Etcetera - 04/05/12

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Members of Job's Daughters Bethel 52 racked up some awards from recent participation in Jobie Weekend, a semi-annual statewide conference.

Members from Walla Walla, Chantel Brannan, Sabrina Keenan, Asia Clark, Alex Meliah, Katie McMichael, Tarryn Karrels, Audrey Keenan and Darby Clark, won first place for a skit, a drama based on a scene from the TV show "The Twilight Zone."

Asia and Tarryn placed second in small group dance; Audrey placed first in violin and third in sewing; Darby place first in cooking and second in arts and crafts; Sabrina place third in singing and second in cooking; and Alex placed first in photography and second in sewing.

The group is now on its second annual "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" fundraiser, which will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Walla Walla Masonic Center, 607 E. Main St. There is a small charge for the breakfast and an optional photo with the Easter Bunny.

For more information, contact Nancy McClenny-Walters at 386-8506.

Despite the adorableness factor, baby chicks and bunnies are not suitable gifts for Easter said The Humane Society of the United States. They urge people to refrain from acquiring live chicks and rabbits as Easter presents for the holiday.

An alternative gift to live animals could be a plush toy or a chocolate rabbit.

"Rabbits and chickens can make wonderful companions, but those adorable babies grow up quickly into adults that will need proper socialization, care and companionship for many years," said Inga Fricke, The HSUS' director of sheltering and pet care issues, in a release.

Rabbits come a close third, after cats and dogs, as the animals most frequently surrendered to animal shelters, largely because people acquire them as youngsters but aren't prepared for a longterm commitment.

Many mistakenly release rabbits into backyards thinking they can fend for themselves. But domestic rabbits sold or adopted as pets cannot survive on their own outdoors. Chickens also need dedicated, consistent care. Far too many of them end up in shelters, rescues and sanctuaries.

"Adding any new pet should not be made on impulse." See more at www.ShelterPetProject.org.

Eeek. A notice in Wednesday's column gave the wrong information for an upcoming meeting: Tim Metler will talk about irises at 7 p.m. Monday in the Walla Walla School District meeting room, 364 S. Park St. Call 382-2151 for more information.

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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