Community party to ring in 30th anniversary of Pioneer Park Aviary - Etcetera - 9/19/13

The Aviary's Joanna Lanning stretches to feed a Temminck's Tragopan by hand.

The Aviary's Joanna Lanning stretches to feed a Temminck's Tragopan by hand. File photo

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To celebrate Pioneer Park Aviary’s 30th anniversary, organizers are hosting a free community party with children’s activities and more.

A meet-and-greet and short program will start at 11 a.m. Saturday on the lawn next to the greenhouse at the aviary and tours will be offered by Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Members of Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club, who have been involved with the Aviary since its inception, will serve refreshments.

The aviary opened on Sept. 17, 1983, after a massive community fundraising effort led by the local Lioness group.

Lionesses raised more than $90,000 for the project in just six months, said Shane Laib, chairman of FoPPA.

FoPPA consists of local citizens who have banded together to create a dedicated, sustainable funding source for maintenance and operation of the aviary.

“Our goal is to alleviate the city of Walla Walla from financial responsibility for this community asset,” Shane said in a release.

It is working closely with the city of Walla Walla and local architectural firm USKH on plans to replace the aging structure.

FoPPA sponsors an Adopt a bird program.

So if you’re looking to surprise the person who has everything, this might be the choice for you and you can show a bird how much you care at the same time.

A gift of $25 provides care for one bird for a season. It comes with an adoption certificate, a bird fact sheet and an FoPPA decal.

FoPPA’s next big thing will be Oct. 5 when it hosts An Evening of Foliage & Feathers. The autumn auction will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live bidding beginning at 6 p.m. in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Tickets are $20. Email friendsofpioneerparkaviary@gmail.com .

Click here for more information or contact Shane at 509-629-1354 or Trina Judd, treasurer, at 509-540-9673.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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