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Archive for December 2010

The blog is taking a few days off

The holidays have made the blog coverage a little hit and miss this past week, and now the blog is taking a few days off. It will be back in swing on Monday Jan. 3 - so keep the e-mails coming. Send them to piah@spokesman.com

Happy new year to all of you - I'll see you in 2011.

New Year’s Eve celebration at temple

The Spokane Buddhist Temple is inviting everyone to a New Year's Eve celebration on Friday from 7-8 p.m. at the temple located at 927 S. Perry Street. This is a family friendly event. Everyone who participates will be part of the ringing of the large Japanese Kansho bell during the service. It will be rung 108 times. For information call (509) 534-7954

Recycle your tree for Ferris High School

The annual tree recycling benefit at Ferris High School is on Jan. 1-2 and on Jan. 8-9 - all days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During that time you can drop your tree off in the Ferris parking lot on the corner of 37th Avenue and Regal, and it will be recycled to woodchips for a $5 donation. The money goes to support the Ferris Senior All Nighter. You can also schedule a tree pick-up at your house for $12 ($10 for senior citizens) by calling (509) 536-7967 or by e-mailing cygloge@aol.com

South Perry Farmers Market open

The market is open on Thursday Dec. 23 from 3-6 p.m. in the building just north of the Buddhist Temple (923 S. Perry Street). Brian Estes sent an e-mail this morning saying that Santa will be there - so you can still get your photo taken with him. There will also be fresh Christmas turkeys available along with crafts and other food items, as well as live music.

Advent Spiral Meditation

Liberty Park United Methodist Church, located on the corner of 11th Avenue and Helena Street,  is hosting its annual Advent Spiral Meditation on Sunday Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm.
This is a quiet walking meditation, a way of lifting one’s spirit in this season of increasing darkness. As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, we are reminded that the light of Christ shines even in the heart of the darkness. Take the time to come and nurture your spirit with us. The labyrinth can also be available by appointment at other times through the evening of the winter Solstice on Dec. 21.  For more information visit Liberty Park United Methodist Church on Facebook here.

Holiday closures + tree disposal

Spokane City Hall will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
The Spokane City Council is not scheduled to meet on Monday, Dec. 27. Council meetings will resume on Monday, Jan. 3, with a 3:30 p.m. briefing session and 6 p.m. legislative session.  Both meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Parking meters don’t have to be plugged on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 25, and again on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
The Spokane Municipal Court will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31.
All Spokane Public Library branches will be closed on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. In addition, all library branches will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. 

Tree disposal:
the City’s Solid Waste Management Department offers free curbside pickup for its customers.  Once the decorations are removed, residents can place their trees alongside their garbage carts on their regularly scheduled garbage pickup days. The City will accept trees up to 6 feet in height; if they’re taller than that, cut them in half. Trees collected at curbside will be chipped up and composted. For information, call Solid Waste Management at 509-625-7878.
City and County residents also can take their undecorated, unflocked trees for disposal to the:
Waste-to-Energy Facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd.
Spokane Valley Transfer Station, 3941 N. Sullivan Road.
North Side Transfer Station, 22123 Elk-Chattaroy Road.
Here, trees taller than 6 feet should also be cut in half.Trees taken to these facilities are subject to a $5 minimum charge for clean green disposal; they will be composted. 
For more information, call the Recycling Hotline at 625-6800.
Also, watch for opportunities to dispose of trees and help a good cause. Scouts, school groups, and other charitable organizations will dispose of trees for a donation.

Trunk show Saturday

Veda Lux Boutique is having a trunk sale on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Lots of specials and good deals, and spiced wine for everyone. The shop is located at 1106 S. Perry and has a selection of vintage clothing - including great cowboy boots - and handmade jewelry and hair pieces made by owner Summer Hightower.

Mrs. Claus handed out treats

It was a great evening at the Perry Street Cafe - things were wrapping up around 8ish - but Santa waited for the parents and kids who returned from the Holiday concert at Grant Elementary School.

Santa got there

- and the room fell completely quiet. As soon as the jolly old guy got himself situated, he made his lap available to kids of all ages and wishes of all sizes.

