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T H E VA L L E Y ’ S P E O PL E , W I N E & F O O D


April 2013



Supplement of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

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Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot 100% Estate, 100% Sustainable Tasting room open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 509-525-6502 Pepper Bridge Winery-1704 J.B. George Rd. Walla Walla, WA 99362 Wall a Wall a Lifest yLes 5

April Contributors Gillian A. Frewis a Walla Walla freelancer. She can be reached at


Paul Gregutt is a wine writer and blogger whose focus is the wine of Oregon and Washington. The Northwest Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Gregutt also writes “The Wine Adviser.” His blog is Email:


Colby Kuschatka enjoys photographing people as well as all things “food and drink.”



Greg Lehman has photographed the Walla Walla Valley for 25 years with the Union-Bulletin, Whitman College and as a freelance wedding, portrait and fine-art photographer. Photographer

Steve Lenz is the art director for Walla Walla Lifestyles magazine. He has been a photographer and graphic artist for 20 years. Steve’s work has been published internationally, shown in galleries and privately collected. Photographer

Karlene Ponti is the special publications writer for the UnionBulletin. She can be reached at 509-526-8324 or karleneponti@


Genevieve Jones is a student and foodie at Whitman College. She can be contacted at jonesga@

Dia ne R e e d is a w r it e r, photographer, historian and keen observer of life. She grew up in the East dreaming of becoming either a cowgirl or a famous writer. Writer

Correction: In the story “Chef

Campolio Takes Walla Walla to New York,” in the April issue of Walla Walla Lifestyles, we misidentified Andy Slusarenko, one of the Walla Walla participants in the James Beard Foundation dinner, as Andy Perdue. Mr. Slusarenko is the assistant winemaker at Three Rivers Winery.

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April 2013

table of contents

APRIL 2013


ReAL cOOKS Talk about your Paleo diet. At the Garden Vegan Café, Theodore Carlat offers up fragrant, dark, dense slices of bread made with ancient grains.


The Wine AdViSeR the next in a line of winery winners — Mercer Canyons in Horse Heaven Hills.


WhAT’S neW in W2? Loads of shopping and dining choices at the Garden City Den; Red Bicycle offers a new twist on vintage and repurposed clothing, furniture and, of course, bicycles.


The BeST And The BRighTeST AmeriCorps volunteers are doing great work all over the Valley.


neW digS Lynette and Clinton Dickerson built their home on Old Milton Highway with an eye toward fiscal responsibility — they only built a section at a time, according to their budget — and artistic expression.


SecReT gARden Suzie Aldrich has a solution for the chore of cutting the grass — get rid of it.


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The ThiRd cOVeR


Rob C. Blethen eDitoR

Rick Doyle A DV eRt iSinG DiR eC toR

Jay Brodt M A nAGinG eDi toR

Robin Hamilton A SSoCi At e e Di toR

Chetna Chopra PRoDUCt ion M A nAGeR

Vera Hammill A Rt iSt iC DiR eCtoR /De SiGneR / W e BSi t e

Steve Lenz PRoDUCt ion S tA F F

Ralph Hendrix, Chris Lee, Steve Lenz, Sherry Burrows SA L e S StA F F

Masood Gorashi, Jeff Sasser, Donna Schenk, Colleen Streeter, Mike Waltman eDi toR i A L A SSiStA n t

Karlene Ponti A DM iniS t R At i V e A SSiS tA n t

Kandi Suckow CoVeR: Photo by Steve Lenz. FoR e Di toR i A L in FoR M At ion

Rick Doyle rickdoyle@w Robin Hamilton robinhamilton@w FoR A DV eRt iSinG in FoR M At ion

Jay Brodt jaybrodt@w




Who owns the asphalt — cyclists or drivers? Lifestyles looks at the ongoing debate about, and possible solutions to, driving and cycling on our rural roads.


Photo by steve Lenz

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Theodore Carlat You don’t have to be a seasoned chef to make an impact with food. Every day, in kitchens across the country, Real Cooks create extraordinary meals for some very special guests — their friends and family.

Above, top and left: Thirty-mile bread. Above, right: Ancient-style unleavened bread made with spelt.

Going Against the Grain By Genevieve Jones / Photos by Colby Kuschatka

Three days a week, Theodore Carlat wanders around the Garden Vegan Café with slices of dark, dense bread. As he lathers these samples with vegan butter, he explains to eager tasters that this bread is special. This bread, he says, is made with ancient grains. Theodore sources uncommon wheat varieties from nearby farmers and uses a natural starter to craft his hefty loaves. He and his wife, Jenna Bicknell, also run a wholesale food distribution business called REAL FOODS Walla Walla. They seek out the best organic, regional food to bring to consumers. It has been so popular that this spring they plan to open their first retail location at 34 Colville St. 8 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

LIFESTYLES: So, REAL FOODS Walla Walla is a business venture you and your wife started — how do you divvy up the responsibilities? THEODORE: She loves the financial management. She really thrives on doing the behind-the-scenes business. I’m more of the face of it. LIFESYTLES: How do you two define “real food”?

THEODORE: If it has 27 ingredients and you can’t pronounce them, it’s not real. “Real” means it has a seasonal quality to

it, it’s as local as possible, it’s left in its whole, nutritional form, and it’s prepared in such a way that it hasn’t lost all its nutrients.

LIFESTYLES: When did you start your line of Ancient Grains Bread? THEODORE: At the farmers market in 2010, we sold $400 to $500 of organic-certified artisan bread each Saturday. That proved there was a market here. Later on, we began making 100-mile bread (bread made with ingredients sourced from within a 100-mile radius). Now we are doing 30-mile bread. For me it’s a big victory. LIFESTYLES: So, what exactly is an ancient grain?

THEODORE: In ancient times in what is known as Europe, they grew a mixed crop. A plot of land would have a mix of einkorn, spelt and emmer. These three grains grew together, and this practice is known in Latin as farro. You could also include amaranth and quinoa from the Mayan and Incan cultures.

Jenna Bicknell, co-owner of REAL FOODS with her husband, Theodore Carlat, poses with their daughter, Juliette Bicknell-Carlat.

LIFESTYLES: Why are they just becoming popular now?

THEODORE: They fell by the wayside because wheat became more productive. These ancient grains were rediscovered in Northern Italy. In the last 30 years, people in the food industry have picked up some of these ancient foods and brought them back. Now we have people in our state growing them.

A legacy of passion for outstanding red wines. Elegance. Character. Consistency.

LIFESTYLES: Are these ancient grains healthier than the standard wheat? THEODORE: This is naturally leavened bread, which means we use a natural starter. When you make naturally leavened dough, the grain begins to break down, which makes it easier for people to digest. The wheat we have today in regular white loaves was developed for bakers, and that has nothing to with nutrition. LIFESTYLES: Have people been enjoying the bread?

