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Archive for July 2010

Micro beer bar

The Lantern opened in May of 2009 and it’s quite possibly the tiniest tavern in town. Owned by Laura Paisley and Jeff Nordvall the place features four different beers on tap and 26 other beers in cans and bottles. “We like to call it a micro bar because the size, and, well, we have micro brews,” said Paisley. “We try to have an IPA, something light and something dark, like a stout, on tap so there’s something for everyone.” The Lantern features cheese plates from Saunder’s Cheese Market and peanuts - and it’s okay to bring over a pizza from Perry Street Pizza across the street.

“The neighborhood has really embraced us,” said Paisley. “We are unique in a way that people walk here and bike here - you don’t see that so often in Spokane. Yet.”

Goat - the other lean meat?

Jane Keolker owns Quail Ridge Ranch and she’s at the South Perry Farmers’ Market together with her friend Hannah Kirk, of Harvey Creek Goats. The two both bring baked goods - Keolker a variety of gluten free breads and cookies, and Kirk brings pies, cookies and pastries. And they both bring goat meat. Yes, goat meat.

“It’s leaner than skinless chicken breast and I just wish more people would give it a shot,” saidd Keolker. “I make kebobs from it, I marinate it and as long as you cook it slowly you are fine.” The meat comes from a South African goat breed, the Boer. “It’s like a very lean red meat,” said Keolker. “It’s easy to use it instead of hamburger in breakfast sausage and chili.” If you pick some up, the friends will make sure you also get a handful of recipes to get you started. You can also find the two at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Arabesque Farms and Bakery

Today the blog is visiting with some of the vendors at the Farmers’ Market and the first one on the list is Arabesque Farms and Bakery. Why? Because the bread is amazing.

Louise Tuffin explains that she took a “fun class” at the San Francisco Baking Institute and kind of got hooked. “So I came back and took a one week class and then we forged ahead with two bags of flour and a church kitchen,” Tuffin explains, in between handing loaves of cinnamon bread over the counter. Her bread and pastries are made with all organic ingredients using a prefermented dough and a natural starter. “We get some of the bubbles and that ‘tang’ but it’s not as sour as sourdough, we think it’s pretty good,” Tuffin said, laughing. She makes 75 loaves of bread per outing - and 150 for Saturdays. Find her at South Perry Farmers’ Market, at the Millwood Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. and at the downtown Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And the market is open

It took about 10 minutes for the parking lot in front of The Shop (924 S. Perry Street) to fill up with vendors and shoppers, after the market opened at 3 p.m. The blog is spotting lots of fresh vegetables today, new potatoes, beans and peas. The market is open until 7 p.m.

Road trips

The blog has a side gig (ahem) writing about road trips and it’s always looking for new destination ideas. The latest trip went to Lake Roosevelt and the next one hasn’t quite been planned yet. You can read all the stories here - along with the road trip stories from 2008.

Anybody have any good day trip destinations that they’d like to share?

Blogging Thursday at Farmers’ Market

The blog is skipping the early morning rush on Thursday and showing up at the Farmers’ Market at 3 p.m. then moving on to The Lantern around 5ish.

Stop by and say hello.

Add more to the blue bin

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System now accepts colored code 2 plastic bottles and jars in the blue curbside recycling bin. Previously, only non-colored code 2 plastic was accepted in the bins.

The easiest way to determine what kind of plastic container you are holding in your hand, is to turn it over and look for the number inside the triangle on the bottom of the container.

Code 2 plastic is often used for milk, bleach, detergent and shampoo containers. Tubs and dishes can’t be recycled in the blue bin at this time.

Containers that have been used for automotive products like oil and antifreeze, pesticides or other garden chemicals, can not be recycled. They should be put in the normal trash can or taken out to the transfer station by the Waste to Energy Plant.

Do you recycle in the blue bin? What do you wish you could recycle in the blue bin?


Cycle safely

The city and the Spokane Police Department sent out a joint press release last week about bicycle safety. It included the following reminders about how to share the road:

Cyclists should ride in the same direction as traffic (no weaving in and out) in the middle of the lane or the center of the bike lane or sharrow - and they should obey traffic signs and signals.

Cyclists should wear a helmet, bright colors and use a front white light and a red rear reflector; and leave the headphones at home. You can’t hear traffic over Van Halen on your iPod.

