Sorority's car wash fundraiser to benefit aviary

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A car wash fundraiser from a Whitman College sorority will help keep the Pioneer Park Aviary afloat.

Kappa Alpha Theta will offer a car wash at the corner of Park Street and Boyer Avenue on the Whitman College campus from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., according to an announcement from Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary.

Those who can't make the event can still donate funds to help continue the operation of the aviary this year and next at Mandrakes II, 212 E. Main St. For more details on the fundraising and how to get involved, call Mandrakes owner Craig Keister at 529-1790.

Walla Walla will join the world in a global event Saturday to celebrate the benefits of tai chi.

Many Waters Wellness Center will present a tai chi demonstration at Jefferson Park. The hourlong event is free and begins and kicks off with sign-ins at 9:30 a.m.

Starting at 10 a.m. in every time zone in the world tai chi will be taught to beginners and practiced by all who choose to participate. The event is known as World Tai Chi Day and has been organized locally by Many Waters for several years.

Operator Sandi Wicher said as long as the weather holds up the event will take place in the park. If conditions deteriorate it will move to Many Waters, 820 Sprague Ave. For more details, call Wicher at 386-4305.

Those who paid a visit to the giant Buddha statue during a ceremonial event at Walla Walla's newest vacation rental a couple of weeks ago may have some good karma coming their way.

The event at Buddha's Guest House offered area residents a peek at a 14-foot Buddha statue in the yard of the home, 978 Hobson St., and also served as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross's Japan Relief Fund.

The event raised $500, said Genevra Fitts, who owns the guest home with her husband, Daniel Cardoso.

The two recently transported the bronze patina Buddha from Portland, where it had been in storage after being a focal point at a Japanese restaurant there. Cardoso had purchased it when the restaurant closed. It's now the focal point of a rental destination aimed at meditation and relaxation.

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

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