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THEODORE: People usually say “Mmm, that’s interesting!” I describe the bread as having a nutty flavor. Overall, it’s has been flying out of the Garden Vegan Café! 285748

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The Wine Adviser

Mercer Canyons is Next in a Line of Winners By Paul Gregutt

Two of the founding families of the Washington wine industry — the Hogues and the Mercers — banded together a few years ago to form Mercer Estates. Now in its fourth generation farming in the Horse Heaven Hills, its credentials and resources are outstanding. The Mercer’s Spice Cabinet vineyard sits on 18 acres adjacent to the famed Champoux vineyard (which they planted in 1972) and provides the grapes for its most expensive line of red wines. The 325-acre Dead Canyon vineyard is nearby; another 215 acres are planted at Zephyr Ridge, also in the Horse Heaven Hills. Still more vines are in the ground at the 140-acre Sunnyside vineyard, the 330-acre Spring Creek vineyard and the 67-acre Brooks vineyard, these last two owned by Mike Hogue. As you can see, these folks are important and experienced growers. That is almost always a good sign as far as what’s in the bottle. True to form, the basic Mercer Estates wines, sourced from these same vineyards, have often been fine values, especially the Riesling and Pinot Gris. This past fall, a new line was launched, bearing the name Mercer Canyons, with two white

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and two red wines. I am happy to recommend them. The 2011 Mercer Canyons Riesling ($13) comes in at just 11.9 percent alcohol. There’s a suggestion of sweetness, but the compensating acidity cuts right through it. The lush, fragrant nose speaks of orange blossoms and ripe peaches, while in the mouth the wine tastes of Meyer lemon, lime and grapefruit. It’s a real fruit punch of a Riesling, delicious for sipping chilled while dreaming of a warm spring afternoon. The 2011 Mercer Canyons Chardonnay ($13) is also just under 12 percent alcohol, which marks it as quite European in style. It’s a delightful, refreshing wine, bracing and leesy, with light apple and citrus flavors. I particularly like its palate-refreshing minerality. The 2009 Mercer Canyons Red Blend ($17) is principally Merlot, with splashes of Syrah and

Cabernet. A strong scent of vanilla only partly masks flavors of leaf and stem. It’s tannic and a bit earthy, with the sort of full-on flavors that suggest it would be a good wine to drink with a spicy, herbal, red pasta sauce. The 2010 Mercer Canyons Cabernet Sauvignon ($17) is the only wine that carries the Horse Heaven Hills AVA designation — and you’ll understand the value once you taste it. There is a hint of tack room leather in the nose, but it does not take away from the plummy, lush, black cherry fruit. The finish, layered with dark chocolate and espresso, elevates the wine’s flavors past its price point. The Mercer Estates tasting room is at 3100 Lee Road in Prosser. For a look at new releases and upcoming events, visit







WOODWARD CANYON Tasting Room Open Daily Private Tastings by Appointment

Building on Washington state’s penchant for Merlots with rich, supple texture, depth and structure, Northstar produced its first wine in 1994. Ours is an ongoing exploration of Washington’s star grape variety. Quantities are limited, but if you love Merlot, we think you’ll find this wine worth seeking.


Tasting Room Hours: Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm ~ Sunday 11am - 4pm


11920 w. hwy 12, lowden, wa 99360 509.525.4129

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n o r t h s t a r w i n e r y. c o m I tem #104 ©2013 N orthstar WINery, Wall a Wall a , Wa 99362

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21. MANSION CREEK CELLARS 9 S. First Ave. 253-370-6107 22. NORTHSTAR WINERY 1736 J.B. George Road 509-524-4883 23. PEPPER BRIDGE WINERY 1704 J.B. George Road 509-525-6502

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24. PLUMB CELLARS 9 S. First Ave. 509-876-4488 25. REININGER WINERY 5858 Old Highway 12 509-522-1994 26. ROBISON RANCH CELLARS 2839 Robison Ranch Road 509-301-3480 27. SAPOLIL CELLARS 15 E. Main St. 509-520-5258 28. SAVIAH CELLARS 1979 J.B. George Road 509-520-5166 29. SEVEN HILLS WINERY 212 N. Third Ave. 509-529-7198 30. SINCLAIR ESTATE VINEYARDS 109 E. Main., Ste. 100 509-876-4300

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37. THREE RIVERS WINERY 5641 Old Highway 12 509-526-9463 38. VA PIANO VINEYARDS 1793 J.B. George Road 509-529-0900 39. WALLA WALLA VINTNERS Vineyard Lane off Mill Creek Road 509-525-4724 40. THE CHOCOLATE SHOP 31 E. Main St. 509-522-1261 41. WATERMILL WINERY 235 E. Broadway, Milton-Freewater 541-938-5575 42. WOODWARD CANYON WINERY 11920 W. Highway 12, Lowden 509-525-4129

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Walla Walla

Dining Guide

clarette’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 S. Touchet St., Walla Walla • 509-529-3430 Open daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Clarette’s offers many locally sourced foods and consistently is voted the valley’s best place for breakfast. Generations of locals have marked important occasions with its classic American-style breakfasts. Located on the Whitman College campus, one block off Main street near the travelodge. Lots of parking. Breakfast served all day.

cookie Tree Bakery and café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 S. Spokane St., Walla Walla • 509-522-4826 • Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cookie tree Bakery and Café has been a familyowned downtown Walla Walla favorite for over 22 years. Serving sandwiches, soups, salads and an array of tasty treats. everything is scratch-made in-house, and the sandwiches are made on freshly sliced bread that was baked just that morning. Many vegetarian options are also available, including our much-talked-about house-made veggie burgers.

Jacobi’s italian café & catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 416 N. Second Ave., Walla Walla • 509-525-2677 • Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Come “Mangia Mangia” in Walla Walla at Jacobi’s Café! At Jacobi’s Café you can enjoy our signature italian cuisine and experience casual dining with customer service that is second to none. you may dine in our vintage train car or sit back and relax on our patio. Because when you are Italian Café & Catering thinking italian ... think Jacobi’s!

The Marc Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 W. Rose St., Walla Walla • 509-525-2200 • Dinner daily, starting at 5:30 p.m. Using locally sourced produce, poultry and meats, Chef Antonio Campolio has created an ambitious and creative menu. try the “Bacon and eggs,” a tempura-fried Red Boar farms pork belly served with a soft-poached, locally produced egg. All menu items are thoughtfully paired with local wine selections. Vegetarian dishes are as intriguing as non-veggie options.

Mill creek Brew Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 S. Palouse St., Walla Walla • 509-522-2440 • Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. for 15 years, Mill Creek has served locally brewed, handcrafted beers. you’ll find great values on the kid-friendly lunch and dinner menu, served inside or out on the largest patio in town. Local wines, daily specials and great atmosphere all await you at Mill Creek Brew Pub.

