Ribs for Life: BBQ joint to donate sales to cancer charity

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— A Wing & A Prayer Barbecue + Catering will serve up its signature fare in a fundraising mission for Relay for Life this evening.

The downtown Walla Walla barbecue business will set up its mobile kitchen at Martin Field, adjacent to Borleske Stadium.

Owners Timm and Teri Johnson will contribute 100 percent of the money from sales of their barbecue dishes this evening to the American Cancer Society.

The business, which operates at 201 E. Main St., is known for its ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, ham and turkey, plus side dishes such as barbecue beans and coleslaw. This is the second year the Johnsons have steered their mobile unit to the relay course.

The event begins with the Survivor Ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by the Survivor Lap at 6:20 p.m.

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Supporters of the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days have uncorked a fundraiser for the 1906 Fair Pavilion.

Sales of "Cowgirl Kiss" wines will help support the preservation of the pavilion, the oldest octagonal building in the state, according to an announcement from Fair Manager Cory Hewitt.

Every purchase of Cowgirl Kiss will help support the pavilion. The wines are being sold by the Pavilion Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to help provide funding to preserve the structure and provide education on the community's agricultural and historical features.

Red and white wines are offered under the collectors' label created by Mollie Fenton and inspired by Miss Fox Hastings, a competitor in the early Frontier Days Rodeo.

The red is a 2009 cuvée from Walla Walla Vintners. It sells for $28 a bottle or $336 per case. The white is a 2010 viognier from Bergevin Lane. It sells for $25 a bottle or $300 per case. Both have an added 8.7 percent sales tax. Those who order the wines will be invited to a release party/wine tasting event later this month, where the wines will be available for pickup. For more details visit wallawallafairgrounds.com.

The region's growing arts scene and its mark on the local economy will be the subject of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's next quarterly luncheon.

The current state of the "art economy" and what the future may hold will be addressed in an interactive panel discussion, according to an announcement from the Chamber.

The event, sponsored by Inland Cellular, takes place June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Walla Walla's music, film, visual and performing arts scene has long been a component of the Walla Walla Valley. It's also considered a developing attraction for visitors and those interested in relocating here, officials said.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 for Chamber members; $30 for the general public. To reserve a ticket, call 525-0850.

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