Several Milton-Freewater jazz musicians received outstanding soloist awards at the 43rd annual Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival on March 13 in Oregon City, said Michael Agidius, Milton-Freewater School District band director at Central Middle and McLoughlin High schools.
Juvenile arthritis is the focus of Wear Blue Day on May 1 in Walla Walla.
Juliana Verboort, public relations and communications manager at the Tacoma Art Museum, worked with me in order for the U-B to feature photos of a current TAM exhibit in the April 2 Marquee.
Seventy-seven kids competed in the Altrusa International of Walla Walla-sponsored eighth annual Spelling Bee in late March at SEA-TECH Skills Center on the Walla Walla Community College campus.
The third annual Worker Retraining Walk a Mile for a Veteran fundraiser will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 18 at the Walla Walla Community College softball field parking lot along Mill Creek.
Former longtime Edison Elementary School teacher Kay Barga and area students will teach other children to cook during a Mother’s Day brunch-making class from 10 a.m.-noon May 1 at The Salvation Army Center, 827 W. Alder St.
Members of Delphian Club of Walla Walla will celebrate the group’s 100th birthday during a luncheon on April 27, according to member Ann Smith.
The comedy “Be My Baby” moves across the globe. From Scottish manor house to an airplane, to a San Francisco hotel to a cruise ship. Generally, playwright Ken Ludwig’s other plays tend to stay in one place, such as in a hotel room.
There’s still time to register for WallaDance, a dance weekend here from April 17-18, said organizer Daniel N. Clark.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will sponsor a group of five Japanese American high school students to visit Japan from June 26-July 7, 2015 for the opportunity to learn about Japan and to promote mutual understanding and exchanges between younger generations of Japanese and Japanese Americans.
Two area students each received a $3,000 Presidential Scholarship to Eastern Washington University for the 2015-16 academic year. To qualify, students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher, or 1,250-plus on the SAT or 28 plus on the ACT.
Whitman College senior Tory Davidson received a $30,000 Watson Fellowship. It will enable her to travel internationally for a year after graduation to work on her proposed research project examining how theater can help aid the emotional recovery of refugees.
While serving as an International Rotary goodwill ambassador, Sara Archer visited Pakistan on a polio mission with Rotarians from District 5080.
Kiana Molitor received a Hanson Summer Service Scholarship that will enable her to teach English for eight weeks in the school system in Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Everything’s coming up roses at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, and no wonder, what with all the volunteer green thumb action underway.
Don’t miss the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center’s drop-in open house from noon-6 p.m. April 20.
The Walla Walla Police Department is seeking nominations for its annual Chief for a Day program.
Team Relay, the American Cancer Society Dayton/Waitsburg Relay for Life team raised more than $1,600 during the annual Shamrock Bingo fundraiser on March 14 in the Waitsburg Elementary Multi-Purpose Room.
Prescott Lions Club members prepared and served a spaghetti dinner at the Walla Walla Christian Aid Center on March 31, reported Jeanne McIntyre.
Fern Alice Dodd Frasier’s family and friends came together to celebrate the Touchet native’s 106th birthday on Friday.
It started with the horrific Sept. 8, 1900, hurricane that nearly flattened the island city of Galveston, Texas. Casting about for ways to rebuild its tourism industry, it organized waterfront events, built the Hotel Galvez and brought a beauty pageant to town.
Karli Plucker will wield the gavel as president of the 2015-2016 Walla Walla High School ASB.
Schools throughout the nation, including Pioneer Middle and Sharpstein Elementary in Walla Walla, hosted Advancement Via Individual Determination Showcase events for district and school administrators.
Walla Walla High School social studies teacher Michelle Higgins has been plucked from a pool of 500 applicants to serve on the 20-member Teaching Tolerance project advisory board with Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala.
Button, button, who’s got the button? Garrison Middle School needs buttons for a special education program. Students are holding a drive for lots of buttons in all sizes and colors. Donated buttons may be dropped off at Garrison’s main office, 906 Chase Ave.
Eighth-grader Wren Chapin won national honors for his film “My Life as a Spy.” He won a gold key at the regional level and is one of just seven middle-school students in the state who received a 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards national gold medal, the school district online newsletter reported.