Patit creek Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 725 E. Dayton Ave., Dayton, WA • 509-382-2625 Lunch: Wed.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Dinner: Wed. & Thu., 4:30-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 4:30-7:30 p.m. Named in “Northwest Best Places” as the only four-star french restaurant east of the Cascades, Patit Creek has been serving great cuisine — without the attitude — since 1978. While all the entrees are exquisite, their meat dishes are truly notable, especially the Medallions of Beef Hiebert. An imaginative wine list and remarkable desserts make Patit Creek a gem worth traveling for.

Thai Ploy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311 S. Ninth Ave., Walla Walla • 509-525-0971 Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. Roast Duck Curry, Lemon Grass Barbecued Chicken, Coconut Prawns, Pad thai and more. A great menu of thai dishes, expertly prepared. enjoy a glass of wine, cold beer or tasty thai iced tea with your meal. Plenty of room for groups or just the two of you. if you’re looking for a true thai dining experience, thai Ploy is the place for you.





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Dining Guide


Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot & Sauvignon Blanc

TA S T I N G RO O M H O U R S : Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1979 JB George Road • Walla Walla, Washington 509.520.5166 •

Tasting Room Open Daily 11a.m. - 5p.m. & by appointment 285711

1793 J.B. George Rd. | Walla Walla 509.529.0900 |

Watermill Winery Winery of the Year 11 consecutive years — Wine & Spirits Magazine

Est. 1983

Open for tasting Mon-Sat 11am-4pm

• One of Washington State’s first artisan,

Open Daily 10am – 5pm

235 E Broadway Milton-Freewater, OR (541)938-5575

41 Lowden School Road, Lowden, WA 14 miles west of Walla Walla on Hwy 12 509.525.0940

Reserve Tasting Fridays 3pm • April to November Private, seated tasting and tour of the historic Frenchtown Schoolhouse

Handcrafted Hard Cider

Space is limited. Please make reservations at

family-owned wineries • Estate grown wines certified sustainable & Salmon Safe

Named Best Tasting Room “The tasting staff walks visitors through L’Ecole’s prize-winning lineup without pretense, a modest approach that’s refreshing.”



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What’s New in W


Story and photos by Diane


There’s always something new happening in Walla Walla, if you know where to look

Becky Wilson’s Red Bicycle shop carries a collection of eclectic offerings.

Fabulous to Funky Finds at Red Bicycle Bicycles — recycled, upcycled and vintage — are the hallmarks of Becky Wilson’s new downtown shop, the Red Bicycle. A self-proclaimed “junk Gypsy,” Wilson’s hobby outgrew her home and her booth at the Country Store on East Isaacs Avenue. Not willing to “give up the thrill of the hunt” for cool stuff, Wilson expanded into one of the loft spaces above Tallman’s Pharmacy, now a showroom for her vintage treasures — items ranging from fabulous to funky. The ever-changing inventory in her Main Street shop includes shabby-chic furniture with her own artistic touch, vintage clothing, signs, architectural salvage and fun collectibles — everything from turn-of-the-century to mid-

century modern and beyond. The loft features handmade furniture fashioned from recycled wood by local craftsmen like Stephen Parker and Gerald Matthews, hand-sewn creations by Maile Parker, as well as some obscure collectibles and fab finds from Michael Jaramillo. And, of course, there are the bicycles. An avid cyclist (on mountain and road bikes), Wilson has a soft spot for vintage bicycles, and the shop has a nice selection of ready-to-go bikes in spiffy condition, as well as vintage bicycle parts.

The shop is across the hall from her Wilson Design Company and next to Gerald Matthews’ Museum of Un-Natural History. Continued on pg. 18 >

Red Bicycle 4½ W. Main St., Suite 5, Walla Walla; 509-301-0490 Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; some Saturdays Follow it on Facebook.

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There’s always something new happening in Walla Walla, if you know where to look

Visitors to Garden City Plaza can take a lunch or snack break from shopping at more than a half-dozen boutique and specialty stores.

Plaza Sweet! Behind the inviting façade of Garden City Plaza on Alder Street is a shopping and dining experience that’s out of the ordinary. When a popular College Place pizzeria moved to W², it became The Den Downtown Pizzeria. Jennifer and Jason Oney, who own The Den, also partnered with Scooter and Jesse Johnston to open the adjacent Journeys Pub. The Oneys decided to offer the small shop spaces lining one side of the building to small businesses, shops that were eagerly snapped up by entrepreneurs. They include the Nest, also owned by the Johnstons — it stocks local artisan goods — and Walla Walla Soap Works products. Up Balloon Boutique specializes in unique balloons and balloon bouquets. Abrielle’s Cowgirl Boutique features Western wear and decor. JCB 18 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

Sports provides team sports wear, including hats and T-shirts. Walla Walla Wine Barrels offers a selection of wine-barrel furniture, and Skye Gardens has the perfect tie-dyed apparel and new-age products. The newest tenant, A Touch of Flair, features gently used children’s clothing. The centerpiece of the plaza is The Den Downtown Pizzeria, managed by Mary Kay Hetterley, featuring a variety of pizzas (the dough is made fresh daily), pasta, salads, burgers and handmade fries. Watch for special events and Saturday-night music performances. A 25-seat side room is available for parties; sidewalk seating is avail-

able in nice weather. The Den offers beer and wine, and the adjacent Journeys Pub has a full liquor license.

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Debra Nava and Ashley Bush at the AmeriCorps orientation. BMAC/AmeriCorps photo.

The Best and the Brightest By Diane Reed

AmeriCorps reaches out in the Walla Walla Valley Josh Lee leans over a student’s science lab project at Lincoln High School, gently guiding her to find the answers to the assignment. Theresa Osborne, working out of the YMCA, develops a workable exercise plan for a participant in the “Fit Scripts” program. Katharine Nyden sits down with a single mother to assist her in creating a parenting plan for her children. These are just a few of the faces of AmeriCorps the Walla Walla Valley. AmeriCorps is a federal program instituted in 1994 that strives to make a difference in the lives of people and communities. It requires a 20 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

year of service in return for a small stipend for living expenses. Participants who complete their one-year service also receive a $5,500 educational award. The local AmeriCorps project is administered by the Blue Mountain Action Council. Supervisor Kristen Sayers says the program is most easily compared to a domestic Peace Corps. The local Corps consists of 43 members who come from all over the United States, ranging in age from 18 to the late 60s. There were 800 applicants for the positions in the Walla Walla area. Some members are just out of high school, a number are college students who are undertak-

ing a year of service after graduation or before graduate school, and some are retirees giving back to the community. All of them are dedicated to community service. They work in positions throughout the Valley, recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers, tutoring and mentoring youths, building affordable housing, teaching computer skills, cleaning parks and streams, running after-school programs and building the capacities of nonprofit groups to become self sustaining. And while the members each have regular positions, they also team up on a myriad of spe-

Zarabeth Bierman, Sasha Long and Michelle Gwinn plant petunias at the Aviary in Pioneer Park, one of the many community-service projects of AmeriCorps. BMAC/AmeriCorps photo.

cial projects and initiatives throughout their year of service. You might meet them at Whitman Mission, Fort Walla Walla Museum or in the Umatilla National Forest. Osborne came to the Valley from Tampa, Fla. A graduate of the University of Tampa in exercise science, she went on to earn her master’s in the same field at California University of Pennsylvania. Osborne is one of the few AmeriCorps members who will complete a second year in Walla Walla in July. She feels she has her entire life to make money — right now she wants to give back. She’s also learning how the community works and is enthusiastic about all the programs AmeriCorps supports at the YMCA, including the Healthy Futures program, youth mentoring, leadership camps, supporting veterans’ and military families — and even the open-mic night. Osborne, who had never been to the Pacific


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Suzanne Strickler, Rachel Harold, Aaron Castor and Brian Bartlett work on trail restoration in the Umatilla National Forest. BMAC/AmeriCorps photo.

