'Girls Night Out' slated for Saturday

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The latest "Girls Night Out" shopping event promises to be a hands-on experience.

The shopping extravaganza presented by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation returns this weekend with a theme.

Throughout the three-hour event, participating merchants will offer hands-on demonstrations for this one night only. Expect palm readings, chair massage, self-defense tips and cupcake decorating to be featured.

Saturday's event, the last Girls Night Out of the year, runs 6-9 p.m.

Designed to showcase downtown's array of shopping, sipping and eating choices, Girls Night Out takes place every quarter. The foundation publishes a savings booklet for the event, and shoppers can use it to decide where to browse, catch a bite or taste some wine. Special samples and pricing and the demonstrations are included with the booklet. The $5 booklets are available at Book & Game Co., 38 E. Main St., the Destination Walla Walla window next to Starbucks or any of the 20 participating businesses.

Proceeds will benefit the YWCA women's shelter. To see the list of participating merchants, demonstrations and specials, visit: downtownwallawalla.com . Call 509-529-8755 for details.

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With the year winding down it may be time to start thinking about a new calendar.

Wilma Schmerer, who for years operated the seasonal Calendar Store kiosk at the Blue Mountain Mall with her husband Gene, reminds local residents that the wall/desk/engagement calendars are available online. Proceeds from sales can go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

To get a calendar and make a contribution visit calendarsforparkinsons.com then click on one of the pictures. Fifteen percent of every purchase made through the link will go to research.

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It's not too early in the week to get revved up for R.I.D.E.R. of Washington's annual "Toy Run" on Saturday.

The nonprofit organization established to promote motorcycle safety invites anyone on wheels to join in to collect toys for those less fortunate.

Bring a new toy or gift to ride with the group from Lorenzo's at the Plaza to St. Vincent de Paul on Main Street. Rain, snow, hail or shine, the ride will start at 11:30 a.m. Participants will meet at Lorenzo's, 1415 Plaza Way. Travel with the group via motorcycle, car, bicycle, skateboard, scooter -- even pogo stick, if you can keep up. The trail should lead to St. Vincent's by 1:30 p.m. Call 509-520-8646 for details.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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