Etcetera - 01/26/11

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There is a $250 prize for Walla Walla Union-Bulletin readers through a drawing the newspaper recently launched.

Those newly registering online will be entered into the drawing for $250.

Current registrants can also enter by posting a comment.

The contest is open through Feb. 28 and a winner will be selected at random at the beginning of March. Everyone is eligible, except U-B employees and paper carriers and employees' immediate family members.

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Boy, oh boy, did members of PEO Chapter EV surprise the socks off Jenny Kezele and sister-in-law Kelli Kezele, both of Milton-Freewater, at the philanthropic group's Christmas gathering.

Held in Milton-Freewater at Watermill Winery, members and guests enjoyed a prime rib dinner.

The "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus"-themed evening was carried out with the presentation of Program for Continuing Education grants of $1,000 to Jenny and $1,500 to Kelli by Blanche Mason, education chairwoman.

"It was an exciting and emotional celebration, not only for these two deserving women, but for the entire chapter," Blanche said.

The grant recipients are both enrolled in Walla Walla Community College's nursing program and are slated to graduate in June. In December 2009, both were also awarded $10,000 from the PEO Educational Loan Fund, Blance said.

An international philanthropic educational organization, PEO helps women of all ages achieve their educational goals through the provision of scholarships, grants and educational loans. PEO also owns, maintains and supports Cottey College, a two-year liberal arts college in Nevada, Mo.

For more details, contact Blanche at 541-938-5126 or bim@my180.net.

Parents of Bluewood Alpine Race Team members will host a wine tasting reception from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Reininger Winery, 5858 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla. The event is a no-host pouring. The winners of the group's raffle will be announced. Also featured are a silent auction and ski movie. There is no admittance fee, but the group can only accept cash or checks for donations and the auction at the event.

The non-profit Bluewood Alpine Race Team was founded in 1993. It is provides a quality training and competition experience to young skiers. It also strives to provide an environment of healthy competition, sportsmanship and character development while having fun. Family support and participation is considered essential in achieving those goals. The team trains at Ski Bluewood and attends competitions around the Pacific Northwest. Tuition covers approximately 50 percent of the funds required for the year. All proceeds from the wine-tasting will benefit the team. For more details, call 509-386-1960.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland afternoons at 526-8313.

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