Etcetera - 11/30/11

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In memory of Pearl Harbor and in honor of veterans of World War II, Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287 members will host a veterans appreciation dinner on Friday, said Shelley Murphy, Elks Veterans Committee chairman.

Veterans, service members and their families will be honored, regardless of the period in which they served. A special invitation is being extended to widows and widowers of veterans, Shelley said.

The menu will feature Creamy Minnesota Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, rolls and gingerbread or chocolate cake, and will be served from 7- 9 p.m. at the lodge, 351 E. Rose St. The YMCA will provide half-hour chauffeured van rides to tour local Christmas lights. There are four time slots available for the Christmas lights tour: 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m.

"Payment has already been made through the service of our veterans; there is no charge to veterans, service members or family members," Shelley added.

It is also possible to enjoy the dinner or light tour separately. Reservations are required by Thursday. To reserve a spot contact the Elks Lodge at 509-525-2870.

Back by popular demand, Friends of the Walla Walla Public Library will host a repeat Books & Baubles sale on Saturday at the library, 238 E. Alder St., from 10 a.m. until the library closes.

Autographed books, Bright's candy, Walla Walla Roastery Library Blend Coffee, Partylite candles and a number of handmade items, including greeting cards, potholders and hot mug protectors will be for sale in the Program Room.

Some of the autographed books available are: Elizabeth Allende's "Portrait in Sepia," Kim Barnes' "In the Wilderness" and "Kiss Tomorrow Hello," Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol," Bill Gulick's "The Dam Builders," Sherry Jones' "Jewel of Media," Ursula LaGuin's "Lavinia," Alexander Smith's "The Cupboard Full of Life," Rick Steves' "Europe 101," and Donald Trump's "Think Like a Champion."

Friends of the Library will provide refreshments for those enjoying the warmth and comfort of the library while watching the Parade of Lights that evening, said organizer Jackie George.

Anyone interested in purchasing one of these books can also contact Beth Hudson, library director, at 524-4433 or Jackie George, Friends of the Library, at 525-7527.

Mustangers has been bringing horse-related events to the Pendleton area since 1940.

The board will gather for its annual meeting at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Let 'Er Buck Room at the Pendleton Round-Up grounds and will provide barbecue, beverages and table service. Those members attending can bring other items, A-L salads and M-Z desserts.

For more details, call Lisa at 541-310-0134.

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