Cyclists should NOT ride on the sidewalk, it’s illegal, you can get a $103 infraction for doing so.

The rules for motorists include: remain behind the bicyclist until it’s safe to pass, then pass on the left and don’t drive or park in a bike lane.

Motorists should remember that bicyclists may legally occupy the travel lane when passing, making a left turn, avoiding a hazard or when the lane is narrow.

So how is this working for all of you out there? Do you bike? Do you bike commute? What about bike lanes in this town and neighborhood? What could be done on South Perry Street to make it more bike friendly?


Road construction update

This just in from the city of Spokane: “Hartson and 11th Avenue from Havana Street to Sherman street water transmission main repair began on Monday July 27. The project will install a 48- and 36- inch water transmission main in Hartson and 11th Avenues from Havana to Sherman streets. The project will also repair the following streets: 11th Avenue from Altamont Boulevard to
Julia Street and North Altamont Boulevard from 11th to Ninth avenues;and Ninth Avenue from Perry to Julia Street.
Ninth Avenue will be closed to motorists beginning at Hatch Road and moving east toward Perry Street as the project progresses.
This $3.2 million project is funded by the City of Spokane Water Department and the 10-Year Street Bond.”

Sorry, folks, It does not include complete repaving of South Perry Street from the business district and up to Southeast Boulevard, though some repair will take place.

Ice cream at Martin Luther King Center

In conjunction with Spokane’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 3, the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center is holding an ice cream social in support of a new program for crime victim advocacy.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center will provide resources and information such as crisis intervention, victim’s rights education, advocacy and emergency financial assistance to victims of crime.

The center is located at 845 S. Sherman Street and the ice cream social runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3. It’s one of many events to be put on in Spokane that night, as part of the National Night Out Against Crime.

Liberty Park Pool reopen with police present



Spokane Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Nancy Goodspeed said The Liberty Aquatic Center was closed yesterday immediately after morning swim lessons, because a group of young men invaded the pool, pushed the life guards around and in general bullied people.

One report that a lifeguard was punched has yet to be confirmed.

“Staff vehicles were ‘keyed’ and the one with the most damaged will run about $1,500 to repair,” Goodspeed said, adding that she suspects the brush fire at Liberty Pool this afternoon may be set by the same group of 15-20 year olds.

Police reports were filed on the vandalism yesterday before a decision was made to shut the pool down, Goodspeed added.

Today, Spokane Police Department sent two officers to be at the pool during the open swim time.


Rodents of unusual size

It’s a quiet morning on South Perry so the blog was captivated by this story in today’s paper: warming adds to marmots’ mealtime.

And that got the blog thinking about urban wildlife up here: one reader pointed out that the squirrels seem unusually brazen this year - what do you think? Do you feed squirrels? The blog occasionally does and is not afraid to admit it. Haven’t spotted any marmots on Perry Street, have you?

Last year it seemed like every single skunk from the rest of the city had moved to South Perry - the stink was incredible - every night - what’s it like this year?

The blog has already seen a couple of coyotes - rather big sized, bad guys - have you seen any?

And what’s your racoon policy? Cute cuddly critters – or pests from hell?

Blogging from The Shop

Tomorrow morning, the South Perry Blog will be at The Shop from 7-10 a.m. Feel free to come in and say hello. The blog is hoping to pull off a review of last weekend’s big party and a preview of the summer movies that start on Saturday.

Here are some Facebook responses to the reader question about whether the neighborhood is improving:

Barb Chamberlain: Yes, it’s really changing! Take some pix/video at the Thursday Farmers’ Market to demonstrate our vibe.

Jamie Adam Tabino: We are an up and coming neighborhood with affordable housing, a wonderful (growing) business district, a fantastic farmers market, a city park and an elementary school. The South Perry District is becoming a destination point – come and visit us.

What are your thoughts?


Liberty pool closed today

Swim lessons are still going on as planned - but the pool is otherwise closed.

Surprise paving project

Well, wouldn’t you know it? Crews are busy re-paving and repairing South Perry Street. Your alert neighborhood blogger - a trained observer by trade - was not aware of this wonderful news until she headed home last night and was detoured around Grant Park.

The street is down to one lane, northbound only, from Southeast Boulevard to the windmill - southbound drivers are being detoured. Give the city a high five for this - the street needed repair so, so badly.

