Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Paper Tigers Showings

KPJR Films presents two free screenings of a new documentary, entitled "Paper Tigers" at the Gesa Power House Theatre. 

"Paper Tigers" follows several students at Walla Walla's own Lincoln High School over the course of a year. This documentary explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on students and the new science and different approaches that are being used at Lincoln to help students achieve success.

Lincoln radically changed its approach to discipline over the last few years and has seen a dramatic turnaround in graduation rates, number of fights, test scores, and more. The school has become a promising model of how to break cycles of poverty, violence, and more. "Paper Tigers" shows how the latest educational strategies and research can impact the lives of youths in our communities. According to David Bornstein, "'Paper Tigers' is a moving and profoundly important film that offers critical insights into one of the most widespread educational and health challenges in American society."

The "Paper Tigers" showings are on Friday Sept. 4th at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. at the Gesa Power House Theatre, located at 111 N. 6th Ave. in Walla Walla. Doors open at 4 p.m. For more information please visit

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wheelin' Walla Walla

This year is the 20th anniversary of Wheelin' Walla Walla! This year is certain to be bigger and better than ever. Wheelin' Walla Walla is a family friendly event that showcases a variety of cars, both classic and modern, from all over. Wheelin' Walla Walla weekend is September 11 & 12 this year. 

The Controlled Classic Cruise kicks off Wheelin' Walla Walla at 6 p.m. Hundreds of cars will parade through historic Walla Walla. For a map of the Classic Cruise route please visit Wheelin' Walla Walla Cruise Map.

The Show and Shine continues the weekend Saturday from 9-3 p.m. on Main Street. The cars will be judged at noon and the awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Over 4,000 spectators are expected to stroll down Main Street admiring the amazing array of cars on display. There will also be great food and people to chat with downtown.

In addition to the annual activities, a Swap Meet, Import Car categories, and a family-friendly dance downtown have been added to the list of activities. 

There is something for everyone at the 20th anniversary celebration of Wheelin' Walla Walla. Join the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in historic downtown Walla Walla for this fun event. For more information please visit

Photo courtesy of the Union-Bulletin 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Contra Dance Event

The First Wednesday Contra Dance is this Wednesday! The evening will feature live music by Frog Hollow & Friends and local callers. If you have been wanting to learn some traditional dances, this is the perfect event to attend. 

This event is brought to you by the Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music. Admission is free and people of all experience levels are welcome. This fun dancing event is Wednesday September 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the Whitman College Reid Center Ballroom, which is located at 280 Boyer Ave. in Walla Walla.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pond and Garden Tour

Pond and Garden Tour is back! The 14th annual Pond and Garden Tour is a fun event that is a staple of summer. The tour showcases beautifully landscaped yards featuring area ponds, creeks, water features, and gardens. 

Pond and Garden Tour is a self guided tour of ten unique and creative gardens that incorporate water features in the area. The tour also includes vendors from the northwest with garden themed items and gifts for sale. Entertainment includes performances by Big Font, Roy Anderson, Phil Lynch, and students from Whitman College. Artists James McNamara, Marilee Schiff, and Todd Telander will be painting at select gardens. Why Not Pizza will be serving pizza from 11 a.m. until it is gone. 

The tour is a fund raising event for Walla Walla Community Hospice. Pond and Garden Tour is September 12th from 9:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. The ticket price is $20 per person for anyone 12 years and older. Tickets can be purchased at the Walla Walla Community Hospice office located at 1067 Isaacs Ave, at Brights Candies at 11 E. Main St., by phone at 509-525-5561, or online at

For more information about the Pond and Garden Tour please visit or

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days

It's time for the 149th Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days once again! Get ready for some good, old fashioned fun at the state's oldest fair. 

The fair offers entertainment for people of all ages. Guests can view a wide variety of exhibits, from handcrafts to photography, livestock and more. A PRCA approved rodeo will be held each night at 7:00 p.m. and the Davis Shows Northwest Carnival will be operating all week. The Demolition Derby will be held Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. This is an action packed event that sells out every year so be sure to get tickets early. 

Country music artist Vince Gill will be performing Wednesday night on the Main Arena Stage this year. He has one 17 CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times, making him the most awarded artist in that category in CMA history. 

There are plenty of activities for children too. Kids can take a "Walk on the Wild Side" as they get up close and personal with exotic animal ambassadors, participate in Children's Museum workshops, make crafts at stations, learn about animals, compete in the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull competition, and more. 

There will be a Dutch oven Cook-Off on Saturday for those who want to try their hand at this old fashioned cooking technique. There will also be a Classic Car Show for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy at the north end of the Community Center on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. 

There are many more events going on at the fair this year. For a complete schedule of events please go to

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Foundry Vineyards Gallery Exhibition

Foundry Vineyards is proud to announce their next gallery exhibition. It features works by contemporary Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. 

Foundry Vineyards is pleased to introduce Ai Weiwei to Eastern Washington by showcasing his creative works. Ai Weiwei works in several mediums, including film, photography, sculpture, installations, and architectural projects. His art is striking and challenges current trends. Ai Weiwei has received international acclaim for challenging the nature of his artwork and for his candor when speaking against the Chinese government.

Ai Weiwei's political dissent has caused him to be held under house arrest, be detained for 81 days, and other forms of repression. Despite this, he continues his activism and art production. 

The gallery exhibition open on Sept. 3 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and runs through Oct. 31 at Foundry Vineyards, which is located at 1111 Abadie St. in Walla Walla. 

For more information please visit

Monday, August 24, 2015

Music at the Mansion

Music at the Mansion is an evening of classical music and style. Held at the Waldheim Mansion, this Walla Walla Symphony presentation is sure to be a success. 

The event will feature the Volta Piano Trio, with Jennifer Caine playing the violin, Sally Singer Tuttle playing the cello, and Oksana Ezhokina playing the piano. The program will feature Turina's "Circulo", Schoenfield's "Cafe Music", and Dvorak's "Trip in F Minor". Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided, as well as Mansion Creek Cellars wine. 

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the music starts at 6:00 p.m. on August 29th. The Waldheim Mansion is located at 124 Stone St. in Walla Walla. 

Reservations are required. Tickets are $60. To purchase tickets please go to, call the ticket office at 509-529-8020, or purchase rickets at the Symphony office, which is located at 13 1/2 E. Main St. Suite 201 in Walla Walla.