Etcetera - 10/24/13

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Lincoln High School students invented resilience board games, which will be featured during the family oriented Walla Walla Community Resilience Festival Friday.

Everyone is invited to eat hot dogs and play the games, engage in a treasure hunt for resilience and generally have fun from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Lincoln gymnasium, 421 S. Fourth Ave.

Walla Walla’s Children’s Resilience Initiative is hosting the event to commemorate Walla Walla City Council’s declaration of October as Children’s Resilience Month.

CRI is a team of community members led by Teri Barila with the Walla Walla Community Network and Mark Brown, director of Friends of Children of Walla Walla, who are working to increase positive, resilience-building experiences in the lives of local children, parents and families while working to reduce the effects of adverse childhood experiences.

The evening will give community members an opportunity to consider how resilience can trump ACEs, Teri said in a Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter item.

ACEs includes verbal, emotional or physical abuse or growing up with a parent who suffers from drug addiction or alcoholism. ACES has been linked to serious health problems in children and adults if left unaddressed.

For more information on the festival, ACEs, resilience or CRI, see www.resiliencetrumpsaces.org or contact Teri at 509-386-5855.

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The Walla Walla Police Department will host a prescription take-back day at 54 E. Moore St. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Items that won’t be accepted for disposal are needles, sharps or syringes, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers or chemotherapy/radioactive substances. For more details, call 509-524-4409.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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