Etcetera - 05/31/12

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Milton-Freewater Senior Center, 311 N. Main St., will host a rummage sale there from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Organizer Ruth Meyers said many donated items will be for sale, "maybe just what you've been looking for. Come in and look around - there will also be baked goods for sale."

Proceeds will be used for work on the center building and ongoing expenses such as electricity and water.

The ninth annual Sean Vandenberg Memorial Ride and Barbecue will kick off with registration from 9-10 a.m. July 1 at Touchet School Park on Champion Road in Touchet.

A ride of approximately 80 miles is planned. Event organizer Peggie Vandenberg, the late Sean Vandenberg's mother, said the poker run will start in Touchet, loop through Prescott, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Lowden and back to Touchet, with stops en route for drawing cards.

Live music by Roads Less Traveled from Walla Walla, a raffle and the barbecue will greet riders in the park upon their return.

The cost is $10 per person, or $5 for children 12 and younger.

Poker hands are $5 each, but players must be 18 or older, with no limit on the number of hands purchased.

There will be cash prizes for the top hands and worst hand, Peggie said.

The family-friendly, alcohol-free event promises lots of food and beverages. "Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you ride a bike or not. We especially encourage folks who have a bike or drive a Volkswagen, to do so if possible, but any family car is also welcome," Peggie said.

"Sean was a huge fan of motorcycles and VWs, and there will be plenty of them to look at when you get back to the park," she added.

For those who don't wish to participate in the ride, the barbecue and music will begin at noon. The cost is $10.

There will be a small gift for each person who participates in the ride.

The ride benefits the Sean Vandenberg Memorial Scholarship and Children's Wishes and Dreams.

For more details, contact Peggie and Tom Vandenberg at 509-520-5396 or 509-394-0330, or email Peggie at peggiev@pocketinet.com.

Stephen Bischoff completed his doctorate in American studies from the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University and graduated this month.

A 1998 alum of Walla Walla High School, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from WSU.

He is the son of Erlinda Bischoff and Arthur Bischoff Jr. of Walla Walla.

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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