Etcetera - 04/12/12

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Reservations may be made for the annual Fort Walla Walla Museum awards banquet, which will be there on April 18.

Reserving a spot is a must. The dinner is $20 per person, according to Nancy Parry, executive assistant.

There will be a social time at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meal at 6 p.m. in the museum's entry building grand hall, off 755 Myra Road. Marty Bray's A Chef's Creation Catering will provide the food. Those interested in attending may call 509-525-7703 to reserve a place by Monday.

The museum is expanding every year and relies heavily on its corps of volunteers to enhance its programs and services.

"The museum has discovered through the years that granting agencies sometimes react in disbelief when the staff claims it can accomplish so much with so few paid individuals," Nancy said in a release.

"Enter the volunteers. Volunteers including the Board of Directors, store clerks, docents, building attendants, receptionists, gardeners, special event assistants, one-time project helpers, students from the local colleges, folks who help with grounds and maintenance projects, and the volunteers in the Heritage Research Services pull together to make this one of the finest heritage destinations in the Northwest."

The museum will honor the most outstanding among its nearly 200 everyday volunteers at the banquet.

For more about the museum call 509-525-7703, email info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or see fortwallawallamuseum.org.

Young spellers are honing their skills for the upcoming Altrusa International of Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce-sponsored fifth annual spelling bee.

The event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 12 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center during the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.

Students in third through fifth grades will compete in a spell-off by grade. The top four students from each grade will be awarded prizes for their spelling proficiency.

Altrusa's female membership works to provide service to the community through its promotion of education and literacy. A complete listing of rules and additional information is online at www.wwps.org/community/spellingbee.htm

For further details about the spelling bee, please contact Linda Thorson at 509-522-0812 or thorson@bmi.net.

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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