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Archive for February 2011

Hobo dinner on March 4

The Hillyard Heritage Museum Society is putting on its Hobo diiner on March 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The dinner is at St. Patricks, 2706 E. Queen Avenue. Tickets are $10, and $6 for children younger than 10.
Get your tickets at Greenburo (5220 N. Market Street) or at Hillyard Variety (5009 N. Market Street.

Hillyard Steering Committee canceled tonight

via e-mail from Luke Tolley:
“The Northeast Community Center is closed today, so there will be no Hillyard Steering Committee.
 Please keep and eye out for more information.
Luke Tolley

Carr’s one-of-a-kind museum

Check out this little story and video on Carr's One of a Kind in the World Museum. The museum is located at 5225 N. Freya, a little out of the way perhaps, but certainly worth a visit. I mean, where else in Spokane can you see one of Elvis' cars and giraffe under the same roof?

Plant a tree in Hillyard

The Merchants Committee is putting together a tree planting program in connection with Arbor Day (April 29). Young trees - mostly evergreens it sounds like - have been secured and the tree planting program will run begining on Earth Day (April 22).
Stay tuned for details.

How to get a share of the cake

The blog is at the Historic Hillyard Merchants Association meeting this morning and the first item on the agenda is how Hillyard can get a share of the hotel/motel tax that's collected by the city.
What's needed is proof that people are visiting Hillyard from out of town - that could be accomplished by business owners putting out a guest book and ask people where they are coming from.
Another suggestion is to put up a big map during events and let visitors mark the spot they come from.

Wrap up in Hillyard

The meeting is just about over here around 8 p.m. with a few more announcements. Gotta say this group covered a lot of ground tonight. If you live in the area, this would be a good meeting to catch up with.

WDOT and neighborhood clean up -

The Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) is working it's way through Hillyard with the north-south corridor. Hillyard neighborhood representatives meet with WDOT every week.
There is a bigger cleanup crew than ever before - the three neighborhoods Bemiss, Hillyard and Whitman, April 16 is the date they are looking at. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There may be some new disposal options this year, such as clean green and other ways of recycling.

Former Olive It Cafe building discussion

There's some conversation about whether to write a letter in support of the preservation of the building that used to be the Olive It Cafe. Here's the story colleague Jonathan Brunt wrote.
The current owner would like to tear down the historice building - it used to be a grocery store and has “Rex Flour” on the side - and build a gas station and/or car wash.
The Bemiss Neighborhood Council has written a letter in support of the building.
Motion on the floor: should the Hillyard Neighborhood Council also support the preservation of the building?
Some say the building owner has the right to do whatever he sees fit with his property - others would like to preserve one of the few historic buildings in Bemiss.
There's talk of perhaps moving the building - or moving the wall with the “Rex Flour” sign on it.
The Hillyard Neighborhood Council voted to support the letter Bemiss has already written. The letter calls for another 45 days of metigation to try and find a solution and perhaps preserve the building. Motion passed.

Hillyard Futures open office

Hillyard Futures will open an office at 5215 N. Market Street by the end of March. Hillyard Futures used to be the Hillyard Foundation. This organization works on about a dozen community issues in and around Hillyard. The office will be in the old Battleground Game and Toy Shop.

Hobo Dinner coming right up

The Hillyard Heritage Museum is having its annual Hobo Dinner on March 4 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic School, 2606 E. Queen. Tickets are $10 and $6 for children younger than 10 years.
Pick up tickets at Hillyard Variety Store, at the Hillyard COPS shop and at the door.

HIAlso, the first Saturday in April, the Hillyard Heritage Museum will have a special display at the MAC in Browne's Addition.

The blog is at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council

Tonight the Hillyard Blog is at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council meeting at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street)

Here are some updates on neighborhood business and activities:
The Festival is turning 100 years old in August - more volunteers are desperately needed. Please join the meetings at Northeast Community Center, the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in conference room B. Next meeting is on Feb. 22.
The Merchants Committee is planning a tree promotion in connection with Arbor Day and has just gotten 2,000 seedling trees to donate. They will be given out between Earth Day and Arbor Day in late April.
Also, on May 28 there will be a car show in Hillyard. Stay tuned for more information.