So, what else is new?

The Fair and Parade this weekend is over and has been declared a success. It was the 11th year that neighborhood organizers pulled off this event and attendance was higher than ever before. Feel free to post about your favorite or not favorite parts of the event - and then let’s move on:

This summer’s outdoor movies at The Shop begin on Saturday with Time Bandits - bring your own chairs, movie is free and starts at dusk.

An out-of-state blog reader sent this e-mail:

“I am so glad to see that you have a love for the neighborhood. I bought a home on E. 7th in late 2005. At the time the neighborhood was really improving, but I am hearing distressing news about the neighborhood. Everything on your blog seems to suggest the opposite of what I am hearing. Please email me to let me know if you think the neighborhood is improving.”

What do you think? Is the neighborhood improving?

A good day to be a kid in Grant Park

There are all sorts of childrens’ activities this afternoon in Grant Park: pony rides, a bouncing castle, goats and chickens to pet - and story time is being put on by the Spokane Libraries.

Parade is over - let the rest of the fun begin

Now that the parade has passed through the neighborhood, the fair in Grant Park is going full speed. There were 54 vendors this morning - and then the ice cream truck showed up, so now there’s 55, making it the biggest fair in the 11 year history of the fair and parade.

There are lots of deals to be found on Perry, too: the Buddhist Temple is having a huge yard sale with clothes and kitchen gear. Down the street, The Windfall is having a bag sale: all the second hand clothing you can fit in a grocery bag for $5. The new shop in the little white house next to Lorien’s - Veda Lux - is celebrating its grand opening today, featuring lots of handmade jewelry and vintage clothing.

And the 11th annual parade went off without a hitch

It may be short but it sure doesn’t lack in energy: the South Perry Parade is just over and the street is open again. Between firetrucks and politicians, little kids on decorated bikes and a few classic cars was grand marshal Wille Earthman - or Mother Earthman as neigbors call her - who has lived a great part of her life just off South Perry Street and just turned 102 years old. The bright red Mustang convertible Earthman was riding in stopped at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Perry, so the crowd could sing her ‘Happy Birthday.’

Fancy rides lining up

I spotted this beauty lining up for the parade. And a traffic note: the police department is closing off South Perry Street for the next hour. Barricades are going up right now from Eighth Avenue to 12th Avenue.

It’s a busy morning in the neighborhood

The vendors are setting up in the park, people are crowding in for coffee and breakfast, the merchants all have specials and down in the Hi-Co parking lot the parade is getting ready.

The big question of the morning is: where are you? The parade starts at 10 a.m. - it’s short, it’s small, it’s funky, you don’t want to miss it - and the live music and fair runs all day through 8 p.m.

See you soon.

Summer movies coming up

A blog reader wanted to know if there’s an outdoor movie at The Shop tomorrow night? There’s not - the summer movies start on July 24 with Time Bandits (1981). Here’s the rest of the schedule:

July 31, Wayne’s World (1992)

August 7, Stand by Me (1986)

August 14, The Great Escape (1963)

August 21, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

August 28, Superman (1978)

Movies start at dusk - please bring your own chairs. The movies are free and projected on the north side of the Altamont Pharmacy building.

Neighborhoods Matter meeting

The Spokane Regional Health District has selected the East Central Neighborhood - including South Perry Street - as a partner for the 2.5-year-long Neighborhoods Matter Program. The kickoff meeting is on Monday July 19 at East Central Community Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided if you RSVP to (509) 625-6699.


Early morning on South Perry

So, quite a few of the South Perry merchants got up early this morning to join KXLY’s Mark Peterson, who’s doing his morning show from the Perry Street Cafe. Cafe owner Geoff White got up extra early - the cafe is now officially open - and everyone here is getting excited about the fair and parade on Saturday. The blog will be here until 10 a.m. - come in and say hello.

Business and Neighborhood Association update

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association met at the Perry Street Cafe last night. The business district is part of the East Central Neighborhood Council, yet years ago broke out a smaller business and neighborhood association to better be able to deal with South Perry issues and topics.


