St. Patrick's events get green light from area businesses

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You won't need the luck of the Irish when it comes to finding St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Area businesses are making plans for the March 17 holiday that serves as a remembrance of Ireland's St. Patrick as well as a celebration in the states of Irish-American culture.

A few events on the agenda so far:

  • Downtown Walla Walla's Laht Neppur Ale House, 53 S. Spokane St., will host a St. Paddy's party that day starting at 4 p.m. with a special menu, including corned beef, shepherd's pie and much more, along with Irish beers. The event will include entertainment and a $5 cover charge. It's open to those 21 and older only.

  • Wildhorse Resort Casino in Mission, Ore., will celebrate not only the holiday but also its 17th anniversary in March with events throughout the month. For St. Patrick's Day, the destination resort will host a "Who's the Greenest" contest with cash and other prizes. The party starts at 5 p.m. at the Wildfire Sports Bar, with drink specials, green beer, giveaways and country music by Whiskey Dawn.

  • Four downtown Walla Walla tasting rooms will buck the green tradition in favor of red for St. Patrick's Day.


That event takes place Friday before St. Patrick's Day. Plumb Cellars and Mansion Creek Cellars, 9 S. First Ave.; Sinclair Estate Vineyards, 109 E. Main St.; and Fort Walla Walla Cellars, 127 E. Main St., will offer a special event 5-8 p.m. Participants pay $10 for a tasting card that lets them move about each tasting room at their own pace with wine tasting, "green" appetizers and a scavenger hunt for items redeemable for prizes and discounts. The merriment will continue at Sinclair Estate Vineyards. The event's finale will be dancing to music from local performer Mike Waggoner. Tasting cards can be purchased at any participating winery.

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All About Nutrition, Walla Walla's healthy living and safe weight-loss operation, is celebrating National Nutrition Month with free wellness evaluations throughout March.

"Get Your Plate in Shape" is the theme of the campaign aimed at reminding consumers to include a healthy mix of foods during daily meals.

"Reaching and maintaining a healthier weight contributes to your overall health and well being," said Diane Benfield, owner of Walla Walla's All About Nutrition operation. "Losing even a few pounds or preventing further weight gain has health benefits."

Benfield, who has more than 30 years of experience as a registered dietitian, said lifestyle changes can begin with the free wellness evaluation. Her operation is located at the Many Waters Wellness Center, 800 Sprague St., suite 101. To schedule an appointment, call 200-2062. Tips for getting your plate in shape can also be found at eatright.org.

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Fans of Walla Walla's West Coast League baseball team now have a new way to stay connected.

The Walla Walla Sweets have launched a mobile application available for download on iPhone and Android devices.The app allows fans access to the team roster, player bios and stats, as well as the season's schedule. Those who use the app can add reminders for game times and details to the calendar. They can also purchase tickets or merchandise through the application. Other features: streaming of live radio broadcasts, access to videos and photos and daily weather information. Through the "fan zone," Sweets lovers can also capture images or videos of themselves to share with other fans.

"We always work to provide our fans with great ways to stay connected to the team," said Sweets' General Manager Zachary Fraser in the announcement. "With smart phones and tablets now standard in how we communicate with each other, and the roots our organization has among those who were pioneers in mobile communications, this was the next logical step for our organization." For more details, visit wallawallasweets.com.

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

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