Etcetera - 3/25/13

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Children will be able to access the wonders of Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, at no charge. This is courtesy of a $5,000 gift from Boise Cascade’s Wallula Mill, which continues to support the admission-free school tour program.

Additional support from Blue Mountain Community Foundation and other grant sources will fully fund the costs for 2013, according to Nancy Parry, museum executive assistant.

The Museum started the program 13 years ago to help schools maintain quality field trips amid increasing travel costs, Nancy said.

Volunteer docents have provided free tours to more than 80,000 participants since the program started.

“With a partnership that started this program in 2000, the Boise Cascade Wallula Mill continues its long history of supporting educational programs in our region,” Nancy said.

Schools and home-school groups can book tours through Dec. 23 by calling 509-525-7703 or emailing programs@fortwallawallamuseum.org.

Also check out the museum’s website at www.fortwallawallamuseum.org.


When the children are cut loose to scavenge, this hunt will be over within scant minutes. I’m referring, of course, to Exchange Club of Walla Walla’s Easter Egg Hunt, now in its 54th year.

Be there or miss the eggs when the free, public event kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp on Saturday in Pioneer Park.

The hunt will feature 26 prizes, including three bicycles that will be awarded in categories for 1- to 3-year-olds, 4- to 6-year-olds; 7- to 10-year-olds and special needs.

The long-standing activity was started by Exchange Club in 1959, and was held in Wildwood Park until 1999, when the location was changed to Pioneer Park.

Approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate eggs weighing in at about 480 pounds altogether will be broadcast in the lawn.

Exchange Club first met on March 26, 1949, in the Georgian Ballroom at the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

It sponsors activities that support and draw attention to its central mission, the prevention of child abuse in the Walla Walla Valley.

Its main fundraiser to help local children is the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby coming up on May 18.

The club cites the assistance of sponsor Alexandria Communications and volunteer emcee Jim Bock. Also helping are Whitman College’s men of Beta Theta Pi, women of Kappa Alpha Theta, the city of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Starbucks, Walmart and the Walla Walla Fire Department.

For more information call Tina Bradbury at 509-876-2777.

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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