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Archive for June 2011

Want to ride a bull on Market Street?

If so, here's your chance: Hillyard is celebrating Wild West Days on July 16 with lots of activities, vendors and a chili cook-off all day. The center of activities is Big Sky's Tavern at 5510 N. Market Street.
Tickets are on sale for mechanical bull rides - the bull will be contained on the corner of Market Street and Olympic, waiting for mounts big and small.
At 6 p.m. there will be a western-style dinner at Big Sky, catered by The Outlaw Cafe. Steaks, beans, corn on the cob and baked potatoes and a huge salad bar, all for $15.
Get dinner and bull ride tickets at the Outlaw Cafe, 5012 N. Market Street.

Graffiti update -

The city's graffiti abatement officer Eric Walker called yesterday to say that Miller's Paint, Columbia Paint and Sherwin Williams all are offering some discount to property owners cited for graffiti.
Walker said that all property owners have to do to get the good deals is bring in the citation.

Getting there

And here's one last shot from this weekend's Chalk Art Walk, submitted by Luke Tolley. This year's Chalk Art Walk theme was 'Getting There' reflecting on the progress Hillyard has made over the past decade. If you've never been, don't miss this event next year.

Chalk Art Walk draws a crowd

Lots and lots of people come to Hillyard for the annual Chalk Art Walk. The weather wasn't too bad this year, when the artists hit the Market Street sidewalks on Saturday June 18.

Chalk Art Walk repeats success

The Hillyard Blog was on vacation during the Chalk Art Walk and missed one of the best family events in Spokane. This year's theme was 'Getting There' and as always kids of all ages lined the sidewalks and colored away. Luke Tolley shared a few photos with the blog - including this one featuring young artist Ryan Schatz.

The blog is back -

- from vacation, just in time for the sun to come out.
Hey, does anyone have some great pictures from the Hillyard Chalk Art Walk this weekend?
E-mail them to and I'll share some on the blog.

And here's a link to the early edition of the Hillyard Festival Gazette. This is the 100th anniversary of the Hillyard Festival and it runs from August 5 to August 7. I know the good folks behind the festival need all the help they can get as this year's festival is bigger than it's been in years.
The Festival Association meets every Tuesday at 6:30  p.m. at the North East Community Center - just show up - or call Luke Tolley at (509) 475-3509.
You can also join the Hillyard Festival Association on Facebook here.

Chalk art show and sale

In the “happening while the blog is on vacation department” here's the flier for one of the upcoming Hillyard events - the annual Chalk Art Show, and a yard sale. Register on the morning of the Chalk Art show - they will even give you chalk to use if you don't have any. This year's theme for artists is “Getting There.”

Follow the Hillyard Festival Association on Facebook here.

Blog vacation

Hello there blog friends - the Hillyard blog is going on vacation starting Thursday, and it will be back in circulation on Monday June 20. You won't see me at the Merchants meeting Wednesday morning, but feel free to e-mail me at
I'll put up a few more posts before I put my feet up :-)

Clean up deadline extended

From Jonathan Mallahan at the office of Neighborhood Services:

If your neighborhood has not yet submitted a clean up application or would like to make changes to your clean-up schedule the application/change deadline is coming up!
The deadline that was outlined at our mandatory clean up orientation and in the clean up packet is June 1st, however, we are extending the deadline to Wednesday, June 8th in order to give you an extra week to make these decisions with your neighborhood.
The purpose of this deadline is to allow for my office to complete the clean-up fund reallocation process. Through this process, funds not utilized or planned to be utilized are reallocated to neighborhoods hosting fall programs based on their relative size. Your neighborhoods funds will not be reallocated if you have planned fall events, the balance from your first allocation carries over into the Fall.
If your neighborhood does not indicate which fall clean-up programs you intend to host by this date, your funds will be reallocated. We would like to avoid reallocating funds that your neighborhood wants to use, so please contact us if you have not yet submitted this information to our office.
Thank you for your help in this matter. As always, we are happy to work with you and your  neighborhood to plan for effective clean up events.
Please feel free to contact me at 625-6734 or George Hollwedel at 625-6733.

Volunteer for Wild West Days

The next planning meeting for Hillyard's Wild West Days is on Friday June 10 at 4 p.m. at the Outlaw Cafe - volunteers are needed to help pull off this annual event, which includes all kinds of western fun. Just show up - your help is needed.

Car Hop wrap up and looking ahead

There were 47 cars entered in the Hillyard Car Hop Saturday and all together the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee made about $340.
It's the first time the HHMC has put on the event and some expenses (banners and such) are one-time expenses.
Closing off Market Street for the parade and getting things done in a timely manner was not a problem.
Over all, the businesses were busy - the Outlaw Cafe sold out of food - and the event was a success.

The next big Hillyard event is the Chalk Art Walk, which takes place on June 18 begining at 10 a.m. It's free. Register on the day. The first 100 artists get a free t-shirt. This year's theme is “Getting There” - by car, food, horse or space shuttle or whatever you can come up with - get the creative juices flowing. June 18 is also the day of the next Hillyard Community yard sale.

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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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