Strictly Business - 11/09/11

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Santa Claus is coming to town.

The jolly old elf is making plans for his annual appearances at Inland Octopus, according to an announcement from downtown toy store owner Bob Catsiff.

Old St. Nick will ride in on the final float in the Macy's Parade of Lights on Dec. 3. After the parade, he will be at Inland Octopus, 7 E. Main St., to visit with children.

He'll return to the store each Sunday through Christmas and visit with kids 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free digital images will be provided via email. For more details, call 526-0115 or drop a line at email@inlandoctopus.com.

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A Walla Walla woman had a little color brought to her home courtesy of a team from Banner Bank.

A group of 20 Banner employees recently volunteered their time and energy to work on the home of Barbara Wietemier. The work was part of the company's Paint the Town program, which is designed to help improve the lives of senior citizens or those with disabilities.

Wietemier's house is the fourth painted under the program. The group of volunteers included Banner employees and their friends and family, as well as 10 students from Walla Walla High School's Advancement Via Individual Determination program.

Kevin Quinn, Banner's vice president/consumer loan servicing manager, said the project was particularly challenging because the home hadn't been painted in 40 years. In some spots, the bare cedar was showing.

"We are so happy with how it turned out, and so is the homeowner," Quinn said in a release. "It almost looks like a brand-new house."

Banner learned of the need for the home by Allan Renwick and the late Rev. Robin Peterson of College Place Presbyterian Church.

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Park Plaza retirement community is cooking up plans for a Thanksgiving-style lunch his weekend to benefit the Outward Bound Veterans program. The Walla Walla retirement operation, 1400 Dalles Military Road, will host the event Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds benefit Outward Bound for Veterans, a program that helps returning service members and recent veterans adjust to life at home through wilderness courses.

The wilderness expeditions are designed to be physically, emotionally and mentally challenging as way to help build self-confidence, pride, trust and communication skills to help veterans returning to their families, jobs and communities.

The cost for one veteran to complete the course is $2,000.

Those planning to attend the dinner are asked to RSVP at 525-6513. Donations can also be made online at holidaytouch.comoutwardbound.

Contact Vicki Hillhouse at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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