Etcetera - 02/14/11

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To quote Little Richard, "a whop-bop-a-loo-whopa-a-loo-bam-boom, tutti frutti, oh Rudy ..."

And on that note, the Walla Walla Music Boosters are raising funds through their Tutti-Fruity citrus sale. The proceeds support music programs in the Walla Walla Public Schools.

The choice of fruit includes Texas red grapefruit, tangelos, navel oranges and juice oranges, which may be purchased for $35 per full case or $20 per half case through Feb. 22. Pick up will be March 23 after the fruit is harvested.

Ginger Calvario, WWMB treasurer, said it's the group's big fundraiser for the year. They also get some funding from music booster memberships.

The funds the boosters raise are used for high school awards and odds and ends the music program needs, Ginger said. Proceeds help the district's music students get to contest and pay their fees. She said ASB provides some funding, "but there are limitations for what funds can be spent on."

Proceeds are applied to materials used in the classroom, such as sheet music, instruments and supplies.

The WWMB have purchased choral risers, and two years ago a string bass for the high school orchestra, plus keyboards for the high and elementary school music programs.

"The high school band really needs new uniforms, which are at least 20 years old now," Ginger said.

Roger Garcia, who is Walla Walla School District music department director, aims to purchase new uniforms for the band within the next four years," she added. "And the Music Boosters' goal is to provide support and supplement that."

Orders may be placed at 240-4259 or musicboosters@charter.net and checks may be sent to Tutti-Fruity Citrus Sale, c/o Garrison Middle School, 906 Chase Ave.

Order forms are also available from music students or donors may call the music department at Garrison, 527-3040, etc. 125, and ask for Roger or Eddie Walker, music department secretary.

A handful of area residents are among 500 Eastern Oregon University students who made the 2010 fall term dean's list.

They include: Laina Fairchild, Laura Johnston, Sara Smalley, Kayla Turner, all of Athena; Amanda Nelson of College Place; Wendy Harris, Natasha Holmstrom, Marilyn Mathews, Kelli Tallman, all of Milton-Freewater; Jaci Hodnefield, Daniel Lockart, both of Walla Walla; Amanda Macri, Victoria Thul, both of Weston.

To qualify for the dean's list, students must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term.

EOU is in La Grande.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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