Northwest before she came to Walla Walla, has fallen in love with the area. Nyden, who hails from Charleston, W.Va., received her bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University. Working with individuals and families who need legal aid — including veterans and military families — she feels she has gained important perspectives that will help her decide if law school is in her future. Although the program at BMAC does not provide any legal advice, Nyden and her colleague Tim Conbere assist clients, with the help of the Northwest Justice Project and the local Walla Walla Bar Association. This collaboration allows Nyden and Conbere to meet clients, gather information, help them fill out court forms and set up a one-time consultation (in person or via Skype) with one of the 15 attorneys in their network. Although many of the attorneys are local, some are located in other 22 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

parts of the state of Washington. The program works with a variety of issues (including landlord-tenant disputes, bankruptcy, wills and estates, and more), but focuses primarily on family-law cases (divorce, custody disputes and parenting plans). All clients must meet income requirements. Nyden and Conbere also reach out through other organizations like the Senior Center at the Park, Helpline and SonBridge to acquaint the community with their services. Lee, a native of Korea, grew up in the Bay area of California. After graduating from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Lee applied for the AmeriCorps literacy program as a Reading Corps tutor. His goal is to help others, but also to challenge himself in the process. His work at Lincoln High School has earned him kudos from the students he mentors and from teacher Erik Gordon, who says Lee’s pres-

ence allows the class to be run at a much higher level. Lee hopes he’s been able to forge the kind of connections with students that might make a difference in their lives. He has also found some connections at his break-dancing club, which has attracted students for a fun after-school activity. Lee’s long-term goal is to go to medical school, and he believes his challenges in the AmeriCorps program will make him a better doctor. Lee, Osborne and Nyden are only a few of the AmeriCorps team members in the Walla Walla Valley, but their stories are typical of the hard work, determination and community-minded service offered through the program. BMAC runs one of the most successful AmeriCorps programs in the country; it is well-respected locally and nationally.

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ROAD WARS Walla Walla is known as a bicyclistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise: relatively sparsely traveled rural roads with beautiful scenery. But these same roads are used by farmers, residents and other motorists. After several deaths the question remains: Is there room for everyone?

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Members of the Wheatland Wheelers out for a weekend ride to Harris Park. Photo by Steve Lenz.

By Gillian Frew It’s every cyclist’s worst nightmare: You’re pedaling uphill on a tranquil country road when a car behind you suddenly accelerates to pass, crossing the double yellow line, then is forced to retreat back into your lane at the last minute to avoid oncoming traffic. You swerve, narrowly escaping a collision. Now imagine you’re behind the wheel of a pickup truck. It’s just starting to get dark, and visibility is poor. You round a blind curve at the legal speed limit of 50 miles per hour, and then you see a group of cyclists, some dressed in dark clothing, riding three abreast. You slam on your brakes. “It’s an extremely dangerous situation for everyone,” says Amy White, whose family farms off Middle Waitsburg Road, a popular route for cyclists. “Country roads are narrow. They do not have a safety shoulder. They are bordered by soft gravel and mud that lead to ditches, embankments and field walls, all of which will cause serious injury to cyclists and drivers if they leave the roadway.” These are examples of the worst-case sce-

nario when it comes to cyclists and drivers sharing the road. It was in a similar situation that Garrison Middle School teacher Ann Weatherill was struck and killed by an oncoming motorist in 2004 while riding with friends on State Highway 124 between Prescott and Waitsburg. Her death led to the establishment of the Ann Law in Washington state, which makes it illegal for motorists to pass while an oncoming cyclist, pedestrian or equestrian is approaching. Of course, the vast majority of cyclists and drivers on the roads are responsible, and interactions between the two, in and outside of town, are described — mostly — as amicable. “In thousands of miles and 25 years of riding, I’d say the majority of motorists I’ve encountered have been respectful of the vulnerability of cyclists on the road,” says Jon Bren, the retired local banker and cycling enthusiast responsible for posting the “Share the Road” signs on nearby routes. “There are some built-in tensions between cyclists and drivers that have always been present, but 98 percent of motorists are respectful of cyclists.”

Yet accidents and near collisions do occur — particularly on rural roads such as Lower and Middle Waitsburg and Powerline roads. For professional and recreational cyclists alike, these routes offer beautiful countryside and relatively light traffic — seemingly idyllic riding conditions. But many commuters disagree, cautioning that the old roads are dangerous and weren’t built to accommodate the rising number of cyclists. “Even when I’m lit up like a Christmas tree, I’ve had drivers get mad at me because they don’t think I should be out on the road,” says Greg Knowles, owner of Bicycle Barn, who’s been riding his bike in Walla Walla for the past 30 years. “I pay taxes, too. I deserve a spot on the road.” Not surprisingly, when altercations do break out between cyclists and drivers, community response is often heated. With passionate arguments to be made on both sides and more cyclists flooding Walla Walla in the spring and summer, a consensus is yet to be reached: Who owns the road? Continued on pg. 26 > Wall a Wall a Lifest yles 25


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Charles Stanger. Photo by Colby Kuschatka.

The Law of the Land Legally, cyclists have the same rights as motorists and are obligated to obey the same rules. While on the roadway, cyclists are required to use proper hand signals, have properly functioning brakes and be equipped with lights or reflectors at night. Cyclists must also refrain from riding more than two abreast, except on paths or specially designated roadways, and should ride as near as possible to the right side of the road, if traveling at a speed slower than the flow of traffic. “The laws really are simple common sense,” says Barry Blackman of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. “Although bicyclists often have the same right-of-way privileges as motorists, bicyclists must never forget the size and weight differences between them and a motor vehicle. My advice is to always give way to a motor vehicle, even if you feel you have the right of way.” He adds that law enforcement takes the safety of everyone on public roads very

seriously, and anyone who witnesses unsafe or unlawful behavior should “report it immediately to dispatch so an officer can check on it and take appropriate action.” Debi Toews is a personal injury attorney in Walla Walla who represents cyclists. An avid cyclist, she was best friends with Ann Weatherill and was at the scene when she died. Since then, Toews has advocated increased cycling safety laws and has testified before the state House and Senate Transportation committees. Her efforts were instrumental in the passing of the Ann Law. “Right now, one of the things we’re lobbying to do is get a three-foot passing law in place, not so much for the enforcement but for the awareness,” Toews says. “It’s all about increasing awareness to prevent tragedies. I do think that it’s possible for all of us to share the roads. Sometimes it may require a few seconds to make a safe pass, but waiting a few seconds can save a life.”

