Hankering to be outdoors and accomplish something at the same time? Has Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever Chapter 258 got just the opportunity:
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, a tree-and-shrub planting party will be held on a site at the junction of Smith Hollow and 104 Prater Road in Columbia County.
A mix of 450 rose, juniper, bitterbrush, giant sage and oakleaf sumac plants will go into the ground, said organizer Larry Boe via email.
Cordless drills are useful for this work, so bring one along. Dress for the cold and wet: the temperature is predicted to be in the 30s with a possibility of rain or snow.
If there’s interest, those who want to carpool from Walla Walla may meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Kmart parking lot. Contact Larry at email@example.com for more details.
The time is nearly here to round up shoeboxes filled with items children can use who live in war-torn and Third World countries.
Historically, this area has contributed to the Operation Christmas Child shoebox collections in significant numbers, said Fay Smith in a release.
“We’re anticipating at least an 8 percent increase over last year’s numbers. In 2011, Walla Walla area supporters gave 1,747 shoeboxes; Dayton gave 108 shoeboxes; and Hermiston delivered 946,” she said.
The nationwide collection will be Nov. 12-19, including four area relay centers.
Walla Walla: Trinity Baptist Church, 595 Abbott Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 16-17; from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 14; noon-6 p.m. Nov. 15; noon-4 p.m. Nov. 18; and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 19.
Eastgate Seventh Day Adventist, 380 Tausick Way, 3-6 p.m. Nov. 12-14; 8-11 a.m. Nov. 15; 2-5 p.m. Nov. 16; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18; and 8-10 a.m. Nov. 19.
Dayton: Community Bible Church, 203 S. Second St., noon-4 p.m. Nov. 12; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 13 and 15; 2-5 p.m. Nov. 14; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 16; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17; and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 18 and 19.
Hermiston: New Hope Community Church, 1350 S. Highway 395, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12, 14, 16; 4-7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 15; noon-2 p.m. Nov. 17-18; and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 19.
This operation a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, which was started in 1993. Anyone can participate.
In the Walla Walla/Tri-Cities/Eastern Oregon region, nearly 12,000 shoeboxes were packed with toys and personal items and donated in 2011.
It involved more than 400 groups, churches, youth organizations and individuals.
Packed into large cartons, the shoeboxes are delivered to Bethel Church in Richland, then shipped to one of seven U.S. processing centers.
Each box contains the Christmas Story of Christ’s birth in the child’s native language.
Nearly six million were gathered last year in the U.S., bringing the worldwide total to 8.6 million.
People are encouraged to include $7 for each shoebox to help cover the cost of shipping them around the world.
For more details, call Fay at 509-547-7937.
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