Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Gran Fondo

The 10th annual Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Gran Fondo, also known as the "Great Ride" to benefit local people with cancer, will be Sept. 20 at the Walla Walla Community College Dietrich Dome.

The event offers a choice of a 5k color fun run, cycling, walking and horseback riding. An Oktoberfest Lunch featuring Walla Walla Sweet Onion Sausage runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beer is also available. Lunch is free for participants.
Registration fees are $45 for individuals, $65 for families (parents and their children under 18 for a total of up to five people). Cancer survivors are half price, $22.50. Teams of 10 or more people can participate for $25 per person. Ten dollars of each registration fee is tax deductible. People can register or get more information at   Registration also is available at the event.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the Gran Fondo go to the Providence St. Mary Special Needs Fund, which helps local low-income cancer patients with a wide range of needs, that insurance and Medicare may not pay for.

 The Color Fun Run is a 5 kilometer run that starts and ends at WWCC. Registration at 10:30 a.m., run starts at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear white. Along the run, packets of colored powder will be tossed amid the  runners to shower them with a rainbow of colors.

The Bicycling Events include 35-mile ride looping through the wine and wheat country. Registration: 7:30 am Departs at 8:30 am and a 100-mile ride through farmland, orchards and vineyards. Registration: 6 a.m. Departs at 6:30 a.m.

The Walks are a choice of a 2.5 or 4.1 mile walk along Mill Creek. Registration: 10 a.m. Walks start at 10:30 a.m.

The Horseback Trail Ride takes place at Bennington Lake near Walla Walla Community College.
 Participants are invited to bring their own horses and ride around the lake. Registration: 9 a.m. Ride starts at10 a.m.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Base of the Blues Bash 2014

The Base of the Blues Bash 2014 is happening on Saturday, September 20th at the Milton- Freewater Armory. The bash will feature local wines and brews, a silent and live auction, and dancing and music with the Penrose Band. Social hour and music by Bob the DJ begins at 4pm. Mediterranean appetizers, food and dessert is being catered by Graze. Tickets to the event are $50 each and include a drink ticket and party favor. Tickets to this 21 and over fundraiser can be purchased from a Rotary member, Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce or by calling  509-386-2499. Proceeds from the event will benefit youth and senior projects in the community.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Walla Walla Corn Maze

The Walla Walla Corn Maze opens on September 18th. The corn maze is celebrating it's 15th anniversary this year. The maze will be open to the public Thursday's, 6-10pm, Fridays, 6-11pm, Saturdays, 2-11pm, and Sundays, 4-9pm. Corn Canons will be in operation during the daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests can purchase concessions and food on site. For those going in the evening it is recommended to bring a flashlight. Admission is free for ages 3 and under, $5 for ages 4-11 and $7 for ages 12 and over.
A Halloween Spooktacular will be in place for evenings during the weekend starting October 16. Admission prices for the Spooktacular is $10 per person.
The Walla Walla Corn Maze is located at 853 Five Mile Rd in Walla Walla.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September Programs at the Walla Walla YMCA

September is a busy month for the YMCA. They will be offering a schedule with over 60 exercise classes per week and a new pool schedule. As a bonus the YMCA is waiving the joining fee for new members.

The YMCA is open 7 days a week with access to child care. They offer personal assistance with exercise, nutrition, athletics and family activities.
Some of the after school programs at the YMCA include swim lessons, rock climbing, archery, youth soccer, volleyball, basketball, Minecraft builder classes and the Lego Adventure Club.  Registration is now available for all youth programs in the fall.
The Walla Walla YMCA is located at 340 S Park St. Their phone number is 509-525-8863.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra, will be holding auditions for the 2014-2015 season on Sunday, September 14 from 2 – 5:30 p.m. and Monday, September 15 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the music building at Whitman College. Instrumental students (strings, winds, brass, and percussion) in grades 8 – 12 who participate in their school music programs are invited to audition.  Each audition is between 5-7 minutes. Students are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute solo and be prepared to play scales. All new and past students must audition with the WWSYO. To schedule an audition or for more information, call or email Elizabeth Tackett at 509-529-8020 or

The Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra is free to all players. The youth symphony will perform several free public concerts during the season. Rehearsals will be held Mondays from 6:30 – 8pm in the Whitman College Music building. A pre-season day retreat will take place on Sunday, September 21st.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Movie in the Vineyard at Three Rivers Winery

Enjoy a movie in  the vineyard at Three Rivers Winery this Friday, September 12th at 7pm. All ages are welcome and there is no charge to attend. Cheese plates, snacks and desserts will be sold on site as well as wine and non alcoholic beverages. There is even free popcorn with purchase of wine.
Friday's movie is "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The movie is about three convicts who escape from prison in search of treasure while being pursued by a relentless lawman.  Three Rivers Winery is located at 5641 Old Hwy 12 in Walla Walla, Washington.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

13th Annual Walla Walla Community Hospice Pond and Garden Tour

The 13th annual Walla Walla Community Hospice Pond and Garden Tour takes place, Saturday, September 6th, 9am-4pm. The self guided tour includes 10 creative and lovely local gardens. Many of the gardens incorporate ponds, creeks, as well as other water features into their design. Along with the tour their will be raffle prize drawings for pond and garden accessories. Many of the gardens on the tour will have garden vendors, musicians and artists on site. 
Tickets are $20 each and include a guide book and admission bracelet. Tickets can be purchased at Brights Candies & Gifts or the Hospice Office at 1067 Isaacs Avenue in Walla Walla. They may also be purchased over the phone at 509-525-5561 or online on the web site.