Etc. - 8/13/12


Area little ones will be able to read all about it because a Books for Babes benefit turned out so well.

In the first Moms' Network benefit promotion, 134 new soft books were donated to newborns in Walla Walla, said the group's president, Beth Swanson.

Members of The Moms' Network and the community worked with Book & Game, 38 E. Main St., to buy children's soft books to be distributed in the Books for Babes gift bags, Beth said in a release.

"This is a wonderful partnership for us to promote both organizations and provide books to families who have newborn babies in our area."

During the six-week event folks went to Book & Game or the Moms' Network website to purchase s soft book at $6.75 and donate it back to Books for Babes. At the kickoff party the Moms' Network matched the number of books donated and Book & Game also donated additional books.

"We are thrilled with the support from the community and the Moms' Network," said Books for Babes Board member Karri Bruce. "All the books donated will go directly to local newborn babies and promote early learning."

Books for Babes's program encourages early literacy. Each newborn receives a bag containing soft books, hard books and a homemade book from local children.

The Moms' Network of Walla Walla provides opportunities to local parents to communicate, receive and exchange information, network with each other and be involved in the community, Beth said.

For more details about the event or Moms' Network contact Beth at 509-301-7471 or


Tickets for Walla Walla Community Hospice's 11th annual Pond & Garden Tour are now on sale for $20 per person, according to its website.

Open to those 12 years and older, the fundraiser will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8.

Participants can go on a self-guided tour of 10 gardens in the area.

There will be a raffle with $1 tickets for pond and garden "goodies," vendors with garden accessories and music and art in the gardens.

Tickets are available at Bright's Candies & Gifts, 11 E. Main St.; the WWCH office, 1067 E. Isaacs Ave.; or by calling 509-525-5561.

Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Hospice, which provides compassionate care to patients in the final stages of life and support to their loved ones and caregivers.

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