Etcetera - 10/03/11

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The Cottage will benefit from a fundraiser sponsored by the Girl's Council.

The non-profit group has been serving girls ages 9-18 in the Walla Walla Valley since 2006.

To help, items or funds may be donated for the silent auction that will be Saturday. Tickets for the event cost $40, which includes dinner, dessert and an opportunity to bid on various local items.

More details online are at www.girlscouncil.org or contact Marci Knauft, Brandi McIntire or Karen Neher at Lincoln Alternative High School to make a donation or purchase tickets for the event.

Girls who are referred to the program receive training through the Girl's Circle curriculum.

"Teaching girls to manage their feelings and behaviors by taking charge of their thoughts, empowers them with some of the crucial skills necessary to successfully navigate through life," an item states in the online Walla Walla Public School Week in Review.

The groups are run in various community locations and in the public school setting.

Besides specialized groups, Girl's Council is working to build a residential, ranch-like home for girls here to alleviate the continued risk of physical and emotional harm through residential placement.

Once built, The Cottage will house up to six girls and will be staffed 24 hours. It will be a safe place for girls ages 12-17 to grow and become empowered within a structured, nurturing environment.

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It may have a new name, but the program will be familiar. Once known as Picture Lady, Carnegie Center's PictureLab brings art experiences to Walla Walla School District's elementary students.

Organized by Augusta Farnum, PictureLab chairwoman, artists Emily Carr, Albrecht Durer and Andy Goldsworthy worked with kindergarten-fifth-grade students.

They focused on movement in nature, drawing with charcoal and installation of outdoor artwork. The students received donated books through the program, too.

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Ruth and John Ladderud's son Jeff sang the national anthem on Sept. 30 for the Washington State University volleyball game.

He is a former Walla Walla High School orchestra and choral student. In 2008 while a Wa-Hi senior, Jeff was named a WSU Distinguished Regents Scholar.

The scholarship offers tuition for four years, room and board and fees for four years of college. There are only 25 Regents Scholars awarded each year in the state.

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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