Etcetera - 2/20/13


An enchanting collection of dolls, bears and “bearaphernalia” will be on hand during the sixth annual Teddy Bear Show and Tea.

Sponsored by Walla Walla Columbia County School Retirees Association, it will be from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis Catholic Church Social Hall, 722 W. Alder St.

Visiting doll exhibits, a gala tea, story corner, photographer, raffle, silent auction, teddy bear store and more will be part of the scene, said Dee Aichele with WWCCSRA.

Event organizer is Jackie Ormsby, 91. “She does such a great job,” Deanna said.

Admission is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult and tickets are available at the door.

It’s the association’s primary fundraiser, benefiting two annual $1,000 scholarships.

With proceeds from its book sale the Walla Walla Branch Walla Walla American Association of University Women funds several local scholarships.

The 38th annual sale will be from noon-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. Proceeds from last year totaled around $25,000.

The branch also gave $4,800 to the National AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund and the Education Fund that provides scholarships for women pursuing post-graduate degrees.

In 2012, $12,000 in local AAUW scholarships went to eight Valley women who were returning to college. Three of the recipients are completing nursing programs, with one working toward a doctorate in nursing practices. Three are pursuing master’s of teaching and one is working toward a bachelor of business and accounting degree.

Information and applications for the 2013 AAUW Walla Walla Scholarship Program, for local women who are returning to college after a lapse of one year or more, are now available at Completed applications are due by April 19.

In addition, AAUW co-sponsors Great Explorations: A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Adventure for fifth- through eighth-grade girls from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23 at Whitman College. The keynote speaker for this year’s program, “Investigate your Future,” is a crime scene investigator from the Phoenix (Ariz.) Police Department crime lab. Her keynote address is also open to the public.

For more information, visit or contact Carol Morgan at 509-525-3531 or

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