Charles Stanger, who is the bicycling advocacy officer with the Wheatland Wheelers, says he believes that lack of patience on the part of drivers is the biggest problem for cyclists. Photo by Colby Kuschatka.

“The laws really are simple common sense,” says Barry Blackman of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. “Although bicyclists often have the same right-of-way privileges as motorists, bicyclists must never forget the size and weight differences between them and a motor vehicle. My advice is to always give way to a motor vehicle, even if you feel you have the right of way.”

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Justin Bannerman of Allegro Cyclery. Photo by Colby Kuschatka

Washington State Bicycle Laws

• Riding Side by Side — Cyclists may ride side by side, but not more than two abreast (RCW 46.61.770). • Shoulder vs. Bike Lane — Cyclists may choose to ride on the path, bike lane, shoulder or travel lane as suits their safety needs (RCW 46.61.770). • Riding at Night — For night bicycle riding, a white front light (not a reflector) visible for 500 feet and a red rear reflector are required. A red rear light may be used in addition to the required reflector (RCW 46.61.780).

• Riding on the Road — When riding on a roadway, a cyclist has all the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle driver (RCW 46.61.755). Cyclists who violate traffic laws may be ticketed (RCW 46.61.750). • Roads Closed to Bicycles — Some designated sections of the state’s limited access highway system may be closed to bicycles for safety reasons. In addition, local governments may adopt ordinances banning cycling on specific roads or on sidewalks within business districts.

Photo by Steve Lenz

Photo by Steve Lenz

Photo by Steve Lenz

With more people riding bicycles, following the rules of the road is especially important. A bicycle is a legal road vehicle, just like a car. This means bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Here are some laws to be aware of, whether you are biking or driving a motor vehicle:

• Bicycle Helmets — There is no state law requiring helmet use. However, some cities and counties do require helmets. • Children Bicycling — Parents or guardians may not knowingly permit bicycle traffic violations by their ward (RCW 46.61.700). From: Continued on pg. 28 >

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Share the Road Of the drawbacks commuters cite about cyclists on the road, the speed differential between cars and bikes tops the list. Farmers and other residents who drive roads like Middle Waitsburg every day also worry about visibility, and argue that the roads are too narrow to allow for safe passing. “The fact that I might come up on someone in a blind curve and the speed differential might be 20 or 30 miles, that’s dangerous for me and it’s dangerous for the bike rider,” says Nat Webb, a wheat farmer who has lived in the area for almost 40 years. “Most accidents probably occur when the sun’s in somebody’s eyes or there’s a blind curve. When you come up over a hill, you’re not sure what you’re going to encounter.” Kelly Harri, who lives in Milton-Freewater and often drives to visit family in Waitsburg and Dayton, agrees that rural roads are a bad option for cyclists. “I’ve had too many encounters with cyclists and joggers on these roads,” she says. “I’m used to watching out for farm equipment and wildlife, but I think it’s reckless and dangerous for cyclists to be using them, too. I have friends who are cyclists. I don’t want to see anyone hurt.” But according to Charles Stanger, the bicycling advocacy officer with Wheatland Wheelers, the roads aren’t the problem — it’s that drivers

are impatient. “There isn’t a road in Walla Walla County that isn’t designed to be safe,” he says. “We, as a society, don’t want to have to wait. It’s the same thing as the line at the grocery store.” “Everyone has their own reason for not wanting cyclists on the roads,” adds Steve Rapp, who co-owns Allegro Cyclery. “I think, a lot of times drivers are on these winding roads, and they come around a corner and see a cyclist, and they feel like that’s really dangerous and the cyclist should get off the road. Maybe the driver should take the corner a little more carefully.” “My argument with a lot of friends was, they’d say, ‘These roads are dangerous,’” explains Stanger. “So I went out to prove them wrong, and I measured it. If you do the math, there’s absolutely no way that a car should hit a bicyclist from behind because they don’t see it. On back roads, cyclists generally ride right at 20 to 25 miles per hour. If the speed limit is 50, that’s the equivalent of braking in a school zone. It doesn’t take that long.” But residents who oppose cycling on certain roads say it’s not just about the mechanics. While experienced cyclists know how to behave on country roads and generally treat farmers with respect, the antics of a handful of unruly tourists or college students can

sometimes reflect negatively on the rest of the cycling community. “Most of the country folks aren’t against cyclists using the roads for recreation,” says Brian Fullen, who lives off Wallula Road. “But they’re already watching for deer, kids, dogs, farm machinery. A friend of mine was hauling his rodeo horses up Foster Road on a foggy day — tens of thousands of dollars in horses, a $50,000 trailer plus a $40,000 truck — and came up on a bunch of cyclists. He had to put his truck and trailer in the ditch, hurting his horses, and the bike riders never even stopped to help or apologize.” “Another problem about cyclists out and about is when they stop and walk out into the fields for whatever reason,” White says. “We’ve even caught them having a picnic in the wheat, no clue they were damaging the crop and oblivious they were trespassing.” “Some cyclists need to change,” Stanger acknowledges. “We need to be the smiling face on the road, waving to all the cars. We are the foreigners on the road. I would like to see every cyclist smile and wave to the cars, and tell them, ‘Thanks, have a nice day.’ When that’s the case, maybe one out of every 10 cars doesn’t wave back.”

Amy White, whose family farms off Middle Waitsburg Road, believes that winding country roads are dangerous, offering little shoulder for cyclists and poor line-of-sight for drivers. Photo by Colby Kuschatka.

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Greg Knowles, owner of the Bicycle Barn in Walla Walla, acknowledges drivers’ road rage as a factor in cycling accidents. ‘When we’re behind the wheel, we don’t like people getting in our way.’ Photo by Colby Kuschatka.

No Fender Benders If there’s one thing everyone on the road can agree on, it’s that cyclists are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to size and speed. “It’s often said that there’s no such thing as a fender bender between a cyclist and an automobile,” says Jon Bren. “It almost always results in some kind of serious injury or death. Obviously, with so many years on the road, I immediately recognize a situation that could be dangerous or adverse to cyclists, but I think the typical situation that we see is the bad pass. If I look at the last 10 times when you just shake your head or give a sigh of relief that nobody got hurt or killed, it’s always because of the impatience of the motorist coming up behind cyclists.” “One time, a driver came very close to me and another cyclist, honking,” says Alberto SantosDavidson, a member of the Whitman College cycling team. “It scared me, but whatever.”

