ETCETERA - Girl Scouts' style show emphasizes beauty from within

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A big fashion show and silent auction that Girl Scout Troop 1357 is preparing for later this month will raise funds to better the community, said member Alexis Nordman in a release.

Some of the proceeds will help fund the girls' Silver projects for sixth- through eighth-grade girls and Gold projects.

The Gold Award, earned by girls in ninth-senior years in high school, is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

"Our main goal with this event is to teach the next generation that beauty is not materialistic, but comes from within. As an extra bonus, we plan on helping the rest of our community by giving partial proceeds to Goodwill, Blue Mountain Humane Society and the YWCA," Alexis said.

They will borrow clothes from Goodwill to can demonstrate that "girls can still be beautiful in second-hand clothes," Alexis added.

The "Beauty Is ..." fashion show intends to demonstrate that "beauty is not make-up and price tags." It will be from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 26 at The Olive Marketplace & Cafe, 21 E. Main St.

The $10 tickets include light appetizers and various beverages. They will be sold at Harvest Foods, Olive, Earthlight Books and Book & Game Co.

The Scouts will have displays for the beneficiaries of the show set up at the event if those attending wish to donate dog toys, money or other items.

Troop 1357's eight members range in age from seventh through ninth grade except for "mascot" Skylar Nordman, Alexis' 7-year-old sister.

Alexis will emcee the fashion show. Her fellow Cadet Girl Scouts Katherine Krzyzanek, Sarah Gibbs and Sandra Baker, and Senior Girl Scouts Lucya Nava, Emily Adams and Julia Jacobs and Brownie Skylar, will model along with Alexander Krzyzanek, Katherine and Maggie Houchin, Mylie Jones, Emily Randall and Rayin Swentik.

They have received a number of items from businesses and local individuals to feature in the silent auction, Alexis said, including a ukulele from Blazing Guitars, a harmonica from Guitar Stand, coffee and cups from Starbucks, three mani/pedi deals from Hairtech Beauty Academy, a bottle of wine from Crossroads Steakhouse and the list goes on.

Troop leaders are Christina Jacobs and Skylar's and Alexis' mom, T.J. Nordman.

For more information, or to make a donation contact T.J. at 522-4853 or Alexis at 509-520-0444.

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American Culinary Federation's Northwest Wine Country Chapter members converged on Walla Walla recently for an awards banquet at Titus Creek Cafe on the Walla Walla Community College campus.

Honored during the event were Chef of the Year Jay Entrikin, WWCC culinary arts instructor, and Student of the Year Kristin Swaggart, a WWCC culinary arts alumna.

"Kristin was an outstanding student, showed up every day prepared for class, with a positive and professional attitude. She put forth a lot of effort to get the most out of her educational opportunity. Her 'Be Like Mike' national award was a culmination of her efforts, exemplifying what we consider as 'giving what it takes' to succeed in this industry," Jay said of his former student.

Kristin is currently chef at JBistro, part of Bookwalter Winery in Richland. She's also active in ACF's Chef and Child efforts.

The board of directors selected the two local honorees, who each received a certificate and trophy.

ACF is a national organization of professional chefs focuses on development, training, professionalism, accreditation and certification.

The local WCCA chapter has 45 members from Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon, said Dan Thiessen, WWCC culinary arts director.

Over the past year, Jay coached and took the Junior Team to Knowledge Bowl competition, where they won the Benton County Fair Iron Chef Competition.

He's donated numerous hours in volunteer efforts for chapter events and assisting in certification exams hosted here in November, Dan said.

Jay graduated from Western Culinary Institute in Portland and honed his skills with some of the industry's top chefs, Dan said.

Jay worked at fine restaurants such as Seattle's The Painted Table and Assaggio Trattoria and the Heathman, both in Portland. He started at WWCC in September 2004

"Through his experiences, Jay has learned the complexity and finesse of fusion cooking, the art of simplicity yet flavor through traditional Italian cooking, as well as the intensities and subtleties of the grand French cuisine.

Jay came to WWCC excited to be on the leading edge of the emerging culinary revolution in Walla Walla area, and has a passion for educating tomorrow's top chefs," Dan said

Students participating in the WWCC culinary program can earn a two-year associate degree and be accredited by the ACFEI. The Wine Country Culinary Institute is the new name, Dan said.

"We focus on training highly skilled entry level team members into the hospitality industry, constantly striving to inspire students that they can achieve any goal they set out for with continuous efforts on their part."

"We have a ton of new things on the horizon here at the CC," Dan said. WWCC cafe's new name among them and a program to be separately branded and self-standing.

Their new food truck rolls out this spring, a new curriculum begins next fall and there are countless avenues for them to be involved in the community.

This year's Entwine Event will be brought back to our campus, staffed and organized by students of the college, Dan said.

Dan said his first six months at WWCC and with the program "have been very full to say the least and we are just getting started. Very excited to be here and a part of the future of this program."

For details about the NWCC, see tinyurl.com/82kredo.

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Pat Yenney's friend and fellow Walla Wallan Shirley Muse spent many years involved in the health of bird and tree populations in this area.

A birder and environmentalist, Shirley could be considered a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. She could identify a tree species, tell you its age and how many others were in the area, for example, Pat said.

She had an abiding passion for her work and was a sought-after source of information for decades. She hosted many a meeting of Blue Mountain Audubon Society and Grandmothers' Roundtable members at the Newell Street home she shares with husband Corey Muse and which is shaded by some of her beloved trees, sycamores planted in 1906.

Many know her as The Tree Lady and as member of the Urban Forestry Commission, a group that aims to protect grand old trees in the city and encourage the proper planting of new trees.

