WALLA WALLA — History and culture can be stated in words, but they can also be expressed through music and dance. The beauty of traditional Mexican dance tells many stories as inspired dancers swirl in colorful costumes.
WALLA WALLA — Helping a shy or timid dog gain confidence can go a long way toward making him adoptable.
WALLA WALLA — Participants at Camp Amanda have a wealth of talent and dedication on hand to help restore their lives to normalcy.
WALLA WALLA — This year marks the 30th anniversary of Camp Amanda, sponsored by Walla Walla Community Hospice. The camp program is for children ages 7-14 who have experienced a death in their family — a parent, sibling or grandparent. The camp, held at Camp Kiwanis at Kooskooskie, provides a peaceful, safe physical place and mental space for children to grieve and learn about their emotions.
DIXIE — What can you do to help others? Bright pink cardboard signs on a barrel suggest a way people can give the gift of hope to someone who is struggling.
COLLEGE PLACE — After four years of trying to have a baby, Celina and Ben Dawson finally succeeded. But they got much more than they bargained for: quadruplets.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Ruby Mitchell recently returned from more than two years on a Peace Corps assignment in Jordan.
WALLA WALLA — Each year the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days is represented by the Royalty Court, a queen and two princesses. They make public appearances to represent the fair positively with horsemanship, public speaking, poise and composure.
Carrying an American flag, Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard embarked April 5 on a horseback ride to the Atlantic Ocean, to celebrate the nation and meet people along the way.
The Tuttle family has operated the Colonial Motel, a window to the past, since 1973.
Students are raising funds to build and maintain two orphanages.
WALLA WALLA — Terry McCoy has always directed his energy at aiding people who need help. His varied life experience bears this out, including stints as FEMA volunteer, children’s advocate and ombudsman for seniors.
The popular club's members volunteer their time to raise funds for local individuals and organizations.
Owen Agenbroad will give the items he found in 1945 to the son of their former owner.
The goal of the six-week course is to help participants take control of their health.
The program will be held at Village Church, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, from April 1 through May 8.
The 10 members of The Performing Company will participate in The Dance Grand Prix in Barcelona.
The school is due to be completed in December 2015.
Suzui is an interior decorator at Gary's Paint & Decorating.
Years of leadership experience provided Allen Stanley the skills he needs to guide the agency.
“Doing this provides tremendous rewards. It doesn’t get better than that,” she said. “I serve happily.”
WALLA WALLA — Extreme weather, earthquakes, fires and other disasters can happen anywhere.
McCaw earned an induction into the state 4-H Hall of Fame for her work with the club.
“It’s no longer cows and cookies," said McCaw, who's been dedicated to the organization for half a century.
WALLA WALLA — Ruth Jamison has experienced some true highs in her 90 years. She’s had a good life overall, but some moments were really special.
A club where young athletes build skills has led to a Valley-wide spike in the sport’s popularity.
WALLA WALLA — “Volleyball is alive and well in Walla Walla,” said Cassie Rothstrom, president and assistant director of the Sweets Volleyball Club.
Getting married can involve a number of choices, including colors, apparel, décor and the cake.
WALLA WALLA — A bride today has more choices than ever — the colors, the flowers, the dress and the cake. While there are plenty of decisions to make, there are also popular trends and styles that could help to narrow down those options.
COLLEGE PLACE — It’s cold out there — especially for people who lack housing or are unable to afford to heat their homes.
The winter and summer Chamber Music Festivals are popular no matter the weather.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival’s winter edition is a way to keep the music going year-round.
WALLA WALLA — Children’s Home Society offers help for families in crisis.
The union between the YMCA and Community Center for Youth is growing in popularity.
WALLA WALLA — A new start can be a good thing, both for an individual and for an organization. Community Center for Youth, CCY, has partnered with the Walla Walla YMCA. Known now as the YCCY, it’s a brand-new start for the agency that helps give at-risk youth a new start.
The urge to help people in need drives the organizers of the popular bus tour.
