Etcetera - 02/10/12

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This gathering will be all about the teddies and dollies and tea, oh my, when the Walla Walla Columbia County School Retirees Association hosts its sixth annual Teddy Bear Show and Tea with visiting doll exhibits.

It will be from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at St. Francis Social Hall, 722 W. Alder St. Attendees will find a gala tea, Story Corner, photographer, raffle, silent auction, doll and bear exhibits, Teddy Bear Store stocked with bearaphernalia and more, said Dee Aichele, who's helping organize and put on the event.

This is the association's primary fundraiser. Proceeds finance two annual scholarships of $1,000 each. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Junior Club of Walla Walla will award two $2,000 scholarships to local women, one to a student enrolled in a local nursing-degree program and another to a student pursuing any college-level field of study.

The funds cover tuition only and are paid directly to the recipient's educational institution, said Colby Burke, JCWW president.

Applicants must be 24 years or older and have lived in the Walla Walla Valley for at least two years. Applications may be requested via email at juniorclubww@gmail.com and must be postmarked no later than March 30. Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before April 30.

Junior Club serves the needs of several local non-profit organizations such as Books for Babes, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, YWCA, Walla Walla Community Hospice and Herring House, and provides scholarships for deserving local women.

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Lynn Suckow's first clue there was another Walla Walla besides the one here is when she emailed a request for information of a bed and breakfast in the Cotswolds in England. "When after a long wait I didn't get the information, I emailed again and found out it had been mailed to Australia.

"Of course then I had to Google Walla Walla, Australia, and found out it was between Wagga Wagga to the north, and Barrumbuttock to the south west. AND their Walla Walla is also in wine country.

The names of the towns their Walla Walla is between are much more interesting than ours."

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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