ETCETERA - 3/12/12

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A century of girl scouting is worth celebrating. To that end, Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho will host a 100th birthday party Saturday on St. Patrick's Day in the Tri-Cities to honor Girl Scouts in its historic centennial year.

The 1 p.m. birthday party in Pasco will include a display of items that were placed in a legacy Girl Scout time capsule in 1997 with instructions to open it in March 2012 for the Centennial celebrations.

The time capsule was assembled by Girl Scouts from the Mid-Columbia council. Distinguished Girl Scout alumnae will open the time capsule and display the contents for guests. The event will also include adult recognitions. Guests will be invited to sing Happy Birthday to Girl Scouts and enjoy cake and punch.

"This Centennial celebration event will honor Girl Scouts of all ages and those who have an interest and passion for Girl Scouts," said Dianne Macduff, a local Girl Scout alum and event co-chair. "We have so many Girl Scout supporters in our region and this is a wonderful opportunity to come together for an organization and a major milestone that is so important to so many of us."

The RSVP-only event will provide location details to those who call event organizers at 800-827-9478 to be directed to the event.

GSEWNI serves 950 girls in the Tri-Cities through traditional programs. Another 400 girls in Benton and Franklin counties are assisted during the school year by the community outreach program, which provides membership dues assistance, program supplies, and bilingual staff for facilitating Girl Scout Programs in areas where barriers of economics, language, transportation and volunteerism typically prevent girls from participation.

For more information about the council and the many ways to be involved with GSEWNI visit www.gsewni.org.

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With the results of its first effort so stunningly successful, a second event is in the works. Here's what happened:

A wine-tasting and silent auction hosted Feb. 11 by Eastern Washington Autism Spectrum Disorder raised $6,000 for a summer program for children affected by autism.

All of the funds will go to scholarships for children, according to a release.

Corporate sponsors were Community Bank and Hard Rock Machine Works. Jacobi's Caf?© and Party Lites/Debbie Abrams were event sponsors. Ash Hollow Winery, Lowden Hills Winery and Otis Kenyon Wine came through wine tasting sponsors. And Ryan Jacobsen, Katri Gilbert, Robin Miller, Rick Phillips and Lance Smith provided music. Many donors provided items for the silent auction.

They will raise more funds so more children can attend the summer program. To donate, see www.ewasda.org, write ewasda08@hotmail.com or call 509-540-2703.

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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