Inland Cellular set to offer lessons in wireless devices

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Inland Cellular is offering lessons in wireless devices through the launch of the operation's IC University Wireless Education.

The rural wireless communications company has retooled its customer training and support programs.

The new concept will launch Wednesday and continue with sessions the third Wednesday of each month.

The ongoing training is intended to help customers learn more about their wireless devices, services and features in a casual and interactive environment.

Wednesday's class at the College Place wireless studio, 1605 S.E. Meadowbrook Boulevard, runs 4-6 p.m. Those interested can drop in during that period.

Upcoming seminars will focus on seven topics: mobile social networking, picture-video-SMS, BlackBerry, Internet solutions, plans and services, MP3 music solutions and applications and downloads. Customers can participate in as many discussions as they choose.

The events will be catered and feature light appetizers and refreshments. For more details, call 629-2500.

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An accident-free month at Canoe Ridge Vineyard means a sweet reward for area charities.

The Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are the latest recipients of $500 donations from the Cherry Street winery's holding company, Diageo.

For every month the winery is accident-free, a donation is given to a local charity decided upon by winery employees, said Becky Stanley, executive assistant at Canoe Ridge.

The BMAC Food Bank received the donation for the month of September. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was the October recipient.

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Walla Walla's Home Loan Center will host a discussion Wednesday on reverse mortgages.

The informal gathering will be a chance to ask questions about the concept of a reverse mortgage -- a mortgage that allows the home owner to convert home equity into funds through a line of credit, cash advance or periodic disbursements to be repaid with interest when the borrower dies, moves or sells the home.

Demand for reverse mortgages has particularly increased among senior citizens, according to the announcement from Home Loan Center.

"Due to economic difficulties and increased financial demands for homeowners on a fixed income, we now find the reverse mortgage as a salvation for people in foreclosure, allowing them to stay in their home," the announcement explained.

Wednesday's meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and is expected to run no longer than an hour.

Those interested in participating are asked to call or e-mail with their names, phone numbers and a head count.

Call 527-3353, or e-mail: doug.roquet@netmoreamerica.com .

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Arthritis sufferers may find relief at Many Waters Wellness Center.

The Walla Walla facility, 820 Sprague Ave, recently hosted the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Tai Chi for Health Teacher Training.

Fourteen new instructors from the Pacific Northwest were certified at the event under the training of master tai chi instructor Troyce Thome and senior trainer and Many Waters founder Sandi Wicher.

Thome, of San Clemente, Calif., was the first United States master trainer for Dr. Paul Lam, the developer of Tai Chi for Health programs adapted by the Arthritis Foundation.

Among the students receiving their teacher training certification were local residents Beth Frazier-Wirth and Vern Chapman.

Frazier-Wirth teaches a 7 p.m. beginning-level Tai Chi for Arthritis class at Many Waters.

Chapman, a Vietnam veteran, hopes to start teaching Tai Chi for Health classes at the veterans hospital.

For more information on Tai Chi for Health programs, call Wicher at Many Waters at 386-4305.

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