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How sweet it is! Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines will dish their third annual Sweetie Pie Social at 1:30 p.m. April 14 and that includes singing and serving slices of the popular dessert.

Director Darlene Filla said the family friendly event will be in the Plaza Theater in downtown Waitsburg.

Though Robbie and Marilyn Johnson have closed the gift shop in the building, they continue to offer the theater space for special events. Its full-size movie screen and extended stage area provide many options for festive celebrations such as birthdays and anniversary parties.

“Marilyn is a Sweet Adeline and Robbie is a major supporter of the chorus. Their daughter Vanessa also sings in the chorus,” Darlene said.

The $8 tickets will be sold at the door, or ordered in advance through any chorus member. The price includes a slice of pie and beverage.

Chorus membership is open to interested singers following regional competition in May. The chorus will give an on-stage performance in the INB Center in Spokane. Seven new members will compete with the chorus for the first time in the former Opera House.

Sweet Adelines International advances the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, performance and competition.


Milton-Freewater Rotary members are expecting a Group Study Exchange Team from Croatia to visit Milton-Freewater May 19-21, said club program chairman Mike Garton.

The team includes a Rotary team leader and three to four young business people who will tour the area to learn about the culture and exchange ideas about its business life.

The GSE team will attend the Rotary District Conference in Portland May 17-19 then come east, reported Rotarian Robby Robbins.

They want to learn about wine country and its products. Croatia is about the same latitude as Portland so climatic conditions will be similar.

Their agenda includes a gathering at Blue Mountain Cider Co., a half-day jet boat trip on the Snake River out of Clarkston; a tour of the Walla Walla Community College enology program and local vineyards. The Hermiston Rotary Club will then host them for two days before they return to the Willamette Valley.

Croatia is on the northeast end of the Adriatic Sea with a long coastline along the western edge that includes more than 1,000 small islands.

The primarily agricultural region has with wine as a primary industry and tourism is rapidly moving into that designation, too.They speak Croatian and English.

Robby reports on Rotary meetings. He can answer questions about the club at 541-938-6523 or robby@valint.net . The group meets 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays in the Milton-Freewater Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth St.

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