Etcetera - 02/11/11

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Get your dice-rolling technique down as members of Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist International will hold a bunco fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will be at Blanchet Hall at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 415 W. Alder St, A light dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m. They will also talk about the Soroptimist organization and how it supports women and girls in the community.

At 7 p.m. sharp, the dice start rolling. Door prizes and drawings will also be offered. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased by e-mailing wwvsi@yahoo.com or calling 509-301-2398. All proceeds will benefit the local club and its work in the area. For those who cannot attend, donations are gladly accepted, said member Cora Davidson.

Soroptimists are also looking for new members. Find out more about the club and how to apply at www.wwvsi.org.

Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist International meets monthly, is involved in several local causes and events and joins with counterparts across the state and around the world.

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It's up, up and away for Greggory Heller, who's participating in Phase One of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program. A student at Walla Walla High School, Greggory is one of 287 juniors from across Washington state who were accepted into WAS' fifth year. The distance-learning program with a NASA-designed curriculum covered the history of space exploration, the space shuttle, the International Space Station, the moon, and Mars, it was reported in the Feb. 4 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Scholars complete 10 lessons between January and the end of May. They submit quizzes, math solutions, essays and graphics about the topics every other week. They also independently choose a topic of interest for a final project that combines an essay with a graphic. Based on their scores on the Phase One curriculum, up to 160 of the top performing scholars will be invited to an all-expenses paid summer residency at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The summer session gives scholars an opportunity to work with professional engineers and scientists on the design of a human mission to Mars.

In addition to mission planning, selected scholars can tour engineering facilities, receive briefings by experts and see what engineers do on a daily basis.

There are also hands-on engineering challenges, such as rocket design, construction and launch; robotic rover design, construction, and obstacle course competition; and lander design, construction and deployment.

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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