any saleable items that could be donated to the cause.

"Since we'll be sharing the proceeds between both non profit organizations, we need to make it the biggest one ever," Kay Maxfield said via email. Donors may bring items to the clubhouse, 35 W. Chestnut St., on Wednesday and Fridays.

The items will go to the site of the yardsale, a building on Pine Street, where the donated goods will be priced as they are acquired.

"We'll have loads of room to store them 'til the days of the big event, May 27, 28 and 29," Kay added.

If items need to be picked up from donors' homes, for more details or to volunteer, call Diane at 541-938-4322. "Help us help our dear friends and family members! Spread the word among your own friends and neighbors."

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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