Etcetera - 01/04/12

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Here's an opportunity to plan ahead for Camp Fire USA's BeneVint Wine Auction, which will be Jan. 28 at Charles Smith Wines' downtown tasting room, 35 S. Spokane St.

Wine and cheese tasting, a selection of desserts and live music by Jacob's Weekend are on tap during the wine auction fundraiser from 7-10 p.m., said Kaitlin Kirk, Camp Fire USA communications coordinator in Walla Walla.

Various packages to bid on include wines from Leonetti, L'Ecole No 41, Doubleback and many others, cheese tasting at Monteillet Fromagerie, a stay at The Inn at Blackberry Creek, tap dance lessons, a stay at a Hawaiian vacation home, wine tasting at Glencorrie Winery and much more, Kaitlin said.

On the evening of the event, participating restaurants will provide a "buy one meal at full price, get the second meal of equal or lesser value half off" discount when a BeneVint ticket is shown to restaurant staff. Participating restaurants include Backstage Bistro, Green Spoon and T. Maccarone's.

The $25 tickets are for sale at the Camp Fire USA office, Charles Smith Wines, Backstage Bistro, Tourism Walla Walla's Main Street information booth and Book & Game Co.

For more details, call the Camp Fire USA office at 509-525-3180 or online see www.wwcampfire.org.

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Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Grant Farmer Post 992 and Auxiliary have an ongoing project that benefits military personnel serving overseas.

Anyone can help put a smile on a soldier's face with a gift box from Post 992. Items and cash can be donated to Jay Kilmer or Connie Johnson at the post, 102 N. Colville St. The basic shipping fee for one box is $11. Things that ship well include jerky, instant coffee, hot chocolate, tea bags, phone calling cards, hard candy, trail mix, granola bars and nuts, lip balm, mouthwash, dried fruit, snacks, foot powder and creams in tubes. Metal and glass containers are unsuitable. A full list of needed items is posted on the post bulletin board.

Call the post at 525-1310 for more details, including if you're seeking a place to rent for a party.

On Jan. 28, the post will host its Winter Wonderland fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will benefit homeless veterans in the area. The $10 cost includes dinner, wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, music and dancing. For those wanting to enjoy everything but the dinner, the cost is $5. Dinner reservations should be made by Jan. 23 at 525-1310. The schedule of events is 4:40-5:30 for wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and a no-host happy hour; 5-6 p.m. silent auction; 6 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. live auction and 8 p.m. music and dancing. The band Shaniko is donating its services.

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