Etcetera - 07/11/11

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Through a rigorous selection process, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2011 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors in Ashland, Ore., invited a Walla Walla student to participate Aug. 1-13.

Anna Hinz, a Walla Walla High School senior this fall, is among 65 students chosen for the program from a field of 90 applicants across the United States. Students attending represent 10 states, according to a release.

Anna's application required reflection, self-evaluation and recommendations from teachers and other adults.

"Whether or not the students pursue a career in theater, all of them benefit from the lessons of theater: self-knowledge and the ability to collaborate with others on projects that are greater than any one individual," OSF Director of Education Joan Langley said.

It's the seminar's 30th anniversary. It offers a rigorous two-week program for theater students who have recently completed their junior year in high school.

Students stay on the Southern Oregon University campus, where OSF theater professionals present workshops and forums on a variety of topics.

Students will gain insight into the workings of a successful repertory theater company, and will attend forums and workshops and nine of OSF's productions and work together on projects.

One seminar objective is to teach students about arts advocacy so they can return to their schools as leaders.

Thus, Anna and the others will present a case for the funding of an arts program to a mock board at the seminar.

Rodeo barrelman, entertainer and former Walla Walla Public Schools teacher JJ Harrison will provide the keynote speech for Camp Fire USA's fourth annual summer luncheon.

The fundraiser will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Southwest Chicken Salad will be served. It features house-smoked free-range chicken breast with mixed local greens, smoked cheddar cheese, black bean and roasted corn salsa, marinated tomatoes, avocado and crispy corn tortilla strips dressed with a Southwestern ranch. Kaitlin Kirk, communications coordinator with Camp Fire, sampled the salad at a tasting, and endorses it as "absolutely delicious."

The cost $35 is per person. To reserve a seat at the luncheon, contact Kaitlin at 525-3180 or kaitlin@wwcampfire.org.

Proceeds from the event help fund a variety of Camp Fire's youth-oriented programs.

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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