Alpine job fair in works at ski area

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Looking for winter work? Head to the mountain.

Ski Bluewood will host a job fair later this month for the 2011-2012 season. Food service workers, lift operators, rental technicians, ski and snowboard instructors and sales staff will be in demand for the five-day-per-week operation slated to open Nov. 26.

The Bluewood Job Fair takes place Oct. 23 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Dayton. The event runs 4-6 p.m. in the Youth Building.

According to an announcement on the job fair, the goal at the mountain is "to provide skiers and snowboarders with the best possible skiing conditions, service and friendliness in the mountain environment."

Located about 20 miles outside of Dayton, Ski Bluewood has 24 runs and is known for its dry powder snow and family-friendly atmosphere. Facilities include a full-service ski/snowboard rental department, retail shop, patrol services, ski and snowboard learning center, caf and pub. For more details visit bluewood.com.

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Park Plaza Retirement, 1400 Dalles Military Road, is saluting veterans with a two-month companywide fundraiser.

The Walla Walla retirement home, part of the Holiday Retirement family, will join the more than 300 Holiday Retirement senior living communities in a quest to raise at least $1.2 million -- or $4,000 per facility -- for Outward Bound for Veterans.

The operation will collect donations online or at the local facility between now and Nov. 30. It will also host an Outward Bound for Veterans Spaghetti Feed noon-2 p.m. Oct. 23 to raise money.

Outward Bound for Veterans is a nonprofit program that provides wilderness expeditions for returning wartime soldiers. The expeditions are led by veterans and are intended to challenge participants physically, mentally and emotionally to help build self-confidence, pride and trust, according to the announcement. The program is designed to help veterans overcome combat-related conditions, such as post traumatic stress disorder.

The cost for one vet to participate is $2,000. The program is not subsidized by the Department of Veterans Affairs or other military-affiliated organizations. It is privately funded and relies on charitable donations.

As part of Holiday's endeavor, the company will match every donation made.

To learn more or to donate, visit Park Plaza or holidaytouch.com/outwardbound.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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