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McDonald-Zaring Insurance is holding a silent auction for tickets to a rockin' performance as a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

Participants bidding for Peter Frampton tickets have a little more than a week to raise the stakes at the downtown Walla Walla insurance company office, 22 E. Main St.

McDonald-Zaring has two tickets for the March 24 performance at Cordiner Hall. The tickets are for Orchestra seats in Row W, seats 1 and 2.

The starting bid for the pair was $110. The auction will run through noon March 21. The winner will be announced at 1 p.m. that day.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, which will take place in Walla Walla on June 8 and 9.

For more details on the auction call 525-5730 or email info@mcdonaldzaring.com.

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Nurses and hospital employees who work to make others feel better will get a break on their tax preparation this week from Liberty Tax Service.

The tax operation's local offices -- 705 W. Rose St., suite A, and 1637 Isaacs Ave., suite D -- will offer free tax preparation to nurses, medical technicians and hospital employees who are first-time customers. The event is part of the office's ongoing series of appreciation events and will run through Sunday.

"Medical professionals work selflessly each and every day, saving lives and making friends and family comfortable through times of stress and pain. It's our pleasure to be able to give back just a little to these individuals who perform life-saving miracles everyday," said franchisee Sharon Dodgin, in a prepared statement. For more information call 526-5081.

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Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce members will be the special guests March 24 for a day at Ski Bluewood.

The business membership organization will be part of a meeting and networking event on the slopes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chamber members and guests will get a 50 percent discount on lift tickets for the day by bringing the announcement from the Chamber with them. A free lunch buffet will be served.

The event is a joint venture between the Walla Walla, Dayton and Pendleton Chambers. It's billed as a chance to promote businesses with face-to-face interactions and get some skiing and snowboarding in, too. Members of the various chambers are asked to RSVP to their local offices so arrangements can be made for food.

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

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