She's retired now, but still inspires Pat, who has a grand tree in her own yard that reminds her of Shirley's dedication to and interest in the environment.

Pat, a fellow member of Grandmothers' Roundtable, wrote a poem recently with Shirley in mind because Pat's yard sports a 100-year-old linden tree. "I was grumbling at it," she recalled. As it "self trims," she has to pick up resulting debris all the time.

But because it's a gorgeous, big, long-lived tree, Pat decided to show her gratitude for it and went indoors to write something to honor Shirley.

"If it weren't for Shirley, we wouldn't value trees," Pat said. "When you have a treasure like Shirley, you want to show appreciation."

The result is an untitled piece that is framed now, superimposed over a soft-hued watercolor painting of a tree by Walla Walla artist Joyce Anderson.

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Thrilled with the same-sex marriage legislation Gov. Christine Gregoire recently signed into law, Danielle "Danni" Shepherd of College Place embellished a T-shirt for daughter Alexandra Shepherd to wear in honor of Valentine's Day and the bill signing.

The message in fabric paint on Alexandra's shirt features a rainbow-hued heart followed by "IS = 2 ALL" or love is equal to all. It has deep personal significance" to Danni and her family. She is bisexual and said she counts friends who are either bisexual, lesbian, gay or straight supporters of GLBT rights.

A student at Meadow Brook Intermediate School, Alexandra has received positive feedback from close friends and family, Danni said. "I've shown some of my teachers and classmates the pictures and they said, 'Way to go.'"

"Though I was a bit hesitant to send her to school with the shirt on, it's no different than a Hispanic student going to school with the Mexican flag on their T-shirt during Cinco de Mayo. So why shouldn't she be able to show her freedom of expression?"

"When she got home she was so ecstatic about how many compliments that she had gotten from not only other students, staff, but people at the location of the field trip that she went on. She loved bragging about what her T-shirt said. I'm so glad that she got the response from school that she did.

"She did say that she could tell that not everyone liked her shirt "because they gave a funny look." Her response was, 'I just ignored them, because everyone deserves to experience love.' "

Danielle is glad she's raising Alexandra "to love all no matter who or what they are."

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The Washington Association of Secondary School Principals recognized former Walla Walla resident Jeff Streck with its Olympic League Distinguished Assistant Principal award for the 2011-2012 school year.

Assistant principal at Bremerton (Wash.) High School, Jeff will be honored at a WASSP luncheon during the 2012 Association of Washington School Principals fall conference.

Jeff graduated in 1984 from Walla Walla High School and in 1988 from Whitman College. In 1990 Jeff started teaching math at Bremerton High School. He earned a master's in 1997 and his principal certification in 2007.

Jeff, wife Sarah and their two children live in Seabeck, Wash. He is the son of Ruby Sharp of Walla Walla and the late Richard D. Streck. His siblings are Dan Dickson, Richard Streck II and Sheri Frandsen, all of Walla Walla, and Francine Jones of Oceanside, Ore.

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The Off Our Keysters Relay For Life team from Key Technology raised $1,439 from a recent all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar in Walla Walla. Tickets were $7, with $5 going to the relay and $2 to the restaurant, or $300 to Applebee's and $1139 to Relay For Life.

"We had a wonderful time with friends and family and everyone left full. The pancakes were the size of the plates and the sausage was scrumptious. We can't wait to do it again next year and the staff at Applebee's was a delight to work with," organizers said.

The event is part of the Enjoy a Short Stack for a Tall Cause ... The American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Walla Walla's Relay For Life will be June 8-9. See www.relayforlife.org/wallawallawa for more information.

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Senior Round Table Nutrition program, which serves Meals-on-Wheels and meals at congregate feeding sites, and the Walla Walla Valley Quilters Guild are teaming to raise funds for the nutrition program, said its director, Howard Osby.

Altogether the guild made 12 sets of handmade quilted place mats to be raffled off in sets of four at noon on Leap Day, Feb. 29, at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

"The handmade place mats are very handsome, and can be seen in the dining room and office, and make great gifts. We are very fortunate that the WWVQG members spent so much time and love making these really beautiful sets," Howard said in a release.

The guild and SRTN are also collaborating for a tour to the Sisters (Ore.) Quilt Festival July 13-14. Howard said it is one of the largest quilt shows in the Northwest. Reservations are being taken now at The Center at the Park. It is open to all ages. For more details, call 527-3775.

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'Snowballs' flew fast and furiously around the Grove Elementary School gym on Feb. 2, courtesy of a deal made with students.

Second- and third-graders gleefully engaged in the ancient pastime, but used paper wadded into balls having earned them for receiving perfect scores on assignments throughout January, according to a release from Milton-Freewater Unified School District 7.

Whenever students earned perfect scores on assignments, they received a paper snowman, which was placed in a collection box in their classrooms, said Stacey Warne, Grove principal. Each snowman garnered the students a "snowball" for the annual Snowball Fight.

Students in Debbie Truax' and Virginia Agidius' second-grade classes and in Veranda Cannon's and Eddie Proctor's third-grade classes had the opportunity to participate in the 20-minute event.

Other participants, who quickly became primary targets, included the principal; Steve Haugen, Milton-Freewater Unified School District director of elementary education; and Interim Superintendent Jim Reger.

Once the fight concluded, students' names were drawn for ice cream Blizzards, donated by the Grove School Parent Club, and those whose names weren't drawn also received prizes.

Paper used for the snowballs came from Grove's recycling bin. After the snowball fight, the paper was flattened replaced in the recycle bins.

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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