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Archive for April 2011

Thousands of trees…

Hillyard's participation in Arbor Day this week is going somewhat okay - but there are more than 1,000 trees left. Some are White Pine, some are Ponderosa Pine and some are Spruce.
These trees need homes - stop by a participating store and pick one up.

It’s time to dust off that cruiser

The '50s Hillyard Hop custom car parade and show n'shine is on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at a booth on the corner of Market and Bismark. The car parade is sponsored by The Gents, Historic Hillyard Merchant Committee and the Spokane Hotrod Association. It's $15 to enter. There will be food and other vendors all day, as well as a '50s style sock hop. Call: (509) 487-1138

Neighborhood cleanup Saturday

There's a neighborhood cleanup going on in Hillyard and northeast Spokane tomorrow, April 16. Dump passes are available and there will be helping hands on-site, too. The dumpsters will be at Shaw Middle School, located at 4106 N. Cook Street - by the North East Community Center.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the clean up runs through 1 p.m.

Hillyard Hall of Fame awards

- were handed out Saturday at a dessert event at The Outlaw Café. Here are the winners:

Junior/senior volunteer of the year: Laura O’Brien from O’Brien’s Used Furniture.

Best supporting neighbor: Steve Bucknell of the Hillyard Festival Association.

The ‘design your own award’ winner is: Ross Russell, for Chief Grunt of the Year.

Rookie of the year: Richard Burris, from Hillyard Community Futures, GHBA, and much more.

The Above and Beyond award goes to:

Business – The Outlaw Café, for hosting meeting after meeting, fundraisers and the Hillyard Santa.

Individual – Marv and Vickie Peterson, for all they do to bring the neighborhood together.

Friend of Hillyard Award:

Business – The Exchange newspaper, for helping with advertising and for reaching out to the neighborhood even during tough times.

Individual – Pia Hallenberg with the Spokesman-Review Hillyard Blog, for sharing with the world how great Hillyard is.

Citizen leader of the year: Luke Tolley, because of all the work he does for countless organizations here, and he has a Hillyard crest tattoo on his leg.

And finally, the Hillyard Hall of Fame award goes to Desi Bucknell for her almost 10-year long history of being a leader in the neighborhood.

Congratulations to all.

Tree give-away begins today

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee is giving away a ton of trees. The merchants already have 950 trees ready to give away, and there are 500 more coming… Among them are 200 larger trees specifically designated to children. The trees are given away on a first come first served business. Participating businesses have tree posters in their windows.

Hillyard Parade marshal needed

Please submit nominations for parade marshall for this summer's Hillyard Parade. It's the 100th anniversary festival and parade and the festival committee is looking for people with a strong connection to Hillyard. Visit the organization's Facebook page here to nominate.
Festival parade meeting is on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Outlaw Cafe.

Take a walk in Hillyard

The Greater Hilyard Business Association and the City of Spokane are publishing a walking tour map for Hillyard. The map and brochure is funded by the Washington State of Transportation, and it includes a short survey about their experience walkers may hand in to businesses in Hillyard.
There is some talk about arranging a monthly walking tour in Hillyard - perhaps during lunch hour - to bring visitors to the neighborhood.

(Blogging from the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting this morning)

Northeast Community Center celebration

The Northeast Community Center (NECC) will be holding an open house and grand opening celebration on Tuesday, April 19, at the newly expanded center, located at 4001 N. Cook. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at NECC or at the door the day of the event.

The festival association meets today

The Hillyard Festival Association meets on April 12 (today) at 6:30pm at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook Street. Lots of volunteer positions have yet to be filled and many decisions have to be made to pull off this summer's 100th anniversary festival.

Hillyard is extra green on Arbor Day

To celebrate Arbor Day, the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee is giving away seedling trees between April 13 and April 23. Look for a tree in the windows of participating businesses and stop in for a tree and a little shopping.

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About this blog

Welcome to the Hillyard neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last six years I've worked for The Spokesman-Review.

In April, I started a neighborhood blog on South Perry Street (where I live). When it came time to expand the blog activity, Hillyard was an easy pick: There is so much going on in this neighborhood in terms of new businesses and street improvements, festivals and new construction - and there is a strong sense of neighborhood history and pride. I'm looking forward to highlighting all of that on this blog.

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