Etcetera - 10/24/11

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The Washington State Association of Activities Professionals bestowed its Activity Assistant of the Year Award upon Walla Walla Valley resident Lisa Wolf.

A five-year employee at Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, Lisa accepted the honor during the annual WSAAP conference Sept. 21 in Spokane, said John Paulson, director of human resources at the Odd Fellows Home.

Lisa is activity coordinator for the West Care Center at the Odd Fellows Home. She offers residents such activities as classes in quilting and baking, exercise programs, book club groups, crafts and special events.

"She has worked in the field of healthcare over eight years and brings the comfort of home and the enthusiasm of each day to her residents," John said in the release. "Lisa's life is proof positive that each person can make a difference in the world right where they live and work."

WSAAP is an organization that works to improve the quality of life for the elderly in adult family homes, long-term care facilities, senior centers and assisted living communities.

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Several members of the Walla Walla High School band have been selected to participate in the Western International Band Clinic Nov. 18-21 in Seattle, an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

The students auditioned via MP3. Four concert bands of about 165 students each are expected to participate in the festival.

The local outstanding musicians were selected from more than 900 entries made by students around the United States and Canada. They include: Amy Ueckert, senior, clarinet, fourth time; Michelle Ruzicka, junior, clarinet, third time; Sam Gentzler, junior, clarinet, Rachel Schueller, junior, flute, Ashley Taylor, senior, trumpet, and McKelle Wilwand, senior, flute, are second-time returnees; and Hannah LaPier, junior, clarinet, and Reilly Beckstrand, freshman, french horn, first timers.

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The Walla Walla Police Department plans to collect unused medications in a Prescription Pill Take Back event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The department is partnering with American West Bank for the day, which also includes a shred documents event, in the bank parking lot at Third Avenue and Rose Street.

Drugs will be accepted with no questions asked.

However, do not bring needles, sharps or syringes, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, pressurized canisters or chemotherapy/radioactive substances.

For details, contact Vicki Ruley, crime prevention coordinator, at 509-524-4409.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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