It was a great break-away from the late snows. The first-ever Wallowa Spring Fling serendipitously coincided with the Tamkaliks Rummage Sale, with lunch served at both locations and it was an inspired accident.

“What a nice thing for a snowy day,” said shopper Kate McLain of Wallowa. “Two events to spend time at.”

The Spring Fling event, organized this year by Nancy Reinke of Wallowa, is a craft fair at the Senior Center to raise funds for its operation.

The well-attended event featured a number of local crafters including Raenita Deal’s “That’s So Addie” dresses, Crystal Newton’s Fine Art, Jeanette Hibbert’s “Air Soap” made from goat milk, 91-year-old Gene Hays art books and gift cards, prints of Dennis Reinkes fine art and wife Nancy’s textile art, Rebecca Dickenson’s Sentsy products and more. John Raines, Bill Henke, both of Wallowa, and Peggy Brennen of Enterprise provided live music.

The event raised $397 for the senior center to help replace the commercial water heater.

“We thought for the first time we’ve done a Spring Fling that was a pretty good result. We have so many great talented people here and we thought, why not do something that draws people to Wallowa,” said Reinke.

The Tamkaliks Rummage Sale and lunch, held at the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Interpretive Center (across street from the Senior Center in Wallowa) is an annual fundraiser with proceeds going toward two $500 scholarships given away at the summer Tamkaliks Pow Wow.

They, too, enjoyed good visitor traffic and rave reviews for the food – especially the light and fluffy fry bread.

“The secret to good fry bread is to let it rest overnight,” said cook Debra “Raven” Reth of Wallowa.

The Tamkaliks event raised $938 over two days, almosgt completely funding the Taz Conner and Terry Crenshaw Memorial Scholarships for 2017.


Scholarship applications ready

Tamkaliks Scholarship Applications for the Taz Conner and Terry Crenshaw Memorial Scholarships, which are presented at Tamkaliks each summer, are open to one Native American applicant and one Wallowa County applicant.

Both must have the intention to attend an institution of post secondary education, full-time, for the fall term of 2017.

Compete applications should be returned to Melanie Crenshaw, 701 West First Street, Wallowa, OR 97885.

The Native American application is due by June 30, 2017; the Wallowa County application is due by April 22, 2017. All applicants must have two letters of recommendation, a personal resume not more than 300 words including High School or College GPA, SAT scores or other similar information; voluntary community activities, leadership activities, employment history; education opportunities beyond High school; transcripts of all academic work in high school or post high school; and typewritten answers to the following questions (answers should be no more than 50 words).

Native American questions: In what ways do you benefit from participation in Native American Cultural events? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program for Native Americans in your area? If you are selected for the scholarship, how will it benefit your community?

Questions for the Wallowa County candidates: What does it mean to you to be living in the traditional homeland of Chief Joseph? What benefits do you see in preserving the cultures of the various ethnic groups that make up America? If you are selected for this scholarship, how will it benefit your community?

There will be two additional $500 scholarships given this year in honor of Duane Heglie. These will be awarded to Native American applicants using the same criteria listed above.

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