Whitman students embrace MLK service day

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Eight Whitman College students took advantage of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to volunteer in a community service project.

Whitman encourages its students to participate in such efforts for the betterment of the community and makes the King birthday, this year on Jan. 17, the focus, said Paul Franzmann, Fort Walla Walla Museum communications manager.

While doors are closed to the public during the winter months, Museum staffers are readying exhibits and displays for the visitation season that kicks off April 1.

"With more than 30 exhibits in various stages of development, extra hands were most welcome," Paul said in a release. After the Museum's premier fine art show concluded in the Grand Hall, its gallery-quality art panels needed to be disassembled and reconfigured in new spaces and that's where the Whitties fit in.

The Museum will use some of the panels in an exhibit featuring the beadwork of Plateau Indians as its first special show of the new season.

Helping with the project were students Mary Dolan of Deer Park, Ill., Gus Friedman of Seattle, Rachel Geiter and Lauren Kutler, both of Milwaukie, Ore., Avery Potter of Lone Tree, Colo., Meghan Bill of Palmer, Alaska, Becky Nevin of Sammamish, Wash., and Jeanette Weber of South San Francisco.

"The help offered by these terrific students made a tough job go quickly and enjoyably," said Laura Schulz, the Museum's Collections & Exhibits manager. "We thank Whitman College and their volunteer coordinator Lina Menard for including us in their service projects." The Museum is at 755 Myra Road in Fort Walla Walla Park. For additional details, contact 525-7703, e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or online see fortwallawallamuseum.org .

Members of Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist International will host a bunco fundraiser to fund club projects from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18 at Blanchet Hall in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 415 W. Alder St. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale soon.

From 6 to 7 p.m., Soroptimists will provide a light dinner and the opportunity to learn more about the club and its support of women and girls in the community. The dice will begin rolling at 7 p.m. sharp, organizers said. The global organization for business and professional women with approximately 95,000 members in about 120 countries and territories is looking for new members in the Walla Walla area. Those passionate about improving the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationall are encouraged to learn more about the group. Additional details are online at www.wwvsi.org. The Walla Walla Valley club meets monthly and is involved in several local causes and events, as well as joining with counterparts across the state and around the world.

Although the Heat lost its first game to Rotary, teammates came back to beat Rotary in the finals by seven points. "This was the first time our team played in Seattle and they had an opportunity to watch many different teams from Oregon and Washington," Peggy said.

Heat player Jordan Olivares earned most valuable player for the sixth-grade Silver Division.

The Walla Walla Heat started playing in November and have won Amateur Athletic Union- sanctioned tournaments including the Autumn Kick Off in Hermiston; first annual Bomber Bash in Richland; Spokane Warehouse Athletic Facility "Turkey Shoot" Thanksgiving Weekend where they faced teams from Spokane AAU and Canada in the semi-finals and played the Spokane Elite Saxons in the finals; and the Hanford Holiday Hoopfest in Tri-Cities. Over the weekend the team competed in the "Snake River Shoot Out" in Lewiston and in February will head to tournaments in Portland/Vancouver, Wash., Walla Walla and Spokane. The season culminates in March with the Coyote Invite Tournament as players on the team play Little League Baseball. "Walla Walla Heat has played teams from around the region and they are committed to practice, teamwork and they all love the game of basketball. It is quite an accomplishment for them to play on the west side and be crowned champions," Peggy said.

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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