Etcetera - 11/18/11

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Walla Wallan Jeremy Michael Reed will be featured in the role of Mr. Fezziwig in Central Washington University Central Theatre Ensemble's production of "A Christmas Carol."

Central Theatre Ensemble's take on the Charles Dickens classic is a CWU holiday tradition, according to a release. Central Theatre Arts professor and director Brenda Hubbard adapted it for the stage. The audience and the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge travel a road of discovery and redemption as the true meaning of Christmas is revealed. With the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, and many more vivid Dickensian characters, this heart-warming story is a family favorite.

A CWU senior, Jeremy is pursuing a bachelor's in theatre. He graduated in 2005 from Walla Walla Valley Academy and is the son of David Reed and Bunny Carr of Walla Walla.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 1-3 plus 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 in McConnell Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students, and $7 for CWU students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/~theatre/tix/index.html. The performance is appropriate for children age 10 and older. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.

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Walla Walla Gun Club is raising funds for a new gun range and is auctioning donated items to raise funds. On Tuesday, a 16-foot aluminum extension ladder landed in their collective laps.

"It's in very good condition, with a few scrapes and dings but otherwise very good," noted Bob Bloch, who is accepting bids. Its rope and pulley and adjustable feet are good, the rails are straight and "it's just waiting for someone who needs it to take it home."

The ladder is valued at $100; Bob started the bidding at $30, and will see where it goes. Fire off a bid to bbloch@bmi.net.

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As temperatures drop the chances of school closures increase. Walla Walla Public Schools posts the latest in school closure information because of inclement weather or other circumstance that would delay or cancel the normal school schedule.

Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6 a.m.

Places to find information include: media releases in the newspaper, radio and TV; telephone automated messages to staff and parents; web postings at www.wwps.org; staff email GroupWise; enews messages (sign up on the district website at www.wwps.org; Twitter messages twitter.com/wwschools; Facebook page message; and via orange signs posted in front of schools.

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

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