“Another driver tried to play ‘chicken’ with me: It was a two-way road, and he moved over into my lane. He was not avoiding anything, so I assume he was trying to run me off of the road. He was coming towards me, in my lane. Just when I was about to ride off into the ditch to avoid getting hit, he moved back to his lane. And once, when I was riding in the bike lane on Howard back towards campus, a lady passed me and then immediately made a right turn. I grabbed my brakes and she missed my front tire by a couple of inches. Then she drove off. I have no idea if it was deliberate, or if she is just a bad driver.” “We all know road rage is real,” Knowles says. “When we’re behind the wheel, we don’t like people getting in our way.” Bill Bogard, a Whitman sociology professor who has lived in the Valley for the past 27

years and specializes in social change and the sociology of everyday life, says we still live in a car culture. “I think part of it has to do with territory, a sense of ‘This is my road.’ We live in a culture of the open road and the automobile, and it’s a culture where we value getting from one place to another very quickly.” “It’s somewhat a class issue, somewhat a city-versus-country issue, you know, with the super-fit city folk going out to exercise in their fancy clothes,” jokes Tom Whipple, another Whitman student and cyclist who grew up in rural New England. “You’ve got the same issues back East, whether it’s yuppie skiers going to the mountains in Vermont or whatever — it’s the same issue.” Continued on pg. 30 >

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Sean Duffy, a Walla Walla physician, says he recognizes the danger inherent in cycling, but balances that against its benefits. ‘It’s improved my physical health and made me a happier person. There are hazards in life, and sometimes bad things happen.’ Photo by Colby Kuschatka.

Solutions in Sight? Sean Duffy is a Walla Walla physician. He bikes to work, and says he has noticed some improvement after several high-profile accidents in recent years have sparked more public awareness of cyclists on the road. “Even when you’re riding out in the country, a great majority of the time, cars are cautious. I get passed by people driving grain trucks and 18-wheelers, who slow down and wave to me. It’s just a small minority of people who have hostility toward us, and I suspect they are people who just don’t like the changes that have happened to the county over the past 10 years. Every once in a while, that’ll occur to me if somebody passes me too closely, but cycling has been something that’s very good for me. It’s improved my physical health and made me a happier person. There are hazards in life, and sometimes bad things happen.” 30 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

Since the Ann Law passed in 2005, more legislation promoting bike safety has followed. In 2008, Washington state began requiring that public driver-education programs incorporate safe driving habits around cyclists into their curriculum. In 2011, thanks to the efforts of groups like Bicycle Alliance of Washington, that requirement was extended to traffic schools. “More public knowledge and law enforcement knowledge helps,” says Steve Rapp. “Unfortunately, I think the audience of irritated motorists is not being addressed, and I don’t know how to reach out to those people. I want to ask them what their concerns are, hear their side of the conflict and see if there’s a way that we can address it that makes them happy and, hopefully, makes us happy, and just work it out so it’s a win-win.” Bill Bogard suggests that creating more

public space for cyclists might also alleviate some tension. “There could be more bike lanes in town. If there were more bike trails, that would solve some of the problem,” he says. “Every town has to deal with a growing bike culture, but unfortunately, some places like Walla Walla just really don’t have the money to change the infrastructure or to pave the shoulders of the road.” Wheat farmer Mark Small says it all comes down to watching out for one another. “We haul a lot of wheat on those roads, and during harvest we have to pull in and out of roads with big trucks, and people have to be cautious of that. We all have to look out for each other.”

By the Numbers: Cycling Safety in Washington State Washington’s national ranking as most “Bicycle-Friendly State”

Recent Cycling Deaths in Walla Walla County and Surrounding Areas Ann Weatherill of Walla Walla

Percent increase in walking and biking in Washington state over the past five years total number of traffic fatalities in Washington state in 2010 (the earliest year for which comprehensive data is available). Less than two percent of these fatalities involved cyclists. number of cyclist fatalities statewide. the number of cyclist fatalities per million residents was less than 1. Percent of cyclist fatalities that occurred in rural areas

Percent of fatal collisions that occurred on country roads

Percent of cyclist fatalities that occurred within the confines of the roadway Percent of cyclist fatalities that occurred on the shoulder of the road or higher – Posted speed limit (m.p.h.) on roads where majority of cycling fatalities occurred Percent of cyclist fatalities in which the driver or cyclist was under the influence of alcohol SOURCES: Washington State Department of Transportation report (2013); National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report (2012)

May 9, 2004 State Highway 124, between Prescott and Waitsburg Struck and killed by an oncoming SUV that was attempting to pass a cattle truck and another vehicle. The SUV missed two other cyclists by inches before hitting Weatherill; the group of eight cyclists had been riding single file on the side of the road.

Marilyn Jensen of Weston Aug. 10, 2005 State Highway 204, just north of Weston Died instantly after being hit from behind by a teenage driver during her regular morning bike ride. The driver had unintentionally drifted onto the shoulder of the road while distracted by the sun and attempting to adjust the sun visor on the passenger’s side of the car.

Sally eustis of Seattle May 21, 2011 Middle Waitsburg Road, between Valley Grove and Chase roads Died after being struck by a jeep that was attempting to navigate around her and a fellow cyclist during a morning ride. She was thrown onto the hood of the car and then off into a ditch; she died shortly after at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Jared Carr of Walla Walla May 27, 2012 Old Inland Empire Highway, east of Prosser Struck and killed by a drunk driver while fi xing a flat tire on the shoulder of the road during a night ride. The driver, who was speeding, had swerved to avoid what he thought was a sunk in the middle of the road and lost control of the vehicle. Carr was wearing reflective gear.

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New Digs

Above: The home of Clinton and Lynette Dickerson is a combination of old and new. Right, Opposite Page: Attention to detail in color accents brightens the formal dining room.

