Downtown businesses improvise in pandemic

Shoppers stroll downtown Walla Walla during the Passport to the Holidays event this year. The gift service helps consumers support local businesses without leaving their homes.

Memorial pool passes are on sale. Pool opens May 28. Details: City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation,

Garden and science classes available online for grades K-5. Sustainable Living Center. Details: 509-524-5218,

Little Theatre of Walla Walla offers online viewing of full performances of past shows. Also see behind the scenes, photo and poster galleries and director commentaries. Details: or 509-876-2316.

Gesa Power House Theatre screens a different film every Friday, with an encore presentation of that film the following Wednesday. Details: or 509-529-6500

Locally made film “The Secret Life of the Forest” is available on demand. Webinars are often available. Blue Mountain Land Trust. Details:

Weekly bird walks at Bennington Lake start each Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. in the parking lot overlooking the water. If the weather is bad, the event is canceled that week. Blue Mountain Audubon Society. Details:

The Museum Store and the Kinship Cafe (take-out only) are open at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton. Details: 541-429-7700,

Walla Walla University Music Department offers recordings of performances online. Walla Walla University Church. Details:

Fort Walla Walla Museum reopened when the region went into Phase 2 in late March. Its hours have been reduced to noon-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Details:

Walla Walla University Drama Department presents virtual performances. Walla Walla University, College Place. Details:

Contra dances, now with virtual options. Details:

Dayton Farmers Market, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Tuesday, Blue Mountain Station. Details:,

May 1

Walla Walla’s Downtown Farmers Market opens for season, Farmers Market Pavilion, 106 W. Main St., Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Local produce, fresh-cut flowers, flower baskets and crafted artisan items.

The annual Cattle Barons Weekend continues, celebrating Ranching Heritage and supporting the scholarship program. Pendleton Convention Center. Details: or 541-969-9162.

May 1-9

Blue Mountain Humane Society’s annual Dog Jog goes virtual, join from anywhere. Details:

May 2-3

100/100/50 Pita Shoot — ATA Cross. Walla Walla Gun Club. Details: 541-969-7913,

May 5

YWCA Walla Walla Leadership Luncheon. This event is both informational and inspirational. Due to COVID-19, it will be virtual again this year. Details: 509-525-2570.

May 7-9

Walla Walla Valley Wineries, Spring Release Weekend. The Valley’s winemakers introduce their new wines and share their inspiration. Visitors can enjoy the new vintages, many only found by visiting the wineries and tasting rooms. Details: 509-526-3117,

May 8-9 , 22-23

Walla Walla Drag Strip Races. Fast cars and fun is Walla Walla Drag Strip. The new season continues through September. Details:

May 23

Whitman College Commencement. Paying tribute and delivering challenges to the graduating class of 2021. Begins 11 a.m. Memorial Lawn. COVID-19 protocols in place. Details: 509-527-5156,

May 23

60 Bird Continental Style Buddy Shoot. Walla Walla Gun Club. Details: 541-969-7913,

May 27

Museum After Hours. Erendira Cruz discusses Sustainable Living. Currently being done virtually. Fort Walla Walla Museum. Details:

May 27-Sept. 30

College Place Farmers & Artisans Market. Every Thursday, Lions Park. 4-7 p.m. Details:

May 31

Celebration of the Flowers at the Frenchtown Cemetery, Memorial Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. On-site observance and discussion of the native plants and pioneer preferences. Frenchtown Historic Site, 8364 Old Highway 12. Details:

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