Final Fair and Parade band lineup

I ran into a blog reader last night who asked about the final band line-up for Saturday’s fair. Here it is:

10:30 a.m. - Grant Elementary School Drummers and Dancers

11 a.m. - Blisterz (classic rock)

1 p.m. - Voiceless Choir

2 p.m. - Dave McRae and Friends (bluegrass)

4 p.m. - Hey is For Horses (singer/songwriter/folk)

6 p.m. - La Cha Cha (indie/folk/rock)

The parade starts at 10 a.m.


Blog alert and tonight’s SPBNA meeting

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Perry Street Cafe. On the agenda is a Farmers’ Market Discussion and a presentation on vision planning.

BLOG ALERT - this Thursday morning KXLY-TV’s Mark Peterson will be doing his morning show from the Perry Street Cafe starting at 5 a.m. The show will focus on the upcoming fair and parade - expect lots of familiar faces and for the blog to sneak in around 6 a.m. Stop by and say hello.

Time to give a helping hand

There are plenty of last minute details that need to be organized and taken care of before Saturday’s South Perry Fair and Parade can go off without a hitch.

Volunteers are needed to help pick up and transport tables and chairs on Friday at 5 p.m. Meet at the Perry Street Cafe. Chairs and tables need to go back on Sunday.

Friday morning at 10 a.m. volunteers are meeting in Grant Park to designate space for vendors and booths. And Saturday morning there are barricades to be hauled and parade participants to be lined up - if you can help, stop by the Perry Street Cafe and talk to Geoff.

As of Monday evening, 17 jewelry, arts and crafts vendors had signed up for the fair, along with 14 non-profit organizations and five political candidates.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and is expected to close down Perry Street, through the business district for about an hour.

Last Fair and Parade planning meeting tonight

On Saturday July 17 South Perry will be bustling with people, music, parade floats and vendors during The South Perry Parade and Fair. The last planning meeting is tonight, at the Perry Street Cafe at 5:30 p.m. - volunteers are still needed - just drop in. The blog will try to make it, too. Look for a Fair and Parade update later tonight.

Thursday morning blog alert

The South Perry Blog is sleeping in this Thursday morning - you wont be able to find me out in the hood with coffee and my trusted laptop. No worries, it’s just this Thursday, I’ll be out and about again next week.

Don’t forget to visit the Farmers’ Market in The Shop’s parking lot Thursday from 3-7 p.m.

Fair and Parade schedule is ready

The South Perry Parade and Fair opens on Saturday July 17 with perhaps the area’s smallest and most quirky community parade at 10 a.m. The parade runs between 8th and 12th Avenues on South Perry and it’s not too late to sign up. Willie Earthman is the grand marshal of the parade.

The Street Fair runs all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the business district and in Grant Park. There will be free bike tuneups by Pedals2People at The Shop all day and live music in the park and at The Shop.

Get the Saturday band schedule here.

A portion of proceeds from the Fair and Parade goes to The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Center, Grant Elementary School’s Parent and Teacher Organization (PAWS) and the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association.

The next planning meeting is on Monday, July 12 at 5:30 at the Perry Street Cafe - everyone is welcome.

The Fair and Parade still needs volunteers and vendors are welcome to sign up by contacting Heidi at (509) 536-5516 or e-mail:


We are halfways through summer

I hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend. It seemed relatively quiet in the little neighborhood – I have a feeling the colder weather put a damper on fireworks and many an outdoor party.

How was your Fourth of July?

And I hate to bring it up but we’re more than half-ways through the very cold and rainy summer we’ve had so far – how are you coping?

The South Perry Blog would like to talk to some gardeners – this was of course the first summer I planted tomato plants in ages, and they still look cold and tired. Same goes for the basil.

This week’s Thursday morning blog session will be postponed to July 15 which is, drum roll please, the Thursday prior to the South Perry Fair and Parade on July 17. Have you filled out your parade form? The blog will be looking for you…

New life in the old Altamont Pharmacy building?

The Altamont Pharmacy building has been sitting empty for some time now, and while there has been some possible buyers nothing has panned out for the old building. Now Mark Camp - one of the current owners of the building - is ready to do something about that. Camp says he plans to purchase the entire building and divide it into three small retail spaces.

“There will be two spaces facing Perry, and one toward the back that will be more like an office space,” Camp said this morning. One tenant is ready to move in - though Camp won’t say who it is - and depending on financing he hopes the building will open in Fall.

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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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