Perry Christmas tree lighting Tuesday

It was a bit of a blustery night on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop about 40 people from showing up for the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Perry Street Cafe. The cafe was serving coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to everyone. Pastor Debra Conklin from Liberty Park United Methodist Church led everyone in the singing of Christmas carols and songs, before Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived.

Santa is a little delayed

Due to congested airspace during this busy holiday season, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be a little later than planned tonight: they will get to the Perry Street Cafe at 7 p.m.
The Christmas tree lighting and decorating gets underway at 5:30 p.m. The Perry Street Cafe is collecting Toys For Tots - please bring a new and unwrapped toy for the donation bin.
Also, the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a sock and boot drive to help cold students at Grant Elementary School - there will be a bin at the tree tonight - boots are really badly needed in this weather.
Donations or not, everyone is welcome - the cafe will be serving hot beverages and once we’ve said hello to Santa, a group of neighbors will go caroling in the neighborhood. See you tonight.

It’s Perry Christmas tree time

The Perry Street Cafe is putting on the annual Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cafe owner Geoff Whtie picks up what he calls “a Charlie Brown tree” every year and invites neighbors to come and decorate it. Just bring an ornament and your’re in. The Perry Street Cafe will serve hot beverages while the decorating is going on. At 6:30 Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Perry Street Cafe. Also, the Grant Elementary School Holiday Convert begins at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to last for about an hour. Parents and students are welcome at The Perry Street Cafe after the concert is over - Santa Claus will still be there, waiting for you. Then, at 7:45 p.m., a group of neighbors will go caroling in the South Perry District. The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is also supporting this event.
Do bring a toy for Toys For Tots - collection bins are located at the Perry Street Cafe - or a pair of boots or warm socks for the South Perry Sock Drive to benefit students at Grant Elementary School. 

Conservatory’s holiday lights are on

More than 30,000 lights glitter and blink at the Manito Park Gaiser Conservatory’s holiday light display, which opens today. It’s put on by the Friends of Manito and the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department and it runs through Dec. 19. The Conservatory is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. but the best viewing hours are after dusk.
The holiday display also features dozens of seasonal poinsettias in many colors and variations.
The Friends of Manito have an open house on Dec. 11 and 12 in the Manito Meeting Room (just east of the Gaiser Conservatory) from 4 – 7:30 p.m. both days. Refreshments will be served. Both events are free.

Boots made for walking in puddles

The South Perry Sock Drive is going amazingly well. So far, South Perry Pizza has collected several bins full of hats, gloves, socks and mittens for the students at Grant Elementary School. Grant parent volunteer Heidi Hash is collecting and sorting all the generous donations at her house. School counselors will help distribute the garments as soon as possible.
With the weather changing for warmer temperatures and snow melting like crazy there’s one thing the students really need: boots - rubber boots, snow boots, any kind of waterproof boot, in sizes from kindergarten and up.
Look for collection bins at South Perry Pizza, The Shop and Liberty Park Florist or e-mail the blog at piah@spokesman.com (please put “boots” in the subject line) and we’ll arrange something.
The South Perry Sock Drive is sponsored by the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association. Thanks to all who donated and collected.

News from One World Spokane

The blog is straying a little bit today, but I’d like to share the newsletter (PDF) from One World Spokane with you. The restaurant is located at 1804 East Sprague in the heart of the International District. It features organic, local food and right now also cookbooks for $12.50 a piece - proceeds go to the restaurant. One World features a unique concept: you let them know how much food you’d like and where there is a recommended price, you pay what you can. You can also volunteer with the restaurant and earn your way to a meal. If you haven’t stopped by yet, give it a try.
(The photo is from the restaurant’s opening in 2008)

Spokane blogging meeting this morning

 

The blog spent the morning at a blogger forum put on by LaunchPad at the Apple Store downtown. They were all there - DrinkNectar - SpoCool - Spokane Southie - Spokane Grapevine - and a whole bunch of other blogs from around town.

This blog was definitely the odd one out, what with being all mainstream media and all that.

I left the meeting with about a zillion ideas swirling around my head, and with a lot of admiration for the people who commit to and maintain a blog in and around Spokane for one simple reason: because they feel passionate about the place where they live and what they do. Hats off to all of you.