Members of the Walla Walla High School Debate Team competed in the state debate tournament in Tacoma.
There’s nothing like pictures from years gone by to evoke memories.
There’s a new venue in town for piano recitals. Walla Walla General Hospital recently acquired a grand piano now ensconced in its freshly renovated main lobby.
The evening a nationally noted comedian performed at Gesa Powerhouse Theatre was a smash hit.
Since Pi Day only rolls around once every century, Gregg Wright and Michael Trethewey cooked up a way to commemorate the epic date of 3-14-15 because of their shared fascination with pi. And “we won’t have pi on a Saturday for another 400 years,” Michael said.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Walla Walla Chapter 0237 will host a guest speaker at its 2 p.m. April 2 meeting, College Place Lions Club, 801 S. Larch Ave.
Berney Elementary PTA and staff are coordinating and collaborating with Big Cheese Pizza to raise funds so fifth-graders can attend the Junior Achievement-sponsored BizTown in Yakima. It’s the fifth year for Berney students to attend the program.
Joey of College Place, a volunteer who recently became a Blue Mountain Humane Society employee, rode his bike to and from the facility since January.
U.S.-based volunteer, nonprofit organizations Embracing Orphans, Kids Around the World and Food for the Poor teamed with the Child Development Agency to gift and install a playground at state-run child care and protection agency Glenhope Nursery in Kingston, Jamaica.
Chosen by American Quilter’s Society, a quilt made by Lianne Schellenberg of Walla will be featured at the show in the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center, 415 Park Ave, Paducah, Ky.
Meeting a need at Lincoln High School, Children’s Home Society of Washington and Walla Walla Public Schools will partner in a new program to bring child care to 16 low-income children of teen parents completing their education at Lincoln.
The Washington State University Murrow High School Journalism contest on March 16 awarded second place in photography to Walla Walla High School senior Roark Nelson.
Walla Walla High School Class of 2012 alumnus Gregg Heller received New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic distinction for the winter 2015 season. He is a member of the men’s indoor track and field team at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Lincoln High School’s trauma-sensitive school model cultivates a culture of caring and compassion, Principal Marci Knauft reported in a recent Tuesday night school board meeting.
Central Middle School seventh-grader Kiley Reichert, 13, attended the four-day National Young Leaders State Conference in Seattle March 19-22.
Ten students and two chaperones arrived on Tuesday from Sasayama, Japan, to be greeted by the Walla Walla Sister City Committee and host families.
Former railway men Al Schneidmiller, Joe Ferraro and Bryce Abraham met at the former train depot on North Second Avenue, since repurposed as Jacobi’s Restaurant, to observe the 30th anniversary since the closing of the Walla Walla Valley Railway Co. line.
Bicycles once unlicensed, abandoned or maybe stolen have received new wheels on life, so to speak. Washington State Penitentiary inmates recently refurbished 37 bicycles to be given away to families, here through Walla Walla Area Crime Watch.
The second week in March is designated to recognize classified public employees, and the College Place Public School District joined the celebration.
Teenagers can take advantage of an automotive class designed for them, Beginner Car Care 101, that will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays from April 9-May 7 in the Walla Walla Community College Auto Mechanics Building.
Walla Walla Clinic is hosting a Health Care Alternative Spring Break this week as four University of Washington pre-med students are in Walla Walla to see first-hand how health care is delivered in a rural area.
Walla Walla High School earned fifth-place honors as a team at the 4A State Speech Tournament for the third year in a row. Anna Apostolidis-Morefield placed second in expository with a speech on blackface and in interpretive reading with a theme of humans’ relationship with nature. Amelia Mott placed third in interpretive reading with a theme of imprisonment. Emma Gregoire placed sixth in expository. The team will go to Tacoma for the State Debate Tournament this weekend.
There’s an excellent informational video at YouTube called “Your Pathway to a Career,” that explains the new Southeast Area Technical Skills Center for high school students on the Walla Walla Community College campus.
Students and staffers at Walla Walla High School benefited from Winter Wish Week, sponsored by the ASB class.