Etcetera - 4/26/13

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Anyone interested in starting up a 4-H shooting team could benefit from a leader-training seminar in La Grande in May, said Verl Pressnall, president of the East End Rod & Gun Club in a release. Qualifying as 4-H leaders before taking the training is a prerequisite.

For more details, contact Claire Sponseller, Oregon State University Extention Service 4-H Youth Development, at 541-278-5404

The most recent AMVETS Jonathan M. Wainwright Post 1111 newsletter features a community event that will aid homeless veterans and promote health and wellness.

The third annual free VA2K Walk + Roll includes a short walk around the Walla Walla VA parade grounds from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10 and the opportunity to visit with local exhibitors en route.

Live raptors will be viewable from Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and there will be representatives from the Happy Hikers and Walla Walla Hikers clubs, Blue Mountain Audubon Society, Tri-State Steeheaders, Walla Walla VA Veterans Center and naturalist and educator Gary Lentz.

Suggested donations being accepted at this event for the veterans include brooms, mops, dustpans, dusting items, totes for cleaning supplies, buckets, kitchen gloves, green cleaning products, Tracfone cell phones and Tracfone minutes cards.

For more details, call Linda Wondra at 525-5200, ext. 22811, Jill Gardiner at ext. 26439 or Larry Werst at ext. 26285.

Find out more about the American veterans group by attending a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 16 in the Golden West Estates community room, 1425 Jasper St. A post meeting will follow.

This group is responsible for the flags that fly downtown. With the assistance of community sponsors, AMVETS members set up flags to observe Armed Forces Day, May 18; Memorial Day, May 27; Flag Day, June 14; and Independence Day, July 4.

For more details, contact Jim Irwin at jimirwin@charter.net.


The fun is ongoing for local seamstress Jane Samples, who continues to hear from area residents offering her fabric and notions for her Little Dresses for Africa project.

"Mrs. Newbold called and asked if I would like a supply of buttons. Of course I said YES. Her husband was a surgeon here in Walla Walla and her son is Scott, a surgeon with Walla Walla General, who did a biopsy on me a couple of years ago. She told me that they spent 14 or 15 years in Africa and knows first-hand what a tremendous need there is for dresses. She showed the ladies how to cut smaller dresses out of theirs when they could no longer wear them themselves. I am so thrilled by how this ‘little-project-to-keep-me-busy’ has touched so many people! I may never quit doing this — I will have so much material, etc.”

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