ArtWalla lands $125,000 grant for city anniversary project

WALLA WALLA - ArtWalla has been granted $125,000 by the Sherwood Trust to fund a public art project commemorating the 150th anniversary of the city of Walla Walla, according to a news release.

The award stipulates the selected piece honors and respects the history of Walla Walla. ArtWalla is soliciting requests for proposals for projects that contribute to building historical understanding, establish and reinforce a local identity and build on the town's reputation as one of the "best small towns in America."

Local artists and artists with local roots will be able to view the request for proposal by emailing jeanagarske@charter.net, starting Friday.

Completed proposals must be returned to ArtWalla Director Jeana Garske by April 20.

WWU alumnus to give lecture on ‘Are There Any Jobs Out There?'

The Walla Walla University School of Business is sponsoring a lecture by alumnus Paul E. Dassenko.

Dassenko is president and CEO of Risk Transfer Underwriting. "Are There Any Jobs Out There?" is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in Room 154 of Chan Shun Pavilion.

Dassenko graduated from Walla Walla University in 1974. Now based in Stamford, Conn., Dassenko is an internationally recognized leader in the field of insurance runoff, restructuring and reorganization. He has also been responsible for two insurance start-ups, most recently Risk Transfer Underwriting, Inc. in 2011.

During the past 19 years, he has been appointed in more than 200 arbitrations in the United State, South America, the United Kingdom, Bermuda and Dubai. He is an ARIAS-U.S. certified arbitrator and umpire, and is listed on the panel of ARIAS (UK) arbitrators.

Man arrested for assault in hospital emergency room

WALLA WALLA - A local man was arrested for an assault at a hospital emergency room early Friday morning.

According to Walla Walla police, Abelardo M. Ferreira, 54, of 1141 N. Roosevelt Street, Apt. 4B, was reported to have assaulted a security employee in the emergency waiting room of Providence St. Mary Medical Center just after 1 a.m.

Abelardo was arrested after the incident on Poplar Street on investigation of fourth degree assault.

Workshop to start people on home worm-composting

WALLA WALLA - The Whitman College Industrial Composting working group hosts a home worm-composting workshop open to community members 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday on the lawn at the Reid Campus Center at Boyer Avenue and Park Street.

Participants will build their own home worm-composting bin, and are asked to bring two 60-quart storage bins, a handful of dirt, gloves and a trowel.

Cost for attending the meeting is $15 and includes extra composting material, instructions on how to continue and 250 worms to take home.

For more information, call Molly or Suzanne, 206-384-8330.

Kids to scramble during Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

Exchange Club of Walla Walla's 53rd annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 9 a.m. sharp Saturday at Pioneer Park.

The hunt will feature 21 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories for 1- to 3-year-olds, 4- to 6-year-olds, 7- to 10-year-olds and special needs. The event is free and open to the public.

There are approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs weighing in at about 480 pounds that make up the hunt.

The prize collection takes up approximately five shopping carts.

The event was started by the Exchange Club in 1959. The hunt was held in Wildwood Park until 1999 when the location was changed to Pioneer Park.

For more information, call Tina Bradbury, 509-876-2777.

Lunch series at Animal Clinic to discuss ‘Indoor Cat Enrichment'

"Indoor Cat Enrichment," the next installment of the Animal Clinic of Walla Walla's lunchtime learning series, will be noon to 12:30 p.m. on April 11 at the clinic, 2089 Taumarson Road.

Participants will be shown ways to enrich the life of an indoor cat, such as building inexpensive climbing levels, growing grass indoors, the latest toys and treats and how to help an overweight cat lose some pounds.

Elliott, a most enriched indoor cat, will demonstrate some of the possibilities.

All participants receive a free toy mouse. There is no charge to attend.

For more information, call 525-6111.

Hermiston only town in N.E. Ore. to grow since 2000

HERMISTON - Hermiston is the only Northeastern Oregon town to grow since 2000, as places like Pendleton and La Grande lost residents.

The trend represents a shift in the U.S. toward urban population centers, those defined by the Census as places with at least 500 people per square mile.

Hermiston's "urban cluster" - which does not recognize city boundaries - grew from 21,000 people in 2000 to 28,000 in 2010.

By comparison, Pendleton's urban cluster shrank from 17,310 to 17,216 and La Grande dropped from 14,909 to 14,278.

The East Oregonian reports some cities, such as Stanfield, have dropped off the list because the bureau incorporated them into larger urban clusters.

Portland grew from 1.2 million to 1.8 million people.

- U-B staff reports


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