Etcetera - 5/23/13


Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary are gearing up for another big benefit yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Friday-Saturday on the lawn at the aviary building, 925 Whitman St.

“The sale is worth waiting for as scores of unique and valuable items have been donated,” said aviary caretaker Joanna Lanning in a release. Items can still be donated and picked up by calling 527-4403 or 301-7571. Every dime made will benefit aviary operations and is tax deductible.

“The Friends need to reach a benchmark financial goal to present to the City Council next month so the aviary can continue to operate and start the badly needed renovation on the upper net pond. The deteriorated state of the net enclosure creates an unsafe habitat for the birds residing there. In spite of safeguards and proactive practices, predators have breached the net enclosures on many occasions the last couple of years.”

In conjunction with the sale, the Save Our Birds Community Day will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the aviary. It will be full of family friendly activities, including vendor booths; tie-dye your own aviary shirt; Angry Birds game by Mothers of Preschoolers; UP Balloon Boutique booth; Celebrity Henna booth; music by Smart Money, Bluegrass bands and sound by DJ Star Rock.

“Bond with the birds and learn how you can help keep them in Walla Walla,” Joanna said. To be involved in Community Day, contact and include Aviary Community Day in the subject line.

Peggie and Tom Vandenberg anticipate a terrific 10th annual Sean Vandenberg Memorial Ride/Cruise BBQ in honor of their son.

The June 30 family friendly event will feature live music from Olympia-area band Locust Street Taxi. The barbecue and music in Touchet park will begin at 12:30 p.m.

“The (band) believes in our cause of raising money for Children’s Wishes and Dreams and for local scholarships in Sean’s memory,” Peggie said.

The cost for the barbecue is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and younger. Poker hands are $5 each with no limit to the number of hands. There will be a raffle for many prizes. The ride/cruise registration begins at 9 a.m. and departs at 10 a.m. for a ride of approximately 75 miles.

Donations of prizes for the raffle as well as monetary donations can be picked up or mailed to P.O. Box 76, Touchet, WA 99360. For more information, email or call 509-520-5396 and leave a message.


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