The socks are piling in

The South Perry Sock Drive has only put out a few bins, but the socks, hats and scarves are piling in - here’s a shot of one of three huge bags that’s stuffed into the back of my ridiculously small car.

If you would like to put up a bin and a poster at your place of business or worship, drop me a note at piah@spokesman.com or come by The Shop Thursday afternoon between 3-4:30 p.m. The socks and hats and other winter clothing goes to students at Grant Elementary.

Christmas tree lighting a week from today

Come one and come all on Tuesday Dec. 14 and gather at 6:30 p.m. outside the Perry Street Cafe. Sing a few carols, hang out with your neighbors and come inside the cafe for hot cider, chocolate and coffee. Bring a donation for the Perry Sock drive (socks, hats, scarves and mittens for the students at Grant) or a toy for Toys For Tots.

The big guy is here

Walking back to the paper from an interview earlier today I came across Santa enjoying a beverage (coffee, I’m sure) outside Starbucks. How could I resist taking that picture?
So what are your holidays plans this year? Do you have Perry specific holiday traditions? Do you know the Christmas tree lighting is on the 15th, on the corner at the Perry Street Cafe? Have you put ligths up yet? Send the blog a note and some pictures at piah@spokesman.com

Buses running late Friday morning

Friday morning school will start on time except for elementary and middle school students who bus. Elementary and middle school buses will pick up students later than normal due to the condition of the residential roads. Middle school students will be picked up 30 minutes later than normal and elementary students one hour later, giving the buses more time between routes to navigate rutted and difficult residential roads. High school bus pick-ups will remain the same.

Via e-mail from Spokane Public Schools

Out of the cold…

The South Perry Farmers Market opened again today inside the gym just north of the Spokane Buddhist Temple at 923 S. Perry. It will be there every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. through December, after working out a special events permit with the city of Spokane. Brian Estes, market director, was quietly optimistic that this could turn into a permanent indoor location.
“This is a great location and a great old building.” said Estes. “We just hope people find us again - it happened kind of last minute, but here we are and we are open again.”

South Perry Pizza is turning a year old

There was that one time they ran out of dough - or maybe it was twice? There was lots of worry and trouble shooting and endless hours of work - and then suddenly, a year has gone by.
“I tell people it must be like having your first baby,” said Krista Kautzman, owner of South Perry Pizza. “First you are so worried about every little thing, then you relax more, then you learn you can leave it with a sitter and it’s going to be okay.”
The neighborhood pizza place is often full to the brim and it’s developed a loyal following over summer.
“We are just so grateful to the people in the neighborhood,” said Kautzman.
Her best advice to new business owners?
“Worry about the things you can control, and try to not worry about everything else,” she said. “And stay true to what you are. We don’t do delivery. We have one size pizza. And that’s just what we are.”
They do have take-out and judging by the lines to get a table on most nights, South Perry Pizza must be doing something right.
“Clearly, if it wasn’t for the support of the people in Spokane, we wouldn’t be that successful,” said chef Chris Dietz. “We’d never have been anywhere near where we are by now.”

Here’s the slush fund

The City of Spokane is declaring a new Stage 2 Snow Emergency today, Dec. 2, which means crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full City plow that includes all residential areas.
Within 12 hours—or by 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2—citizens must move their cars so they are parked on the even side of the street within the residential area.  Parking is restricted in the downtown between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing there.  And no parked cars are allowed on arterials or STA fixed bus routes.
Last night’s rain and heavy snow mix converted snow-packed secondary arterials and residential streets into a slushy mess with deep ruts. The City’s truck plows are having a difficult time moving the heavy material so the City will need to rely more on graders.  The City has 10 graders in its fleet and is calling in a dozen private contractors with graders to help with the effort.
They also are looking into renting graders.
Street Department officials hope they will be able to use the graders to do an initial cut down the center of the streets and use truck plows to move the material to the side of the road. The full City plow likely will take longer than usual because of the conditions and needed response. Officials also warned that the berms left at the end of driveways would be heavy and difficult to move, especially as temperatures drop as they are expected to over the weekend.
“In less than two weeks, we have seen a full array of changing conditions from severe arctic cold to heavy snow to rain, which is challenging crews and citizens alike,” says Mayor Mary Verner.  “We are working hard to keep the City moving, but we are asking for citizens’ patience as we address new and changing conditions.”

