Etcetera - 02/10/11

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An event that appeals to teddy bear lovers of all ages will be offered by members of the Walla Walla Columbia County School Retirees Association to raise funds for their annual scholarships.

The fifth annual Teddy Bear Show and Tea will be from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at St. Francis Catholic Church Social Hall, 722 W. Alder St. A gala high tea, it will include the hot beverage, a fruit plate, assorted sandwiches, cookies, a bit of chocolate. Admission is $5; children must be accompanied by an adult and tickets will be sold at the door.

There will also be a doll and bear exhibits, a Story Corner, photographer, raffle, silent auction, a Teddy Bear Store, Raggedy Ann and Andy and more, WWCCSRA member Dee Aichele said.

The event is the primary fundraiser for the association, which provides two annual $1,000 scholarships.

For additional details, contact Jackie Ormsby at 525 3801 or daichele@charter.net.

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Young writers are being encouraged to enter original stories in the PBS KIDS Go! Writers Contest through Seattle PBS member station KCTS 9, according to a release.

The competition promotes the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to submit their own original stories and illustrations.

"We know from research that there is an important connection between writing and the development of early literacy skills, critical cornerstones for school readiness and achievement," said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president, Children's Media, PBS.

"PBS KIDS GO! uses the power of media to open up the worlds of letters and words for all children, encouraging them to explore ways to communicate more effectively."

KCTS 9 actively partners with schools, public libraries and other literacy organizations to implement the contest.

From the submissions, KCTS 9 will choose winners and award prizes. Winning writers will also have their stories recorded for on-air broadcast on KCTS 9.

Application forms and additional information are available online at kcts9.org/education/pbs-kids-go-writers-contest.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national READING RAINBOW Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, originally created by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto and NET Nebraska.

Click to watch 2010 contest winner Farah Novoa of Kirkland, Wash., read her story, "The Ladybug Doesn't Find Her Spots.":

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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