City Hall summit filled to the brim

This blog was a twittering and facebooking fool last night at City Hall's crime prevention summit. On stage were Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Colleague Jonathan Brunt had this story in today's paper.

It was interesting that only a handful of people stood up in support of Ivan Bush, long-time civil rights leader, when he talked about how Spokane has a race problem.
The crowd was more supportive of speakers who talked about preventing domestic violence, not that the two issues can be compared.
Interesting statistic from Chief Kirkpatrick: the Spokane Police Department made contact with people 132,000 times last year, made 4,516 arrests and visited 2,649 people on warrants.

Also: The NAACP is hosting a community meeting at East Central Community Center (500 S. Stone) on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. to continue the conversation about the bomb found prior to the Martin Luther King Day March, race relations and policing.

Violence prevention summit Tuesday

Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich are hosting a community conversation on how to prevent violence tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the city council chambers, lower level at City Hall. The meeting will be moderated by Steve Becker, Eastern Washington representative for Governor Chris Gregoire's office. The audience may ask questions and share opinions on crime and violence related issues.
The event is co-sponsored by a long list of community organizations and expected to draw business and community leaders from all over town - this blog is going.

Hillyard bookstore gets coat of paint

Read today's story about the beautification of Pilot Books here.

Hillyard Mann Center clarification

At this morning's meeting in the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee it was brought up that Spokane Public Schools will put in an alternative high school program at the Mann Center. I just checked with Spokane Public Schools and that's not correct. Spokane Public Schools does not own the building and has no plans - as of right now - to put a program there. There were some plans to pursue this idea in spring of last year, but so far nothing has come of it.

What’s in a name?

Interesting conversation about what to call the part of Hillyard that's on the east side of the train tracks. A canine reference is often used in the name of this part of town - you all know what I'm talking about. Part of the area east of the train tracks and the incoming North-South Freeway, south of Francis and north of Wellesley, is designated for industrial development, but there is also a significant number of single and multi-family homes over there.
There's some agreement among the Historic Hillyard Merchants to call it simply East Hillyard.

Part of the conversation hit on the famous Hillyard bumper sticker that reads “I'm Frum Hillyurd and I Voat.” Apparently this bumper sticker originated at Rogers High School some years back and it was an “inside joke” promoted by the student body council. Funny at the time, not so much any longer, so what to do? One suggestion was to produce a new bumper sticker with a positive message along the lines of “I (heart) Hillyard” - stay tuned for more updates.

Hearts in Hillyard

This neighborhood has a lot of heart, there's no question about that, and for Valentine's Day the merchants are putting together a 'Heart of Hillyard' promotion. Look for special events, promotions and discounts.
And speaking of Valentine's Day, the Outlaw Cafe is once again hosting a dinner theater event on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Stages of the Old West is putting on the show and the Outlaw Cafe is making a dinner featuring prime rib, game hen or salmon filet. Beer and wine will be for sale that evening. RSVP at the cafe - cost $18 per plate.

The Westminster Bakery is coming back

When Dave Bergstrom was looking for a place to located a bakery in Spokane, he thought fondly of growing up in Hillyard. He was coming home after a stint in Alaska at a big commercial bakery - now it was time to get his hands into his own dough.
“My dad had the Westminster Bakery just down the street from here,” said Bergstrom, who's opening a bakery in the Capital Building on Market Street. “His name was Jerry Bergstrom. He passed away in '97, but he had the bakery here in Hillyard for 14 years.”
Dave Bergstrom is starting the business together with his brothers Rick and Mike Bergstrom. They plan to sell donuts, muffins, cookies and cakes at first, and then expand into bread making later.
“It will be retail and we'll have coffee too,” said Bergstrom.
The building is undergoing some restoration and modernization, and the plan is for a grand opening on April 1.
Dave Bergstrom is looking forward to baking and to working with his brothers: “I can promise you it will be fun. Anything we do together has to be fun.”

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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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