Etcetera - 11/11/11

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James Arthur Graham took his first breath at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, born in Eau Claire, Wis., in 1938, said wife Winnie.

When he was born, local church bells rang out to commemorate Armistice Day, which has since become Veterans Day. Today, on 11-11-11, the 73-year-old retired United Methodist pastor will gather with a few friends for his birthday.

These days Jim is a part-time visitation pastor at Pioneer United Methodist Church and chaplain for the Twin W Civil Air Patrol squadron, both in Walla Walla. Happy birthday, Jim.

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Lights and ornaments are available for the Walla Walla Community Hospice-sponsored 25th annual Tree of Life tree and candle lighting ceremony, which will be 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Die Br?ordm;cke Building on the corner Main Street and First Avenue.

For a $25 contribution, donors may also purchase a glass tree ornament. This year's design, etched into beveled glass, is a winter cottage.

For a $10 donation, individuals may dedicate a light on the tree in memory of or in honor of a loved one.

To purchase lights and ornaments stop by the WWCH office, 1067 E. Isaacs Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, call 525-5561 or online see www.wwhospice.org.

Each honored person's name is printed on a paper tree ornament and placed on the tree and is inscribed in the Tree of Life book, said Laurie Klicker, WWCH marketing coordinator. Names in the Tree of Life book will be read and there will be music, candle lighting and refreshments at the event.

Funds raised from the event will go toward programs in Walla Walla, Columbia and Northeast Umatilla counties sponsored by the nonprofit organization that's committed to providing quality hospice care to adults and children facing a limited life expectancy. Patients are not denied hospice services for financial reasons.

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An informational session hosted by Walla Walla High School and Washington State University GEAR UP representatives will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Wa-Hi Commons.

They will talk about financial planning options and state scholarship opportunities in three information sessions. Subway sandwiches will be provided for all attendees beginning at 5:15. The session will end at 7:30.

WSU GEAR UP, located on the Wa-Hi campus, involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to support students in college and career readiness skills, according to a release.

For more details, contact Becky Waggoner with WSU GEAR UP, 509-526-8621 or email bwaggoner@wwps.org.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland afternoons at 526-8313.

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