WALLA WALLA — As the holidays brighten winter’s darkness, area residents decorate their homes and businesses with Christmas lights to illuminate the nights. A fun and easy way to check out the many Christmas displays is to take a ride on the second annual Christmas Lights Bus Tour.
WALLA WALLA — Courtney Morgan’s new business, Revolver Yoga Studio, opened with a bang. Twenty-two students showed up Sept. 8 for the first session.
WALLA WALLA — Pioneer House Assisted Living is in the holiday spirit, hosting a holiday food drive and helping with the Senior Giving Tree.
WALLA WALLA — The holidays are here, with merriment, gift-giving and time with family.
John Pesciallo’s coaching sessions help other people help themselves.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Whether you’re sprinting or running in a marathon, sometimes you just need a coach. Life occasionally takes some coaching, too.
It took current stylist Carl Bossini decades before he found his niche in life.
WALLA WALLA — After many different careers, Carl Bossini finally found his true calling. He’s a trained stylist and owns his own business, Carl’s Hair Hut, at 315 N. Fourth Ave.
Art, music, meals, sports and more keep Park Plaza’s residents active, social and happy.
WALLA WALLA — Grady and Gerry Rose manage Park Plaza Independent Senior Living Community. They love to socialize and create activities that benefit everyone involved.
Local hospitals and community centers provide resources for people who are having a baby.
WALLA WALLA — The arrival of a baby is usually a joyous occasion. But the birthing process can deliver uncertainty and uneasiness for the new parents-to-be.
WALLA WALLA — Taking care of a loved one? You have more resources available than you might realize.
The rink offers hockey and figure skating classes and themed special events.
COLLEGE PLACE — At first glance, what SonBridge Community Center actually does and the services it provides might seem mystifying, but in actuality it’s simple. Most nonprofit agencies providing help in the community have a specific niche, or a specialty they have selected. SonBridge, at 1200 S.E. 12th St., was created to help people who fall between these specific targets.
The group provides opportunities for disabled adults to socialize and to help their community.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Area adults with disabilities have a great resource, in a landscape where resources are few.
WALLA WALLA — An alert has gone out to area veterinarians and others about the canine distemper virus infecting raccoons in the area.
Proceeds from the popular annual event help provide scholarships for local women.
WALLA WALLA — The local chapter of the American Association of University Women is cooking up a fun way to help others. It’s time for the 11th annual Kitchen Tour, a fundraiser for AAUW.
The Y offers a variety of family-focused exercise, fitness and social activities.
WALLA WALLA — Looking for a place to have some fun with your family? As fall comes on, school starts and the days get shorter, it’s nice to have a family-oriented place for activities, whether they are exercise- and fitness-related or a fun, social time.
COLLEGE PLACE — If you’ve driven down Southeast 12th Street in the summertime, you’ve likely noticed it on the south side of the road: A garden patch boasting rows of cornstalks and tall onion stems, vibrant vines studded with plump tomatoes, and leafy green bushes bristling with beans.
A Valley artist uses molten wax to express her creativity.
DAYTON — What’s old is new again. Encaustic painting, the ancient art of painting with hot wax, is enjoying a reawakening in popularity.
TOUCHET — Sometimes fun provides the best learning experience. And fun with gentle horses might be just the thing for children and adults with disabilities.
“Go, you little guppy!” the grandchildren of her friends shouted, as Suzie Aldrich prepared to swim a heat at this year’s National Senior Games. The nationals were held July 19-Aug. 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The popular annual event helps to fund meal and social services at the Center at the Park.
WALLA WALLA — The Center at the Park is gearing up for its 10th annual Wild Alaskan Salmon Barbecue Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m. Friday. The event, a fundraiser for the Center, includes great food and opportunities to socialize with friends and family.
After a charity stint in Nepal, Lindsey Thompson opened a clinic in Walla Walla.
WALLA WALLA — People who downplay the healing power of acupuncture are missing the point, says Lindsey Thompson.