Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Raising of America

The Raising of America is a documentary about education and the future of our country. This is a free event so bring your friends, your relatives, and anyone that you think might be interested in learning about the development of children and how to create change that impacts the next generation.

This is an acclaimed documentary that focuses on how learning and experience shapes developing brains. This documentary focuses on children and how the investments that we make in children and families will help create stronger, more dynamic members of society in the future. 

The Raising of America shares empirical evidence as it explores the impact that various stimuli have on young children in regards to success socially, mentally, physically, and economically.  

This is a free event! The film is at 10:00 a.m. on April 4th at the Gesa Power House Theatre which is located at 111 N. Sixth Ave. in Walla Walla. 

This documentary is co-hosted by members of the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Art Installation at Studio TWOZEROTWO

When I was at Studio TWOZEROTWO interviewing them for our business spotlight I heard that it was almost time for their quarterly artist rotation and now its here! The new artist is Rachel Smith. There will be a reception on Thursday the 2nd from 5-7 p.m. at Studio TWOZEROTWO located at 202 E. Main St. in Walla Walla. 

Rachel Smith currently resides in Walla Walla. She attended Walla Walla University where she majored in Commercial art and minored in Photography. She then attended the University of Idaho where she got her masters in Fine Art. Rachel Currently teaches at Walla Walla Community College and is also an artist and screen printer. Her work has been exhibited both locally and nationally. 

According to Rachel, her art's impact involves, "using collage, mixed media and installation my artwork explores concepts surrounding gender, memory and marginalization." These themes are explored through a variety of media. Most of her pieces center around a previously owned object, usually something that many people can relate to, and then builds upon that object and the symbolism surrounding it. Through this personal connection and symbolism Rachel Smith attempts to alter social and cultural memories creating a new collective history. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mommy and Me Tea at Carnegie

Tea for Two is a great Mother's Day event. The pottery painting at Carnegie is a fun opportunity for kids ages seven and older to express their artistic talents and make something beautiful! This special event allows kids to create a tea set for their mom, or another special person in their life, just in time for Mother's Day. 

The class is designed to be taken by a child and an adult. The class will be on April 20th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Carnegie which is located at 109 S. Palouse St. in Walla Walla. The cost is $20 which makes two cups and two saucers. You can also paint a teapot and two cups and saucers for $40. 

To sign up go to Walla Walla Parks and Rec and click on Youth Art Classes. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Concert at Jumpin' Jellybeanz

This weekend Walla Towne Booking presents Thistopia with For the Likes of You, featuring For What May Come and The Home Team at Jumpin' Jelly Beanz. These bands will be playing on Sunday and all ages are welcome. All of the bands playing are from Washington and have a distinct metal or rock influence. 

Thistopia is a band from Olympia that is on tour with For the Likes of You, a band from Aberdeen. For the Likes of You is categorized as Melodic Metalcore and is Thistopia's genre is Chaotic Hardcor and has an incredibly dark and emotional sound.

For What May Come, from Walla Walla, play very intense metalcore/deathcore. The Home Team's Genre is Pop Punk/ Pop Rock and they are from Seattle and are on a West Coast Tour. 

Walla Towne Booking focuses on giving local bands a chance to play with regional or national touring bands. They book a variety of types of music from pop to alternative to metal and punk. 

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday the 29th. The cover is $6 and all ages are welcome. There will be a bar- identification is required. Jumpin' Jelly Beanz is located at 16 E. Poplar in Walla Walla. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Youth Fencing

Fencing classes are back! Do you have a child, or know a child who would enjoy fencing? If so, Parks and Rec has a class for them! Fencing is an exhilarating activity that teaches coordination, balance, and alertness with fun! 

The classes are open to youths ages 9-17 and are taught by fencing instructors from Whitman's Fencing Club. The instructors, Sean Nagle-McNaughton and Kaitlin Seiberlich have been teaching fencing with the Parks and Rec program for several months now and are excited to share their love of fencing with new fencers! 

There are two classes available:

Beginning Fencing- Sundays and Saturday, March 29, April 4, 12, 19 from 3:45-5:15 p.m. $35

Intermediate/Advanced Fencing- Wednesdays April 1, 8, 15, 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45

Athletic clothes and gym shoes are required. Fencing gear will be provided as necessary. Fencing classes are held at Carnegie at 109 S. Palouse St in Walla Walla. 

Preregistration is required. To register please go to Parks and Rec Sign Ups or stop by the Parks and Recreation office located at 55 Moore St. in Walla Walla.

For questions or more information please call 509-527-4527 or email

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beginner Car Care 101

Beginner Car Care 101 is a basic car care class. The class is geared toward young drivers but people of all ages are invited to participate. 

Students will learn how to do basic maintenance on vehicles, such as oil changes, learn how to deal with road side emergencies, like needing to change a tire, and preventative care methods. The course also teaches about auto care and cleaning, suspensions, steering and tires, basic tools, and more. 

There will be classroom instruction and instruction in the auto shop as well. This class is designed to increase independence, inform about economic decisions regarding car ownership, and enhance owner satisfaction. 

The class begins April 9 and runs until May 7. It is held on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Auto Mechanic building at Walla Walla Community College. Walla Walla Community College is located at 500 Tausick Way in Walla Walla.

The cost is $49.00.

To register call 509-527-4443 Monday-Friday 11-4. 

For questions or more information contact Jodi Worden, the Extended Learning Coordinator at 509-527-4331

Monday, March 23, 2015

Capital Barber Shop

There is a new barber shop in town and it has a different perspective. Capital Barber Shop is reviving the traditions of barber shops from the past while staying current. Be on the lookout for its classic barber pole as you stroll down Spokane Street. 

Inside the barber shop the space is modern and inviting. There is a wide selection of gift items for men and kids. This merchandise includes candles, travel kits, toys and even bow ties. There is something for everyone and for every occasion. 

Capital Barber Shop also offers a wide variety of services, including traditional men's haircuts, beard shaping, hot shaves, women's haircuts, and much more. 

Capital Barber Shop specializes in a hot shave service which consists of a warm towel, a straight razor shave, and a "rest facial". A rest facial is a relaxing facial that provides a calming effect. 

Located at 47 S. Spokane St., between Laht Neppur and Charles Smith Wines, Capital Barber shop is sure to become a quintessential element of downtown Walla Walla. 

The current hours of operation are 9:00-7:00 Monday through Friday and from 9:00-4:00 on Saturday. These hours may be expanded in the future. 

You can check out their Facebook page at Capital Barber Shop for updates and more information.