Etcetera - 10/06/11

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From the early 1900s until the mid-1960s, Braden School was a going concern for students in its neighborhood.

Forty years ago, the country school south of Walla Walla was repurposed and now serves as the Church of God Seventh Day at the corner of Braden Road and the Old Milton Highway.

Braden school served first- through 12th-graders in its early years, said Connie Vinti, who's involved in an all-school alumni reunion. In later years, children in first-sixth grades attended the school.

Connie and several other former students want to have a planning meeting or informal reunion this year and hold a more formal event in 2012.

As many of its students were from area Italian families, a sign-up sheet will be available at the Italian Heritage Association Festa on Saturday and Sunday at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

For more details, contact Connie evenings at 525-3154.

Formal wear for homecoming events is available for all students around the Walla Walla Valley, said Kim Morasch, coordinator of Tabitha's Closet in Walla Walla.

Homecoming events are rapidly approaching, including at DeSales Catholic High School on Tuesday and Walla Walla High School and McLoughlin High School on Oct. 15, Kim said.

Ensembles can be borrowed by appointment from the service, which is based at Christ Lutheran Church, by calling 525-2243.

More than 200 outfits have been donated since Tabitha's Closet was started last year, Kim said.

"People in the community have been very generous. We have (outfits valued at $200-$300) that people can borrow and only pay the $10 dry cleaning fee."

In addition to clothing for both genders, shoes, jewelry, cuff-links and other accessories are available to borrow. Tabitha's Closet is available year-round in the church, at 1420 S. Second Ave. A fund has been set aside to assist those who cannot affort the dry cleaning fee.

"Monetary donations, as well as donations of men's and women's formal wear are always welcome," Kim added. Such items may be brought to Christ Lutheran Church from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Crafters are being sought for a Community Craft Bazaar that will be Nov. 5 at First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St.

Call 509-876-2387 for more details and to reserve tables. Accommodations for the first 15 callers. A variety of crafts will be accepted.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to various church programs.

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

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