Brand New — But it Looks Historic By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Greg Lehman

Practicality and innovation go hand in hand. For Lynette and Clinton Dickerson, that led to their building their own house. They bought the property at 84971 Highway 339, the Old Milton Highway, in 1996. They have a business servicing pianos, so it was logical and practical to start the building project with the workshop, then begin the house. They lived in a double-wide trailer while building their shop. “We were married to the location, so we needed to build a house. My husband said, ‘I’ll build you an old house.’ I was the painter, he was the builder,” Lynette says. “We excavated in the spring of 2004 and moved in August 2009,” she adds. The whole 32 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

venture took five-and-a-half years, which suggests the couple’s attitude toward the expense and the aimed-for result. “What slowed us down was that we paid for it as we went. When we ran out of money, we just stopped building. That’s an important feature of the house; we didn’t have to borrow,” Lynette says. “He’d work on pianos for a week, then build a week. We’re simple people.” The structure is also simple in its elegance, set back from the road and looking like a classic older home. The process had the right amount

of balance in everything: their pay-as-you-build approach meant the couple could settle in without a huge debt. The home is about 2,600 square feet, but it looks a lot bigger, inside and out. A loft or catwalk at the top of the stairs connects the upper floor to the great room, which adds to the feeling of spaciousness in the center of the home. “We bought plans and modified them to suit our needs. It did have a fifth bedroom, but we Continued on pg. 34 >

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Above: Rooms are spacious, with plenty of light. Below: The massive fireplace is a focal point in the great room.

decided we needed more living space,” Lynette says. So the extra bedroom was absorbed by the living room and kitchen. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has a second story but no basement. It takes plenty of confidence to build one’s own home, but Lynette and Clinton had the knowledge and desire to do it. “My husband is very creative. The only thing he doesn’t do is drink or smoke,” Lynette says. The Dickersons did plenty of research to make sure they had what was needed. They also consulted with various inspectors to make sure they did everything right. “We read books, and we are thankful to the inspectors for their help. They were glad you actually wanted them; I think a lot of people resent them. They gave us great information,” Lynette says. Lynette and Clinton did most of the building, but had a few things done for them. The insulation was one of those things they jobbed out. “Clinton’s allergies were at their worst right then,” Lynette says. Drywall was put up by a reputable company, a cabinet maker built the cabinets, and they hung them. “We also had help with the concrete,” Lynette says. The interior of the home is painted in varia34 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

The kitchen, Lynette’s favorite room, has enough space for several people to cook and socialize in.

tions of sand colors, in brown tones. The living areas are a darker version of the same tone. Lynette’s favorite room is the kitchen — it is bright and has plenty of room. “It’s big enough for several people,” she says. She and Clinton are settled in nicely and loving the new house that has all the charm of one much older, with all the conveniences of new construction. They have some large gatherings of family and friends, which the home accommodates well. “We just had a party with 20 people, and we didn’t feel crowded,” Lynette says. One Thanksgiving, they had 35 people as guests. There was enough room, people were comfortable and it all flowed well. Though they were confident in their homebuilding skills, the two have a humble attitude about the whole project. Above the tall living room fireplace, in graceful calligraphy, is Psalm 127:1 — “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it.”

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Suzie Aldrich’s home is surrounded by a garden, but no lawn.

Get rid of the Grass By Karlene Ponti / Photos by Greg Lehman

Tired of mowing the lawn? Get rid of it. Suzie Aldrich at 739 Opp Court decided one day to do just that and work on a low-water garden. “I’m not a John Deere girl. I don’t want a tractor.” Suzie says she wanted something interesting and different from the usual. “Something with a whimsical flair to it, without the clutter.” Diversification is one of the basics of her garden — she has a lot of different plants. And it’s constantly evolving. “In the winter it gets the wind, but if it kills stuff, I get the chance to go shopping for other plants,” she says. She’s focused on low-maintenance, droughttolerant plants. She thinks water will be a large issue going forward, and perhaps she can inspire others to do what they can to conserve. “I have a lot of native plants. I love my laven40 Wall a Wall a Lifest yles

der, the more hardy varieties. English and Spanish are too fragile, unless protected,” she says. Every garden has its own characteristics. Hers is completely open — no trees to shelter it, no protection, so it has to be self-sustaining. In 2008, all through the summer, she worked to get rid of the grass. “I laid down cardboard, compost and, in some areas, a weed barrier and 20 yards of bark to keep the weeds under control and keep the grass from coming back,” she says. “The AMVETS put in the flagpole, but otherwise, I did the rest myself. I brought in everything and just played with it. I’m still moving stuff around. It’s just experimentation. I’m not a landscaper — I put in what I like, and I put in what I think will live.” In the spring she has wild growth of gor-

geous tulips from Holland. There are very early daffodils, and then later daffodils — the whole garden is planted, so there’s something coming up or blooming all through the season. Suzie brings in annuals in the summer. She admits some confusion with the perennials coming back. “Is it something I planted or a designer weed? If it’s a weed, I chase it down the street,” she says. She also wants to do other things, rather than have to garden all the time, so if it’s too much work, she doesn’t want it growing in the garden — things “such as grasses that need to constantly be cut back. No roses: too high-maintenance. But I do like the lavender,” she says. “In the backyard, I took out ponds and put Continued on pg. 43 >

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The garden has many different features, but no grass to mow.

in iris. It’s high-maintenance when you have to divide them,” she says. But she likes the iris. “The weeds back there are very healthy. ... The weeds look better than my garden. They are so good-looking, but they are so out of here,” she says. The garden is watched over by “Merry C.” (with the “C” standing for “Christmas”), the statue of the garden girl whose clothes are changed with the season or holiday. She sports an umbrella in the rain and a coat in the winter. Suzie has underground sprinklers but prefers to use the hose to water the annuals. “It’s not difficult, and it gives me pause. I can look at the garden and enjoy it. Everybody needs to look at their work, no matter how great or small it is,” she says. “These plants are incredible — all the things they give us, like oxygen. And it’s calming. We’re in such a rush, rush, rush world.”

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April Through April 12

April 5, 6, 12-14, 19, 20

April 20-21

Sheehan Gallery hosts the exhibit “Image Attached: The Collages of Cory Peeke.” Whitman College. Details: 509-527-5249.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” will be performed at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla. 8 p.m.; April 14, matinee: 2 p.m. Details: 509-529-3683.

Opening weekend for Walla Walla Drag Strip’s new season. Middle Waitsburg Road. Details: 509-301-9243 or

Through May 26

April 6

April 21

The Kirkman House Museum hosts the exhibit “Walla Walla Memorabilia.” Details: 509-529-4373.

Frazier Farmstead Museum in Milton-Freewater opens for the season. Regular season hours: 11 a.m.4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, April-December. Details: 541-938-4636.

The All-Comers Track & Field Meet gives kids 12 and under the opportunity to display their track and field skills. Sponsored by Oil Can Henry’s. 3 p.m., Borleske Stadium. Details: City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, 509-527-4527 or

Through June 2 Tamástslikt Cultural Institute hosts the exhibit “Scat & Tracks from the High Desert.” Pendleton. Details: 541-966-9748. Through Oct. 1 The Dayton Historic Depot presents the pictorial exhibit “The Social Life of Dayton.” Details: 509-382-2026. Throughout the Year A large variety of classes for youths and adults that range from fitness and sports to art enrichment. City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department. Details: 509-527-4527 or April 3 The Friends of Acoustic Music present a Wednesday evening contra dance. Reid Campus Center Ballroom, Whitman College. Details: 541-938-7403. April 4 The Whitman Chamber Singers perform a lunchtime “First Thursday” concert. 12:15 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Details: 509-529-1083.

