Etcetera - 09/29/11

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The Walla Walla High School Music Department Suds-a-thon cleaned up, according to Norb Rossi, director of choral activities. "It was a beautiful day (for the car wash)," he said. "We were very busy and made about double what the usual take has been on that event. A great day." His students will appear in concert Oct. 27, featuring "Music of the Civil War Era." "It will be a special night," he said.

More than 25 young people participated in the Blue Mountain Chapter 258 Pheasants Forever youth hunt reported Jim Sonne, president. He and Gene Weinmaster, youth chairman, were assisted by fellow chapter members as well as other volunteers who helped out on Sept. 24-25.

The kids took about 20 pheasants and 18 quail. "Saturday was tough hunting because of the hot weather but Sunday they had a great day," Jim said.

The Sunday hunt was capped off by a barbecue at the Walla Walla Gun Club. There, many of the volunteers and some of the kids got to shoot "and everyone had a great time."

Helping make it happen were Bob Bloch, Walla Walla Gun Club; hunt hosts Todd Demick, Shane Lopez and Todd Kimball; Scott Resley with Washington Fish and Game, who obtained the birds they released; and Pheasants Forever members John Houston, Eric and Tina Tonn and Ron Fastrup, who made it a smooth hunt.In addition, Jim's wife Jaynie shopped, prepared for and cooked at the barbecue. Hunting dogs also contributed to the event's success, Jim said. Among those "We had the two dogs that where auctioned off at the last two (chapter fundraising) banquets and they did a great job." For more about Pheasants Forever membership, activities and conservation work, contact Jim at jimsonne@aol.com .

A baked potato dinner and raffle will help Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287 members raise funds for their veterans programs. The all-you-can-eat spuds with loads of fixings, salad and dessert will be served from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at the lodge, 351 E. Rose St. The cost is $5 per person or $20 family. Burl Craven is donating the evening's entertainment. Paid admission to the dinner also entitles participants to a free raffle ticket. RSVPs must be made to the Elks lodge, 525-2901.

First prize is a package with two bottles of wine donated by Kontos Cellars; second prize is a 50/50 split for half of the funds raised in the raffle. The raffle tickets, $2 each or $20 for a "strip the length of your arm, shoulder to fingertip," may be purchased in advance from the lodge or by contacting shelley@wallawallaelks.org.

The profits will benefit the veterans programs to provide hygiene kits to local homeless veterans; care packages to service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan; local families of deployed service members and free entertainment to local veterans, service members and their families.

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