ETCETERA - College Place quilter's work makes national contest semi-finals

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Bordered Beyond the Block, a quilt crafted by Marlene Baerg Oddie of College Place, will be displayed in the American Quilter's Society Show & Contest July 13-16 at the Knoxville (Tenn.) Convention Center. Her quilt made the contest semi-finals, the AQS website notes.

"I feel honored to have it selected and will be shown," Marlene said Friday. "I've only been in business for 11/2 years." Inspired by a friend's painting that won a $25,000 prize, Marlene had some fabric with similar bright pink flowers that she wanted to use. "I pushed the envelope (with the Bordered Beyond the Block project) and was really pleased with the result."

Bordered Beyond the Block will be judged along with 296 other entries in the annual contest, now in its third year. First- through third-place prizes will be awarded in five categories, along with five overall awards. Winners will be announced on July 13.

Cash awards totaling more than $44,000 will be granted, with prizes including $10,000 Best of Show and $5,000 each for Best Hand, Machine and Longarm Workmanship categories.

Meredith Schroeder, AQS founder and president, said, "Quilts are no longer just meant for the bed. This show features quilts as art; it exemplifies the creativity of today's quiltmakers."

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 36 U.S. states and six other countries. Quilt artists use many techniques and design methods from traditional designs such as Log Cabin and Lone Star, to original painted and embellished motifs.

"Regardless of how Bordered Beyond the Block places in the final judging, all semifinalists' quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people," a release from AQS reported.

It also was recently displayed at Patit Creek Cellars, where some of her other items specially made with the Balloon Stampede theme are also on display, Marlene said.

"I had a wall-hanging up for Spring Release and it sold the first day. So I'm very encouraged with the ideas that I'm generating for the wine industry," she said.

Marlene founded KISSed Quilts in the latter part of 2009 and does long-arm machine quilting and quilt pattern design. Her business keeps her busy, including a recent trip to the Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.

More about Marlene is available at www.kissedquilts.com, her blog, kissedquilts.blogspot.com, and Facebook page www.facebook.com/kissedquilts.

The Irene Gerlinger Swindells Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation awarded Oregon East Symphony a $20,000 on May 23.

OES plans to apply the Recession Response grant funding to maintain orchestra operations while its board and staff undergo a long-range strategic planning process this summer and fall, according to a release from Lisa-Marie Patterson, OES executive director.

With the funds, they can train board members to be more effective at developing community relationships, recruiting and managing volunteers and working productively as a group.

"I hope this will lead to a strong and vibrant organization that will forge a musical path through the next 25 years of nurturing our community" said Janet Miller, OES Grant Chair.

OES's mission is to operate, support and maintain a symphony orchestra and chorus in Eastern Oregon and enhance the quality of life in the region by providing a dependable source of live orchestral and choral music, with special emphasis on youth education opportunities.

Oregon Community Foundation aims to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. It works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. OCF awards $60-plus million annually in grants and scholarships.

The symphony just hired Dr. Anthony Spain as its music director.

For more about OES, Summer Music Camp, Playing for Keeps, the youth education project, concerts, or other details, call 541-276-0320 or online go to www.oregoneastsymphony.org.

Members of P.E.O. Chapter BI of Walla Walla are hosting a yard sale fundraiser from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11 at 786 Wauna Vista Drive.

P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization. According to its website, it's a pioneer society for women, founded Jan. 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. It started as a friendship group but soon evolved to include women off campus. Now P.E.O. has nearly a quarter of a million members in chapters around the United States and Canada.

Chapter BI is raising funds for scholarships, according to a release from Shannon Smith-McKeown. The event is cash-only with no early sales. For more details, call 509-956-8688.

Reading major and Dayton resident Samantha Holtsclaw made the dean's list at Eastern Washington University with a 3.7 GPA. A 2006 Dayton High School alumna, Samantha graduated in 2009 from Walla Walla Community College with an associate degree direct transfer agreement in elementary education.

She expects to do her student teaching during fall 2013, according to parents Laraine and Dale Holtsclaw, also of Dayton.

A senior, Samantha is minoring in special education, which she expects to complete this quarter, and English as a second language, which will take longer to complete.

Vanessa Alvarado-Rivas will take the helm of the Walla Walla High School Latino Club as newly elected president, according to a release.

She will serve during the 2011-12 school year with Iris Salazar, vice-president; Brenda Lopez, secretary, and Jose Albarran, treasurer.

Latino Club focuses on activities at school that develop relationships and understanding with other students. It also offers mentoring and support to help students reach high academic achievement and other opportunities and has a strong focus on community service.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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