Etc. - 8/24/12


Here’s a tasty deal: the Walla Walla Public Library will happily “Spread the Love with Peanut Butter for Fines!”

The Pantry Shelf and library members who have some fines will all benefit from the Peanut Butter for Fines program starting Monday, said Beth Hudson, library director.

“For one week we’ll write off up to $2 in fines for each jar of peanut butter brought to the Walla Walla Public Library. Pantry Shelf is low on peanut butter and we want to help. Those without fines might want to consider a donation, too! Plastic jars are best.”

The tallies are in and Juaquin Avalos won first place in the Talent of the Valley contest, held during the annual Muddy Frogwater Festival.

“We started putting on the TOV three years ago and it has grown each year so that we had 34 entries this year,” said Sandi Rowe, in a release.

Juaquin’s $500 prize was sponsored by Community Bank.

Patsy Paolino came in second and received the $250 prize from sponsor Soroptimist International of Walla Walla Valley.

In third place, Courtney Bruner and Ryan Tackett’s $125 came from sponsor Three Divas Beads.

The $50 People’s Choice went to Holly Warne from sponsors David and Gina Hartzheim.

And Shelby Harvey’s $25 Honorable Mention came from sponsor Milton Freewater Chamber of Commerce.

More than 30 contestants performed Friday, Aug. 17, 25 returned on Saturday and the top 10 were in the finals on Sunday, Sandi said.

“We were very happy with all the great talent this year,” she said. Most performers did vocals/instrumentals and there was a group of dancers and a poetry reader. and their ages ranged from 6 to 60 years old.

“We are already thinking about what we can do better for next year. We will have auditions again in June 2013, please follow us on Facebook for more details.”

Contest judges were Carey Adams and Julie and Andrew Culjak; Joe Sartin emceed; Jeff Schwartz and crew provided the sound hookups; and Danyele Sullivan coordinated the People’s Choice voting.

Sandi served on the Talent of the Valley Committee with Jennifer Sullivan and Julie.

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