Etcetera - 06/08/12

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Carolyn Parker, author of "Squeaky's Farm, Our Lives in Rural Spain," spent time on the Oregon Coast at Newport signing copies of her book for area shelters there.

While on a walk at Agate Beach, she and husband Scott came upon a nearly 70-foot-long Japanese solid concrete floating dock that washed ashore in early June.

"It was covered with barnacles and shells, seaweed ... Hatfield Marine Center says the attached barnacles would identify the dock as being from Japan.

"But (they're) still investigating. The sight of this huge concrete dock was fascinating to behold -- makes one realize the awesome power of the ocean currents," Carolyn mused.

Carolyn will return to Walla Walla soon to sign books and donate the book sale proceeds to the Blue Mountain Humane Society, which will host a BMHS Adoptathon June 16.

"I realized shortly after 'Squeaky's Farm' was published that if I wanted to donate funds to animal shelters, instead of waiting for net proceeds, I'd just direct-donate books to some shelters so they could collect full retail price at their fundraisers."

She donates to BMHS and a few shelters in Oregon and the Midwest.

She also attends regional events to sign and promote the books. "My focus is to help shelters gather funds for their cat programs -- in (our late cat) Squeaky's honor."

Shelter events are really rewarding because I get great feedback on the book from those who have purchased and read it."

Area law enforcement agencies will team to raise funds for Washington Special Olympics.

Through the "Tip-A-Cop" program, personnel will serve the public from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Walla Walla Applebees restaurant, 1604 Plaza Way.

Bringing in 60 donations of $1,122 for Special Olympics in 2011, the event "was hugely successful in its first local run."

That was accomplished in under four hours said Walla Walla Police Department Officer Tim Bennett in a release.

Representing the Washington State Patrol, Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, the WWPD and its Crime Prevention program, officers served beverages and cleared tables while providing customers with information about Special Olympics.

Its programs support more than 9,500 athletes in the state while using the services of 8,000-plus volunteers.

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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