M-F street fair to offer food, live music, arts, crafts

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A Milton-Freewater Street Fair this weekend will offer live music, food and an array of items from vendors.

Merchants and property owners will display their wares up and down North Main Street in a community event intended not only to reacquaint consumers and local businesses but also to raise funds for various causes.

The event runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday with arts, crafts, food, karaoke and shopping.

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Visitors are invited to browse vendor booths, sample food, try their hand at bingo or participate in a poker run.

Tino's Grill Sports Bar will feature food 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The Bank Grill will have a wine tasting starting at 3 p.m. Friday. Doors open Saturday at 11 a.m. for "Customer Awareness Day," which includes wine tasting and noshing throughout the day.

Live performances will take place throughout the day Friday starting with Chinook Winds at 9 a.m. Others scheduled include a Johnny Cash Tribute performer, Jerry Dare, from 1 to 3 p.m., and several more. Music continues Saturday. Karaoke will run 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday's activities also include the Elks Lodge yard sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; a Poker Run, 10 a.m.-noon; the Elks Lodge barbecue, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Elks Lodge Bingo; and another Poker Run, 2-4 p.m.

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The local state Department of Revenue office will host a free tax workshop next week for new and small-business owners.

The subjects of excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements will be demystified in a 11/2-hour session June 16.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. at the WorkSource Walla Walla office, 1530 Stevens St.

Participants will receive a workbook and reference guide to Department of Revenue rules and regulations. Space is limited. To register, call 509-735-0939. Also, a short streaming video version of the workshop in English and Spanish is available on the website at www.dor.wa.gov.

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College Place marketing and communications firm CMBell Company was lauded recently for an advertising campaign for Providence St. Mary Medical Center's Regional Spine Center.

Work developed for the "Get your back back. In Walla Walla." campaign received a Gold Award from the Aster Awards Competition.

One of the largest national competitions of its kind, the Aster Awards honors excellence in marketing. The CMBell piece competed among about 3,000 entries from the U.S., Canada and South America.

The Gold Award is given to creative works ranked in the top 5 percent of entries submitted. Judging criteria includes creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

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Chad Johnson of Dusted Valley Vinters will represent the Walla Walla Valley appellation on the Washington Wine Commission.

Johnson has reportedly been selected to fill the small area growers seat previously held by Rick Small of Woodward Canyon. The appointment was detailed in the latest edition of the Tourism Walla Walla Tribune, the local tourism agency's industry communication.

In a prepared statement, Johnson said he hopes to use his time to help unite the state and "bring more Washington wine to the streets nationally and internationally."

He is one of 13 members on the commission. He was selected from eight candidates nominated by the Washington State Wine Growers Association.

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

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