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Buy Some Cherries, Help The Children

Enjoy the sweetness of summer with a box of Walla Walla Sweets (as in onions) or Washington-grown sweet cherries while helping at-risk children and families in Washington state.

Both products are part of the Children’s Home Society Gift Catalog, a year-round mail order program with net proceeds benefiting the nonprofit organization.

“These two delectable Washington treats help us respond to the ever-present need to raise money in support of programs for children and their families,” says Sharon Osborne, president of Children’s Home Society. “It makes sense to have Washington’s finest products supporting our most important resource - children.”

Walla Walla Sweets are available in 10-pound boxes for $28.95, and 20-pound boxes for $35.95. Or, try a combination gift package of sweet onions with a Washington Smoked Sockeye Salmon, priced at $42.

Two varieties of cherries, Bing and Rainier, are available in 3-pound boxes for $35.95 and $39.95, respectively.

All prices include two-day air shipping. The food items are shipped anywhere in the United States at their peak freshness, in July and early August.

These are some of the many Washington products available through The Children’s Gift Catalog. To place an order or request a catalog, call (800) 817-KIDS.

Participate in a golf tournament scramble while raising funds for the Adaptive Sports and Wellness program at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.

The public is invited to play in the Northwest Amputee Open golf tournament on Friday at Highlands Golf and Country Club in Post Falls.

Proceeds will go toward programs which help improve the quality of life for those who have sustained a traumatic injury or illness.

Foursomes will include able-bodied persons and amputees, compiled according to handicap or average score for an equal advantage among teams.

Cost is $65, which includes green fees and a barbecue following the tournament. To register, call St. Luke’s at 838-7274.

Non-profit notes

Foundation Northwest, The Community Foundation, recently announced 42 scholarship awards for the 1997-98 academic year. The scholarships, totaling $62,520, were awarded to graduating seniors and college students in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Recipients were honored at the foundation’s Awards Celebration in June.

The scholarships, established to benefit Inland Northwest students, are sometimes based on criteria set by fund donors to support a particular field of study while others focus on a geographic area or a specific high school.

New donations to existing scholarship funds are welcome on an on-going basis. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, call Kathleen Barrett, Scholarship Officer, at 624-2606; or visit Foundation Northwest at 421 W. Riverside, Suite 400.

Computer camp for teens

There are still openings for the Eastern Washington University Computer Camp, July 13 to 18, on EWU’s campus.

Teenagers, 13 to 17, will increase their computer skills from classes in Computer Basics, Multimedia, Programming, Computer Graphics and Internet skills.

Resident campers pay $375 for tuition, which includes all meals and double-occupancy housing in EWU residence halls with 24-hour supervision. Tuition for students living off campus is $300, which includes lunches.

For reservations and information, call Linda Kieffer, director, 359-7093. Or, use your computer to e-mail questions to:

Park program for kids

For more than 20 years, the Spokane Parks & Recreation Department has provided free, nutritious meals to children at various parks and community centers during the summer parks program.

Through Aug. 22, youth, 4 to 17 years old, are invited to participate in the breakfast and lunch program funded through the Unites States Department of Agriculture. Last summer, the program served more than 15,000 breakfasts and 27,000 lunches.

Parks & Recreation activities are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at several locations. Children are supervised by high school and college-aged staff who provide organized arts and crafts, sports, games, drama, dance and more. Since participants are free to come and go as they please, children under 4 should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older child.

Children who would like a complimentary breakfast or lunch, should register with the park leader when they arrive for the day. For information on the park program nearest you, call the Spokane Parks and Recreation Dept., at 625-6200.

Community events

A Wheelchair Tennis Clinic open to community members of all ages, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Beginning to advanced tennis players are invited to participate in the clinic at the Central Park Racquet Club, 5900 E. Fourth.

The event, taught by local professionals, is sponsored by St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Central Park Racquet Club and the Spokane Parks & Recreation Special Populations.

Cost is $8, which includes lunch. To register, call St. Luke’s at 838-7274.

, DataTimes MEMO: Community Update appears each Sunday in The Spokesman-Review. Please allow two weeks notice for inclusion in this column.

Community Update appears each Sunday in The Spokesman-Review. Please allow two weeks notice for inclusion in this column.