Etcetera - 02/25/11

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The soup chefs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church are gearing up for the 41st annual Soup & Pie luncheons, slated for four Tuesdays in March.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Campbell Hall, 323 Catherine St. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for those under age 11

On March 8, Shannon Smith and Chele Guess will dish up Marvelous Minestrone; Mike Jones will ladle out Mike's Wild Rice & Mushroom on March 15; Margaret Campbell will serve Fabulous French Walla Walla Sweet Onion on March 22 ; and Marilyn Noble and Margie McDonald will offer Elegant Chicken Noodle on March 29.

The Episcopal Church Women use proceeds from the event for various projects that serve the church and community. Call 529-1083 for more details.

The price may have been right for Walla Wallan Amanda Potter, who evidently appeared on The Price is Right Thursday and won a car, according to a local viewer from Milton-Freewater. Perhaps she'll e-mail some details once the dust settles.

Eleanor Kane picked up the gavel on Jan. 13 as Sunshine Club's newly installed president.

She will serve with Mari Tester, first vice president; Cara Ellis, second vice president; Kay Elliott, recording secretary; Lonnie Anderson, corresponding secretary; Ginger Kelly, treasurer; Mari Tester, financial secretary; and trustees Evaline Curry, Joyce Winters, Phyllis Pulfer, Veva Hepler and Ruby Bradshaw.

To bring sunshine into the lives of the afflicted and distressed, members visit patients at nursing homes and other shut-ins.

They also help area children by providing financial assistance for families to take youngsters to Seattle Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospitals For Children-Spokane.

The non-profit club conducts an annual fall drive to raise funds for their projects. They donate a sum to both aforementioned hospitals.

"We appreciate the community's response to this endeavor," Kay said via e-mail. They also make donations to the YMCA Mentoring Program, Camp Fire USA, Walla Walla Oral Health, Washington Children's Home Society, Friends program, Camp Amanda through Walla Walla Community Hospice, Christian Aid Center Coats for Kids, Helpline, Salvation Army, Rick's Boxing Club, YWCA Domestic Violence Center, Backpacks for Homeless Youth and Head Start, which supplies and individual children with serious health issues.

They accept donated rehabilitation equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, toilet and bath aids, which Herring Funeral Home stores for the club to loan out free of charge. For more details, contact Kay at celliott@bmi.net .

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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