DeSales remodel to be aided by sausage festival weekend benefit

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Pro-ceeds from this weekend's Walla Walla Sausage Festival will help take a bite out of construction costs for a gymnasium remodel at DeSales High School.

The fundraising event will kick off Friday and run through midnight Saturday -- come rain or shine -- organizers say.

Food, games and entertainment will be offered at DeSales throughout the event. All proceeds will benefit Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

The merriment begins 5 p.m. Friday and runs through midnight. A fun run kicks off the action Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Regular events resume that morning at 11 and run through midnight.

So what -- besides sausage -- is on the agenda? For kids Saturday there will be inflatable structures, a dart throw, silly string, baseball throw, face-painting and more.

Lively entertainment includes performances from Troupe Azure, Daisy Schoen, DeSales Band, The Dance Center, Zumba Dancers, Prospect Point Jump Ropers and more. Bingo will be available 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and pillows for a movie at 7 that evening.

A beer garden will be available both nights for those 21 and older. On Saturday, Penrose Lane will perform from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. with no cover charge.

On the menu throughout the weekend: German and Italian sausages; hamburgers; grilled chicken sandwiches; hot dogs; salads; Klicker's strawberry shortcake; and drinks.

The local Curves Clubs are observing October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by waiving joining fees for new members who show proof of a mammogram within the past year.

Those who make a $25 donation to breast cancer research also qualify for the waived joining fee, according to an announcement from the women's fitness organization.

"Curves mission has always been to strengthen women," said Curves founder Diane Heavin in a release. "Typically, women are caregivers, but when it comes to breast cancer, women need to understand how important it is to take care of themselves."

Consequently, participating facilities will focus on three goals through October: helping women learn the facts about breast cancer and the importance of early detection; encouraging women to work out three times a week to help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer; and participating in fundraising efforts to support the research and outreach efforts of the American Cancer Society. Participating Curves are at 15 N. Columbia St. in Milton-Freewater and 2200 Melrose St. in Walla Walla. For more information about Curves' activities in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit curves.com .

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

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