Milton-Freewater Farmers Market opens tonight

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The time is ripe for the Milton-Freewater Farmers Market.

This evening marks the grand opening of the market at Orchard Park.

Fresh produce, plants and flowers, local honey, jewelry, crafts and live music are on the agenda for the three-hour event that kicks off at 4 p.m.

The market runs Wednesdays from June through September. For more details on becoming a vendor, visit mffarmersmarket.com.

Every Thursday through September, the downtown Walla Walla tasting room and world headquarters for Charles Smith Wines will host live music and food from West of the Blues BBQ.

This week: Vaughn Jensen/Rainy Day Blues will perform, and jambalaya with Miss Annie's cornbread will be available.

The events run 6 p.m.-close at 35 S. Spokane St. There's no cover charge for the music. For more details call 526-5230 or visit charlessmithwines.com.

One of the newest members to join the Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington board of trustees is a Walla Walla Community College alumna.

Megan Cook was recently elected to the board for the nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Cook, a WWCC grad who went on to earn her bachelor's in business administration from Central Washington University, is a Mercer Island, Wash., resident. She is an employee benefits consultant at MCM, where she advises clients in long-term strategy development for lines of coverage, including employee benefits, 401k, property and casualty, deferred compensation and more.

Before joining MCM she worked as a key account executive and sales manager at Xerox. She was also a benefits broker at Brown & Brown Insurance.

Certified financial planner TJ Middlesworth, financial advisor and program manager at Baker Boyer Investor Services, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certification marks CFP in accordance with CFP board certification and renewal requirements.

The marks identify those who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP board, completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP certification exam covering the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning, according to an announcement.

CFP certificants also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP board's code of ethics and professional responsibility, rules of conduct and financial planning practice standards. For more about CFP Board, visit www.CFP.net.

Middlesworth has worked at Baker Boyer Investor Services since early 2011 and is responsible for advising clients and directing the group's investment policies.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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