Via e-mail from the city of Spokane


The plows are out in full force… again

The City of Spokane is declaring a new Stage 2 Snow Emergency today, Dec. 2, which means crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full City plow that includes all residential areas.
Within 12 hours—or by 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2—citizens must move their cars so they are parked on the even side of the street within the residential area.  Parking is restricted in the downtown between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing there.  And no parked cars are allowed on arterials or STA fixed bus routes.
Last night’s rain and heavy snow mix converted snow-packed secondary arterials and residential streets into a slushy mess with deep ruts. The City’s truck plows are having a difficult time moving the heavy material so the City will need to rely more on graders.  The City has 10 graders in its fleet and is calling in a dozen private contractors with graders to help with the effort.
They also are looking into renting graders.
Street Department officials hope they will be able to use the graders to do an initial cut down the center of the streets and use truck plows to move the material to the side of the road. The full City plow likely will take longer than usual because of the conditions and needed response. Officials also warned that the berms left at the end of driveways would be heavy and difficult to move, especially as temperatures drop as they are expected to over the weekend.
“In less than two weeks, we have seen a full array of changing conditions from severe arctic cold to heavy snow to rain, which is challenging crews and citizens alike,” says Mayor Mary Verner.  “We are working hard to keep the City moving, but we are asking for citizens’ patience as we address new and changing conditions.”

Via e-mail from the city of Spokane


Where’s the slush fund?

Wow - be careful out there today - the side roads are covered in slush. And it’s slush on top of ice, so you are likely to get stuck in places where you wouldn’t get stuck yesterday or even over the weekend during the heavy snow.
As one guest here at the Perry Street Cafe said: “Where’s the city’s slush fund?”

The farmers market is open again

The South Perry Farmers Market found a home in the Buddihist Temple gym, 927 S. Perry Street and it’s open tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 2 from 3-6 p.m. This is directly across the street from The Shop’s parking lot - best of all - it’s indoors and it’s permanent. Stay tuned to the South Perry Blog for updates!

The South Perry Sock Drive is on

It’s happening: the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association and TEAM Grant is sponsoring a sock, boot, mitten and hat drive for the students at Grant Elementary - and what better time to get going than in the middle of the first big snow?
The blog will be at The Perry Street Café Thursday morning around 8, so come in and get a flier or a poster to put up at your place of work or worship.
Look for big collection bins at South Perry businesses - or drop your donation at Grant Elementary.
Around 90 percent of the students at Grant qualify for free or reduced lunch - a measure often used to determine the number of low-income students - and many come to school without boots, socks, tights and hats. The Parent Teacher Organization at Grant is also sponsoring the Perry Sock Drive (for short).
Please donate new or lightly used boots, socks, mittens, scarves and hats for the students - sizes needed are kindergarten and older.
If you are part of a knitting or sewing group and would like to donate homemade socks, hats and scarves, please e-mail the blog at piah@spokesman.com

Keep trash cans free of snow berms

The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents for assistance during these snowy days. Residential customers are asked to place their garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms and clear of other obstacles. Commercial customers are asked to remove show from around dumpsters and the access areas for those receptacles.  Sanding icy areas next to dumpsters also would be helpful.
Meanwhile, some customers in the Five Mile area were missed by recycling trucks today, Wednesday, Dec. 1, because these lighter trucks had difficulty maneuvering in the area.  Customers who were missed are asked to place their recycling bins out at the curb again on Thursday, Dec. 2.  A recycling crew will pick up the items then.
“The Solid Waste Department is committed to providing safe and reliable collection to our customers at all times of the year,” says Scott Windsor, the department’s director.  “We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate the help of our customers as we work to get this important job done.”
If you have additional questions about your garbage service or curbside recycling, please call the Solid Waste Department at (509) 625-7878 or visit www.spokanesolidwaste.com.

Via e-mail from the city of Spokane

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Welcome to the South Perry neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last four years I’ve lived on South Perry Street.

I love the neighborhood so when time came to pick an area for The Spokesman-Review’s first neighborhood blog, the choice was simple: South Perry is where it’s at.

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