South Perry Blog archive for June 2010

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010

In this photo provided by Xerces Society, a bumblebee goes to work on a California poppy.  (Associated Press)

Show me your yard

This Thursday morning, The South Perry Blog will be at The Shop from 7-10 a.m. Expect an update on how the fair and parade planning is going and a visit with Odyssey Youth Center. The Fair and Parade is on July 17 - just a...

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Summertime, and the stealin’ is easy…

This just in from Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Sheriff's Department - some good reminders in here for all of us:Property crimes investigators report that the annual summertime crush of vehicle prowling incidents has begun and that losses are mounting.Thieves know that boaters, hikers and...

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After mama duck's nest was raided in mid-April, she came back to a planter at the Lincoln Building in downtown, Spokane, Wa., and laid three more eggs. Today, May 14, 2010, all five of her ducklings were born. Gary Grissom (Academy Mortgage loan officer), the new duckman, has been watching over mama duck from his office window for the last month while she's been sitting on her nest. He's been fascinated by the duck's behavior as well as the humans who came to visit her. She had regular visitors. One woman came by every day to feed her half a piece of brown bread. The sparrows would swoop in and steal the bread most of the time; she only ate three little pieces. Another woman would bring the duck water, which she never drank.  Five people named the mama duck, Grissom said. He didn't write down the names, but he thinks one man named her Francine. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Enough with the bread already

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is pleading with park guests this summer: please don't feed the ducks. For the last two years, the parks department has spent a lot of time, energy and money on educating park guests about why feeding the ducks bread...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

Leave the porch light on 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Officer Dan Strassenberg is the neighborhood resource officer for the South Perry District. What does that mean? That means he has an office at COPS East Central on East Fifth and he's the...

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The sun is out... 

It's a beautiful sunny morning at the Perry Street Cafe - the blog will be here until 10 a.m. so come in and say hello. I still have a stack of free papers to give away; today's paper has the Hoopfest section in it.In other...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010

Thursday morning blog alert

Tomorrow morning, I'll be at the South Perry Cafe from 7-10 a.m. - as always I'll have a stack of free newspapers to give away, and plenty of time to chat about the neighborhood. Coming up is also an interview with South Perry neighborhood resource...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

COPS and neighborhood policing 

The South Perry Blog is visiting with COPS East Central and Officer Strassenberg (your neighborhood resource officer) Wednesday morning - let me know if there are any specific questions or issues you'd like to find out about. Also, does anyone in the South Perry district...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

World Refugee Day celebration in Grant Park

World Relief Spokane is inviting neighbors and businesses on South Perry to a celebration of World Refugee Day on Saturday June 26 in Grant Park. Events begin at noon with a potluck of traditional food from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea...

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What in the world?" said Jiny Denison, 84, as she woke up on a rainy day to find 25 bright spots on her front lawn near the corner of Sherwood and Webb Place in Spokane, Wa.  A friend had the pink flamingos sent as part of a NW Spokane Young Life fund raiser that sends students to summer camps.  A note congratulated Denison "you been Flocked" and suggests sending the birds onto another victim.  Denison has two family in mind, one a doctor and the other a lawyer. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

First day of summer washed away 

It's officially the first day of summer, yes, you may stop laughing now. It's been one of the most rainy springs on record and it just doesn't seem to let up. Actually, it's raining so much today that the city's brand new pools are once...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010

Father's Day celebration in the neighborhood

Here's a link to Jim Kershner's wonderful story about Sonora Smart Dodd - the woman who created Father's Day 100 years ago. Tomorrow, Sunday, there's a celebration at her former home on South Arthur - the home has been restored by its current owner, Jerry...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

Vendors and parade floats needed

The South Perry Street Fair and Parade is on July 17 - with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Vendors are still needed for the fair, and organizers would like for more funky parade participants to show up. "Right now the big push is to...

