Dunham Cellars to host weekend shindig

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Dunham Cellars is uncorking a weekend-long celebration of wine, food, art and music.

The second annual Dunham Days runs Friday through Sunday with different events each day at the facility, 150 Boeing Ave. at the Walla Walla Regional Airport property. It celebrates harvest and a cadre of life's finer and funner things. The agenda:

Friday, 6-10 p.m.: Hangar Lounge Revival with live music from the Sweetwater Band. Food will be available from Andrae's Kitchen and wine will be poured by the glass. There is no cover charge, but food and wine will be available by purchase.

Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Vertical tastings pulled from the library by winemaking team Eric Dunham and Dan Wampfler. Eric Dunham's newest art series will also be on display. There's an additional $10 tasting fee. The event is free to Wine Club members.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Brunch will wrap up the weekend at a cost of $20 per person. RSVP is required. For more information visit www.dunhamcellars.com/ddays or call 529-4685.

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Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho is planning for its 30th annual Walla Walla Wine Auction in just a couple of months. The organization is seeking donations for its live and silent auctions which benefit the agency's work in the community. Each year Planned Parenthood showcases an array of auction items at a variety of bidding levels. Businesses that donate get exposure from potential customers while also raising money.

This year's auction is slated for Nov. 4 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel amp; Conference Center. The auction includes wine-tasting from wineries across the Valley, as well as the chance to bid on wine packages. The 6 p.m. event also includes music and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $100 per person, or $190 per couple. An additional $10 can be shaved off the price by ordering online. Non-entry Golden Tickets can be purchased for $100. Each Golden Ticket holder gets a chance to win the live auction item of their choice. Only 100 Golden Tickets are sold.

To purchase tickets, visit www.thewineauctionwallawalla.com or call 1-866-904-7721. extension 8016.

Those interested in contributing items can call Mark Lee at the same number or email mark.lee@ppgwni.org.

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Reducing debt and building wealth will be the focus of an upcoming 13-week course.

The Financial Peace University, led by financial author Dave Ramsey, will begin next month at Blue Mountain Community Church.

The program, which will be shown weekly on DVD, emphasizes good-sense principles that can help people free themselves of debt and build wealth through financial planning. Topics include saving for emergencies, budgeting, relationships and money, and getting out of debt.

The courses are aimed at those who are deeply in debt or financially secure but want to gain a new perspective on handling money. A small group discussion follows each lesson as a method to provide accountability and encouragement.

The Financial Peace University classes begin Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 928 Sturm St. For more details or to register, call Peter Erb at 529-1212.

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