Charter to thank customers with event Wednesday

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Charter is showing its gratitude to Walla Walla customers this week with an Appreciation Day.

The broadband service provider that delivers cable, Internet and telephone will offer a special thanks during business hours Wednesday at its office, 1145 Abadie St.

Refreshments will be served 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and drawings will be held for various services and prizes, including a 46-inch LED high-definition television. A Charter broadband technician will be available to answer questions about Internet, high-definition service, On Demand offerings and more in an "Ask the Technician" opportunity. Charter Business representatives will also be available to discuss commercial services for area businesses.

The event comes just two months after the launch of the company's "All In" customer guarantee. The program includes a 30-day money-back guarantee, as well as service experience, reliability and product promise guarantees.

In a prepared statement, Charter's director of operations in Washington, Linda Kimberly, said the event is designed to thank Walla Walla customers for their loyalty. A similar event will take place Thursday in Pendleton.

Customer service will be the lesson Thursday during a special class at Blue Mountain Community College in Milton-Freewater.

Proven techniques to impress customers and earn their return business will be covered as part of "Your Exceptional Customer Service."

The class runs 7:30-9 a.m. in room 110 at the Milton-Freewater branch, 311 N. Columbia St. The cost is $5 for members of the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce; $7 for nonmembers. A light breakfast will be included in the cost. To register call 541-938-7176.

Downtown Walla Walla is in bloom once again.

The city spent last week hanging flower baskets along Main Street in time for Spring Release weekend. The efforts continue a tradition that started a couple of years ago as a beautification project to add color and a special touch to downtown.

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation pays for the plants, labor and equipment for their maintenance, including staff to water them throughout summer's hot days, at a cost of more than $8,000, the merchants membership organization said. That breaks down to about $150 per basket.

Those who like what they see are welcome to give their financial support to the program. Donors receive recognition in the organization's newsletter and on its website. For more information call 529-8755.

Bacon & Eggs meets caviar and champagne in a special upcoming tasting.

Walla Walla restaurateurs Michelle Adams and Michelle Giannunzio will host the Seattle Caviar Company and Mark J. Rowan of Noble Wine Company at their Main Street eatery May 15.

The 6 p.m. event is open to 20 food and wine lovers. The menu includes three sparklers, three champagnes and six tastes of sustainable caviar. An amuse bouche of mini caviar pie and buckwheat blini with creme fraiche will also be served.

Seattle Caviar has carried an array of some of the world's best caviar since opening 22 years ago. It supplies restaurants, hotels, retailers and customers.

To learn more about the event, contact Adams at Bacon & Eggs, 876-4553.

Jumpin' JellyBeanz is putting together an event for the big kids.

Teenagers are invited to Poplar Street's "hop-pening hangout" this weekend for a Sock Hop Dance.

Known for its bounce houses for children, Jumpin' Jellybeanz will host middle-schoolers Friday, 8-11 p.m. and high-schoolers Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight with music from DJ Lotek. Attendees can kick off their shoes and jump or dance.

The cost is $5. Parents do not have to attend but may do so. Waivers must be signed by guardians for those jumping. The cover charge and waivers will be collected at the door. Waivers can be downloaded at jumpinjellybeanz.com/waiver.

Those interested in volunteer chaperoning can call owner Alisha Cunha at 200-4958.

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