Etcetera 3/15/13


Debora S. “Deb” Rossi’s mother, Mildred “Millie” Rising, was wrenched from her father, James Rising, and their farm as a 5-year-old.

Deb captured the experiences Millie had in the juvenile non-fiction chapter book “Millie’s Shoes: A Life Restored.” Released in December by Tate Publishing, it’s aimed at intermediate readers. Deb will sign copies of her book from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Hastings Books, 617 S. Ninth Ave.

The final tally is not in yet, but the folks at Blue Mountain Heart to Heart are thrilled with preliminary results of a new fundraiser.

Executive Director Everett Maroon said he’s waiting to hear from three restaurants on their tallies for the Dining with a Heart restaurant benefit.

“If they each come in within the same range as the others, the final tally will be about $1,100. For a first-time event, we’re very happy about this.”

Proceeds will be used to buy farmers market tokens for clients, who can then get fresh produce this summer from area farmers, Everett said.

On Feb. 26, a group of area restaurants donated 15 percent or more of their profits to BMH2H from their breakfast, lunch and dinner services. Businesses that participated include The Maple Counter Cafe, Graze — A Place to Eat, Green Spoon, Red Reina Cuisine & Delicatessen, T. Maccarone’s and Colville Street Patisserie.

Salumiere Cesario donated 100 percent from their sales throughout the day.

Bacon & Eggs ran the event on Feb. 22.

On BMH2H Facebook page, Salumiere Cesario remarked, “We were quite touched by the showing of support for this great cause by our wonderful community yesterday! Way to go Walla Walla!”

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Another very charming happening locally started with a heartfelt Facebook post Wednesday from the folks at Thai Bon Appetit, 25 S. Spokane St. “Please won’t you come to eat at our restaurant some times. Business has been very slow for us and we would like to stay in business. Cam & I work very hard and we hope that you will make some time to stop at Dim Sum Inn some times. Thank you.”

Another post noted that sales been slow for them and they could really use the business. “Same friendliness, same great food, same great people. Drop in and say hi and have some Thai chicken on a stick.”

The response was overwhelming. Their post on Thursday afternoon said, “Cam & Villy thank you very much for the busiest day they have had since leaving the Blue Mt. Mall. They did 10X as much business today as they usually do. They sold out of all food and had to close early. Thank you so much everyone for showing your support. I have never seen them as happy as this, extremely tired, but extremely happy!!” Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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