April 7 Living History Interpreters portray characters from the past. 2 p.m., Sundays. Fort Walla Walla Museum. Details: 509-525-7703. April 10-14 Performance of “My Chernobyl,” a meeting of relatives with one of them wanting out of the disaster area. 8 p.m., Harper Joy Theatre, Whitman College. Details: 509-527-5180. April 12-14 Valley Girls Barrel Racing, the annual Barrel Daze, Saturday night barbecue dinner and auction. Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. Details: 509-522-1137. April 12-21 Spring Poker Round-Up at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton. Details: 800-654-9453. April 13 Feast Walla Walla: a celebration of food, wine and art of the Walla Walla Valley. More than 50 vendors, including fine restaurants, wineries, musicians and artists will be featured. 1 p.m., First Avenue between Main and Alder streets, Downtown Walla Walla. Details: 509-529-8755. April 16 The Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Dave Glenn. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Whitman College. Details: 509-527-5232. April 18 The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents authors Robyn Schiff and Nick Twemlow. Kimball Theatre, Whitman College. Details: April 19-21 The annual Tour of Walla Walla Bicycle Stage Race. Details: 509-525-4949 or April 19-May 19 Sheehan Gallery hosts the Visual Art Majors Senior Thesis Exhibition. Whitman College. Details: 509-527-5249. April 20


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Old-fashioned country dance. No alcohol. Unity Church of Peace, Walla Walla Regional Airport. Details: 541-938-7403.

April 23 Walla Walla Symphony and PROJECT Trio Concert featuring “Chasing the Sun” by John David Earnest. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall, Whitman College. Details: 509-529-8020. April 25 Walla Walla Valley Bands perform Jazz Night in the Pavilion. 7:30 p.m., China Pavilion, Walla Walla Community College. Details: 509-301-3920. April 25-28 Walla Walla University Alumni Weekend. The weekend includes the Eugene Winter Alumni Golf Classic and, on Sunday, the Richard Kegley Memorial Fun Run. Sunday’s activities also include the annual Homecoming Car Show. WWU, College Place. Details: 509-527-2656. Whitman College Spring Reunion Weekend, Classes of 1973, 1977-79. Details: 509-527-5167. Sou thea s ter n Wa shing ton Quar ter Hor se Show. Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. Details: 509-525-8308. April 26 The annual YWCA Charity Golf Classic, “Golfers Against Domestic Violence.” Walla Walla Country Club. Details: 509-525-2570. The Whitman Jazz Ensemble Concert, directed by Doug Scarborough. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall, Whitman College. Details: 509-527-5232. April 27 Walla Walla University presents “Alleluias and Meditations,” featuring the music department ensemble. 4:30 p.m., Walla Walla University Church. Details: 509-527-2656. The Whitman Spring Chorale and Chamber Singers Concert. Cordiner Hall, Whitman College. Details: 509-527-5232. Whitman College Renaissance Faire. This annual festival includes medieval costumes, music and crafts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Lawn, Whitman College. Details: 509-527-5367. April 27-28

The Family History Center hosts a seminar on genealogy. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1821 S. Second Ave. Details: 509-529-9211.

The annual Kennel Club Dog Show. Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. Details: 509-558-3854.

The Walla Walla Symphony presents its family concert featuring the Symphony Youth Orchestra and PROJECT Trio. 2 p.m., Cordiner Hall, Whitman College. Details: 509-529-8020.

Sweet Home Walla Walla: a tour of historic homes, hosted by the Kirkman House Museum. Details: 509-529-4373.

April 28

Regular Events Monday Most Monday nights, live music at Vintage Cellars. 10 N. Second Ave. Details: 509-529-9340. Tuesday

played during the “Spin and Pour.” 7-10 p.m., Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St. Details: 877-301-1181.

Live music. 9 p.m., Wildfire Sports Bar at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton. Details: 800-654-9453.

“Blues and Barbecue” with live music and “West of the Blues BBQ.” Charles Smith Winer y, 35 S. Spokane St. Details: 509-526-5230.

Live music. The Den Pizzeria, 119 W. Alder St. Details: 509-540-2725.

“Trivia Game Night.” Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, 25 W. Alder St. Details: 509-522-3865. Wednesday

“Jam Night” live music. Dinner by in-house Bistro 15, with entertainment. 5-11 p.m., at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. Details: 509-520-5258.

First Wednesday of the month, wine tasting. Plateau Restaurant at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton. Details: 800-654-9453.

Comedy jam. 8 p.m., Wildfire Sports Bar at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton. Details: 800-654-9453.

Ever y Wednesday night, music. Rogers’ Bakery, 116 N. College Ave., College Place. Details: 509-522-2738. Record your music. 6-9 p.m., Open-Mic Recording Club at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. Details: 509-520-5258. Music. 7-9 p.m. Walla Walla Wine Works. Details: 509-522-1261. Open mic. 8 p.m., Laht Neppur Ale House, 53 S. Spokane St. Details: 509-529-2337. Karaoke. 8 p.m., Wildfire Sports Bar at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton. Details: 800-654-9453. Thursday Walla Faces Tasting Salon: first Thursday of the month, Salsa Night. The second and fourth Thursdays, open mic. The third Thursday, records are

Open mic. 7-10 p.m., Walla Walla Village Winery, 107 S. Third Ave. Details: 509-525-9463. Live music. 9 p.m.-midnight, Anchor Bar, 128 E. Main St., Waitsburg. Details: 509-337-3008. Friday Pianist Carolyn Mildenberger. 5-7 p.m., Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. Details: 509-520-5258. The first Friday of each month, free admission at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton. Details: 541-966-9748.

Live music. 9 p.m., Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. Details: 509-520-5258. Saturday Live music. 8 p.m., Laht Neppur Ale House, 53 S. Spokane St. Details: 509-529-2337. Most Saturday nights, live music. Vintage Cellars, 10 N. Second Ave. Details: 509-529-9340. Live music. The Den Pizzeria, 119 W. Alder St. Details: 509-520-2725. Live music. 9 p.m.-midnight, Anchor Bar, 128 E. Main St., Waitsburg. Details: 509-337-3008. Live music. 7 p.m., Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St. Details: 877-301-1181. Live music. 9 p.m., Wildfire Sports Bar at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton. Details: 800-654-9453.

Music. Dayton Wine Works, 507 E. Main St. Details: 509-382-1200.

Live music. 9 p.m., Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. Details: 509-520-5258. Sunday

The second Friday each month, acoustic jam. Skye Books & Brew, Dayton. Details: 509-382-4677.

Sunday Jazz Café. 3 p.m., Walla Faces. Details: 877-301-1181.

Live music. 7 p.m., Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St. Details: 877-301-1181.

Salsa-Dancing. 7 p.m., Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St. Details: 509-520-5258.

Sapolil Cellars on Main Street. Photo by Greg Lehman. Wall a Wall a Lifest yles 45

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Where in Walla Walla?


This Celtic Cross adorns which Walla Walla building?

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Otis Street (on the bridge over Mill Creek)

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