Walla Walla Children's Museum to feature Lego Map Game

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A traveling Lego Map Game coming to the Walla Walla Children's Museum this weekend will help kids get a big-picture view of the country courtesy of AAA.

The organization that provides roadside assistance, trip-planning, travel and insurance services is bringing the Lego game to the museum. Kids 5 and older accompanied by an adult get to play the game as part of their paid admission. They can "drive" a Lego car around the map, which is made of Lego bricks. Those who complete the game get to take home a free Lego car and U.S. road map. The event at the museum, 77 Wainwright Drive, runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The menu at the White House's state dinner for China last month is serving as inspiration for a Presidents' Day wine tasting at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods.

President Obama, guest of honor Chinese President Hu Jintao and a bevy of high-profile guests, dined on a "quintessential American" meal, including a pairing with Poet's Leap Riesling. The Walla Walla wine is one of numerous labels produced at Long Shadows Vintners, a coterie of wineries led by internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. On Monday, Long Shadows wines will be served in the designated wine tasting area at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods, 905 S. Second Ave. The event runs 3:30-6:30 p.m. In addition to the wines, the store will serve its own all-American fare: vanilla ice cream with apple or cherry pie.

A $5 refundable tasting fee includes other appetizers created by the bakery and deli professionals. Special discounts will be available on several Long Shadows wines. Participants must, of course, be 21 or older and present identification.

Those not into wine-tasting won't be left out of the presidential celebration. Free portraits of Thomas Jefferson will be given away with each grocery purchase. Shoppers will be treated to spirited patriotic music throughout the day. Video of the events will be shot for future use on the store's Facebook page.

Gesa Credit Union is on the lookout for graduating high school seniors in need of scholarships.

The Richland-based credit union, which operates two branches in Walla Walla, is offering 10 $2,000 scholarships for those entering college in the fall.

The $20,000 total doubles the amount granted to students in past years.

Eligible applicants must be credit union members in good standing, graduate high school with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average and enter their freshman year of college as full-time students this fall. Applications are available at www.gesa.com . The deadline is Feb. 28.

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

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