Girl puts 'aid' in lemonade' benefit

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A Walla Walla girl diagnosed last spring with juvenile arthritis is using her entrepreneurial spirit to raise funds for the cause.

A lemonade stand and bake sale Wednesday is designed for "putting the 'aid' in lemonade," according to a flyer made up for the event.

Allison Wanichek, 10, will operate the stand with friends and her brother, Jack, at Walla Walla Builders Supply, 607 W. Tietan St., noon to 3 p.m. All money raised will go to the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation. Wanichek was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis last May. She and her family have been on a mission to learn about the condition.

Her goal, according to her mom, Staci Wanichek, is to raise $1,000 Wednesday for a juvenile arthritis camp known as Kat-Fish, Kids and Teens' Families Investing Support and Hope.

Located in Stanwood, Wash., the camp offers activities for kids and teens with rheumatic conditions, as well as their families. The gathering is intended to bring together families with similar issues to build a support system and build relationships through swimming, Frisbee golf, nature hikes, crafts and outdoor games.

For more information on the stand, contact Staci Wanichek at staci@my180.net.

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Walla Walla's Harvest Foods will warm up for this weekend's Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival with a tasting event Thursday.

The Southgate grocery store, 905 S. Second Ave., will offer several award-winning recipes with a focus on Walla Walla's signature vegetable. Included on the menu: grilled swordfish with Walla Walla Sweet Onion and orange salsa. A representative will also be on hand from Ocean Beauty, a Northwest company that distributes seafood. For more details, call 525-7900 or visit the store's Facebook page.

Operators of the M-F Drive-In plan to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a blast from the past.

"American Graffiti" will be part of the double feature for the July 28 celebration, according to an announcement via Facebook. A second feature is expected to be announced soon.

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

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