Y travel club eyes Alaska, B.C.


Alaska and British Columbia will be the target destinations of a YMCA Travel Club presentation Tuesday.

Travelers interested in a seven-day cruise to Alaska this summer or a two-night cruise to Victoria, B.C., can learn more at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the YMCA, 340 S. Park St.

The Y Travel Club is open to the entire community, not just members.

The Victoria, B.C., trip takes place May 13-15. Participants will take a charter bus to Seattle, then board the Victoria Clipper to British Columbia. The package includes two nights in Victoria, a city tour and a tour of Butchart Gardens. Other options include whale-watching, a tour of the Royal BC Museum or high tea at the Fairmont Empress.

The Alaska cruise will set sail this summer. The seven-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise on Island Princess is set for July 13 followed by a six-day land tour into the heart of Denali National Park. After cruising past the glaciers and sightseeing in the historic port towns of Alaska's Inside Passage, participants will travel by domed rail cars and luxury motorcoach to explore the wilderness of the Last Frontier, according to a description from AAA.

Contact Susan Anfinson at the YMCA at 525-2995 or Erika Carlisle at AAA Washington at 527-7844, as soon as possible. Commitments for Victoria are needed by Feb. 10. Those interested in the Alaska trip can contact Donna Beauchesne at 527-7841.

Walla Walla's Harvest Foods is cooking up ways for Super Bowl revelers to make their parties a culinary touchdown.

A Super Bowl snackfest Friday at the Southgate store, 905 S. Second Ave., will offer samples for football menus.

From 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. the store will offer fixin's for Coney dogs, Bahama mamas, veggie trays, chips, dips and footlong hot dogs and buns, said owners Nolan and Kathleen Lockwood, in an announcement. Recipes will also be on hand.

Anne Moore, an event and wedding florist who owns Walla Walla's Amor?© Floral Designs, recently attended the Seven Day Master Symposium offered by internationally-renowned floral designer Ren?© van Rems.

Attendees of the symposium, Jan. 8-14, designed bridal bouquets that will be featured in "Ren?©'s Bouquets for Brides" a book to be released this spring, according to an announcement.

Moore is an American Institute of Floral Design-accredited florist who started her business after 20 years in the retail floral business. For more information about her or her business, visit amorefloral.com or call 527-1020.

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


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