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Vintage clothing on South Perry

There's a new shop on South Perry. Summer Hightower has opened Veda Lux Boutique in the tiny little white house located right next to Lorien's windmill - the address is 1006 South Perry Street, and the hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. "I've been...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010

Big yard sale this Friday

This just in from neighbor Sue Hille: "SHERMAN NEIGHBORS' SUNSHINE SALE on Friday June 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multi-residence, huge yard sale located on 7th, 8th and 9th Avenues between Sherman and Hatch Streets. Look for 613 E. 8th Avenue and 624...

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Odds, ends and this week's blog alert

By Thursday, the Lantern has been closed for vacation for one week - it will be closed for one more week. Yes, some of us are counting the days. Across the street, South Perry Pizza has changed its summer hours: Still closed on Mondays, but...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010

Used furniture needed for low income families

When the South Perry Blog visited Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane last week, Ashley Sprecher stopped by. She is the manager of Spokane Community Warehouse – which is located at a secret address – and serves as a clearing house for donated furniture.“It used to be...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Lock your cars 

This came from reader Nate Bartlett, Friday June 11: "I got home late last night from a school function and forgot to lock my truck, I went to leave this morning and someone had stolen my silver iPod classic that has over 12,000 songs on...

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South Perry Summer Theater opening night July 24 

The outdoor movies at The Shop - also known as The South Perry Summer Theater - begin on Saturday July 24 with Time Bandits (1981) and continue the following Saturdays with:July 31: Wayne's World (1992)August 7: Stand by Me (1986)August 14: The Great Escape (1963)August...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Glenna Poblete, who lives next door to the new Liberty Aquatics Center at Fifth and Pittsburgh in the east central neighborhood, explores the new facility Wednesday, June 9, 2010, after the pool's dedication. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Swim pass applications available

City pools open on Monday, June 14, and for the first time children will have to pay $1 to swim in the pools. The Spokane Parks Foundation has raised $9,000 for sponsored swim passes. These passes will be available in packages of 15 single-use passes,...

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FIFA at the Checkerboard

The South Perry Blog got out of bed early this morning and ventured a bit outside the neighborhood: the FIFA soccer world cup is on at the Checkerboard Tavern (1716 E. Sprague) The breakfast bar filled up pretty quickly as Mexico took on the host...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010

The South Perry Farmers' Market is today

The Blog Dog would like to remind you that the South Perry Farmers' Market is open today, Thursday, from 3-7 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on locally grown and produced food, crafts and other goods. This Thursday's market was a wet one,...

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Help for homeless families  

The South Perry Blog spent the morning with staff, volunteers and friends of Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane, which is located at the Richard Allen Apartments. Executive director Madelyn Bafus explained that Interfaith is all about the child."We help the family in the way it presents...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010

South Perry Farmers' Market Thursday

The Farmers' Market is back in the parking lot at The Shop tomorrow, Thursday, from 3-7 p.m. Stop by for fresh bread and greens, flowers, handmade soap and many other temptations. There will be live music and a great chance to visit with your neighbors.

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Fresh eggs are just one of the benefits of backyard chickens. The family-friendly fowl also contribute fertilizer, insect control and companionship. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Down to Earth NW Correspondent)

Chicken coop tour this Saturday 

Slow Food Spokane River is hosting its fourth annual Urban Chicken Coop Tour this Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will "scratch around at 3-4 backyard coops of different sizes and styles to help you hatch ideas for designing a coop...

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Thursday morning at Interfaith Hospitality

This Thursday morning The South Perry Blog is visiting Interfaith Hospitality (608 S. Richard Allen Court, #5) from 7 to 10 a.m. - please come by and say hello. As always there's a stack of free papers to be handed out and shared. Interfaith Hospitality...

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

Calling all South Perry history buffs

I stopped by Liberty Park United Methodist Church on Sunday. After the service, I visited with a group of parishioners some of whom have lived in the South Perry neighborhood for 70 years or longer. Among them was Frank Tobie who gave me two volumes...

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