Aviary to benefit from Sears' 'for the birds' fundraiser

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The Walla Walla Sears store will have an event Sunday that's "for the birds."

As part of the store's "Family and Friends" event, Sears will be raising funds to help support the Pioneer Park Aviary, which lost its municipal funding this year due to budget cuts.

Janet Holm, apparel manager for the Sears store at 1631 W. Rose St., said the store will have pictures of birds for kids to take home and color, then return to the store to show their support. Financial contributions to support the aviary will be accepted throughout the event, which also includes sale prices on winter clearance and additional storewide discounts.

"It is hard to imagine Pioneer Park without the aviary and all the beautiful, exotic birds that live there," Holm said in the announcement.

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CrossRoads Steakhouse will soon be serving up breakfast on the weekends.

The downtown Walla Walla steakhouse at 207 W. Main St. is responding to requests for the return of its big and hearty breakfasts, owner Kim Kelly-Frank said in an announcement.

Starting the weekend of Jan. 15, the restaurant will offer breakfast 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Though usually closed Sundays, CrossRoads will serve breakfast-only Sundays.

For more details, follow "Cross Roads" on Facebook, visit the website at www.crossroadssteakhouse.com or call 522-1200.

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Walla Walla is recommended as a "must-do" for 2011 by luxury lifestyle magazine "Seattleite."

In its latest edition, the magazine kicks off the new year with its lists of must-haves, must-eats and must-do's. A getaway to Walla Walla for a wine retreat is among them.

"Tired of dealing with body scans and airport security lines? Opt for some easy (vacation) access with these quick getaways," the magazine reads.

Writer John Ferensen specifically recommends a stay at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel Conference Center, "an ideal spot to use as a central hub before setting out on tasting tours." He also mentions the hotel's in-house restaurant, The Marc, its Vineyard Lounge wine bar and a number of local wineries, including L'Ecole No 41, Woodward Canyon and Three Rivers Winery.

To check out the piece, visit: seattleite.com/2011-must-do-local-getaways-for-an-easy-holiday/ .

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The Port of Walla Walla started the new year with a reminder about its monthly meeting times.

The three-commissioner board for the Valley's lead economic development agency holds its regular meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Commission meetings on the second Thursday begin with a work session at 5 p.m., followed by a regular session at 6. Meetings on the fourth Thursday start with a work session at noon proceeded by a 1 p.m. regular session.

The work sessions take place at dining locations that are published in the agenda. Regular sessions are at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St. All sessions are open to the public. The Port commissioners are Mike Fredrickson, Paul Schneidmiller and Ron Dunning.

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

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